Every woman wants a clear skin. Having a skin problems such as pimples, acne including blackheads or whiteheads cause stress in our daily lives. I have tried different products to solve my skin issues and I did my research online which solutions will work for me.
For the past 2 years, I experienced my worst nightmare on my face. I battled with acne, which I never had it before. I remembered, I struggled to make eye to eye contact with people in case they might stare on my face. I asked myself what am I doing wrong. Why my face has suddenly become sensitive. I stopped for a moment and reflected how was my current lifestyle, my diet and my status in life (am I satisfied and happy about everything that I have?) From all of these questions hanging on my head, I come up with my answer and finally the best outcome I’ve had for a long time.
I want to share first what causes acne or pimples.
Yes, it is true that hormonal imbalance contributes a major factor during menstrual cycle and pregnancy. Remember that stress related hormones can affect your skin (this is my absolute nightmare).
Eating oily foods such as fried chicken, fried fish, fried eggs and other cooked food that is saturated with oil is bad for your skin. Dairy products too, such as chocolates, butter, cheese and milk. These should be eaten in moderation. However, if you have severe acne I suggest to completely avoid eating all of these and you would see a gradual change. I am saying this based on my experience and it works faster than you can imagine.
Do not sleep with a make up on. It’s bad for your skin and appearance of spots might occur. Wash your face in the morning after waking up and at night before going to bed. The sebum on our face if not washed starts to build up as blackheads or whiteheads and this will lead to acne if you have poor hygiene. Also, advised by other people avoid touching your face with your hands.
Everyone thought that makeup can cause pimples or acne. There is no scientific evidence about this. You might have a sensitivity into it after your first application, but this won’t lead to acne. If you are concerned about it you can immediately stop using the product. The majority of the make up products that I used has no problems and I never had an issue.
How I cleared my skin:
Firstly, I changed my diet, I eat vegetables that has high in antioxidants such as butternut squash. I eat green leafy vegetables too, like broccoli, bitter melon, beans and Aubergine. Fruits such as blueberries helps clears your skin due to its antioxidant content. I avoided dairy products and oily foods.
Secondly, I drink lots of water all throughout the day and avoided frizzy drinks due to the amount of sugar in it.
Lastly, I used products that has an ingredients of Glycerin and Glycolic acid which helps to remove the outer layer of your skin and change to a new clear skin. It also clears old blemishes and acne scarring. Bear in mind that products that has glycolic acid is prone to sunburn, so always wear a sunscreen.
Clinique anti blemish solution is great for acne. It gradually dries down the active pimples or acne and exfoliates to clear dead surface cells. It also reduce the excess oil that can lead to breakouts.
Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner. It has 5% Glycolic Aloe Vera & Ginseng. This brightens, tones and conditions your skin after cleansing. I used this twice a day in the morning and at night. I have seen a gradual improvement and maintains my skin healthy, radiant and naturally fresh complexion.
Pixi Overnight Glow Serum (30ml) is a silky, glycolic -rich (10%) formula which transforms your skin from dull to healthy new skin cells beneath. It lessens the visibility of dark spots and post blemish redness. Apply few drops before bed and you would notice a luminous skin in the morning.
YSL Forever Light Creator Serum (30ml) helps to correct the appearance of uneven skintone by acting on dark spots, uniformity, translucency and radiance. This cost normally £65.00 I’ve used this product for almost 2 years due to my desperation to clear out my skin. It is very effective. I stopped this product now since I don’t have acne or pimple problem.
La Roche – Posay Effaclar – is recommended for oily skin and imperfections. It is clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes, unclogged blocked pores and controlling shine. Suitable for sensitive skin. I used this at night to replenish my skin and make sure to use sunscreen to prevent sunburn due to its ingredients containing LHA and Salycilic Acid and Anti inflammatory Niacinamide which intensely soothes your skin.
Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA+++ UVA this is my Holy Grail SPF cream for my face. I have proven and tested the effectiveness of this cream. I stayed whole day under the sun during holidays and amazingly my face wasn’t sunburned. It wasn’t only in one occasion but most of the time. If you know how the weather like in the Philippines then you know what I am talking about. Soaking under the sun whilst lying on the beach is a pleasure without worrying of added skin aging caused by not using SPF. Tips: It’s better to use SPF 50 and on everyday basis whether it is winter or autumn always use face cream with SPF. During winter and autumn I use Simple cream with SPF 15 plus added SPF 30 on my make up foundation. You can use lower SPF except when the sun is soaring high.
Eucerin Dermo Purifyer Active Night Care At first I wasn’t sure if this night cream was effective in comparison to the other creams I have used. However, this product works miraculously, I would see a dramatic improvement on the condition of my skin. It evens out my skin tone and waking up with diminished blemishes or breakouts.
Whatever suits on me might or might not be applicable to your skin. Take note that I have combination of oily and dry skin. These products has served me for years now. I have tried and tested a lot of skin care lines and I stick to the ones that claims of what it says. Do not be drawn to the magical advertisements and nice packaging of a product. Look at the ingredients of which certain skin problem you want to target.
Looking after your skin is the best treat you could give to yourself.
Remember to start from the innermost chamber of your health, diet and lifestyle.
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