I know what it is like to have acne. I know what it is like to try and avoid going out or seeing people because my skin was is so painful and angry. Acne is so common, and at times it can feel like you are fighting a hopeless battle against it. I’ve been there! I am finally feeling like I have a handle on my acne and can somewhat prevent my breakouts. Having clear and healthy skin isn’t just about what you put on your skin, it is also a reflection of what you feed your body. I have been incorporating affordable and easy remedies into my skincare and health routine and I want to share them with you.
- Witch hazel. I use witch hazel as my toner after I wash my face at night. It has astringent properties, which means it minimizes pores and reduces excess oils on your face. Also, it prevents dirt and the bacteria that causes acne from clogging your pores – it is awesome!
- Eat right to avoid inflammation, which causes acne. Eat foods that fight acne like probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon), and antioxidants (like berries and dark greens). These foods enhance your complexion. Avoid foods like dairy, coconut oil, and whey protein. These foods aggravate or clog your skin.
- Tea tree oil. This is a natural antiseptic, so it helps treat acne by getting rid of the bacteria and fungus on the surface, treating the acne while also preventing it. Tea tree oil also helps repair acne scars.
- Exfoliate once a week. Exfoliating too much can damage your skin and actually irritate it. I use baking soda as my exfoliant. It is naturally salty, and salt has great healing properties. It is also just the right amount of grit that allows it to gently scrub off dead skin and clear pores.
- This is so important in treating acne! Moist skin prevents the growth of pimples. Make sure to use a moisturizer that is made specifically to be used on the face.
Treating and preventing acne doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult! It might feel like you are fighting a losing battle but stay the course and keep trying. My dermatologist once told me that your skin has cycles, and they last 60-90 days. It takes that long for your routine changes to start working and helping, so don’t give up!