I have a love hate relationship with my skin. When it’s good it’s REALLY good and when its bad its absolutely awful! Having acne as an adult is not only humiliating it is annoying. I feel as though I paid my dues to the acne gods back in middle and high school. Why must I still have these issues. Here are some of the things I have found that help me maintain healthy skin, and let my beauty shine through.
1. Black Soap
First and foremost this has been the ONLY soap that completely clears my skin of all acne. Ive tried everything from over the countersign treatments, serums, and face washes to expensive prescription meds, and this $7 bar of soap wins every time. Black soap is a natural soap made from palm ash, tamarind extract, tar, and plantain peel. It cleanses your skin and tightens your pores. It also is said to be good for skin revitalization, wrinkle prevention, and skin brightening. I use it day and night.
It is important to follow up your skin cleansing session with a toner. It makes sure any dirty, pesky impurities the soap wasn’t able to get out doesn’t stay behind on the skin. This is especially important for those with acne or oily prone skin like myself. Toner acts as an astringent and closes the pores making them small in appearance as well. I personally like to mix a bit of natural lavender oil in my toner to give it an extra bit of beauty benefits.
Though you may think that slathering on a moisturizer to skin that is bound to break out or get oily, sounds counter productive, its not. Actually skin that goes without moisturizing is likely to have more breakouts. This is because your body naturally moisturizes itself, and if it goes without moisturizer it triggers more natural oil production. These leaves the opportunity for your skin to overdo it, causing breakouts and a shiny greasy face. I Use a light oil free moisturizer during the day, and 100% pure aloe vera gel at night.
4. Lay Off The Makeup
I have a rule, I only wear makeup when I have somewhere important to be, or on the weekends when I am entertaining myself. During the week I go completely bare (not even mascara). This gives your skin a break, and it reminds you of your true natural beauty. I think many times us women fall into the trap of looking at makeup as a crutch. We don’t need makeup to be pretty. Besides makeup is meant to enhance not cover up. I try to make sure I keep my eyebrows done though, there is nothing worse than a bare face and untamed brows! (YIKES!!!)
Stress is often a trigger for adult acne. According to Ava Shamban, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA and author of Heal Your Skin, “Even a moderate amount of daily stress—like balancing a career and a social life, or coming home from work and having to cook dinner for your family—is enough to trigger a breakout.” I try to take at least an hour or 2 a day when I get home from work to just do nothing but relax. Maybe I will go and lay in my hammock to read, or take my dog for a long walk. Either way I like to wind down so that my body can take a moment to recalibrate.
6. Enjoy Your Skin
When it’s time to get dressed up go all in. Put that makeup on girl. The best part about it, is you will have clear and smooth skin to lay your makeup on. It makes a HUGE difference. Covering your pimpled filled face with makeup is not fooling anyone! Make sure the products you are using aren’t full of unhealthy fillers and ingredients, and be sure to wash your makeup off before you hit the sack! Invest in good makeup, and and even better makeup remover!
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