SKINCARE: Guerilla Tips for Acne-free Skin
I have a scar on my chin. I've never suffered a breakout before so I deal really bad with it. Right now, I'm treating it with spot treatment products and skin lightening creams with hopes that it would magically vanish. I fear that it would take forever or that it's an impossible goal; and my predicament makes me wish I knew better... so with that let me salvage what I can while I can and share with you all some guerilla tips on how to avoid ever having a breakout--thus a scar.
1. Use clean tools. Whether you're using brushes, sponges or your fingers, make sure those applicators are clean. If you use dirty tools, you make washing your face pointless. You would just end up transferring dirt, oil and even bacteria to your supposedly clean skin m. Wash (your tools) at least once a week, and sanitize between use. Also, don't use other people's tools. The logic just follows! Other people can have contagious skin problems that you might acquire through borrowing tools, etc.
2. Have a balanced diet. Your skin reveals how you grind. If you eat junk, your skin would be lackluster and would most likely be oily thus acne-prone. Drink lots of water or at the very least, hydrate your skin with water-based skincare. Remember, a hydrated skin is less irritable. Less irritation, less breakouts. Here's a water-based skincare recommendation.
3. Actively cleanse your face with the proper wash. Make sure your skin is clean and bacteria-free. It's not enough that you're clean. Your skin should also be sanitized, like your brushes. Most cleansers end up focusing on moisturizing properties than the sanitizing part of washing.
Choose a facial wash that would target the problems of acne-prone skin--and stick with it. No matter how effective a acne-preventive wash is, if you just use it once in a blue moon, how do you expect it to work. When they said beauty is a religion, it was drawn from something. Make your cleansing regimen a consistent one and that's when you could expect results. Stay away from cleansers that are very abrasive and have clogging ingredients too! Again, actively choose your cleanser wisely. I would recommend Garnier's PureActive facial wash that targets the 6 causes of skin impurities. I really love it as it delivers its promise of improvement in just seven days--in fact, noticeable was the improvement from the first day of use! It comes in a gel-like consistency and is foamy when lathered against wet skin. It has microbeads that deeply purifies skin without harsh abrasiveness. My favorite part of this wash is the salicylic acid because I find that salicylic acid works best with my skin when it comes to healing acne concerns.
5. If all else fails and your hormones dictate that you do breakout, DON'T PRICK THOSE DARN PIMPLES. I know, it's so hard; and sometimes it's an unconscious thing you do! That's how it almost always is for me anyways. I end up with a scar because I prick my pimples or I scratch my pimple in my sleep, etc. But with strong will is action--or lack of it for this point of discussion. Discipline yourself and treat your breakout like you would treat any scarring: switch to a clarifying regimen, I would recommend products with tee trea oil, so your breakout would dry faster and more gracefully. For acne marks, I'm using this Physician's Formula Dark Spot treatment* from Jenni and my current favorite skin lightening and smoothening cleanser by Garnier which I posted about on Luckymag.com.
I hope these tips helped! These are very basic, often forgotten, skincare thoughts that I hope I was effective enough to remind you with!
Did I miss anything? Let me know through the comments!