Hormonal acne and pimples are some of our worst nightmares. They know just the perfect time to show up-and the perfect time is NEVER. Some of us just can’t seem to escape it, but what I do know is it’s not impossible to control these stubborn campers.
I remember when I had my first hormonal acne breakout, my self-esteem went from ten to zero real quick. It was as bad as you can imagine. Much as, my biggest problem was dealing with the aftermath because my skin is prone to pigmentation, so you can imagine what I was left looking like- your favorite chocolate chip cookie.
The experience left me horrified, so you bet I was doing all the remedies in the book and because I didn’t know any better, I was remedying the problem all wrong. Hence, through trial and error and a lot of research, I’ve learned to be more gentle with the skin and limit exfoliation. So with careful steps and limitations, we can definitely control this pesky acne outbreak.
3 Major Tips To Deal With Acne and Pimples
1. Picking out the right cleanser
Picking out the right cleanser is crucial because this is the first step to cleaning the skin. You want to choose a cleanser that is gentle, non-abrasive, alcohol-free, but strong enough to remove dirt and oil.
Avoid over washing, this can overdry the skin and confuse oil glands into producing more oil which can lead to clogging the pores. Lastly, choose a cleanser that is for your skin type-oily, dry, or combination.
Skinfood Tea Tree Bubble Cleansing Foam is a water based cleanser with key ingredients such as tea tree oil, ginger extract and glycolic acid that treat, soothe, and prevent acne.
Exfoliation helps clear away dead skin cells that can clog the pores but should be done once or twice a week only so that you don’t irritate the skin. If you have moderate to severe acne its best to stay away from using a Clarisonic, this can irritate the inflamed acne and spread bacteria. Furthermore, you can use an exfoliating mask, toner or pads to exfoliate the skin without abrading it.
Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon are exfoliating pads that sweep away dead skin cells and impurities without any abrasiveness. Lemon(Vitamin C) is the star ingredient in this product that helps brighten and promote clearer skin.
Hyperpigmentation is a genetic, hormonal, or sun related condition to the skin. Regarding acne pigmentation, it’s important to develop a skin care regimen that helps restore and strengthen the skin’s barrier so that the skin can have a healthy and faster cell turnover.
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) targets pigmentation and brighten the skin. It is a naturally occurring antioxidant in our bodies that helps fight against UV photo-damage, increases collagen production and reduces hyperpigmentation. However, as we age there is a decline in Vitamin C, that’s why it’s important to incorporate a vitamin C serum in our skin care routine to help with faster cell turnover and collagen production.
Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum contains 5% Vitamin C, gentle enough for sensitive skin all the while brightening the skin and helps fight against acne and inflammation.
Dealing with those Pesky Acne | Other Remedies
As a result, when these pesky acne come around we can’t help but feel helpless but not everything lies in topical products. Here are a few things that go hand in hand with the steps above to remedy acne and pimples.
1. Drink a lot of water to flush out toxins.
2. Eat a healthy diet.
3. Don’t touch your face. Your hands collect bacteria throughout the day!
4. Use Sunblock to help protect your skin from damage and hyperpigmentation
5. Avoid junk food.
6. Wash your face twice daily.