If you decided to click on this article, chances are that just like me, you struggle with acne. Those pesky skin devils have been getting on my nerves since I was 12 years old. I blame them for my shyness and addiction to high coverage foundation. When I was younger, I was quite helpless when it came to fighting and treating my acne the right way, so I would slather on layer after layer of concealer + foundation + powder in hope that my face would end up looking as flawless of those of the others girls on Instagram. Spoiler: it didn't work.
At 15 I officially declared war on my acne and tried out any and every product on the market that promised to relieve me from my personal skin nightmare. From ProActive to chamomile tea soaks, been there done that. Over the years my skin got a lot better due to the end of my puberty (it was about time) and intensive medical treatment with Oracutane (This is ONLY for the worst case scenario and I highly recommend you talk with a dermatologist about it before even considering it.). Afterwards my skin cleared up for half a year or so and then the skin devils slowly returned, although admittedly, not as bad as before.
Now at 21, I still struggle with acne from time to time and it seems it has a tendency to always break out at the worst times, like directly before going to a big event or getting graduation pictures taken *sigh*. But my past experience helped me to create the ultimate skin care routine that gets rid of acne within one week. Sorry hun, but there is no overnight solution that will magically give you porcelain skin instantly. Clear skin takes lots of time and consistency in your routine.
So without further ado I present to you....
My personal anti-acne war plan:
Step 1: Wash. Your. Face
Always and I really mean ALWAYS wash your face every morning and evening before going to bed. I wear a full face of makeup every day, so it’s especially important to wash it all off and make sure no traces are left. The Bioderma Purifying Cleansing Gel is my fav – it feels like it thoroughly cleanses my pores and helps fight accessive sebum production aka oily skin.
Step 2: Moisturise in the Morning
I know moisturising sounds a bit counterproductive when you are trying to get rid of oily skin and acne, but hear me out. It’s important to moisturise your skin so it doesn’t dry up and start flaking due to all the salicylic acid in the other products. This La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo(+) Anti-Blemish Moisturiser was extra made for acne troubled skin. The texture is super lightweight and feels like a blanket wrapping around your face and soothing it. Plus it's a gtreat base for your foundation.
In the evening after I wash and disinfect my face, I like to use a heavy weight moisturiser to refuel my parched skin cells. Be careful, since too heavy a moisturiser can actually clog your pores and lead to break outs. So experiment which intensity works best for you. I love the Lush Skin Drink because it’s all natural and has soothing properties that help against the irritation from all the “aggressive” acne products.
Sometimes you can already feel that zit growing under your skin, ready to break out like am angry volcano in the morning. Time to act fast, you want to stop the zit from even getting a chance to grow or at least reduce the severity of it. While living in Japan I discovered this insane acne spot treatment concoction by Etude House and it has changed my skin care routine forever! You just dunk a Q-tip into the pink mixture and apply it directly on top of the zit. Do it over night and best case scenario the spot is completely gone, worst case you are left with a red bump (still lots better than a huge white head!!)
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Once every two weeks I like to sit back, relax and put on an intensive clearing face mask to give my skin that extra purifying kick. This Himalaya Neem mask is not only easy on your budget but also made with all natural ingredients. Slather on, let the products do their magic and wash off once it’s all dried up and crumbly. Also a really cool impromptu Halloween costume, if you like to go as the swamp monster. Lol. Not funny? Okay, I’ll stop…
Please keep in mind that this is the routine that works best for my skin. Everyone is different and some of these products might not works as great for you as they do for me and that’s okay. I know a lot of people swear on tea tree oil to clear up the skin, however turns out that I am allergic to it. Yikes.
So, the best thing is to just try everything and figure out what works best for you.