It is very natural to have skin problems especially if you’re a teenager. Hormones, stress, pollution, they are huge obstacles in front of your journey to achieving perfect skin. I, myself, have struggled with acne for two years. However, once I changed my lifestyle habits and started using specific products that worked for my skin, my problems were resolved to a great extent.
Keep in mind that these tips may not work for all skin types. I will try my best to explain each tip, so you can decide whether they suit you or not.
- Drink LOTS of water.
Dehydration causes dry skin. When your skin is dry, sebaceous glands produce more oil. When this oil combines with dirt and dead skin cells, your pores get clogged. Clogged pores turn into pimples, which later on can cause severe acne.
So, water is the best treatment to maintain the hydration of your skin and prevent acne. I usually drink 2-3 liters (9-10 cups) a day, and it has done wonders for my skin.
- Limit dairy.
I know, I know. It sounds awful to not be able to eat that big scoop of vanilla ice-cream or that delicious slice of mozzarella pizza. When I was told that quitting dairy prevented acne, my first response was, “It’s definitely not worth the suffering.” Trust me, it’s worth it.
The relationship between milk and acne has not been scientifically proven, but I tried it and it’s true. Dairy products, in general, contain too many hormones, cause an insulin spike, and cause skin to produce excess sebum, which all lead to acne.
I have been drinking Alpro’s Almond Milk (not soy milk because that contains too many hormones too), and am quite satisfied. The most difficult part of living without dairy is probably not being able to consume yogurt, which is an essential element of the Turkish cuisine.
I also eat Nature Path’s dark chocolate peanut butter granola, which is non-dairy.
I tried to get used to Trakya’s vegan cheese but hated it, so I guess you can try and see whether it fits your taste.
- Find your skincare routine.
The first thing you should do is to find out your skin type. You can do so by taking the quiz on https://www.reneerouleau.com/skin-types. Then, you should find the products that best serve your skin type.
My skin is combination, which means that my t-zone is oily but my cheeks are quite sensitive and dry.
Cleanse and Moisturize:
Every morning, I wash my face with a cleanser using La-Roche Posay’s Toleriane Creme Mousse. It’s a gentle cleanser for oily but sensitive skin. Then, I use Biotherm’s Aquasource moisturizer, which is oil-free and water-based. I also moisturize around my eyes with Yves-Saint Laurent’s Youth Liberator Eye Zone Serum.
Remove Makeup and Exfoliate:
After I come home from school, the first thing I do is to remove my makeup. It is extremely important that you wipe everything off your face because dirt and bacteria caused by makeup can clog your pores and turn your skin into a disaster.
This time, I exfoliate my face with Clinique’s Pep-Start. Exfoliation is an essential step because it removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin glowing and new.
Use a Face Mask:
At night, I usually use Sephora’s face masks (the pearl-based perfecting and brightening one is my favorite). However, they don’t help much with blackheads. So, two days of the week I use Clinique’s Pore Refining Charcoal Mask and it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It helps a lot especially if you’re trying to get rid of the pores on your nose.
After leaving the mask on for 5-10 minutes, I wash my face and moisturize it with the products I mentioned above.
I have to note that these products are pricey, but I could assure you that they are totally worth the investment.
- Eliminate stress.
This is probably the most difficult part of the process. It’s impossible to eliminate stress from our lives, especially if you’re near my age and getting ready for college. All the exams, projects, deadlines, extracurriculars, and social drama… EVERYTHING causes stress. Unfortunately, high levels of stress lead to breakouts.
I still couldn’t solve this problem and have breakouts especially during the exam periods. However, just last week I started meditating and I could say that it helps a lot. You could search online on how to meditate and which types of meditation are best for your needs, I find concentration meditation to be pretty relaxing.
- Eat healthy.
If you want to have flawless and glowing skin, you must maintain a diet that consists of fruit and vegetables.
Some acne friendly food I eat are:
- Dried apricots
- Lean-meat (such as fish and chicken)
Also, try to avoid greasy food because they trigger the oil glands in the skin.
- Get enough sleep.
This is another step I struggle with since I have to wake up at 5.30 am in order to get to school on time. Researchers suggest that in order to have healthy skin, you have to sleep 7-8 hours I get 6 hours of sleep at most (and that’s if I’m lucky), and do realize its effects on my skin. However, I try to sleep as much as I can during the holidays, and that does help my skin recover.
All in all, don’t forget that this is a long process and perfect skin doesn’t happen overnight. But, if you’re willing to make some sacrifices and follow these steps, I guarantee that you will be truly satisfied with the results.
“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time” – Linden Tyler