So let me start off by saying that I don’t have acne. But, like many people, I do struggle with blemishes, especially around my chin. Although, when I started eating better, my skin cleared up a lot. I’m not saying that all breakouts are going to be caused by food, there are other factors: hormones, environment, and even little things like you could be having a reaction to your skincare.
But, something to keep in mind: it is called junk food for a reason. Foods that I have found to keep my skin looking clear are blueberries, clementines, and dark, leafy green vegetables. But honestly, any fruits and vegetables are fine to have and you can eat as many as you like.
Some foods to avoid would be dairy (I have experiences dairy induced breakouts many times) and any sort of processed, prepackaged foods (like TV dinners, chips, cookies, candy, etc). And if you really crave these sorts of foods, you are better off making them yourself, from scratch.
One last tip is to dry your face using a paper towel. The cotton hand towels you leave on you bathroom counter could contain minor bacteria, especially if you had dried your hands with that towel earlier. You don’t want the bacteria transferring to your face. And make sure to wash your makeup brushes once a week.
When I do breakout, my go-to product for clearing up my skin is tea tree oil. You can buy this at most health foods stores. Make sure it comes in a dark bottle and that the label claims the plant source is from Australia.
After my evening skincare routine, I apply this on the areas where I am broken out, using a cotton pad. If you need to add more tea tree to your cotton pad, make sure you do not pour it onto the same area that has just touched your face. You never know what bacteria the pad has picked up.
According to some things I have read, sea salt is the new trend in fighting acne. Although I can not attest to that, I do find this great for clearing up hyper-pigmentation. After my breakouts have cleared up I am left with pink spots on my face, that take about 6-9 months to clear up. The Ocean Salt scrub from LUSH has worked wonders at speeding things up.
I use this scrub once or twice a week, at night, in place of my usual cleanser. It is not abrasive, as most of the salt particles are finely milled. Ocean Salt is great at pulling off that top layer of dead skin (I know it sounds gross, but why do you want it on your face?) and leaves my skin feeling very smooth. It also contains lime which has a brightening effect on the skin, so I recommend this to anyone who suffers with hyper-pigmentation, even if it is not caused by acne. It also smells like the beach (just an added bonus).
What are your tips for fighting breakouts? Have you tried any of these products?