I don’t remember when it happened exactly, but a while ago my skin just went crazy. I had a major breakout and it only seemed to be getting worse by the day. I tried everything to get rid of it, cover it up and just to deal with it in general but nothing seemed to help. Finally after almost 2 months I managed to clear up my skin for the most part and I really wanted to share how I did it because that was such a struggle for me. So, if you want to read about a few tips and tricks that helped me clear up my skin, make sure you continue reading!
Skincare is key
Obviously skincare is key when it comes to getting rid of breakouts. But that’s not the point here, I mean that’s one of the most obvious ways to do it. What I mean is that it’s important to use the right skincare products and most importantly know what they do and why they do it. Find out what ingredients you need for your skin to clear up and which ones to avoid. If you know that you can make sure that the products you use have the right ingredients in them and don’t have ingredients that don’t work for you. I know it might be super difficult to find out, so instead of doing that you can also just go with trial and error. Try stuff, see if it get’s better or worse and go from there. Important here is that you only try one new product at a try, otherwise you can’t be certain which product is causing the reaction.
One of my favourite products for clearing my skin has been this amazing face wash by La Roche Posay. It’s their Duo Effaclar Mousse Purifante. This stuff works wonders for me. It’s quite a gentle but still very effective face wash. First of all it does the best job at removing ALL of your makeup, and second of all it makes my skin feel really nice and clean without making it feel super dry like I’m going to crack out of it. Aside from that I truly believe that this helped me get rid of my breakout for a big part and therefore I do recommend giving it a try if you’re looking for a product that could help you clear your skin.
Another product I loved using during that time is my beloved Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel. I have relatively oily skin and I believe that the reason for my breakout was using way too greasy products. Therefore I decided I should stick to gel-based moisturisers for a while that would give me the amount of moisture my skin needs, but nothing too much. This product does a perfect job at doing that which is why I really like it.
Another thing that helped me a lot is the use of serums. I personally really love the ones from The Ordinary, but which brand you use doesn’t really matter. The Ordinary has a couple of serums that work great for acne-prone skin like the Niacinamide, but the one that has made the most difference for my skin during the breakout time has been the Salicylic Acid. This comes in a small bottle and is meant to be used on your blemishes only. I did this every night before I went to bed and it visibly reduced the amount of blemishes on my skin. The niacinamide helped to reduce the amount of scarring that was left on my skin from the breakout.
Of course salicylic acid and niacinamide aren’t the only two serums that work great for blemished skin and there is a lot more out there, but these two just really made a difference for me.
A stinky solution
The thing that has probably made the biggest difference is a combination of apple vinegar and water. This stinks like no tomorrow, I really hated putting it on my skin (it kind of smells like stinky feet, imagine putting that all over your face and near your nose) but it worked. It worked so well. I can’t remember how I figured out that apple vinegar would help, but it really did. It really managed to get rid of all of the stubborn blemishes that just wouldn’t go and it also made sure I didn’t get even more blemishes than I already had. It really saved my skin and even though it’s probably one of the worst smelling things in the entire world and something I’d never want to put on my face again, it made a huge, huge difference and I honestly highly recommend trying it out if your skin is completely broken out and nothing else helps.
Another great tip is drinking more water. I was dryer than the Sahara Desert before, but because I was just clueless and completely helpless I -finally- decided to try to drink more water and see what effect that would have on my skin. I was always a little skeptical about it, but to be honest it does make a difference. Don’t expect to go from a completely blemished complexion to blemish free after drinking a ton of water for a while, but it does definitely improve the quality of your skin and the amount of blemishes.
The last thing that helped me clear up my skin is to reduce the amount of stress. I have been under a lot of stress the past couple of weeks since exams were coming up and I’m just one big bulk of stress during those times. But from the moment I finished the exams and got a lot less stressed my skin cleared up like no other. I know it’s hard not too stress too much during stressful times like that, but just try to keep the stress on a lower level if you want to clear your skin
And that’s pretty much it for my tips and tricks on how to get clear skin. I hope it’s helpful to you in any way and be sure to let me know how you manage to keep your skin nice and clear!