How I actually got clear skin
I’ve never been one to have really poor skin, but I’ve definitely dealt with my fair share of unruly moments. Let me give you a background on my skin real quick! Hormonal acne ruled my younger years, and I did quite a bit of partying in my mid twenties that definitely took a toll on my skin. I’m also not a heavy water drinker, no matter how much I try, and skin care wasn’t really my thing until about twenty-five. Now that we have all of that finished, I can talk about how I got my skin in order, and what ultimately helped me get clear skin.
The cleanser that answered all of my prayers
When I was a teenager, there was this L’Oreal cleanser that I swore by. It had exfoliating beads in it, and it never really broke me out which was great. Years later, that was discontinued, and my world came crashing down, not literally but you get the idea. It took me years to find something that adjusted to my skin without just making it go insane. This is where Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser came in. Not only was it completely unlike my typical cleansers, but I hadn’t tried anything from Glossier yet. This had no exfoliating properties, and was actually one of the most gentle cleansers that my skin had ever came in contact with. I seriously think that this is this secret to my clear skin. Read the full review here!
Find a good moisturizer!
Because my skin was breaking out constantly, it made me not want to use a moisturizer. I thought that there was no way that could lead me to clear skin. What I realized is that I was using the wrong moisturizer, this changed the game. The idea of a “water cream” really had me fascinated, and when I saw this one from Tatcha, I knew that I had to try it. After five tubs of this stuff, it is a staple in my beauty cabinet. It feels amazing, moisturizes, and is just all around amazing! Even if you are dealing with unruly skin, a moisturizer will actually help you. This is a high price moisturizer, but there are tons of brands coming out with water creams, so try one out!
Dealing with those pesky breakouts is the worst
Occasionally, I still get breakouts around my trouble spots during certain times of the month. No matter what I did, these were almost impossible to deal with, and they would linger past my cycle. Witch hazel is a staple in my beauty cabinet for mulitple reasons. It is great as a spot treatment to dry up those pesky zits, treat bugbites, and if my skin is really having an off day, I’ll use it as a toner.
Eventually, I found something that really helped to eliminate my hormonal breakouts for good. Clindamycin is a perscription strength cream, and it works! Not only did it totally change the texture of my skin around my mouth and chin, but it actually has bascially prevented any more issues. I occasionally get them, but it is incredibly rare. I will warn you that this is incredibly drying, and your skin won’t like you the first couple of times, but the results are worth it. Head to your local dermatologist for this!
My final tip? Drink water!
As I mentioned, I’m not a water drinker, but I try to be! I have a love for Diet Coke that I have to fight every single day. Making necessary lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on not only your health, but your skin as well. I look back at photos of when I was drinking and smoking, and I barely recognize that girl anymore. Making sure that you are eating healthy meals, and staying hydrated is the best skincare regimine that you can make for yourself. It’s going to help quite a few areas as well. I have an entire blog post dedicated to how you can start drinking more water here. Also, try adding lemon to your water, here is an entire list of benefits!
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What are your tips to clear skin?