Adult Acne! A Common But Frustrating Problem! My Experience & My Tips To Help…
It’s no secret that I’ve suffered with bad skin since I was young. I feel this is a great time to do a blog post on my skin. Mainly because how it has affected me through my years of growing up and still affects me from today, and I am hoping this blog post on my experience can help you have clearer skin and make you feel more confident in your own skin. My skin affected me in many different ways and even to this day, I know it has had an impact on me that I believe will stay with me forever. I would say alongside the other reason why I got into make-up, this was one of the main reasons I fell in love with make-up. I loved how I could hide and disguise any imperfections on my face with a little bit of foundation and concealer. Make-up to me was a mask and still is today.
Back in Feb-March I couldn’t look at my mum in the eye with no make-up on, my skin was the worst it had ever been and my confidence rapidly shattered. I couldn’t bare the pain of waking up each and every morning, walking into the bathroom, not turning the light on, looking into the mirror and having to look at my acne-ridden skin which all came on from a change in my job and other stress related problems I had earlier this year. Some days were better than others. With the more make-up application to hide the acne, avoiding meetings, avoiding going out and even turning down make-up jobs. With the push from my mum I finally plucked up the courage to see my doctor hoping that this new cream or tablet that the doctor had given me would make me back to “normal”, that’s all I wanted; to have perfect skin! After all being a make-up artist you have to look your best especially when you preach so much about perfect skin!
With acne or skin problems, you wear the condition on your face, the first thing that people see is your face. What do people see? They see, lumps, bumps, pigmentation, scars, redness, they see an unhappy face! Unless you are a make-up artist like me and can try to hide behind it all which I did. As human beings we thrive to connect with people, to be accepted and be part of a group. Having acne makes you feel excluded. The amount of parties, jobs, family days, nights out, chances to meet new people and photos that I missed out on in the time I had these skin problems was dreadful. I remember looking around constantly scanning people’s skin with my eyes to see if they had a single blemish, that way I could somehow connect with them; I then wouldn’t feel left alone, and I guess this was hard for me as I work with so many flawless models in the industry I work in.
Many people don’t understand what it’s truly like to have a bad skin condition, it changed my life. Adult acne is partially caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by sebaceous glands in the skin. There’s not one definitive explanation why people get acne over time, it may be hormones, sometimes medications, stress. Unfortunately it’s really common in your twenties and sometimes into your forties. In some people it comes and goes, in some it’s continuous.
After plucking up the courage to see my doctor, changing my diet, keeping stress free, change of make-up and other factors I feel my skin has improved so much, where I feel more confident in my skin. I still have scars and pigmentation and do wear make-up every day to hide those small imperfections. I am now happy to share some of my tips, secrets and products I have used to improve my skin over the last few months. I really hope this blog post can help those that suffer from bad skin too. I look forward to hearing all your feedback on my experience.
Prescription medications: Low-dose antibiotics, such as doxycycline, can help reduce inflammation in the skin thereby reducing breakouts. Oral contraceptives and spironolactone, can help stabilize the fluctuations of hormones, which is often a major contributing factor to adult-onset acne. This is something I had prescribed by my doctor so I can NOT advise here. I would suggest meeting up with your doctor to discuss your personalised skin problems
Cleansers: Mild cleansers without fragrances can be helpful to cleanse the skin, but not strip the skin of natural oils. Have been using Temple Spa –‘Way To Go’- £18, Cooling and oh-so refreshing. This cool, refreshing rinse-off gel will remove grime, makeup and excess sebum. Which also targets problem oily skin areas.
Finally I use Bioderma Sensibio H2O-£11.36 to remove eye make-up and other stubborn make-up. It’s a liquid cleanser/make up remover. Using Bioderma purely as a quick and effective make up remover, not really a cleanser as such. And that is exactly what it is. Quick, easy and to be quite honest…bloody amazing at removing your make up without leaving any break outs on your skin, this product also comes onto all my make-up jobs. The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).
Creams and lotions: Retinol products can open and clean pores and simultaneously help reduce fine wrinkles. Products that contain salicylic and glycolic acids are helpful to reduce discoloration and fade old acne marks. Perfect for moisturising the skin and acts as an amazing make-up primer too is the Temple Spa ‘Moisturise To Go’ -£33. A Liquid silk for the skin. It is designed to bring balance and soak up excess oil. A moisturiser without feeling heavy.
Don’t forget those eyes: I love Origins GinZing- £23. Such an amazing Refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff the eyes. Ingredients include Caffeine from Coffee bean, Panax Ginseng, Magnolia Extract and natural optic brighteners rapidly wakes up, refreshes and restores radiance to tired eyes. This is why Origins skin care is a must for me! I love all their natural ingredients.
Exfoliate: Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin radiant and smooth. Exfoliation is the cosmetic practice of removing dead skin cells from the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. Your skin can shed 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells per minute naturally; however, many people need exfoliation products to help reduce acne and get smooth skin. Temple Spa ‘the Power Breakfast’-£22 is a nutritious scrub and face mask in one, with honey, oats and fruit juices. It gently dissolves dead skin cells and for any skin type needing a polishing scrub and/or a skin softening mask!
Keep Stress Free & Sleep: Stress and lack of sleep can raise the level of inflammatory markers in your body, which can affect your skin and make it prone to infection and spots. When you are stressed your body produces cortisol. Cortisol ramps up the processes that help us deal with stressors, like converting protein to energy and releasing glycogen, and suppresses peripheral processes like digestion, cell regeneration and endocrine regulation. With nasty symptom results of fatigue, weight gain, depression and acne.
Make-up: It got to a point where the more I tried to hide my acne, the more acne I had to hide! There was also a problem where I was using the wrong foundation. There is no need to stop using makeup to conceal your acne, you just need to start choosing the right types of cosmetics; ones that won’t cause more breakouts. I would now be lost without my Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation- £47. A traditional foundation without the heavy matte finish, which emphasises the tiniest skin imperfections. No Foundation Foundation is a multi-purpose product that provides natural translucent coverage, corrects skin undertones, instantly smoothes fine lines and boosts skin’s natural moisture throughout the day, all the while delivering antioxidant benefits! Read more >here<
Water: Drinking water keeps your skin cleansed and hydrated, encouraging clear, fresh skin. By drinking water you flush out toxins and eliminate the dirt that clogs the pores of your skin, giving you a healthier glow.
Diet is Important too! There is no evidence that a poor diet directly causes spots, but voiding foods that are high in refined carbohydrates like white bread and pastry, can improve your skin. So ensure that you are properly hydrated, get lots of fibre in your diet in the form of whole grains, pulses, fresh fruit and vegetables, and consider taking a daily antioxidant supplement.
Food Ideas for Perfect Skin-
Think of them as orange wonder wands-good for eyeballs, good for clearing up breakouts. Credit vitamin A. It helps prevent the overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer.
Antioxidants in dark chocolate, reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage.
When it’s hot, the bionic brew releases catechins, a type of antioxidant with proven anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. (The tea’s antioxidants start to degrade as it cools, so drink it while it’s hot.)
Loaded with vitamin C, which smooths out wrinkles. Vitamin C is essential to collagen production and the more collagen you have, the less creased your skin looks.
Hot Water & Lemons:
Start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon. It’s so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore. Boosts your immune system, Balances pH, Helps with weight loss and clears skin. The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
Final Top Tip! Natural Product- Use Lemon and Honey for Clear Skin…
Take a half lemon from the fridge and put 3-4 drops of honey on it. Rub the lemon on your face, emphasizing trouble areas. Leave the lemon and honey mixture on your face for 5 minutes and then wash it with cold water. You will be able to see the results immediately. Additionally, lemon juice will also fade other marks/spots on the face and honey will moisturise.
Thanks for taking your time to read this blog post. It took up some courage for me to write this and share my experience with bad skin. I would love to hear your experiences too. Please remember that these are products and ways I have helped improve my skin, your skin might not get along with these products. Either way I hope it can help some of you. For more amazing acne beauty tips check out this amazing website I have got loads of tips from http://www.acneskinsite.com/
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, I would love to help.