Dealing with acne can be hard, especially when it follows you all the way from your teens to your twenties! You think you’ll get rid of them, but unfortunately, they just don’t go away. After a lot of hit and trial with fad diets, and multiple over-the-counter products and “beauty” products later, I can finally say, I’ve found a way to get control over my acne.
Homeopathy, Allopathy, Ayurveda, and several juice-cleanses, and yet, nothing seemed to work. Even if there was an effect, it was not permanent. This really made me question if I could ever just make acne go away or will it be a part of me forever? Eating right is the best way to deal with acne long-term but we can’t really be sure about how long will it take and if it can make it go away permanently. What once seemed like an uncontrollable phenomenon, to what is now a once in while red bump, I’ve finally figured out the right combination. Here’s how I finally got rid of and tamed my acne!
Get started on Accutane!
No matter what you do, remember, you’ll always get back to one solution, Accutane. Accutane or Isotretinoin helps you to control sebum production and dries your skin out. It of course needs to be prescribed by your doctor. Isotretinoin not only controls sebum production but also stimulates the regeneration of skin at an increased speed. There are some pre-requisites to getting started on isotretinoin though. The major one is, you shouldn’t be pregnant or willing to get pregnant whilst on the medication. It is a prerequisite to consider this before you get started on the medication. Again, please consult your doctor before you get started!
Clean your face!
The very first step to dealing with your acne is keeping your face clean. Cutibacterium acnes, the bacteria that causes acne, resides in clogged pores. Any guesses how that happens? If you’ve had acne, you know the drill. The dead skin cells combine with the sebum, which is the substance that makes your face oily. This mixture then goes on to clog the skin pores, which get infected by the acne bacteria, causing big red bumps.
So it goes without saying, that the first thing you want to do, is to keep your face clean. There are three things that you want to ensure
- To exfoliate the dead cells
- To have minimum sebum on your skin
- To maintain the natural ph of your skin
Here’s what my minimal skincare routine looks like..
Out of a plethora of options available to you, you need a facial scrub that gently removes excess dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, without irritating it. I have been using the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub. It is a great scrub and can be used on a daily basis. It gently removes dead skins leaving your skin radiant! I use it the first thing in the day. Overnight, the skin rests itself and discards dead cells. What better time than to clean away your skin than the morning? Adding it to my beauty routine has worked charms for me!
Oil Control Acne Facewash
Oil control is a major part of dealing with acne. The key to oil control is using a cleanser that not only takes away excess oil off your skin but does not also dry your skin out. Using the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash was the best decision I made. After trying out lots of different face washes, with neem, turmeric, and what not! I could feel the difference within my first usage. Not only did it make my skin feel fresh, but also, surprisingly oil-free for hours after usage!
The bacteria cannot survive in hostile environments. Once you’ve made sure your face is clean and pores are unclogged, you can then fight the root cause of acne. which is the bacteria itself. After multiple over-the-counter medications and several tubes, I came across this beautiful combination of Benzoyl Peroxide and Clindamycin. Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor before using this product. Peroclin 2.5% is a mild combination of two medicines, Benzoyl Peroxide and Clindamycin. Whilst one concentrates on fighting the bacterias, the other controls sebum production and replenishes the skin. Together, they fight acne like nothing else!
I used it daily as a part of my daily night routine. I felt it was working from the fourth application. It does have a tendency to make the skin dry, and thus I use it together with a moisturizer. Some people complain that it irritates their skin, therefore it is advisable that you consult a doctor before using this!
Moisturizer for Acne-prone Skin
For people dealing with acne, it is necessary to maintain the balance between ‘Not too dry” and “Not too oily”. The products we use to deal with our acne condition, often end up drying our skin out. Our skin feels thirsty, and dry like a dessert, often causing irritation. This is where a good gel-based moisturizer comes in handy. Why a gel-based moisturizer? Unlike others, gel-based moisturizers give a very light feel to the skin and get absorbed well. This prevents the skin from getting too dry whilst also making sure you do not have a heavy oily look on your face.
My personal favorite is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. I have tried so many moisturizers for acne-prone skin and oily skin. But nothing feels better than the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. What I personally love about it is the way it gets instantly absorbed by the skin and leaves the skin hydrated and nourished. What is better is, you only need a small amount of the product per application. It spreads really well and comes in compact manageable packaging. This is something that I keep recommending to my friends and family alike since it is suitable for all skin types! I use it once in the day after my scrubbing and once at night!
How did lips come in an article about acne? Well, if you are on acne medication, especially isotretinoin, you know all about chapped lips. Acne medication tends to dry out your skin, and as a side effect, it also dries out the skin on your lips! As a result, you end up with chapped lips that feel really sore and cactus-like all the time. I have been guilty of trying to run my tongue over dry lips over and over again just to temporarily deal with the dryness, but we know, it does not help.
This went on till I discovered this amazing SunKroma Lip Balm from a friend, and it changed everything. Today, I have one lip balm for my bag, one for my nightstand, and one in my car, lest I forget! It is hydrating and at the same time very light on the skin.
Toner for the Pores!
A more common occurrence with people who have acne troubles is that they have issues with enlarged or open pores. This is a downer and needs some tending to. Whilst the enlarged pores cannot be reversed, we can always do some sort of damage control. Using a toner can help tighten the skin around the pores, thus minimizing the appearance of the enlarged pores. The RE’ EQUIL Vitamin C Face Toner is a miracle product for acne-prone skin.
It not only does tone your skin but also takes care of the hyperpigmentation and mild scarring from the acne. The Vitamin C in the tone also evens out your skin tone and gives you a fresh overall look. It is a wonderful product and I saw results within a week of usage. I use it every day after my facewash by gently dabbing a cotton pad with the product over my skin. Definitely one of the best products I have used to deal with acne!
Face masks are a great way to indulge in self-care over weekends. And if it comes with the added benefit of calming your skin flare up and bringing the much-needed glow, why in the world not? I have always been a fan of The Body Shop products, but one especially has my love. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Face Mask is such an amazing product. Why? Because it is so gentle on the skin and calms down blemishes effortlessly. If you have complaints about redness and clustered acne on your cheeks and/or your T-zone, this is your go-to product!
It has worked wonders for me and has subsequently become a weekend ritual! It is definitely a product you want to invest in. It might seem pricey, but one container lasted almost a year for me! With usage going every weekend, I felt it was a great deal!
These products, together helped me bring my acne from ‘worst’ to ‘deal able to ‘Where is it?’. And these products are so easy to use and do not require much maintenance. Although, It is advisable to consult a doctor. Please do not consider this as a substitute for medical treatment. This is only my personal experience and recommendation. The website or the author will not be responsible for any actions taken irresponsibly!