Do you feel like everyone else in the world has been blessed with perfect skin but you unfortunately have not?
I myself luckily had no issues with spots or pimples throughout my teenage years.
However when I hit my 20s... Well it was a different story. I had constant breakouts.
These spots weren't small either my sisters would actually name them. 1 huge pimple on my cheek was famously named dotty!
It sounds funny but it was such a horrible time for me.
Breakouts can really affect our self-esteem and confidence. Our face is on constant show to the world and having spots makes us feel paranoid. I remember feeling really low and I wouldn't want to go out to events or socialise.
So what can be done to fix this problem?
- Wash your face- Yes this may seem very obvious but a skin care routine and hygiene is essential. Make sure you have a face towel which you change regularly. I use the sponges from Superdrug’s. They are amazing because they remove dirt and dead skin. Wash your face at least twice a day.
2. Do not use makeup wipes. If you do use face wipes please check that they aren't fragranced as this can irritate your skin. You can use cotton wool and coconut oil to remove your makeup. I recently purchased coconut oil from Holland and Barrett’s. It is a lifesaver! I use it on my hair and skin. This may take longer than wipes but leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft.
- Use a face scrub. Everyone's skin is different so try find 1 that best suits your face. My skin is in between dry and oily. I absolutely adore the Clean and Clear Morning energy Skin Brightening Daily Face scrub. This face scrub genuinely wakes me up and brightens my morning. The smell is great too plus I love using lemony products on my skin. This is also oil free.
- Use a face cleanser. I use the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water. This is the last step to my skincare routine. My face feels so soft and clean after I use this.
4. If you do have a spot/pimple please do not add make up on top of it! Now this is very important. Adding on makeup on top of spots not only highlights your spots but also irritates your skin and makes it worse.
5. Have no make-up days. Please let your skin breathe. This is very important for those who apply makeup before work. Makeup clogs your pores and your skin will not get any better. I am speaking from personal experience. Makeup is also something that gives us confidence. I now feel confident enough to go outside/work without makeup. I do love wearing make-up but I also enjoy not wearing it too. Plus Air conditioning, heaters, air pollution all oxidises your face. This ends up making your skin looking grey by the end of the day. Having no makeup on almost provides me with a sense of freedom, I just feel more comfortable in my skin. I think it is also a psychological thing, I personally feel when I have makeup on I have a mask on.
6. Drink lots of water. This is a boring obvious one. Nevertheless it is true. I used to drink lots of sugary drinks because I would feel stressed out at work and would want a quick burst of energy. However my face ended up paying the price. Sugary drinks don't realy quench your thirst like water does. 60% of our body is made up of water so we need to consume a lot. I always keep my water bottle hand with. My skin not only looks good but I also feel less stressed. Another upside is that water is very good for constipation or urine infections. The benefits of water are endless.
7. Take daily showers/baths. Now I know this is a weird 1. But hygiene is very important simple as. The heat is also good for your face as it exfoliates it and opens up your pores.
8. Use a facemask at least once a week. I love having a pamper session at least once a week. It is good to relax and de stress, as stress can cause breakouts. The L’Oréal clay masks are very popular at the moment. I use the pure clay glow mask. It got rid of my blackheads and gave me a glow. There are so many difference masks so research and see which 1 would suit your face.
9. Mosturise- I use Astral (such an obvious Bengali cream) I find that it suits my skin.
10. Learn to self-love - We are all different and that is what makes us all special. Avoid comparing your skin to others especially models and actresses. In this age of filters and photoshop who knows what is real anymore? Inner happiness is the key to confidence as it shines through even if your face isn't looking the greatest. Stressing about it isn't going to make your skin better, in fact it may lead to it getting worse. Models are taught to look in the mirror and say 'I love you' to themselves just to boost their self-esteem and confidence.
Hope this helped with anyone suffering with breakouts. This is from my personal experience I also forgot to add a good diet is essential. Sugary drinks and junk food will clog up your pores and lead to nasty breakouts. Good luck on your journey to clear skin!