When you have bad skin, it can be difficult to even get yourself out the door in the morning. As someone with both adult acne and the early signs of aging, I feel you. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your breakouts:
Check your diet
Personally, I know my skin does the worst when my diet is high-sugar and high-dairy. Since I love my sugary treats, I often find myself full of regret a few days after I eat that block of chocolate or bag of candy.
What you eat will show on your face- guaranteed. And you may find that some foods break you out much more than others. If you suspect you could be having the same issues with dairy products or sugar, try cutting them out for a week or two to see what happens- you may be surprised at just how much your skin improves.
Try new things
You may find that your skin responds well to a new treatment plan. Differin is a popular choice for people suffering from acne. I’ve also found that Retin A can help, but there’s definitely an adjustment period which comes with sensitive, flaky, dry skin- and you have to be careful to stay out of the sun. If you’re someone who uses a lot of products, you may even want to switch it up a little and cut down. Try rosehip oil as a moisturiser and switch to only cleansing once a day.
Reduce your stress
Your skin doesn’t respond well to stress- particularly if you’re anything like me and you find yourself picking at your skin when you’re on a deadline. One of the best things you can do is try to manage your stress more efficiently if you’re hoping to improve your skin. This could mean getting more sleep, learning how to meditate, practicing mindfulness, working out, going for a walk, or talking to a friend.
Drink more water
How much water do you really drink? If you’re anything like most people, you’re probably struggling to drink as much water as you need. Your skin needs lots of water so it can flush out all the gross toxins that like to hang around in your pores. Make sure you’re drinking enough water every day- flavour it with a squeeze of lemon if you don’t like the taste.
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