Who would have thought that two people could connect on a sad topic like acne?
A few months ago at a conference lunch, someone asked me why I wasn’t eating meat and that sparked a 30-minute conversation about skin concerns.
Why are we so obsessed with having clear skin?
Skin experts tell us that clear skin is beautiful, clean, and healthy. Pimples are definitely a warning from our bodies, letting us know that something is not right internally.
I’m not a doctor but I’ve been to many who all say the same thing: watch what you eat.
That’s a topic for another blog post but if you really want to clear your skin, it’s important to understand what’s causing it first.
Here’s some pics of how bad my acne was. I’m wearing makeup in all of them because, for some reason, it made me feel like it was less noticeable. Ironically, you can see it clearly here:
Here’s what I’ve been using to help reduce my acne scarring:
A toner is one of the most underrated products of a skincare routine. It helps to balance your body’s PH levels so that after you’ve cleansed, your body won’t try to produce excess oil to keep your skin hydrated. I’ve been using a Beauccience alcohol-free toner that you can get at Wellness Warehouse for around R 89.
Thank goodness for my Sorbet gentle face brush. I use it in the morning and evening, and I don’t travel anywhere without it.
I apply a face wash to the bristles of my brush and then scrub my face gently to help remove dead skins and lighten my acne scars. It’s made a huge difference.
Before acne, masks were a rare treat but now that clear skin has become a mission, I’ve started using masks more frequently. I was gifted the Loreal Detox Clay Mask at the launch of Loreal Elvive’s Curl Pride and decided to try it one night after my skin was looking dull. It really works! I use it once a week now.
Brown people need sunscreen too! I never bothered applying sunscreen because I’d always worn a moisturizer or foundation with a low SPF. But if you have acne scars and get sun burnt, your scars will be darker so make sure that you protect your skin by applying a good sunscreen.
Recently, I’ve started using the Yung Skin SPF 40 sunscreen which isn’t greasy at all. It has a matte finish, light, creamy texture, and smells really good.
A natural way to clear zits quickly
Cue the angels for tea tree oil.
It has a distinct minty aroma and feels a bit burny if you apply too much.
Pure tea tree oil will dry your skin if you apply oil to areas that aren’t excessively oily. My oily t-panel is where pimples show themselves first but then I apply tea tree oil and the bumps disappear within days.
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