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10 Tips to Heal Acne

30 . 09 . 2014

Going straight to the point, I am a big big eater and most of the time, my acnes are caused by the food I previously had, literally throwing the quote “You are what you eat” in my face. Having to go through the whole acne phase (from the lil’ red bumps to pus peeking out) several time, I’ve learned a few ways to keep my skin health at bay and to speed up the healing process. Drinking 3 litres of water a day will be the last thing I talk about here.
1. Avoid screen time
If you aren’t already aware, laptops, televisions and even your mobile phones emit harmful radiation and UV rays which can penetrate into your skin tissues and leave darker marks/scars on your face. Also, you may have noticed your skin tend to get oily after a movie marathon, watching Netflix or getting your work done. The high amount of facial oil secreted will clog your pores hence will be stuck with icky particles.
Treat it: Rinse your face with tap water and dab clean with facial tissues. Spritz on some toner/cold water to refresh yourself. 
2. Limit sugar intake
Going overboard with sugar causes blood glucose to rise rapidly followed by a series of chemical reaction in your bloodstream. This will trigger hormonal cascade – leading to increase growth of pore – clogging cells.
Treat it: Go easy on your gelato and processed foods.
3. Avoid shellfish
Shellfish such as shrimps, crabs and oysters seem harmless, however some of us may be allergic to shellfish without knowing it. Iodine present in shellfish often causes acnes to flare up and may cause skin rashes.

Treat it: Opt for omega-3 rich fish such as salmon. As you’re doing so, resist deep fried mantous dipped in chilli crab sauce.

4. Clock in latest by midnight
Ideal sleeping time is before 11 as your skin and body start their repairing processes from 11pm – 2am. You want optimal time for your acne to heal. You snooze, you GAIN!

Treat it: Try staying away from electronic devices at least 30 mins before snoozing.

5. Say NO to dairy
For an elaboration on this point, read here.

6. Nail hygiene
Avoid wearing nail polish by all means, and keep your nails short. It seems insignificant BUT when you’re foaming your cleanser/applying moisturizer/doing anything to your face, chemical from your nail varnish might have leaked into the product by then, subsequently being absorbed by your face. No no. Keep them short because you don’t want any facial product getting stuck in between your nail bed and nails where most bacteria and dust particles are present. Having an unhealthy obsession on nail polish myself, I stopped wearing nailpolish for a total of 8 months (major cry face) when overcoming my first acne phase. If I can do it, you can too!

Treat it: Buff and shine your nails in place of nail polish.

7. Tie your hair up when you sleep
Besides changing up your pillow case like I mentioned here, having your hair all over your face (with drool, hehe) when you’re sleeping is the ultimate nightmare for your skin. Most girls I know only wash their hair 2-3 times a week due to the rising popularity of dry shampoos. They’re not bad; however with the high amount of product saturation such as hairspray, styling gel, mousse and wax in your hair, that would be the last thing you want your cleansed skin to be in contact with when you’re asleep.

Treat it: Tie your hair up in a loose bun on top of your head. When your bun is not in contact with your pillow, it’s less likely to untie during sleep.

8. Limit makeup usage
Whatever you put on your face, your skin consumes. Avoid caking concealer, BB cream and foundation to prevent clogged pores, excess oil secretion and recurring acnes. In my case when I did this, BB cream and concealer made my acnes more prone to itchiness. If you have any occasion where it’s compulsory for you to apply make-up, use a disposable sponge and make sure not to re-use it.

Treat it: Use tinted moisturizer in place of BB cream/concealer/foundation if you’re suffering from redness. I recommend HydraQuench Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 by Clarins.

9. Pat your skin gently
When you’re applying make-up with a sponge, moisturizer or simply washing your face, you may realize your pus which was peeking out is now gone. Most of the time, you may be unaware of the amount of force you’re applying on your face – causing pus to be rubbed over other skin areas. When this happens, bacteria will spread across your skin, making other areas prone to acne growth too.

Treat it: Avoid poking and touching your acnes. If the pus burst, place an alcohol swap on skin to kill bacteria and clot blood.

10. Wash your face last
Body and hair shampoos are high in foaming agent such as Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS). When you’re running water through your hair in the shower, impurities from your shampoo and scalp (yikes!) might run over your face, clogging open pores.

Treat it: Cleanse your face AFTER lathering body shampoo and rinsing shampooed hair will cleanse your pores from the nasties, preventing breakout.

I hope this helps you in one way or another! Feel free to comment, tag or PM me when you see any improvements on your acne. I would love to hear (and see) them! 🙂

Thank you Alyssa, you have no idea how much this means to me! 

And if you’re wondering about my progress… here’s a collage of before, during and after; coincidently showing my new hair length too! :B No smiles for a poorly treated face 🙁 Please note that my skin is scarred as of now. Will be trying out different ways to heal acne scars and make a post about it soon.

(August 2014 – September 2014)
All pictures were taken untouched from my laptop (except for the blurring motion due to messy background). No BB cream, concealer or foundation on all 3. Your skin needs a breather every now and then!

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