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Who here struggles with acne??
*everyone raises their hand*
Yeah, it’s annoying and I don’t really understand it. I’m 26 – I should no longer have to deal with this, but I do. It’s probably mostly hormonal due to my IUD, and I think a lot of women are dealing with the same struggles. But I know a lot of men in their 30s who are also still dealing with spots, and who really knows why that is??
Regardless of the reason any of us are getting spots, I’ve decided to write a post with some of my favourite products that help me to get rid of acne so that maybe it can help you too.
It is Friday Favourites after all, isn’t it?
Tea Tree Oil
Ah, this stuff is wonderful. It’s got a strong smell but you’ll grow to love it because it does wonders. Simply apply some to your spot to dry it out either twice a day – in the morning and at night – or only once, just at night before bed. To prevent future breakouts, you can apply a little bit all over your face at night time. However, I would be careful with this as it can dry out your skin so you won’t want to do it too often.
For the ladies out there, if you know your acne is hormone-related, then you can apply a bit to your chin and mouth area before your period week to help prevent future spots.
I say this because hormonal acne usually appears on the chin and around the mouth which is where most of mine tends to pop up.
You can get tea tree oil anywhere they sell essential oils. You can also order it online from Amazon here.
Yes, you read that right. Bum cream.
This stuff is magical. It does almost everything. And one of my personal favourite benefits is for clearing spots, especially the cystic kind. I generally would put a little bit on any spot I have at night if I’m not using tea tree oil and when I wake up, they’ve shrunk considerably. This stuff is addicting because it really works.
Unfortunately, this is a UK product, and I believe Desitin is a close US equivalent. You’ll have to look that up to make sure you get the right stuff. Yes, it’s ointment for baby diaper/nappy rashes but put it on your spots and watch the magic happen.
Dr. Dennis Gross Chem Peel Pads
These aren’t marketed for clearing acne but I do believe that it helps prevent future spots. I have talked about these a lot in the past and I will probably never stop. Chemical peels do wonders for your skin.
Essentially, they help get rid of the dead unwanted skin cells and help regenerate new skin growth which keeps your face looking and feeling healthy.
If your pores are getting clogged from oils and dead skin cells, having a monthly chemical peel, or finding a daily one like the Dr. Dennis Gross pads, can help drastically by reducing all the crap that clogs your pores.
It makes sense, doesn’t it?
These are incredibly expensive, so if you can find an alternative like a glycolic peel or anything similar, that also works. But I have found that these are the most effective product I’ve tried.
Click here to order this on Amazon. You can subscribe to get this delivered monthly for a discounted rate, which is what I do!
Charcoal Face Masks
Whether you have spots or you’re preventing yourself from getting them, charcoal face masks should be your best friend.
I’ve tried a lot of different brands and I have three favourites.
The GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment is wonderful. But it’s ridiculously expensive. The Sephora brand Mud Mask is basically the same thing as GlamGlow and is significantly less expensive so that makes a perfect alternative. If neither of those sound good, you can try The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Mask that I am currently obsessed with. It’s only £17 and works wonders. And as you wash it off, it exfoliates your face and leaves it feeling and looking amazing.
All three are great choices and if you battle with acne on the regular, you should do one of these face masks at least once a week. I would suggest twice a week if it’s a constant problem.
I know this technically isn’t a “product,” but I can never leave it off of the list when it comes to skincare because it is literally the most important thing. When it comes to anything health or wellness related, drink. more. water. Always.
Although, don’t drown yourself. That’s no good.
Water is important for our organs to function, including our biggest one: our skin. You cannot have beautiful skin without drinking enough water. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
And pop, juice, and alcohol does not count. It needs to be water. If you infuse fruits into it to make it more bearable for yourself, that’s brilliant. Try to get in the habit of always having water by your side and take sips throughout the day. Eventually, you’ll crave it as I do and you’ll never be able to go without it.
I am obsessed with water which is why I bought this Corkcicle tumblr. It keeps my water cold for up to 3 hours, and if I ever did put coffee in it, it would keep it warm for up to 9 hours. I’m in love with it. If you’re interested in getting your own, click here to have a look on Amazon.
All of these products are wonderful and a great place for you to start if you’re struggling with acne. I understand how frustrating it is, especially when you’re way past your adolescent stage, but there are definitely a lot of inexpensive ways to combat your spots.
And if you want to prevent yourself from getting acne in the future, the best thing you can do for yourself is eat healthy foods. Your outward appearance reflects what you put into your body and if you’re not eating well, it will show on your face. I didn’t include this tip in the list above because this post is specifically about products, but eating lots of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, lean protein, and wholegrains will do more for you than Sudocrem or tea tree oil ever will.
However, because hormones are an absolute bitch, sometimes you have literally no control over it. And in that case, these products are the best way to help you forward. I’ve been testing these for months as I’ve made an effort to eat fairly healthy since January.
Let me know if you try any of these, or already are using any of these products as a means to help control your spots! And if there are any other products you use that you think I should try out, comment below! I love to hear your suggestions.