Growing up through secondary school, so not as much as a pimple ever crossed my face. Then I reached my 20’s. And then they came. And boy, didn’t they cause carnage. All. Over. My. Face. Having acne in your 20’s is arguably worse than your teens. Your teenage years are swept under the carpet along with your jeggings, your unnecessarily thick sweeping fringe and your fake ugg boots. Your 20’s are where you’ve got a sense of who you are (kind of), you’re adulting (kind of) and you’re going at the world (kind of).
Acne is definitely not on the agenda. One thing I didn’t have the budget for was a trial and error skincare regime that meant trying lots of different products to find my holy grail of an acne deterrent. And, I am a huge advocate of keeping things simple and natural. After all, why not use the good-stuff the Earth gave us? So without further ado, here is my all-natural tried and tested plan of attack for zit-zapping!
1. DITCH THE DAIRY!
First up. Check your diet. No, this doesn’t mean kissing goodbye to cheese and banning PMS chocolate milkshakes. It means being aware of what you’re consuming! There is a direct correlation between dairy and skin complaints. Try having oat milk in your coffee or switch up to a soya yoghurt in the morning.
Unfortunately, there’s milk in particularly everything. Don’t believe me? Check the packet of the crisps you last ate. What I’m trying to say is, unless you have an intolerance it’s pretty hard to cut out dairy completely. But, being mindful of your dairy consumption is a great place to start!
2. LEVEL UP YOUR H2O
We all know water is a great skin rejuvenator but if you’re like me and you ain’t a water drinker, it’s time to LEVEL UP YOUR H2O. And, level up your H2O with ingredients that are gonna make your skin glow (rhyme unintentional).
Lemon’s are high in vitamin C meaning they are going to help boost your immune system to heal your blemishes. Vitamin C also helps with skin tone and brightening. Adding fresh lemon juice (and slices!) to your water gives it a natural anti-bacterial property so not only will it help your existing spots, it will help prevent them as well. I tend to cut into quarters and squeeze one into my glass and drop the segment in to soak in the water.
This is for your B5 vitamin intake. Vitamin B5 is your ‘pretty’ vitamin. It keeps your hair, skin and nails in check. Also known as Pantothenic Acid, B5 has been scientifically proven to improve skin complaints. Get creative! I shred my cucumber with a vegetable peeler to create long strips to add to my water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is an elixir of general body-wellness and you should incorporate it into your routine. It’s famous for its anti-bacterial properties which fight pimples but also has huge benefits to your gut. And having a healthy tummy can do wonders for your skin. I put a tablespoon (or two) into a pint glass of water along with my lemon and cucumber. However, you can apply directly to your face once diluted.
3. SWAP BOTTLES FOR BARS
Stop reaching for the big-branded face washes, they contain hundreds of chemicals that are not good for our delicate skin (boo!). Particularly, watch out for anything including artificial fragrances or parabens. Instead, try a bar of soap. Not only are bars of soap way better for the environment, but they last a lot longer and aren’t going to burn a hole in your pocket! Look for bars of soap with tea tree and/or activated charcoal in to target those problem areas.
On this note, there are so many small businesses that hand make their soap bars (so you know there’s no nasties!) and with the current climate, supporting small is even more important than before.
4. M-ASKING FOR IT!
(Okay, that was lousy) It’s time to exfoliate! Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells and clogged pores. But, don’t make the mistake of over-doing it because it will have the reverse affects. I keep my exfoliation routine to 1-2 times a week.
Here’s my favourite homemade recipe:
● ½ teaspoon Turmeric
● 2 drops Tea Tree oil
● 1-2 tablespoon(s) Honey
● A sprinkling of Brown Sugar
5. VITAMINS, VITAMINS, VITAMINS!
Walking into a health food shop with a wish for better skin can be an absolute minefield. There are pots and potions everywhere so it’s hard to know where to even begin looking. I take Burdock Root but, Vitamin E and Zinc are also worth looking into. Remember, you must keep up a routine with vitamins for them to have any kind of benefit to your body.
6. STEP-UP YOUR SELF-CARE
Lastly, but most certainly not least is looking after your mental health. Having acne-prone skin is usually a knock-on effect from something else going on in your life. Be it, stress, anxiety or anything that is having a negative impact on your mental state. Because of all this, you need to make sure you’re upping the ante on your self-care routine outside of your skincare regime. Being mindful and setting positive affirmations is a huge part of my skin-care/self-care routine.
Sometimes you can get in a real funk about your appearance. Take some time out to review these thoughts with some meditation. Having some ‘me’ time away from your phone helps you put those thoughts into perspective.
Setting positive affirmations is important to remember when acne is knocking your self-esteem. Creating them is super easy to do. All you need is a few positive sentences to remind yourself that you are beautiful. And there you have it. My pocket guide to pimple-preventing.
I must add, that battling with blemishes is a journey and you have to be patient with it. Everyone’s different and not everything will work for you. Remember that everything is temporary and you will overcome it!
*I’m Kate and I run a small copywriting biz from my humble abode in Devon. In short, I help women transmit their business through the power of words. Give me a follow on Instagram if you enjoyed my article or check out my website for some more information on what I’m about.