Once every three months my skin goes completely crazy. Acne, dehydrated and dry patches, oily t zone…I’m sure that I’m not alone in this! Some of you surely sympathize with me, right? My battle with acne went really well and after a couple of years, I can say with certainty that my face is great, so great that I can confidently walk around without any face powder or concealer. But, occasional week when my face and I don’t really go hand in hand still happens. My skin just won’t cooperate and nothing is good for it. So how I battle with my crazed skin?
It’s very important to take a look in the mirror, but not a cursory one, take a good hard look. We need to understand our skin to know how to deal with it. Even the spots with acne can tell us a lot. For example, chin acne are quite often hormonal and poor nutrition is mostly responsible for forehead acne. So it’s good to introduce some probiotics in your diet. Dry patches are an indicator of dehydration, so drinking more water and eating more fruits and vegetables should help with that.
I’m certain that when you an acne, you immediately feel the need to touch it. Don’t! By touching it you’d only make it worse. Not only will you have an even uglier pimple, but you will also spread bacteria around so you’ll not have only one, but two or three acnes. No matter how tempting it is, don’t give in! I’m talking from my own experience.
Nutrition is surely one of the main components of maintaining a healthy face and body in general. My body, for example, doesn’t cope well with milk. There are a lot of articles and studies that confirm this statement. There’s an assumption that hormones in milk can be one of the triggers that causes acne. So I, who loves milk very much, must stay away from it. But fortunately, there are solutions for this. If I crave for cocoa, I’ll make it with rice or oat milk. It’s not the same, but to me is equally yummy! I’m also sure that you all know how refined sugar and flour can cause acne, so try to refrain from those as well.
When choosing preparative cosmetics for this crisis situation, I always try to simplify everything. It is very important that the skin is clean and well nourished. For face cleansing, some like to use more products and take more steps. And here is also important to know your skin. Mine likes simplicity. If I don’t have any makeup that I need to clean off, I use Nuxe Reve de Miel gel. It is intended for all skin types, it is very gentle and made with a soap free formula. Ingredients are 93% natural.
In case I have to clean my makeup, I like doing it with The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser. This is a really gentle hydrating gel that will flawlessly clean your makeup, even waterproof mascara. Just put a little amount of the product on your palms, rub it for few seconds which will make it change its consistency. I had no problems with this cleanser, and being soap free is an additional plus.
Let your skin breathe! When my face goes crazy, I try to do the opposite of what I used to do as a teenager; putting a ton of powder and concealer to camouflage it. The Ordinary Ninamicid (read the review here) is definitely my favourite. Along with it, I like using masks that cleanse the skin. They are most often clay masks.
Clay is perfect because it provides natural detoxification, is rich in minerals and nutritive elements that will clean your skin from the inside.
I’m sure that you’ve heard for a DIY clay face mask. I use it often, especially when my skin freaks out. But lately, I’ve been using The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque which turned out to be PERFECT. Formula of this mask is complemented with clay, charcoal and salicylic acid that removes dead skin cells. Immediately after first use we noticed a more cleaner, refreshed and softer skin. I keep the mask on for 10 minutes and wash it off with circular hand motions. We used to have a problem with clay masks because of how hard they wash off, but this one goes off quite easily, and it doesn’t dry your skin.
Clay face mask
In a glass bowl and with a wooden spoon, mix together a 1 teaspoon of clay and 1 teaspoon of water or apple vinegar. Apply the mask for 15 minutes and wash it off well.
A mistake we all make when our skin goes bananas is drying it out. The more persistent we get in removing sebum, the more our skin produces it in order to replace it. A vicious cycle. So it’s important to hydrate your skin, but with the right products. I really love Avene Hydrance Creme; it hydrates and freshens up sensitive skin. You can use it in more ways: as a mask, skin cream or around the eye cream. Like in all Avene products, one of the main ingredients is Avene thermal water which calms the skin. The same goes for Sapunoteka face creams, especially hazelnut, tea tree and bergamot face cream, which we already wrote about (read here).