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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Skin Saving Tips

Skin Saving Tips

My skin woes are well documented, a recent bout of adult acne not only knocked me for six but encouraged me to pull up my socks and alter my skin care routine and lifestyle. Some changes have been easier than others but all are completely doable and manageable. I am no skin care expert but here is what has helped my acne prone complexion...

- Change your pillowcase nightly - yes it is the last thing you want to do after a busy day but I credit for helping to reduce the level of blemishes on my cheeks. When you think about it makes sense; as you sleep you perspire which will undoubtedly shift onto your pillow, bacteria breeds which will then be transferred back onto your skin, resulting in trapped oil within the pores and then a blemish. If you have oily skin I can not recommend trying this out enough.

- Wash your make-up brushes - a lot like above without regular cleansing: oil, dirt and general grime can become trapped on make-up brushes encouraging bacteria to breed. As this is the last thing anyone wants, regular washing is the way forward; be it deep cleansing or a quick spot clean, that extra five minutes could result in a change in your skin for the better.

- Clean cloths - ensure that every time you remove your make-up or simply wash your face with a cloth of any type confirm that it is clean. Do not reuse the same cloth several times throughout the day and wash the cloth thoroughly after each use. I tend to save up my used facial cloths throughout the week and bung them in the washing machine - quick, easy and hygienic. I don't purchase any fancy facial cloths rather I bulk buy them from Mothercare (these exact ones), yes really.

Water with Lemon we all know that drinking water is important not only for the skin but the entire body, go one step further and add lemons if you are having a tough time with your skin. Lemons are high in vitamin c which can help the skin to heal and prevent scarring. It also can help reduce inflammation, not only internally but externally too - making it great for those like myself who suffer from cystic acne. I also find by adding the lemons I am more inclined to drink water over fruit juice etc.

- Water based moisturisers - a few days ago I was recommended by a Dermatologist to seek out water based skin care products, particularly moisturisers. Avene is a great brand for such needs, according to my Dermatologist the most important element is to ensure it is an oil free formula, which many are.

- Saw Palmetto - refusing to take any more antibiotics and a little wary of Roaccutane, my Dermatologist suggested that perhaps a more herbal route would be a good solution. I must stress that before embarking on any new supplement you should sit down and consult with your doctor. Is Saw Palmetto the miracle cure for all my skin woes? No but I highly doubt anything ever will be, what I can say is that I am in a better place - my skin is far less blemished and I don't have to suffer from the side effects of antibiotics. Again if in a similar position to myself please consult your doctor before heading to Holland and Barrett!



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25 comments:

  1. These tips were very helpful! I've heard that it helps to change your pillow cases nightly but have never done it. You've made me want to though as I do tend to get blemishes on my cheeks x

    Blushhx

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  2. I change my pillowcases nightly. It's a simple thing for clearer skin! Definitely need to add lemon to my water though! x
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

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  3. Thanks for the tips, I can't change my pillowcases nightly but I put a towel over it every night :)

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  4. I've known for years that you're supposed to change your pillow cases nightly but am far to lazy for that. Although I might try doing every other night, and just flipping the pillow over each night. Thanks for the tips, am currently suffering from a major breakout!

    www.fislittleblog.com

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  5. Great tips!

    Thank you!

    Clare | www.clare-without-an-i.com

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  6. Very helpful!
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  7. I love drinking water with lemon, it instantly makes me feel more refreshed. I definitely need to clean my makeup brushes more often though.. something I need to work on!

    http://www.gemmacarey.com/

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  8. Water is so important. I've recently cut out dairy and upped my water intake and I have seen huge improvement!!

    Chloe//Candidly Chloe

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  9. Great tips!

    Alisha xx
    http://alishaxa.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. These are good tips! I would never even think about changing my pillow case daily!

    michellebevan.blogspot.com

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  11. My skin is having an absolute tantrum at the moment so this post is so incredibly helpful :) x
    http://thewhimsicalfox.blogspot.com.au

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  12. Omg, running to change my pillowcase right now! Thanks for sharing :) I have a lot of trouble with acne breakouts, especially since coming to college, and this might be why.

    Brooke | brookewrote

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  13. These are some great tips
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  14. I am so rubbish at cleaning my brushes, this post has motivated me to more though x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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  15. Great advice! Changing your pillowcase daily is such a great tip and makes such a difference to your skin.

    www.saturdays--girl.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I never thought about changing my pillowcase! Great tips, thank you

    www.erikarecommends.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Wonderful tips!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  18. Washing your makeup brushes is so important especially if you have blemish prone skin! I do mine once a week and rarely use the same brush during the week. I also look for oil-free, non comodogenic face products to try and give my skin the best chance! :) x

    Brenda BusyBee | Makeup Revolution Highlighting Palettes Giveaway

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  19. These are awesome tips! I always knew about the pillow case case but the other ones were definitely great to learn. Needing to get my summer glow on xx

    Mel
    http://melinspired.com

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  20. Great tips! I change my pillowcase regularly but not nightly and I do suffer with little bumps on my cheeks. Going to start changing daily as of today xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  21. Woo great tips never thought about doing it nightly
    Www.missljbeauty.com

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  22. Changing pillowcases really helps!! I always notice my acne flare up after I've slept in a bed that isnt mine, like at relatives or friends houses starrzbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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