For years I have been suffering with a terrible case of acne. I tried a zillion products, such as Dermologica, Essence, Clean and Clear, Young Solution, Simple, Eucerin, Clearasil and many, many others which never worked. These failed attempts at ridding myself of acne just left me depressed and I always found myself being super conscious of my skin. But finally, things are looking up.
I realised my acne was caused by a number of factors – stress, eating habits, hormones, the weather and the environment. Once I identified the factors that were aggravating my acne, I could develop a plan to minimize the effects of these factors on my skin.
Factor 1: Stress
I noticed that whenever it was nearing test/exam time – you know, the time we all go crazy and run around like headless chickens – my skin would go crazy and I would experience breakouts on my cheeks and chin.
To combat this I took a 10 minute break, for every 45 minutes of studying, to perform a breathing exercise (inhale for 10secs, hold for 10secs and exhale for 10secs) and to drink a glass of water. I really felt calm and collected after the breathing exercise, so whenever I feel overwhelmed or stressed, I just breatheJ
Factor 2: Eating Habits
Chocolate, greasy take away food, fizzy drinks and almonds could not be eaten without me breaking out the following day.
So now I swop :
- the greasy take away food for healthy ones such as Kauai,
- almonds for cashews,
- fizzy drinks for pure fruit juice and
- I only eat chocolate once in a month (sigh, extremely sad, I know).
I also ensure that I eat one fruit a day and drink at least 4 litres of water a day.
Factor 3: Hormones
Every month just before my menstrual cycle, I break out into tons of little pimples on my forehead, I’m using Lamelle’s Acnevelle Capsules to counteract the effects that my hormones have on my skin. I have noticed a significant decrease in the size of my breakouts since I have been using Acnevelle, which is awesome
Factor 4: The weather
Whenever it was hot and humid, my skin would become very itchy and red and then slowly but surely little pimples would appear. My skin is extremely sensitive, so the weather is bound to affect it. However, the solution was simple – use nature against nature! I’m Indian and Indian families can’t get enough of rose water – it has some sort of healing/calming powers or whatever. Anyway, I logged on to Faithful to Nature and purchased this bottle of Rose Water and I love it. I take it with me to campus every day and whenever I feel hot or flustered, I just spray some on to my face and aaaah – instantly calm skin!
My acne isn’t totally gone, but it has significantly improved so I believe everything I do is working for sure!
Do you have a problem with acne or sensitive skin? How did you combat it? Would love to hear from you guys!