This is my first MyTake, I'm nervous!
I've struggled with acne ever since I was ten years old and I have found the following tips helpful when trying to ease a flare up without products. I'll probably never have clear skin but that doesn't mean I can't clear up what's possible.
1. Staying Hydrated
I can't stress enough how good water is for clearing skin. Try and get your eight glasses of water a day, and even more if possible.
I had to spend two days in hospital a few years back and I was given a water I.V line to keep hydrated. My skin had never looked clearer or brighter once I got out. Water is a miracle!
2. Protecting Your Skin From the Sun
The suns rays are strongest during the day between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. If at all possible, keep your skin shielded from the sun during these hours. If you must be out during these hours, make sure to wear a product with a good SPF. Most moisturizers contain at least SPF 15 in them. Sun cream is an alternative option. Sun exposure can not only cause dark blotches on your skin, but it can also lead to skin cancer.
3. Quit Smoking
This may not apply to everyone but if you do smoke, quit now. Smoking lowers blood flow to your face which in turns causes premature wrinkles and permanent skin damage. Not only will quitting smoking improve your skin, but it will also improve your overall health too. Seek advice from a doctor to learn how to quit safely and effectively.
4. Avoid Wearing Make Up
I know it's impossible to avoid make up for your entire life, but try to limit it to certain occasions only. I only ever wear make up on special occasions (wedding, job interview, night out with friends etc.). Even only wearing it on rare occasions like these causes me to break out immediately the night day. Avoiding make up as much as possible will allow your skin to breathe instead of absorbing chemicals and clogging pores.
If you must wear make up often, remember to always remove it before you go to bed. Sleeping with make up on is a massive no.
5. Avoid Stress
Stress breakouts are the worst. Not only are they caused by stress, but they cause even more stress seeing them pop up on your face. Stress is inevitable in life, however there are ways of managing it effectively so that it doesn't affect your skin.
Regular exercise, healthy eating and 10 minute meditation each night can help you unwind and relieve stress.
Hope these help if you are struggling. You're not alone!