How I Fight Off Acne

This post is sponsored by Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. Opinions are my own regardless of gifts or compensation.

From a young age, we’re told to “love the skin we’re in.” But I’ll be the first to admit that this mantra can be a real struggle.

I was fortunate through middle school and high school to not have terrible skin. I had the usual pimple here pimple there but it never looked like a pepperoni pizza…thankfully. And I truly don’t know how. I never understood the importance of taking care of my skin until after college. I can’t tell you how many times I went to bed without washing my face. The thought of that now makes my skin crawl.

One of the not-so-beautiful things about being an adult is that the whole “you’ll grow out of it” stage can be a total lie. Especially when it comes to acne. When I was pregnant with Levi, my skin had the “glow” and now not so much. I found my skin was dull, pimple prone and had lots of redness. I started a new regimen to take control of my skin and I have seen the biggest difference.

Keep in mind that not everyone’s skin is the same and you should really consult a professional about your unique skin issues. But this skincare routine is what’s been working for me!

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Yep, it’s that simple. Your diet plays a huge role in the appearance of your skin. During pregnancy, I had the perfect glow and hate to admit that I ate pretty much whatever I wanted because I was “eating for two.” Fast forward after baby and I can’t do that anymore. I’ve cleaned up my diet big time and now eat a more balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits, veggies, limited breads and sugars, and lots of protein. I meal prep with this brussels sprouts recipe and this lemon chicken recipe to make it easier to eat clean with my busy schedule.

After a few weeks of change, I noticed the payoff in my body. Just a diet change gave me more energy and my skin looked 10x better. I actually got my “glow” back. This is a great article about an anti-acne diet you can check out. I also have added collagen peptides into my daily routine (I mix the powder into my coffee) and my skin, hair and nails look amazing and grow so fast.

CLEANSE YOUR FACE

Though this may seem like a no-brainer, the way you cleanse your face makes the biggest difference. I’ve always been one to use just a bar soap. What I didn’t realize is that it strips your skin of its natural oils and leaves it feeling and looking dull. I never felt like it was truly clean. I started using this Clarisonic Mia 1 with the acne brush head and cleanser and have noticed just how much smoother my face is as well as the lack of acne and nasty blackheads. I’ve always wanted to try one of these cleansing brushes but have been nervous it would be too rough on my sensitive skin.

The Clarisonic Mia 1 uses a sonic cleansing process removed the dirt, oil and debris that ages your skin and causes breakouts. Best part is that it’s also super gentle even with the acne brush head and so easy to use. You just wet your skin and the brush with warm water, apply the pore and blemish gel cleanser, turn it on and use circular motions to cleanse (you don’t have to press down) and that’s it. The brush even has an auto shut off after one minute so you don’t go overboard. Oh and it’s rechargeable! 

My acne is completely gone and my skin feels so smooth. It’s definitely worth the investment. And from June 1, 2018 to July 15, 2018 you can get 15% of all devices featured at http://bit.ly/2KAcEkT using the code HERCAMPUS.

LOVE YOURSELF

We all have busy lives, but making ourselves a priority is important. Stress is so unhealthy and only adds to issues like weight and acne. It’s important to find time to love yourself. Do something that will make you happy and stress-free. For me, this has been imperative when battling my postpartum depression after Levi. I make it a priority to workout at least 4-5 times per week. This keeps my mind clear, energy up and I just feel better about myself. The fact that it’s good for you is an added bonus. So whether it’s reading, going on a walk or watching your favorite trash TV show, make time for you. This also includes adequate sleep. Your skin will thank you for the ZZZZs.

Taking care of your skin and fighting off that annoying acne can be a journey. But it is manageable. You just have to put yourself first, eat right and take care of the skin you’re in.

– B –

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