After struggling with hormonal acne for half a decade, I’ve come to learn a lot about skin health and what strategies work best for managing sensitive and acne-prone skin. Whether you’re skin is dry, oily, sensitive, acne prone or otherwise, there are some simple techniques that you can employ to help keep these issues at bay.
Unfortunately, much of what we hear online and from the media comes from companies that are most interested in making a profit, not necessarily helping people fix their issues. After learning all that I did about how everything from diet, to hormones to digestive health affect our skin health, I was extremely disheartened to realize how much misinformation is out there.
Struggling with any skin issues, especially when they’re on your face can be extremely frustrating and embarrassing. It is my goal to help others struggling with these issues and bring light to some some of the things that so many of us don’t know. I wish I had learned a lot of these mistakes earlier so that I could have addressed my issues sooner than I did.
Here are 6 common mistakes people make with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Exfoliating: I know, we’ve been told for our entire lives that using an exfoliating wash on our face is not only helpful for problematic skin, but necessary. When my acne was at it’s worst, I was exfoliating nearly every day. I went to get a facial at some point during this period of time and was told exfoliating was probably the worst thing I could do for sensitive, acne-prone skin. Especially if the wash I was using was particularly gritty, which it was.
It’s not that the concept of exfoliating is bad, unfortunately it’s the way that most of us exfoliate that’s not so great. Instead of using a harsh wash that can spread bacteria and further damage sensitive skin, using an enzyme exfoliating mask is a much better choice. Not only does it accomplish the same thing as an exfoliating wash, but it won’t irritate skin that doesn’t need to be irritated. My favorite enzyme exfoliating mask uses the Alitura Clay Mask, Dried Papaya, Sea Buckthorn Oil and raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Learn more about how I use this mask by clicking here and watching the video.
Out-Supplementing a Bad Lifestyle: If you watched my video about how I healed my hormonal acne naturally, you will know that taking supplements can often be an important part of regulating things like hormones, gut health, etc. in an effort to address persistent skin issues. The only problem is, supplementing alone isn’t enough. I was taking supplements for a good three months without changing anything about my daily lifestyle and I saw no results. However, after doing things like avoiding alcohol, monitoring my stress and steering clear of toxic estrogens in my environment, I began to see results in a matter of weeks. If you want to learn more about what types of lifestyle changes I made to heal my skin, watch this video!
Not Supporting your Detox Pathways: Whether your issues stem from a hormonal imbalance, a food sensitivity or or poor gut health, supporting your bodies natural detox pathways is often imperative for healing. I will be sure to write a post about my favorite detox tools soon, but in the meantime, checking out this post will tell you everything you need to know about what I did to help my body detox over the past year.
Picking & Touching your Face: I’m gonna be honest. This is still something I struggle with to this day. I always hated when people told me to stop picking my face when I had acne because really, how could I help it?! Having painful cystic pimples all over your face makes it extremely difficult to leave your face alone. My immediate reaction when I see a pimple coming in is to touch it and eventually, pick it. Here’s the thing, although this is still something I struggle with, I am now positive that it makes everything worse. I’ve done experiments where for a few weeks I vow not to play with or touch my skin and guess what, it always, always helps. Sure, it means I may have to deal with a pimple for an extra day or two, but it really helps to prevent scarring that can take months to go away. Some of my favorite ways to keep myself from picking is to apply a spot treatment to areas I don’t want to touch and leave them on for as long as I need to. My favorite spot treatments are the Beautycounter Charcoal Mask, which I also use as a face mask or raw honey. Both of these prevent my from touching my face.
Ignoring your Gut Health: Our digestive system and entire microbiome play a huge role, not just in our skin health, but our health overall. For me, gut health has been integral to my entire health journey which you can read more about here. As far as skin health goes, for me, taking care of my gut has been imperative. Our hormones and gut work hand in hand so that when one is out of whack, the other is more likely to be. I notice this most profoundly when I’m stressed. Although stress normally triggers a hormonal response, I often also start suffering from stomach pain and digestive issues. The other thing to keep in mind when it comes to gut health is that all of us experience symptoms in different ways. Even though you might not experience an immediate reaction from certain hard to digest foods like grains, gluten and dairy, doesn’t necessarily mean your body is able to handle the digestive load of those foods. I didn’t give up dairy for a long time because I didn’t experience any immediate reactions, but after doing so long term I noticed a great deal of difference. You can learn more about what I did to address my gut health as it related to my hormonal acne here.
Using Toxic Skincare and Makeup Products: This is by far the one thing I regret the most when it comes to what I wish I could have done sooner. Although I switched to all natural skincare products a year ago when I started my hormonal acne protocol, it wasn’t until this past month that I switched to non-toxic makeup. Beautycounter is my absolute favorite brand of makeup, not just because of its incredibly high quality standards, but also because it performs just as well as conventional makeup products. I lied to myself for years saying that natural makeup was just not good enough to hide my acne, but really, I hadn’t even tried. Now that I’m using Beautycounter products, I only wish I had switched sooner. Makeup and skincare products are some of the worst offenders when it comes to using carcinogenic ingredients and ingredients that contain toxic estrogens and which are considered endocrine disrupters. In women, this is especially dangerous for the risk of not just skin issues, but reproductive health and hormonal health overall. Visit this page to learn more about my favorite skincare and makeup.
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