In my previous post about getting acne in my 20s, I told you I was starting a new skincare routine. Well, it has now been more than 3 months and I think it’s time to give you an update on my acne.
Bad News First: It’s Very Much Still There
Unfortunately, my acne hasn’t really gone anywhere. If you read our team’s skin care blog post, you’d know what I’ve been using on my face. I wish I could say it was like a miracle and every pore cleaned up — but that’s not what happened.
Don’t get me wrong, the new products helped. The more consistent I am with my routine, the more I can see it clearing up. However, I figured out that my acne comes from within my body and there’s no magical product that can do the work for me.
Bad Eating Habits
Ta-daaan: the biggest culprit. Are you surprised? Me neither. During these past months, I was finally honest with myself and accepted that the majority of my acne flare-ups happen when I eat more chocolate than usual. It’s not fun when chocolate literally makes you happy.
Unhealthy, fried, oily foods also cause me to break out more than usual. Yeah, I know it’s not a great discovery, but it’s hard to come to terms with it, okay? Eat your veggies, kids.
My ance is also hormonal and there’s not really much I can do about it. My chin feels with spots both when I am ovulating and when I have my period (I use an app to check when they happen, and it’s really accurate). Add to this that I only crave chocolate when I’m bleeding and you got the porefect combo.
One good news — sweating my way through yoga or cardio helps a lot. In the past couple of months, I’ve started going to the gym more regularly and it’s the greatest help to my acne. Nothing cleanses your pores more than sweating out all the junk on your face.
However, it’s imperative that you wash your face after, otherwise what you sweat out will just go back in. I make sure to go to the gym without makeup so that I can clean off all the sweat much better. Then, get your favourite mask on and enjoy your renewed skin.
In conclusion, I will probably never get rid of some of the scars. Eating well and exercising, in addition to a good skincare routine are the ace in my sleeve. Nothing groundbreaking here, but I guess you never really believe it until you see it for yourself.