Skin care

How to Overcome Sensitive Acne-Prone Skin

Have you ever woken up in the morning and you are afraid to look at yourself in the mirror? This was me. I read hundreds of books about confidence but it didn’t work. I realized that my problem was outside and not inside. That was where I needed to work on!

I read everything that I needed to read on acne treatment until I realized there was a solution to my condition. In this article, I will tell you every step I took to improve and finally live a life free from acne.

I will give you short time goals as well as long time goals.

Sounds good! Keep on reading!

Let me first give you a breakdown of everything you are about to learn here.

  1. Causes and Symptoms of acne

  2. How to treat your skin

  3. How to maintain sensitive acne-prone skin

  4. What products should you use when you have a sensitive acne-prone skin

Are you ready?

Cause and Symptoms of Acne

Acne is common in teenagers. However, adults too might experience it.  Before we start talking about the causes, let’s first understand the meaning of acne. Acne is a condition that comes as a result of clogged pores or hair follicles. 

Causes of acne

  • Production of excess oil

  • Bacteria 

  • Excess activity of androgen which is a type of hormone

  • Clogging of hair follicles by excessive oil and dead skin

Symptoms of Acne

  • Nodules 

  • Cystic lesions 

  • Pustules 

  • Papules 

  • Whiteheads 

  • Blackheads 

The most interesting part!

What Can I Use To Treat Acne?

Treating acne is tough. Treating sensitive acne-prone skin is even tougher. How then will you treat your skin? Remember that having sensitive acne-prone skin, you cannot afford to test every product on your skin. It could aggregate the condition.

How I Did It?

We must acknowledge the fact that cosmetic manufacturers might not be 100% real with the ingredients written on the products available in the market. So I decided to go natural to at least improve the condition of my skin.

I researched natural remedies for treating acne. This is what I found useful and exactly what I used.

  1. Turmeric and Honey

This is my number one home remedy for acne treatment. For me, it worked miraculously. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent while honey is a natural soothing and moisturizing agent. Together they work amazingly.

 

Procedure

  • Mix one tablespoon of turmeric with one tablespoon of honey.

  • Mix well and apply on the affected area

  • Let it stay in for 10 – 15 minutes

  • Wash your face with a mild face cleanser

 

  1. Turmeric and Lemon

When turmeric will be responsible for healing acne, lemon will lighten acne scars. 

 

Procedure 

  • Mix ¼ tablespoon of turmeric with ¼ tablespoon of lemon diluted with a few drops of water.

  • Apply the concoction on the affected area and let it sit for 20 minutes. 

  • Wash your face off with cold water.

 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar is naturally known to fight several types of bacteria and viruses. Apple cider vinegar is extracted from fermented apple cider. It contains succinic acid which is capable of suppressing breakouts. 

 

Procedure

  • Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 3 tablespoons of water and mix well.

  • Apply the concoction on the affected area and let it stay for 5-10 minutes.

  • Rinse your face with plain cold water and pat dry.

  • Apply your daily moisturizer.

 

  1. Aloe Vera

I know this remedy was in your mind you probably just want a confirmation. Yes! Aloe Vera a good anti-fungal agent that will prevent infections, accelerate the healing process and soothe any inflammation in your skin. 

 

For healthy glowing skin, apply Aloe Vera gel twice daily on your skin. It contains properties that reduce sebum production and clear dirt and dead skin from your pores. With all these qualities, what a perfect remedy for sensitive acne-prone skin?

 

Procedure

  • Cut the outer leaf of an Aloe Vera plant and wash it

  • Put the leaf in a cup to drain off the resin 

  • Use a vegetable peeler or a  knife to peel the leaf

  • Scoop out the gel using a spoon

  • Apply the gel on your face and let it  sit for 5 minutes

  • Wash your face off with cold or lukewarm water

  • Apply your daily moisturizer.

 

  1. Oatmeal 

You must be asking, But isn’t this good for breakfast? You guessed it right. Oatmeal is a good meal for breakfast and even better for acne treatment. It is a natural antioxidant that reduces itchiness, dryness and bacteria causing acne. Oatmeal contains zinc which is a perfect ingredient for acne treatment.

 

Procedure

  • Blend two tablespoon of oatmeal using a blender or food processor

  • Add one tablespoon of baking soda

  • Add enough water to make a paste

  • Mix well and apply the paste on your face

  • Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse it off using cold water.

  • Apply your daily non-comedogenic moisturizer.

At this point, I am totally feeling better. After using natural ingredients to clear acne, my skin is glowing but I feel nervous. What if after I stop using acne treatment I get another breakout? 

I had to do something to keep my skin healthy and glowing. This is what I did! 

  1. I changed my lifestyle

  2. Daily skincare routine

Are you eager to know how lifestyle change will improve your skin? I am too. Let’s get there now!

Lifestyle change, in this case, will focus more on diet. This is because a healthy body and skin are results of the food you take in. 

A bad diet will trigger breakouts and blemishes while a proper diet will improve your skin condition.

You can change your diet by replacing food that is likely to trigger blemishes with food that is likely to give you a better, healthy, glowing, skin.

What Food Is Good Or Bad For Your Skin?

  1. Low Glycemic Index Diet (G.I)

Low G.I food is known to release sugar more slowly than food with high G.I. They include; refined foods such as white rice, white bread, white sugar and others.

Low G.I foods include beans, lentils, wholegrain vegetables, some fruits, and others.

 

Once again, oat in your diet will regulate insulin which is known for stimulating acne-causing hormones in males.

 

  1. Dairy Intake

Dairy foods are known to trigger acne. You should replace your dairy food like whole milk with skimmed milk as it is known to be non-comedogenic.

 

  1. Your Favorite Snack, Chocolate 

This is sad! But don’t worry, there is a better alternative. Take dark chocolate as it contains more antioxidant and less milk. Keep in mind that milk and sugar are likely to trigger acne and hence you should try to completely minimize your daily chocolate intake.

 

  1.  Add  Omega 3 Fatty Acids in your Diet

Fish oils are good for skin. You can consider adding fish and seafood in your diet for healthy, glowing skin.

  1. Antioxidants 

Did you know that people with acne-prone skin likely have deficiency in Vitamins A, E, and natural antioxidants? Well, don’t let this be your case. Eat fruits like blueberries and red grapes for antioxidants and avocado and watercress for Vitamin E. 

To get Vitamin A, you can increase carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes in your diet. 

 

  1. Zinc 

Deficiency in zinc will cause blemishes and acne. Zinc reduces inflammation and can also fight bacteria usually associated with development of acne and blemishes. 

Kales and broccoli are good sources of zinc and antioxidants.

Isn’t   this great? A life free of acne and blemishes! Let’s go to our final step to healthy, glowing and acne-free skin.

Our Daily Skincare Routine

Dealing with sensitive acne-prone skin has never been an easy task. Always being cautious on everything that touches your face to prevent acne breakouts is tough. 

I have personally started a step by step skin daily routine care that has really helped me to maintain healthy, acne-free skin.

My Evening Skincare Routine 

  1. Cleansing 

Cleansing my skin every night helps to remove all the makeups and clean off bacteria and excessive build-up oils on my skin. I personally use Cetaphil cleanser to cleanse off my face.

 

Cetaphil Cleanser
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Key features 

  • Award-winning cleanser 

  • Good for all skin types

  • Mild 

  • Non-irritating 

  • Softens your skin

  • It’s recommended by dermatologist for sensitive acne-prone skin

Pros 

  • Cetaphil cleanser cleans your skin deeply removing all dirt, makeups, excess oils, and impurities without drying off your skin.

  • Cetaphil cleanser is hypoallergenic hence perfect for sensitive skin.

  • It is non-comedogenic. It does not clog your pores.

Cons 

  • Some people say it contains ingredients that do not promote health.

 

  1. Toner 

To balance my skin PH and remove excess oil, I use Laroche-Posay toner.  

 


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Laroche-Posay Toner

Key features 

  • Reduces the size of your pores

  • Gives a smooth skin texture

  • Micro-exfoliate 

Pros 

  • The toner is perfect for all skin types.

  • It deeply clears any dirt left after cleansing and leaves your skin smooth.

  • It is highly recommended by dermatologists.

Cons 

  • It has a very strong smell of alcohol

  • A bit expensive but  it is worth every coin

 

  1. Moisturizer 

This is the third step of your daily skin care routine. Every skin needs a moisturizer to hydrate. I personally use Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.

 


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Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

Features 

  • 24 hours hydration 

  • Has special ingredients 

  • Keeps  sensitive skin hydrated

Pros 

  • Prevents dryness

  • It contains 6 moisturizers and Vitamin E and B5 to nourish your skin all day long.

  • The moisturizer is non-comedogenic, free from grease and fragrances hence good for all skin types.

  • It is highly recommended by dermatologists.

  • It moisturizes and hydrates your skin 

Cons 

  • Does not have sunscreen

  • Contains alcohol

Morning Routine 

  1. Cleansing 

During the night, your skin is likely to sweat and release oils and dirt. Use a cleanser in the morning to cleanse your skin from excess buildup oils. I use the same cleanser as I use at night. Cetaphil Cleanser is just perfect.

 

  1. Sunscreen 

UV rays cause blemishes into your skin. Use a good sunscreen like 
Loroche-Posay to protect your skin against UV. 

 

Laroche-Posay Sunscreen Features 
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  • Recommended by dermatologists

  • Oxybenzone free formula 

  • Oil-free sunscreen

  • SPF 60

Pros 

  • It’s 80 minutes water resistant

  • It’s oil-free and fragrances-free.

  • It is non-comedogenic

  • It’s tested by dermatologists and fit for sensitive skin

  • It’s tested against allergy

Cons  

  • Not matte enough 

We are done with our daily skincare routine. After keenly following these steps, you can now use your usual foundation. Make sure your foundation in non-comedogenic and for people with an oily face, powder foundations are much better than liquid foundations.

Let me give you a summary of how you can completely overcome sensitive acne-prone skin

  1. Use natural ingredients to treat acne

  2. Adjust your eating habits by choosing healthy food that will improve your skin condition.

  3. Commit to a daily skincare routine.

  4. Choose the right products for your skin.

  5. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

  6. Don’t forget to love yourself! 

Girl 19

I just turned 19, puberty is the most afraid of acne. Types of acne are scary. This blog is where I record the experiences gained from my acne treatment process and learn online

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