I went through my teenage years without acne. I was very lucky that my skin was good during that time but as I hit my 20s, my skin started to change and I began to get monthly acne if you know what I mean? Sure enough, every month, a few days before my menstrual cycle would begin, I would get a pimple or two on my chin. This happened all through my 20s and my 30s.
Every now and then I would get a pimple on one or both of my cheeks that accompanied my chin acne. I was never one to leave a pimple alone. I would poke and squeeze and apply pimple cream and peroxide. I caused some scarring and discoloring on my face. By the time I hit my forties, I had plenty of marks, slight scarring and discoloration. I needed to find a way to even out my skin tone.
Exfoliate and Wipe
I experimented with a lot of things. I do a weekly peroxide wipe and what I mean by that is I take a tissue and douse it with peroxide and wipe my face down with it once a week. I do use an exfoliating scrub once a week as well but never on the same day as the peroxide. I try and space those two treatments at least two days apart. When picking out an exfoliating product, read the ingredients and make sure you are not allergic to any of the substances in the product.
I try to get 15 minutes of sun a day when the sun is out. I don’t put anything on my face before going out in the sun for the 15 minutes as one time I did and it caused a major break out. I also don’t believe that 15 minutes in the sun can cause a burn or damage and in fact my doctor told me that “15 minutes a day is a safe amount of time to get a little color and some really good Vitamin D that we all need to help keep us healthy.”
Make sure before you go out into the world daily to use only the best make up that is hypo allergenic and make sure to use make up remover daily. I have never been one to use a base coat or foundation of makeup and I only use a concealer on the areas that need concealing. Because of my weekly regiment, I have to use a lot less concealer than I did in my younger years. If you face is really blotchy you can use a concealer but I always try not too when I can. I believe that less is more.
I also try and drink at least four (4) eight ounce glasses of water a day. I know they (the medical professionals) say to drink eight (8) glasses a day. I can’t get myself to do that so I stopped trying. I went from drinking basically no water a day in my twenties and thirties to drinking thirty-two (32) ounces of water a day so it has made a wonderful difference in my skin.
Eat more fruit and vegetables and take a multivitamin a day as well. They now have vitamins that specialize in age groups so pick one that fits your gender and age. Stay away from foods that cause break outs, even if you love them, they are not worth the grief of a pimple that may turn into a discolored scar that can take years to erase.
These are the changes that I have made in my life to improve my skin and they work for me. There are no right and wrong or one size fits all for everybody. Everyone needs to try out different things and discover what is best for them. Keep a diary and document what you used and when.