5 Acne-Prone Skin Lessons I’ve learned so You Don’t Have to

5 Acne-Prone Skin Lessons

Picture this: You hype something so much that you just want it to be perfect!

Yes, buddy, that has been my dilemma with having acne-prone skin. 

I just wanted my skin to be perfect and flawless like every other girl. Is that too much to ask?

But, oh boy – let’s not deny the fact — caring for an ACNE PRONE SKIN IS THE TOUGHEST THING EVER!

Well, you may agree, that you just experiment with many things when you want to make things work, some do some don’t. And that’s exactly what people with acne do. Obviously man! We just want to get rid of those ugly acne red bumps at any cost.

Acne Prone Skin

So, in this article, I will share some acne-prone skin lessons that I have learned. Some didn’t show any result at all and some just messed up my innocent baby skin. Here are what you should never do to your acne-prone skin. Let’s dive in!

Why Does Acne-Prone Skin Become A Nightmare?

One thing I would like to highlight is; LISTEN TO YOUR SKIN AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. 

 I felt like a dumb girl figuring out the formula to perfect my acne-prone skin. Every time, those horrible red dots, highly reactive oily epidermis, and dullness make me cry. 

That was not the vibe—that was because I was not ready to address the real problem, I was just trying unauthentic DIYS, overall, I was not treating it correctly. Regrettably, things got worse and my acne-prone skin became a nightmare.

The point of sharing this is simple.  

It’s in your hands to make your acne-prone skin a horrible nightmare or treat it as early as possible. 

5 Acne-Prone Lessons I Wish I Knew Before

1. Share used makeup brushes

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Do you borrow your friend’s makeup brushes without washing them? Noway! Just don’t!

It was the dumbest mistake I made. I used my friends’ makeup applicators, frequently.

 When I noticed some yellowish fluid in my pimples, I called my dermatologist friend. The very first question she asked was; “Do you share tools with other people?” And that was the time I got to know that now I am having pus pimples just because of those f***ed up tools I borrowed.

You know what, Dr Engelman says, “Ideally, you don’t want to share things that go on your face unless they can be properly cleaned and thoroughly sterilised”

But why is this so? Germs can live on cosmetic products and you never know what germs your friend is carrying on her face. If you use her tools on your face, you are simply transferring those germs to your skin. It can disturb your acne a lot, after all, bacteria and dirt is the prominent cause of break-outs. Horrible, right?

NOTE IT DOWN; Sharing is caring, but not in the case of face tools. However, you can sterilise them and then use them.

2. Assuming my pimples as a POP-IT

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Please buy a pop-it if you are so into popping, but don’t pop or squeeze your pimples. 

I know popping pimples is so satisfying, that you think that they will vanish from your face. HAHA! No, you are wrong!

When I picked my pimple for the very first time, I noticed that it bled, hurt, and then dried out. But guess what? It appears again and this time, bigger. It was a recipe for disaster.

When you pop a pimple you are forcefully pushing the contents, bacteria, oil, and debris out of the bump. It creates a tear and a fresh wound. Instead of fixing a problem, it forces that nasty wound to goop down the pimple hole which may result in a bigger pimple. 


3. Too much exfoliation with harsh scrubs

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Exfoliation is good! It helps remove dead skin cells, but do you know each skin has a different cell turnover? 

Yes, each skin has a different cell turnover ratio and acne skin’s turnover ratio is longer. It needs more time to build again. Well, I also didn’t know that. 

I watched Terrie Vinson’s video ( she is the founder of Synergie Skin), where she discusses skin cell turnover. Before, I was busy exfoliating my skin daily with a gritty scrub, LOL! It made my pimples red and itchy like hell.

You can exfoliate your acne-prone skin as it helps clean excess sebum and dirt, but do it with gaps, like after a week or 5 to 6 days. 

4. Sleeping with makeup

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Too lazy to remove your makeup when going to bed? Ugh! I did same.

Coming back home with an aching head and sleepy eyes, removing makeup feels like a battle. I did clean my makeup before sleeping but once in a blue moon. I slept with grams of makeup on. Oops!

That’s the very heartless thing I did to my skin. It clogged my pores and increased the pimple count on my face.

No matter how expensive or organic your makeup is, wash it before sleeping with a mild cleanser. If not, it will clog pores and produce more oil on the epidermis which will lead to severe acne.

If you don’t feel like washing it, use makeup cleansing wipes of good quality.

5. Ignoring moisturiser

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I thought eliminating moisturisers from my routine will help in controlling the oil on my face. I was wrong there!

Sadly, this idea dried out my skin and made white patches near pimples. As moisturiser helps control sebum production, it is necessary to add one to your regimen. Otherwise, you will feel itchy and stretch around the acne area.

I’ve battled the most with moisturisers: it took me months to discover one that didn’t clog my pores while yet providing adequate moisture.

I would say, use a gel-like moisturiser which contains hyaluronic acid, B5 or squalane. They have a light feel and don’t feel greasy. What else do we acne people need? 

Switching products too often

Doing something one time won’t create magic. Things take time!

Being on an acne journey, I switched too many products like using one serum today and switching to some other next week, just because it wasn’t showing any results. 

And boom! My skin was irritated. It was hard accepting anything because I didn’t give it time to adjust to various products. 

The point is to give your skin what exactly it craves. Don’t switch products too often. It’s totally fine if you are not getting early results, wait for 15 to 20 days. I think it’s better than wasting money, and feeding your skin a mix of right and wrong, right? 

In a Wrap!

That’s all! I hope now you know how to treat acne-prone skin. In a nutshell, it needs more attention and pampering as compared to other skin types. So, be gentle!

Also, do let me know in the comments section if you have faced any similar situations mentioned above. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Acne-Prone Skin

How do I stop acne-prone skin?

Removing excess dirt, and oil on a daily basis can help prevent acne.

What skincare is good for acne-prone skin?

Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is a game changer for acne-prone skin.

What Causes Acne mostly?

At greater extent, acne is caused by hormonal conditions but clogged pores with excess sweat, sebum, and bacteria cause acne mostly.

Does acne go away naturally?

Yes it can, at the end of puberty but it takes time. However, natural approaches can also help diminish acne.

How do you get clear skin?

Drinking lots of water, the right skin care regimen, and a healthy diet are the keys to clear skin.

What foods cause acne?

Excessive consumption of sugary things, carbs, and fast food cause acne. 

What causes acne on cheeks?

Dirty pillowcases, and phones are the mainstays of cheeks acne. Moreover, continuously touching your face, and makeup may also cause red bumps on your cheeks.

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