Oct 6 2020 Lesa Milan

Skin Care

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Like many women, I struggled with acne as a teenager and not only did it do damage to my skin – but to my self-esteem as well. Acne occurs when the pores of your skin become blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria often due to hormonal fluctuations. Although it is said to be very common during puberty, I also struggled with acne as an adult and it took many years (and products) to finally find a solution.

I no longer have acne but I do get the occasional breakout (usually during that time of the month) so I’ve developed a skin care routine to treat and maintain a healthy, glowing skin. Below I will share routines that work for me and my favorite skin care hacks; but before I do that, I must share the most important first step – nutrition!

Promoting healthy skin starts with adopting good nutritional habits. Your skin is constantly under construction and it uses vitamins and nutrients from food to repair and rebuild. Therefore, a diet high in sugar and fat may make a breakout more likely – To put simply, it’s important to limit the amount of greasy and sugary food that goes in your body. Try grilled food instead of fried and replace juices and sodas with water… lots of water!


All skin types are not created equally; so therefore, what works for one person may not work for another – identifying which type of acne you’re experiencing is key to successful treatment. Acne is broken down in two categories non-inflammatory and inflammatory but it’s possible to have a combination of both.

  • Non-Inflammatory: includes blackheads and whiteheads. These normally don’t cause swelling and respond relatively well to over-the-counter (OTC) treatments with Salicylic acid. Extraction facials (by a trained aesthetician) are also very effective and helps to prevent “holes” in the skin which blackheads can sometimes cause.
  • Inflammatory: pimples that are under the skin, painful to touch and that are caused by bacteria – these include cysts, papules, pustules and nodules. For mild cases, OTC products that contain benzoyl-peroxide are usually effective. For more severe cases, your doctor may prescribe either an oral or topical antibiotic along with the benzoyl-peroxide to treat your inflammatory acne. Topical retinoid is also an important part of combatting inflammatory papules and pustules.


If you are acne-prone, I would recommend oil-free products.

  • Water: drink at least 2.5 liters a day
  • Cleanser: invest in a good cleanser, if your skin isn’t clean nothing you put on top will be effective.
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer (day): oil free
  • Acne gel (night)


  • Face Mask: I love natural clay or algae masks
  • Exfoliation
  • Steam


  • Facial


  • Wash face with cold water
  • Freeze your face roller
  • Change pillow case often (100% silk recommended but not essential)
  • Change face towel daily
  • Wash makeup brushes every 2 weeks
  • Birth Control Pills (for acne, please consult with a doctor first)


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I too struggled with acne and i am glad you shared this information.

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