When I was in junior high and high school, my skin was practically flawless. It was soft, smooth and pimple-free. Whenever my skin would "break out," I had maybe one or two zits in the corner of my nose -- and they were hardly noticeable.
I was thrilled that I would never have to go through skin treatments, Accutane and other extensive measures to get rid of acne, like most teenagers did. Foundation wasn't even part of my makeup routine. But I got excited a little too soon, because adulthood hit, and my face broke out like crazy.
Now I'm dealing with adult acne, and it's the worst. I'm always on a quest to find the best skin treatments to share with you, and here's what I've found works best so far:
I know you've heard it a million times, but drinking lots of water will make your skin look healthier, younger and smoother. I started carrying a water bottle with me wherever I go, and I refill it throughout the day. My skin looks and feels so much better when I do this.
You might be tempted to crawl in bed before you wash your face, but don't do it! Washing off all the dirt, sweat and residue from the day will do wonders for your skin. You don't want all of that sitting on your face all night.
This is so hard for me. The last thing I want to do before I get in bed is take off my makeup, but it's so important. Getting all the foundation, powder, mascara and eyeliner off your face will give your pores a chance to breathe for a few hours and prevent acne resulting from buildup.
Think about it … when your head hits your pillow after a long day, tons of bacteria is transferred from your body to the pillow. Maybe your hair is a little dirty or maybe you drool in your sleep -- regardless of how hygienic you are, your pillowcase has bacteria that could be causing your acne.
Exfoliating helps you shed your dead skin cells and start fresh. Get an exfoliating face wash, see an esthetician or add some sugar to your normal face soap. Be careful not to rub the soap too harshly, or it could irritate your skin. After you've exfoliated, make sure to moisturize!
Everyone loves pizza, fries and chocolate cake, but they're not doing your skin any favors. When you don't get the nutrients you need, your skin reacts -- and it's usually not pretty. Make sure you're eating healthy foods. If it's good for your body, it's good for your skin.
Stress is one of the most common causes of breakouts. I know it's impossible to get rid of your stress completely, but find ways to reduce it. Take a yoga class, try meditating, get some exercise or learn breathing exercises. Do whatever it takes to stay relaxed -- your skin will thank you.
You can't have great skin if you don't have a great face wash. Every skin type needs different things, but I personally look for a wash with salicylic acid.
While you're in the process of curing your skin, draw the attention to your other amazing features. Take care of your eyebrows and eyelashes, or switch up your hairstyle. You'll look and feel fabulous.
If you've tried everything and your skin still can't calm down, you might want to consider seeing a dermatologist. They know everything about skin, and they'll know exactly how to help you.
Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their skin (literally). So try these methods to get the skin you've always wanted.