Wouldn’t we all agree that when adolescence began in our lives, many changes, both pleasant and not, began to occur?
One the most unpleasant things that I have personally battled with, and experienced was acne, which is actually not just a bane, but a skin infection that occurs under the surface of the skin when oil and dirt get into the pores and clog them.
Acne affects most people from early in their teen years, then begins to ease up near the end of the teens.
I think that I was probably an early bloomer, because I can recall having a mountainous black-head on the tip of my nose when I was around 11 years old. It was the worst thing ever!
All kinds of remedies and methods to prevent break-outs have been invented, and I think that I have probably tried most or all of them, yet did not find a cure.
Finally, though, I am happy to say that I can put Acne, and all childish things behind me, because thanks to Bella Terra Cosmetics’ Skincare Range, and my Beauty Basics regiment, I have been able to remain acne free for what has been two years now!
Why Can I not Simply Get Rid of My Acne?
The answer is really simple, actually:
Most people rely only on skin care products rather than balancing products with care and cleansing.
Even worse; most of us are not aware that we have really sensitive skin, and proceed to use acne products with harsh chemicals that cause even more oiliness, and dare I say it; Even more acne.
So, I just get Bella Terra Cosmetics Skincare Range? Is that Hard?
Well being permanently free of Acne is actually harder than you’d think, because acne results from a complicated process involving a plugged pore, oil, bacteria, and inflammation, and it’s also influenced by genetics and hormones, says Katie Rodan, MD, associate professor emeritus of dermatology at Stanford University Medical Center and co-founder of the skincare line Rodan + Fields.
How I became acne free
The truth is that it is actually possible to be acne free, and I have been that way for two whole years.
The other truth is that staying, and maintaining an acne free visage is not only tricky, but it requires commitment to a regiment that is both consistent, and to humble brag a little; easy!
By Bella Terra Beauty Basics is actually how I maintained my good skin, since I turned 20, and the only thing is that I wish I had done it sooner!
The steps that I am going to list here-in are probably going to be a balance of natural techniques, and habits mixed in with the use of some Bella Terra Cosmetics Products, so brace yourselves for a pretty in-depth review.
Step 1: Rinse your face with warm water at least twice a day
Instead of washing your face time after time throughout the day, it is more important to run warm water over your face and neck in the morning, evening and if possible, at any other time during the day in which you get sweaty or dirty.
Run a clean washcloth under the hot water until it is thoroughly drenched.
Squeeze almost all of the water out the cloth until you are left with a slightly damp, very warm washcloth.
Press the washcloth to your face and gently hold it against your skin for a minute. There is no need to scrub your face while doing this.
Repeat this process a few times before patting your face dry with another clean washcloth or a towel.
Afterwards, your face will be clean and your pores will have been opened, which will help unclog them.
Step 2: Wash your face with acne face wash or soap up to 5 times a week
Washing your face is very important, though soap or acne treatments are not needed 24/7 to prevent acne from forming.
If you do wash your face with products too often, chances are your skin will become more clogged and very dry.
Find a gentle yet effective face wash to use a few times a week in the shower or in the morning. For this part I like to use Bella Terra Cosmetics Exfoliating Gel. It doesn’t have a rough consistency to it, like you would expect from an exfoliator, and yet it still gives me that baby soft skin!
For the other days you wash your face, find a gentle soap with no aromas in it.
I personally like to use Bella Terra Cosmetics Milky Cleanser for this, as I have found that unlike most products on the market that are dedicated to dealing with acne, this product is quiet gentle. ♡
Step 3: Use an astringent once a day every day
Astringents usually are not too hard on your face when used properly and they are a great way to prevent acne from forming.
Astringents are liquids that are applied in small amounts all over the face to dry up and clean any problem areas.
Put a little bit of your Bella Terra Cosmetics Pore Refining Toner on your face once a day and let it dry.
No matter how bad your acne may get, it is important not to use this product more than once a day, as it’s already highly effective.
Step 4: Apply treatment, or restoration to your face
For small problem areas, topical acne medication is very effective.
Many times drug stores will sell good topical treatments, but if those are not effective enough for your skin then you should visit the dermatologist for a prescribed treatment that is more effective than the OTC treatments.
Topical treatments can be applied to problem areas 1 to 3 times a day depending on the severity of the outbreak.
After using the acne topical treatment, a moisturizing lotion should be applied.
I personally prefer to use Bella Terra Cosmetics Nightly Restoration Cream, since it contains Retin-A in it.
Not only do the antioxidants in the product fight free radicals, and wrinkles, but they also tighten skin, and help clear away spots, and blemishes.
Step 5: Use minimal amounts of make-up
Many make-up products are full of chemicals and impurities that can get into your pores, clog them and irritate the skin.
Using these products will make acne much worse.
If make-up is going to be worn, you should buy good brands with less harmful ingredients.
Have a look at incorporating something like Bella Terra Cosmetics Mineral Makeup into your makeup program.
I am proud to declare that since starting with my Beauty Basics, I actually never wear make-up save for eyeliner, mascara, or shadows. No concealer for this face!
Other companies also sell make-up products with acne medication in them, so if you’re going to mask, might as well medicate, right? BB Cream, anyone?
Before going to bed each night, thoroughly remove all make-up no matter which kind it is.
For that, I recommend using Bella Terra Cosmetics Makeup Remover; It’s perfect!
There are two parts to it, all in one bottle.
The top part of the bottle removes normal makeup, and the bottom part (the darker blue) removes “waterproof” makeup, so shake it well before using it!
Step 6: Keep your hands away from your face
This might seem like such a trivial, and even nanny-like thing to suggest, but;
Never touch your face at all, especially problem areas.
Whether your face is clear, covered in acne or somewhere in the middle, your hands should be kept away all times.
The oils and dirt that get on your hands and fingers are passed onto your face.
These oils and dirt get into your skin and cause breakouts.
If you already have pimples on your face, you should leave them alone and never pick or mash them.
The only time to touch existing pimples is when applying treatments–even then your hands should be washed.
The three things you should never do to your face are to pick, press or pop anything on it.
It may seem like immediate relief, but if you do this your breakouts will get worse, more noticeable and take longer to go away.
Remember: Healthy skin is a habit!
Healthy Skin is also about Making Changes
I am a strong advocate of the following;
Step 7: Stay out of the sun
The sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase inflammation and redness.
Some acne medications may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a broad-brimmed hat.
Whether you have pimples or not, always apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.
Look for “noncomedogenic” on the sunscreen label to make new pimples less likely.
Read the ingredients on the product label to know what you’re putting on your skin.
Step 8: Feed your skin
Most experts agree that certain foods, like chocolate, don’t cause pimples.
Still, it makes sense to avoid greasy food and junk food and add more fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains to your diet.
Step 9: Exercise daily
Regular exercise is good for your whole body, including your skin.
When you exercise, avoid wearing clothing or using exercise equipment that rubs your skin and may cause irritation.
Shower or bathe right after exercise.
Step 10: Chill!
Some studies link stress with the severity of pimples or acne.
Ask yourself what’s making you feel stressed;
Is it having pimples? Then relax, because knowing and following all these steps is going to immediately change your skin, so that’s not an issue anymore…
Is it something else?
Write whatever it is that you are worried about down in a numbered list; make another list with the numbered solutions to each worry, and then finally; write down what you plan to do to alleviate each problem.
Our worries are just trying to draw our attention to something much more urgent. Pay attention.
Q: I do all that already! Still can’t get clear skin. T_T
Try keeping your hair out of your face
It might seem like a silly suggestion, but we put so many products in our hair to make it stay beautiful throughout the day, so have you ever considered your hair product might be causing your pimples?
When you style your hair, be sure to keep the product off of your skin.
And if you find you get acne on your forehead, reconsider having bangs.
Another hot spot for pimples caused by hair product is the jawline, neck and back.
Keeping your hair away from your face will help.
Wash your sheets and pillow cases frequently
If you sleep on your belly, the idea of sleeping on your back might seem impossible, but when you sleep on your belly, your face is constantly exposed to the oils that have rubbed onto the pillow from your hair and face.
If you sleep on your back, the oils from your hair stay on your hair; not your face.
If you sleep on your belly, you might also have the tendency to bring your hands up to your face, which is another habit that causes pimples.
Hang up on your pimples
When was the last time you cleaned your cell phone screen? Or
Ever thought about the fact that you push it up to your cheek every time it rings?
If you text as much as I do, your fingers are constantly up on that screen.
Gently cleaning it with a cotton swab damp with alcohol will keep it clean.
(Check to make sure this is safe for your phone.)
And before you say “hello”, practice holding it slightly away from your cheek when you talk–it’s easier than you think! The other two slightly “toolish” things that I do is use the hands-free kit, and if there’s no one around, speakerphone!
Remember: When in doubt, check with a dermatologist to see if you need more treatment to prevent or stop acne.
BUT As long as you wear your sunscreen, maintain the “Beauty Basics” skincare regiment, and pay attention to what your skin is trying to tell you, you won’t have any problems at all!
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