I remember clearly those days, when I came back from army camp; I will always find a few acnes on my face, especially on my forehead and nose area.
Be it boys or girls, teenagers or young adults, we all face issues of acne ever since puberty existed. Since we cannot stop it from happening entirely, we shall do our very best to prevent it!
Today let me teach you guys little handy hack to achieve an acne-free complexion that I have used during my army days. Before that, it is best that we first understand what acne is:
People living in humid countries such as Singapore are very prone to acne due to continuous perspiration. Acne is also categorized into different levels of seriousness. Do refer to the chart below for detailed images:
The most common type of acne is pustule, also known as pimples. They are often found on our facial area and at times, on our body. Pimples can be rather irritating as they are painful to touch and not to mention, they are very unsightly. Now, let me show you how we can prevent against acne!
1) Have Enough Rest & Quality Sleep
This is a very simple task that we should do and is able to do so. Yet, it is very difficult for us to have at least 8 hours of sleep everyday, due to our hectic lifestyle. However, this is very crucial to having acne-free complexion.
Our skin is more prone to growing acne because when we sleep late, our skin actually produces more sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. Also, having insufficient rest will cause stress to the body and more sebum would be produced as a form of reaction, leading to abnormalities in skin function and structure.
BenVoda’s Tip: The best start to acne prevention is to sleep early and rest well. This might sound nonsensical to you guys but it is medically proven that from 10pm to 2am, it is the prime period, in which your body starts to ‘repair’ itself! So, do not pass this time period and I am sure your skin will do well.
2) Washing Your Face Daily
I am sure you guys remember how much I emphasized on the need to wash your face every morning and evening and that is the basic golden rule to smooth and clean complexion.
By washing your face, you are actually removing any impurities and bacteria that are accumulated on your face, especially so when you are back from the outside. When dust particles start to accumulate on your face, it actually clogs up the pores and that is when pimples start to form.
Although washing our face is important, we must remember that too much of anything will be detrimental as well. This is because when you over wash your face, it leads to dryness, and that will result in the skin producing more oil as compensation, resulting in clogging of the pores and breakouts.
BenVoda’s Tip: Use oil-free and chemical-free facial product, so as to prevent introducing more oil to the face or any harmful chemicals that might cause reactions, especially for those with sensitive skin or skin conditions. For those with skin conditions, it is best that you seek for medical advice from your dermatologists.
3) Hydrate Yourself More With Plain Water
No beverage on Earth is better than plain water. That is a solid fact.
I’ve been mentioning how the formal 2 hacks assist us in dispelling impurities from our body, both internally and externally. Hydrating yourself is no different. Water is the main carrier of nutrients for the human body, thus drinking enough water will dissolve waste products in your system so it can be easily remove and flush out.
A lack in consumption of water will cause wastes and toxics to build up in your body system, causing it to expel these product wastes through your lungs and skin. And, that is how acne breaks out.
So, everyone got to start the habit of drinking more plain water starting today!
BenVoda’s Tip: A lot of youngsters tend to comment that plain water is tasteless and boring. I recommend that you may add in 2 slices of lemon to add flavor to it! Alternatively, you may add other fruits such as strawberries or blueberries. Search ‘Infused Water’ online and you may find all the options that you can experiment with!
If you used lemon for your infused water, here is another handy tip for acne prevention. Before you throw the lemon slices into the water, you may squeeze out some juice from it, dilute it slightly with water, and you will have your very own homemade-toner. Apply it to your skin for 15 minutes and wash it off. It is THAT easy, try it yourself!
4) Watch Your Diet
Notice how fitness enthusiasts always tell us, “You Are What You Eat”, and there can’t be more truth in it. What we feed ourselves not only affects our health but also our skin.
Fried and oily food are always yummier than salads or steamed food but we have our individual responsibility to take care of ourselves.
I would highly recommend you all to include more greens and nuts into your diet. Trust me, you can really whip up something decent with greens and nuts, and I am sure you will go nuts over it in a short period of time! Below is a simple fact why you should do so:
I am sure a lot of us are victims of not only acne, but also the scars that it leaves behind. As such, by consuming more greens and nuts, the Vitamin E within can help regulate the production of skin proteins such as collagen and elastin, which help to repair any damages to our skin.
Yes, your eyes are not playing any tricks on you. I am asking you to be a rabbit now!
Carrots are the healthiest go-to snack as they are rich in Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which work against acne. Starting eaing carrots along with a healthy diet to reduce acne faster.
Carrots also contain antibacterial properties and fibre contents that help to lower the amount of bad bacteria (also known as endotoxin) in the gut, leading to hormonal balance and eventually acne breakouts. This is especially great for ladies in particular! Start munching on some carrots *om nom nom* !
BenVoda’s Tip: Here is a simple recipe for you guys to try out with your greens and carrots!
Here are the ingredients you need:
1 medium carrot
1 splash of white vinegar
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
1 splash of white vinegar
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
Peel and coarsely shred the carrot. Put the shredded carrot in a colander and rinse under cold running water until it runs clear. Drain and place in a bowl. Dress the carrots with vinegar, coconut oil and salt. Combine and serve with your bowl of rocket greens (or any of your choice) and organic nuts.
5) 3M Nexcare™ Acne Patch
With as much precaution, there are bound to be some stubborn ones, squeezing its way through our facial skin ALL THE TIME. In the event that happens, I will introduce you the 3M Nexcare™ Acne Patch!
It helps to absorb oily secretion and pus with 3M Tegasorb, to help clear acne spot-on fast effectively, without leaving any scars. The acne patch reduces hand contact and infection to the acne and surrounding Skin, and is waterproof yet breathable.
What’s best is that it is suitable for all skin types and is drug-free and a non-drying method to absorb oil from your clogged pores!
The application method is also very simple and fuss-free! They come in a packet as such (as seen above) and all you have to do is to peel one of it (like how you peel a sticker haha) and place it on your acne. Tadah, you’re done!
Just take a look; if I have not highlighted the patch, you would not have noticed where I have applied it on my face! That is how transparent the patch is.
I am using the Nexcare™ Acne Patch Men 30s, retailing at $8.20. It is blessed with 3M Tegasorb™ that absorbs oily secretion and pus, it is waterproof yet breathable and prevents contamination and infection. I can conveniently apply them onto my affected spot and head out for a quick lunch with friends or even shopping! This is because they are so transparent that it is hard to spot for it if you do not stare at my face close enough.
This is the biggest reason why I LOVE IT so much! It allows me to head out, looking presentable and no need for me to coop myself at home because of one unsightly acne.
The girls must be going, “Hey! What about us?!”
Chill girls, I am getting to it now. I won’t forget about you all *wink*
There are 2 other versions: Nexcare™ Acne Patch Ladies 36s ($8.20) and Nexcare™ Acne Patch Thinner 30s ($8.20).
These products are made of water-based material hat acts like a sponge to absorb the oily secretion, fluid or pus, and are all waterproof yet breathable to improve healing. For those wearing makeup, do remember to apply the acne patch first. It also visibly proves that it is working when the color of the patch changes from skin color to white – this means that the oily secretion has been absorbed, which means that the patch should be replaced with a new one.
For the Nexcare™ Acne Patch Thinner 30s, it is 40% thinner than the regular patch, making it ideal for day use, as it is more invisible than before!
BenVoda’s Tip: This patch is very useful and I am sure 3M placed a lot of thought into it considering the fact that it even allows your to apply makeup over it! However, I would like to advise you guys that if you are facing acne or any facial issues, it is best that you do not apply any makeup at all in order to achieve a speedy recovery process.
Start living an acne-free lifestyle together with me with my 5 acne hacks! I do hope that my information comes in handy for you guys and do share with all of us if you have any personal hack that works wonder!
Love you guys always!