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Having a face full of acne can be extremely frustrating. I remember the days I’d admirably stare at those with perfect skin and think how easy it seemed. I’d wonder what their secret was, and wonder if there was a deeper, underlying issue for my outbreaks. Was it hormones, bad genes, bad luck? I felt so hopeless and so gross.

During these times I tried Accutane, antibiotics, topicals, and laser treatments. My mom would make me carrot juice and massage my feet in a way that was supposed to be good for the skin. Unfortunately, my face stayed angry.

When I finally got a handle on my skin I was able to look back on the things I did that helped, and the things that didn’t. That list is compiled below with the dos and don’ts of getting rid of your acne.

Don’t

Don’t overdo it. Breaking out feels terrible and makes us feel ugly, so we want to get rid of the acne as quickly as possible, but oftentimes this leads to overdoing. Keep your routine simple. Overdoing it may cause your skin to dry out, which in turn, will cause your skin to produce more natural oil, which can clog your pores, and cause you to break out! KEEP IT SIMPLE!

Don’t pop your pimples. Yes, you want to get rid of your pimples, but the answer is NOT in popping them. Popping your pimples can only lead to bad things like scarring and the spreading of bacteria under the skin. Leave the popping to the professionals.

Don’t touch your face. Too often people will point out a pimple to me and touch it. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE. Remember your hands are carrying a ton of bacteria that you definitely do not want on your face.

Do

Do get a facial. A facial is the best way to get rid of your acne initially. It will allow a professional to unclog your pores and do so without allowing the bacteria to spread. When I first started on my path to clear skin, I would get a facial once a month for almost a year.

Do get to the bottom of your acne.The best way to solve a problem is to understand why it’s occurring in the first place. Check out my previous blog to help you understand what is causing you to breakout.

Do increase your water intake. Water helps the body eliminate toxins and keeps our organs functioning properly. Don’t underestimate the importance of water.

Above all, remember that your acne is curable! You can and will have clear skin again.

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