I hate acne and I know how difficult it is to live with acne, and get rid of acne permanently. It’s frustrating, embarrassing, difficult to cover up, and it makes you want to never leave the house. No one should have to go through that, so I put together this blog post about everything a person needs to know about living acne-free for the rest of their life!
I will update this article as I find more information, so please leave a comment below if you have any questions or anything to add.
I’ve been living acne-free for over 5 years now and have had a few different prescriptions during that time. I’ve also tried some DIY treatments like essential oils and OTC medications, but it didn’t work for me. I know that not everyone can go to a dermatologist, so I will share what worked for me and hope it works for you too!
I’ve tried many different products and methods and have determined what worked and what didn’t. It’s been a long process but I think I’ve finally got it down to a science. If you are living with acne, then there is light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t give up on your skin, because it will clear up!
Routines That Will Help You Get Rid Of Acne Permanently.
- Use Exfoliating Face Wash
I probably wash my face more than most people but I always make sure to scrub it well before rinsing. This is key to get rid of dead skin cells that are clogging the pores. I was using Neutrogena and it wasdrying out my face terribly. It felt like my face was peeling and got rid of all the moisture. I recently switched to Cetaphil and it makes my skin feel so much better. I am able to feel the difference when I don’t wash my face as well, the dirt/oil sits on top of my skin and just looks gross!
- Reduce Stress and Wear Sunscreen
Wear sunscreen every single day. Some people say that it makes acne worse, but I noticed it made a big difference when I stressed out less. If you’re exposed to the sun on a regular basis, try to get your Dermatologist to give you an oral prescription for Accutane, which will help prevent any new acne from forming.
The stress relief methods that worked best for me are:
Meditation Yoga Supplements (Protein shakes and Fish oil pills)
- Don’t Touch Your Face – You’ll Ruin Your Skin
I’m not going to lie and say this is a hard one but it was for me once I realized it. Once you start cutting out all these harmful foods, your skin is basically being starved of nutrients and will start to get dry and irritated. The best way to keep your skin from getting damaged is to wash your face with warm, soapy water as soon as you get out of the shower and put on a thick moisturizer immediately.
- Drink TONS of Water – Minimize Sugar
Reading about how much water you should drink daily is a little overwhelming, but here is what I discovered. Drinking excessive amounts of water makes your skin flake more. When I drank two liters of water every day I realized my skin was dryer than normal and felt tight, so this is why switching my diet made such a difference in my skin. I drink at least 2 1/2 to 3 litres of water a day and it’s crazy how many benefits it has for me. I’ve noticed that my skin is not as much of a problem (it’s clear!) and I’m also less bloated when I’m constantly hydrated. I always have a bottle of water with me in my car, at work, or at home. Once I cut out sugar from my diet, it helped eliminate some of the redness that had been bothering me on my face. I found that drinking water was a great way to flush the toxins from my system and kept me hydrated.
If necessary, you can use a sugar-free diet, but I didn’t really need to due to the amount of water I already drank every day!
How much is too much? The American Academy of Dermatology recommends:
For children 2 – 8 years old: 1 – 2 liters per day (0 – 0.5 percent of body weight)
For children 9 – 13 years old: 1.5 – 2.5 liters per day (0.5 – 1 percent of body weight)
For children 14 and older: 2.5 – 3 liters per day (1 percent of body weight)
- Vitamin A and D Supplements (optional)
If you decide to take Accutane, then once your skin is clear, you should stop taking it. Even though you are technically supposed to take it for a lifetime, the longer you take it the more problems will arise from taking too much vitamin A. I would also recommend getting vitamin D in one of two ways: sunlight or supplements. This is because numerous studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D can cause or contribute to acne. You can read more about vitamin D here: Vitamin D Deficiency
- Change Up Your Shampoo and Conditioner
I’m not sure if this will work for everyone, I didn’t know it would work for me at the time but it did. When I changed up my shampoo and conditioner to something that was oil free and had dry skin fighting properties, I no longer had to worry about taking baths as often to remove the oil from my skin! It worked so well! My face still gets oily on occasion, but overall it stays pretty clear.
- Eat Healthy Fats
Try to eat healthy fats like nuts, olive oil and fish oil capsules. Fats slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream and also help your body to absorb vitamins better. I recently decided to cut out most of my fast food, which means I needed a boost of healthy fats into my diet. It’s so easy to stop at McDonalds on the way home from work, but it’s also so important not to fill my body with junk!
- Use A Good Moisturizer
I use Cetaphil and it’s amazing. It goes on smooth and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. I also love the fresh smell of it too.
- Use Lotion Only on Problem Areas
I think lotion is something that every person should use, but I would limit the use of lotion to problem areas only. This is because putting lotion on your whole body and then hitting the shower will make your skin oily and gross. This can cause serious breakouts on your face! If you have a bad habit of using too much lotion, then just focus it on the areas of your body that need it most (elbows, knees and feet).
- Red Light Therapy – Minimize Dairy and Greasy Foods (optional)
I did not have the money for this, but this is something that my sister recommends. She said it made a world of difference for her acne that she hated so much. Maybe it’s worth a shot for you!
- Consider an Accutane Prescription
This is a very strong prescription that really helped clear up my skin. I did not take it every day and I definitely do not recommend anyone else take it without the supervision of a dermatologist. My acne was severe and I had tried everything else, so this was my last resort.
- Take an Accutane Prescription – Minimize Sugar
If you are considering Accutane, do not cut out sugar from your diet. I know that sounds contradictory, but it is extremely important to eat sugar while taking Accutane. I took three pills a day and my whole family ate lots of sugar! Also, you’ll notice that after a few months on it your skin will start to get dry and peel off in sheets. It’s really gross, but you have to pull all of the dead skin from your face, let it dry out for a few days and then moisturize it. I would recommend using lotion on your face once a day. If you have any other questions about Accutane, please ask comments below.
- Get Seven to Nine Hours of Sleep Each Night
This was a huge one for me. I noticed my skin was less red and more clear when I got enough sleep. If you can’t fall asleep, try taking Sleepy Time Tea from Yogi.