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Acne getting you down?

Is acne getting you down? Killing your confidence and making you self conscious? I know the feeling! Suffering from acne since I was around 11, I have struggled with acne and blemishes on my skin. It sucks. It can really bring your confidence down, especially when other people point it out to you. Ten years on, I've finally found some ways to reduce my acne and manage it well enough that I'm now confident to go out with barely any make up on.

1. Keep your skin clean




When the make up that you are wearing makes you feel more confident than taking it off, it can be hard to remove your make up at the end of the day, but my advice - remove it as soon as you can. If you can give your pores time to breath, your skin will thank you for it. I like to use The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter followed by Bioderma Micellar Water or Avene Clearance Micellar Water to ensure my face is squeaky clean before bed. What ever you do, try not to go to bed with make up on!

2. Following your cleansing with a good toner



Toners can do so much to help your skin. They help to clean off any excess make up and dirt, but also to help prepare your skin for the serums and moisturisers that yo are going to follow with. I have a couple of different toners which I love to use to help my acne: Biore Triple Action Toner, this toner has salicylic acid in it, so it is quite strong and can cause sensitivity in your skin, but honestly it has helped to clear my skin up so much! The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner, tea tree is great for fighting off blemishes. Finally, my high end favourite is Pixi Glow Tonic, an exfoliant that helps to clear your skin up.

3. Try to avoid oily and sugary foods



It's hard I know! But try to avoid that Maccas burger for lunch, and binging on that whole block of chocolate. I'm not saying to cut it out completely, but consuming these foods in moderation will leave both you and your skin feeling much better. #freshisbest

4. Exfoliation!!



Sometimes your skin needs a little helping hand to be extra clean and to get rid of those dead skin cells, this is where you need an exfoliant! I like to exfoliate at least two times a week, my favourite weapon of choice is the Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub, which leaves your face feeling soft and helping to clear those pesky blemishes away. I also quite like powder scrubs, which a little more gentle and can be used daily. My two favourite are the Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub and the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. You can also use body scrubs, such as Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub or the Bitchin Skin Matcha Scrub as well and I have to say that those two scrubs do a better job than some of the more expensive face scrubs I've tried.

5. Exercise is key



I know, the couch is a comfy place and so is bed, but trust me - exercise will clear your skin up. By exercising you are getting all those toxins and things (that I don't really have any idea about!) but it helps to flush out those bad hormones and things that are sitting in your skin. It will not only leave your skin feeling happier, but you'll fell 100 times better too. Be careful though: make sure you wash your face pretty quickly after you've exercised too, you don't want sweat sitting in your pores for hours.


6. Use a moisturiser or spot treatment designed for acne



There are so many spot treatments out there and SOOOOO many that do nothing. I swear I've tried them all, but I've finally found a couple that work. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Plus works quite well, though I have to say it took a while for it to kick in. My two, new, holy grail acne treatments come from Avené. The first can be used day or night, Clearance Expert is just perfect for all the time. TriAcneal Expert however, should only be used at night. It has retinol in it, which can cause sensitivity to the sun. It may also need to be introduced slowly as some skin types don't take to it as quickly as others, in saying that mine LOVED it! I have noticed a dramatic difference in the redness in my skin and also a HUGE reduction in my blemishes, these two products have been lifesavers for me.


7. DON'T FORGET THE FACE MASK!



As you may remember from part one and part two, I love a good face mask, and the benefits they have are an awesome bonus too! They give a deep cleansing, to clean out the rubbish left in your pores that can cause blemishes. Some recommendations? Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial MaskOrigins Clear Improvement Mask (of course!) and Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque. I also really like the Arbonne Soothing Overnight Mask is great as it helps to calm and soothe and irritation that might come from using slightly stronger products.

8. Take time for yourself and relax

Stress is another issue that causes acne. My biggest tip is to take some time for yourself each week where you get away from stressful situations and problems. You'll be amazed by the results!


So that's it! My top tips, some of the products and things that have really helped to clear my skin up lately. Do you have any tips that I missed? I'd love to hear your top tips! xx

*Disclaimer: Products were purchased myself and all opinions are my own. The Life of Laura is not a make up artist, beauty or skincare expert, therefore any recommendations should be attempted at your own risk. 


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