Wouldn’t we all like to wake up and find that our acne cleared over night? I would! With end-of-the-year stress hitting hard, my face has been breaking out badly. But the reality of the situation is that getting rid of acne overnight just isn’t realistic (although keep reading for a great product that clears up redness quickly!). Most dermatologist will tell you it takes 4 to 8 weeks to achieve glowing, clear skin. So, here is my advice for what to do in those 4 to 8 weeks to clear your acne:
Eat Healthy & Drink Water
Food affects a lot more than just our weight and energy levels; what you eat can also have a big effect on the health of your skin. I could go on and on about what foods we should and should not be eating to maintain (or achieve!) healthy skin, but there is a ton of information out there on the internet for you already. I’ll give you a quick summary: just eat clean. Eat your fruits and vegetables and natural foods; skip the sugar, refined carbs, salty potato chips, and other processed foods. Your skin will thank you! While you’re at it, don’t skimp on the water. Drinking water helps flush toxins from your body, preventing them from building up in places like underneath your skin.
Keeping your skin clean requires keeping everything that comes into contact with your skin clean as well. Wash your makeup brushes, sheets, pillow cases… and hair. If you’re skipping showers or regular cleaning sessions, you aren’t doing your skin any favors. In fact, you’re leaving excess oil on your face and spreading bacteria. If you are prone to acne, be sure to wash your sheets, pillow cases, and makeup brushes once a week. I know it sounds like a lot, but it will be worth it when your skin begins to clear up! Set a routine; write it in your planner that you will wash these items every Sunday… or whichever day works best for you.
Oxy 28 Day Challenge
To help you stay on track with your goal to clear skin, Oxy created an app that will change the way you take care of your skin. After downloading the app, you enter in your age and current level of acne, and you receive a personalized acne fighting regimen consisting of three products. For example, I use the Daily Defense Skin Clearing Cleansing Pads, Maximum Action Rapid Treatment Sensitive Skin Face Wash, and Maximum Action Rapid Spot Treatment. Over the course of 28 days, the app will send you daily tips and alerts to remind you to use your products and help you fight your acne. My favorite part about this program: if the Oxy products don’t work for you, you get your money back!
I get super nervous when I think about buying a new health/beauty item, because so often they claim to do things they really don’t. That’s why I love this opportunity. There’s no doubt that no two people have the same exact skin and acne, and our skins won’t all react the same to specific products. Now, here is a company that understands that. If you want to learn more about the Oxy 28 Day Challenge, you can find Oxy on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or check out their website.
Don’t Over Do It
As much as we try to fight oil, our skin also needs its natural oils, so washing too much can actually turn into a bad thing. Use your products according to the packaging and don’t over do it. If you find yourself wanting to use the product more often than prescribed because your skin is feeling oily, carry oil absorbing pads with you during the day. This is a great way to prevent over drying of the skin.
A lot of acne medicated products can be very drying – even when not overused. Oxy even addresses this on their packaging, so make sure you have a good facial moisturizer on hand to use after washing your face – emphasis on facial. You don’t want to spend all of this time treating your skin only to lather on pore-clogging, oily lotion afterward. I personally use the Theraplex Hydrolotion that my dermatologist recommended to me, but if you are ever in doubt, consult your own dermatologist on what would work best for your skin.
So, there you have it – my tips for clear skin. The most important part of all: don’t rush your skin recovery; it takes time… I know, I know. Graduation, prom, summer, and important interviews are all right around the corner, but if you start now, you still have time and will be picture perfect for prom…
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Oxy . The opinions and text are all mine.