I know. For many people it can sound like a weird post idea especially for those who haven’t experienced a single acne breakout.But acne sufferers can totally relate to this post, I think.And how it could be the other way round? Dealing with acne and other skin disorders is not an easy process requiring a lot of courage, strength and patience. Here is what happens to me when it comes a breakout and how I try to overcome it.
First of all, I want to clarify that after all these years of different treatments, I experience now even less breakouts. However, sometimes for different reasons, I can see 1 or 2 coming.Nevertheless, if the symptoms persist,consult a dermatologist.
But lets get straight to the subject.
Feeling like a mess
It’s more than obvious that whether you have 2 or 3 more pimples than usual or your whole face is on 🔥, it is a total disaster. Its not only that you cannot take that artistic photo you wanted or achieve that no makeup look but it also affects your mood. For severe breakouts , it’s even worse. And there comes the self doubt. When it comes to that moment like many sufferers, I usually feel down, depressed and unmotivated to do whatever comes to my mind .
See it coming
Before a breakout appears, we usually see it coming. I mean it’s totally about our lifestyle and daily habits. Many people can be sugar and junk food lovers and still nothing happens. But everyone’s experience is different. Personally, the day or days before it comes out, I usually have eaten too much sugar and greasy foods(biscuits, chips, chocolate bars) and dairy (milk, yoghurt). To tell the truth, I find that a combination of unhealthy food choices and bad hygiene in that area are the responsible for a flare.Others, on the other hand, can relate it directly with stress and anxiety. Another factor can be the ‘wrong’ skin care products(those that are not suitable for our skin or the not dermatologically tested.) Sometimes prescribed medication by a dermatologist can also be a responsible.
Ok. But now it’s too late, you’ll think. How I overcome this?
Start with small steps every time and calm down. You aren’t the only one dealing with this type of disorders. Breakouts usually can last more than 1 day but don’t stay there forever. Sometimes, I know. Taking it easy can be tricky especially when you have to go out for a dinner or a job interview. But trust me, Stress won’t help you. In fact, it may worsen even more the breakout symptoms.
Change your diet
Many lines have been written whether a specific diet can trigger a flare-up. Some dermatologists state that there is no problem with consuming whatever you want. I actually find that after eating a lot of spicy foods(hot sauce), greasy(fried potatoes)or high sugar foods(milk chocolate), probably the same day or the next one, I will experience a breakout. Usually, it can be either redness or pimples around the face. Eventhough I love dairy so much(milk, cheese and yoghurt), eating more than usual causes me breakouts as well, so I try to eat less. Anyway, the case is that you should find the food that causes you the breakouts and avoid or cutting down completely. Because every body is different and even these practices work quite good for me, maybe for other patients aren’t that great. On the other hand, foods rich in Zinc like legumes and nuts, if taken with moderation, they can help you avoid or get rid of the breakouts. Moreover, eating lots of fruits, dry fruits and vegetables, sometimes is a good way to replace sugary foods. According to a survey by the National Rosacea Society, 78 percent of adults with rosacea reported making changes to their diet.
Practice good hygiene
Besides a healthy diet, following a skin care routine is key. I mean that you shouldn’t skip cleansing your face from impurities or applying that cremes they work wonders on you, eventhough you feel so tired and sleepy. Once I found the perfect excuse to skip the routine, and the other day my face was greasy and full of clogged pores! Avoid taking hot baths and touching your face is part of this routine as well. Especially the last one, will increase the risk of infection and irritation. Changing your pillowcase every 3 days or so, is another lesson I learned as it daily collects dirt, oil and generally lots of bacteria.
Last but not least, remember staying as positive as possible. Sometimes it just seems impossible but think that acne and generally skin disorders are neither the best , nor the worst it can happen to you. Be around positive people who not only understand you but also lift you up and help you see the bright side. Yoga and relaxing music can also distract yourself from negative thoughts and help you to focus on the things that really matter.
What about you? I would love to read your thoughts regarding DS or other skin disorders breakouts and how you get rid of them! If you also found this post interesting or useful, you can always like it and share it with your friends!