“Hey Alison! We are here to make you feel self conscious about yourself and to make your face look completely uneven!!!”
I feel like that is exactly what my acne would say if it could talk. I know I’m not the only college student who still somewhat struggles with blemishes. I’ve never had extreme acne problems but I sure have had those days where I felt like my entire face was covered in bumps. Well you guys, I have some not so secret things to tell you about how to make your skin look and feel healthy.
1. Eat Healthy!
This shouldn’t be that big of a shocker to anyone reading this. Eating healthy will significantly reduce blemishes on your face. When you eat chips, ramen (so much sodium you fools), hot pockets, etc, those foods will have a huge effect on your skin. During my move-in process I did not eat healthy at all! I was traveling and had yet to grocery shop so all I did was eat out. My skin suffered immensely from the food I was eating but a week after getting my diet back to a healthy point, my skin was looking so good.
2. Drink Water!
I cannot say this enough… put that soda down and drink some water! Soda is made so that one sip won’t be enough for your taste buds so you can’t stop drinking it, but it does nothing for your skin. Drinking water periodically during the day will hydrate your skin and keep those pesky pimples from showing up.
Hint : If you don’t enjoy water, try adding lemon, cucumber, or even one of those crystal lite packets.
3. KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OF YOUR FACE!
The oil on your hands is so bad for your skin, so stop touching your face, resting your head on your hand… just don’t touch your face.
p.s. if you think about the amount of oil on your hair, imagine how much of that is on your pillow and then transfers to your face. Wash your pillowcases regularly!
It’s also important to remember to take any and all makeup off, to wash your face every night, and to avoid stress (which, come on, is probably impossible in college). I’ve always struggled with my acne and it wasn’t until I really started implementing my diet that it got better. Don’t let eating out affect your face or your confidence.
[Kelsey’s Optional Point: Eat Vegan!
Just kidding. Making a major diet change is a huge step, and just because you have an acne issue does not necessarily warrant you cut out any and all animal products from your daily eating routine! However, what I’ve found by following a few health/beauty blogs is that many people are saying that dairy can mess with your hormones and subsequently produce more acne (or something along those lines, I’m not a physician). I personally battle rosacea, and my vegan diet kept my face clearer than I’ve ever seen it in my life – and those few pimples that I do occasionally get were nowhere to be found. So going vegan simply to clear your face was really just a joke, but maybe reducing dairy is something to try out if you’re at your wits end as to why your acne is so bad. (Oh, and P.S., my brother gave up milk for two weeks and his acne began to clear up significantly as well!)]