Hello Gorgeous Reader!
About five years ago, I have been diagnosed with PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Among the many ‘amazing’ symptoms of this condition are severe dysmenorrhea, facial hair (omg!) and of course the wonderful giant acne on the face and even back area! (SIGH~) Although, I have been experiencing these symptoms since my teenage years. It was only then that I finally found the explanation for all my horrible memories.
Having giant, painful and super embarrassing pimples on my face has been my total nightmare for years. Now that I am 30 and with two daughters I still have acne breakouts. I suppose I will have to live with it forever.
Even though getting rid of all my acne is quite impossible; I’ve managed to lessen my acne breakout by doing the following tips:
1. Cut Your Nails – Say goodbye to your long nails. The dirt under your nail is the number 1 culprit. I noticed that every time my nails grew longer I would always have a pimple on my face. I always cut my nails super short so that no dirt can stick under it. Sacrifices need to be made and it’s either your face or your hand. Take your pick.
2. Change Your Sheets – Change your pillowcase, sheets and towels often. Once a week if possible. That’s where you rest your face! If you are going to put your face on a dirty pillow every night; definitely pimples will thrive. Make sure any cloth that comes in contact with your face is clean. Dirty handkerchiefs, clothes, towels and so on are big No-no’s…
3. Keep your Hair Away – Your hair is the silent farmer of your pimples. Your hair, just like your fingers catches dirt all the time. Just imagine flipping your hair is like putting fertilizer for your pimple farm on your face. (Gross!) I love having bangs/fringe but it always leads to pimples on my forehead. I recommend the magical thing called headband. You may also use a turban, hair-tie, bandana or wearing a scarf on your hair when you travel. As much as possible keep your hair away from your face.
4. Wash Your Face – Wash your face at least twice a day. Use a strong soap. I wouldn’t recommend a specific brand of soap because each skin is different. My pimples visibly lessened when I used “Carrot Soap”. It’s pretty strong and it will give you a burning sensation the first few days of use. But it really worked wonders for me. I am now using Kojie-San which gives me a similar sensation with Carrot Soap. I also used both soaps as my body soap as well so I get to save some time in the shower. I suggest using a soap that has some form of acid and alcohol combination that helps kill the bacteria. In addition, avoid putting creams or make-up on your face. That pimple is an infected skin, would you cover an open wound with make-up?
5. Avoid Oily Food – This is a no brainer. If you are eating super oily food then your face will most likely get oily as well. The more oil on your face the easier it is for dirt to stick to it and thus produce more pimples.
So that’s it. Again, these tips will not get rid of your pimples ‘completely’ but it will definitely lessen breakouts based on my personal experience.