The Best of NMDL: Natural Adult-Acne Cures (Plus: What’s Your Clear-Skin Strategy?)
(Because mine is having sleepover parties with my girlfriends and doing cucumber eye masks, naturally.)
Actually, and this should come as a surprise to no one, our skincare strategies are completely holistic. We’re not really the spot-treating type, even if we do love us some Stark green-tea clay. And that new mask from Acure is, indeed, awesome. But if you’ve read our acne coverage in the past, then you know we are much more about prevention, root medical/hormonal causes, and the psychological toll that bad skin days can exact on one’s sense of one’s, well, prettiness. Which is ugly.
With that in mind, below is all our strategy for clean skin—plus all our best content on adult acne. Be sure, when you’re checking out the old stuff, to read the comments because our readers are way smarter than we are.
To recap, here is my strategy. We’d like to hear yours in the comments.
1. Stress and sleep are the biggest determining factors for me, bar none. When I’m happy and rested, I feel like I can eat anything, drink anything, put anything on my face and nothing will happen. Of course that’s not totally true, but I exaggerate to make a point: Literally nothing wreaks havoc on my skin more than missing zzzs and being a stressball. Meditation, yoga, therapy, awesome friends, and sufficient rest help with this.
2. I take omega 3s. I take three 1,000 mg capsules per day, and I never skip. More on why below.
3. I don’t switch products a lot. I have highly reactive skin, so if something works fine, I stick with it for months, even years.
4. I avoid dairy, other than parmesan, which has very low lactose. I’m not sure I have a lactose issue, but when I eat dairy, I get weird tiny bumps on my chin that drive me completely bonkers. Avoiding dairy means avoiding these bumps.
5. I see an endocrinologist semiannually and an acupuncturist regularly to keep tabs on any underlying issues that might make my skin suck.
Now, here’s the best of NMDL adult acne coverage…..
What to do when things have already gone awry:
How to avoid big breakouts in the first place:
Okey smokey, your turn. Share your favorites, and your own skincare strategy, in the comments.