How to Deal With Breakouts in the Winter.. On a Budget


My entire life I’ve struggled with acne, from Accutane to every single drugstore spot treatment, I constantly found myself not feeling good about my skin and really letting it affect the way I lived my life. There are days when I have a spot so red on my face and I feel like that is the only thing people are looking at!! After years of watching countless blogs and talking to dermatologists, I have finally found a routine that works for me and realized that having a bad skin day is not the end of the world. But sometimes it may feel like it, so I am here to help give some at home tips to make you feel the best version of yourself!  My skin took a 180 degree turn once i got into a habit of routine, but during the harsh winter I always find my skin dryer and more prone to breakouts. The ice cold winter weather and student housing heat is not our skin’s best friend. It causes the skin to dry out and fight back to the changing degree of weather and the absence of moisture in indoor heating units creates dry air which leads to a dead skin cells on the surface, clogging pores and not allowing your skin to breathe.

At Home Facial Steam:

Place your face completely over the steam. Warning: you will sweat like crazy!!

I live for this in the winter and do it about twice a week, keeping my face moisturized and supple, not allowing for breakouts and dead skin to form. It is super easy, and locks in moisturize to feel like you just left the spa. Other benefits include, tighter skin, improvement of blood circulation and helps clear your nostrils if you have the winter blues! All you need to do is boil a pot of water on the stove, then bring the pot over to a table and place your face about 10 cm away from the steaming water with a towel over your head to keep in the heat. Do this for 10 minutes and follow with a deep pore cleansing mask. I use KORA Turmeric Exfoliant Mask; it is organic and natural ingredients, promotes cell renewal while clearing out congested pores and make the skin look bright and polished! After this mini facial I feel my skin got a nice deep clean without leaving the house!

DIY Mask:

If the store brand face mask is a little too $$$, it is super easy to make an at home face mask using most of the same ingredients as the KORA brand. Turmeric is an amazing beauty weapon since it is high in antioxidants, helps with inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and dry skin, and improves skin texture while evening out skin tone.

  1. Mix together 2 tbsp of ground oats, 1 tsp of tumeric, 3 tbsp of yogurt and a few drops of honey (any kind will work but manuka honey is especially good for acne).
  2. Massage onto damp skin and leave on for 20 minutes
Ingredients for the DIY mask

When this is done all these acne fighting ingredients will help your skin get back to its best version of itself.

Moisturize:

Do not skimp out on moisturizer, ~say it louder for the people in the back~ and in the winter opt for a thicker cream so the skin is protected from the cold and harsh winds. I use Pond’s since it is unscented and the perfect thickness to keep my skin smooth and protected.

Self care is the best care

Wash your Pillowcase:

This one is super important and often overlooked by many people. I try to aim to wash my pillow case every week, if not more! Oil from our face, hair and body attach onto our sheets and create a breeding zone for bacteria. Clean sheets = clean face.

Currently; with a good skin care routine to handle my skin and the harsh changing weather
Pro tip: Be careful when using salicylic acid to treat acne. It can be too harsh and burn the skin, resulting in your acne becoming worse than it was before. Always aim for natural ingredients! Tea Tree Oil is an amazing spot treatment that is not too strong and does the job!
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