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How to get rid of acne scars: Rhea shares her acne-prone skincare routine

Adult Acne is the Real Deal (like the jackpot you don’t want to hit)! It is super unfair to see full-blown bumps and pimples that show up when we least expect them (I am sure most of you agree with me on this). Well, nobody tells us how we need to deal with adult acne. They only tell us about the things we should and shouldn’t do, or eat or drink. Yes, products, remedies and hacks are so important but maybe someone should also put some light on how having acne not just adult acne takes a toll on your face as well as your mind.

So when Broadcast Beauty, Rhea Jain reached out to me to share how I found a way around my acne I told them that yes I will talk about the products I use but also the corrective actions I made to my lifestyle.

Skincare is not just about your ‘SKIN’
Skincare is very personal and we need to understand both internal and the external factors that lead to breakouts. Our skin also changes with age, so it is important to try products to find which product is most apt for YOUR skin and applying the same philosophy to your lifestyle. Not everyone has a 9 to 5 job and not everyone has no trouble getting sleep at night.
I have always had an active lifestyle. I am a firm believer that a good sweat does wonders for the skin, so from swimming to cycling to basketball and dancing professionally I’ve done it all for flawless looking skin.

The First Time Acne and I Got into a Relationship – When I was a teenager
As a teenager, I never really suffered from major acne except for a few ones here and there. It was much later in life when I started facing adult acne, since the last 2 years. I noticed my skin going from bad to worse, while I was still working out and trying to eat right. However, multiple factors led to such bad breakouts all over my face and neck. I tried multiple dermatologists and medications all sorts of hacks and felt like I was only hitting a dead end all the time which did leave me agitated and angry.

The issue was not just hormonal or menstrual breakouts, but multiple factors like having unhealthy outside food, occasionally drinking, stress and not taking care of my gut (my major problem area). Take care of your GUT ladies. If you have an unhealthy gut it will impact your overall health, especially your skin. But you can take care of it by ensuring you eat more fibers, avoid excessive oily foods, add fermented foods in your diet (I have a Yakult post-lunch and/ or dinner), exercise regularly and get an adequate amount of sleep. I was unaware of this, till my mother asked me to fix this issue and it worked like magic not only for my skin but for my acidity as well.

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Break Up with My Breakouts
The tipping point was when we went into lockdown, and that for me has by far been the best time for self-realisation and transformation. My mom has been my guiding force during this entire period and all the credit goes to her endless efforts.

How I Fixed My Acne: I listened to my mother
I actually should have listened to her sooner. We started with catering one issue at a time, like dealing with my acidity and gut issues. I religiously started having vegetable juices first thing in the morning with one banana. Followed by a good breakfast and coffee. While most think that caffeine leads to breakouts and Google will also tell you that if you type ‘how to prevent pimples? at least for me, that was not the case. I ate a full healthy meal, which consisted of a good portion of carbs and proteins and a light dinner which included a lot of greens (I love it). I also lost between 8-10kgs so am not complaining! (revenge body of sorts after a breakup)

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I have a life so obviously, I wasn’t eating just greens. For the last 6 months, I have eaten everything possible, right from fried food and gluten but everything homemade and lesser potions and my acne has almost vanished. However, I did cut out processed sugar and alcohol completely. I won’t lie my skin is flawless right now ( I am my favourite hype man). While am sharing this am still working on getting rid of the scars, but I know I have come a long way. I no longer get those huge, itchy bumpy acne which is such a relief!

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My Acne-Prone Skincare Routine
The first thing that you need to put in your shopping cart for a skincare routine for any skin type is ‘patience’, trust me it makes your products and remedies work better. Skin ‘care’ takes time to show results, it’s not Amazon Prime so you won’t get the desired results in 2 days.

While a regular cleanse for my gut and working out regularly helped me clear my acne, acne scars are still lingering on my face and for that, I switched to homemade treatments. The best remedy for reducing marks/ dark spots is grated potato (kept in the fridge for some time, to give a cooling effect) and grated cucumber. Since I also have dry skin, I use hydrating moisturisers like Emolene which super light on the skin and Clinique’s Moisture Surge.

I ensure that every morning after washing my face I apply rosewater to soothe my skin and apply aloe vera gel. Post that I apply my moisturiser and sunscreen which is a must!

Throughout the day I ensure, I do not touch my face unnecessarily and if my skin is irritated I take a bowl of ice and immerse my face in it for 10 minutes.

I also use the Laneige sheet mask for extra hydration on days when my skin feels extremely thirsty!

At night I apply Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night repair all over my face post washing it with the Cetaphil cleansing lotion. Lastly, since the area around my eye is super sensitive and prone to wrinkles I use the Sebamed Q10 lifting eye cream.

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For someone like me who loves makeup and has acne-prone skin, it is very important to ensure you deeply cleanse your skin and leave no residue of makeup behind, this also leads to breakouts. When I wear makeup, I take extra care of my skin. I use Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (it is super light on the skin and removes your makeup like magic). Post that I use the Aderma Soothing Foaming gel to cleanse my face, followed by a toner to close my pores.

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We often feel the need to fix our acne issues on the outside, but our mental health plays a major role too. I have started meditating recently which helps me keep calm and of course go back to doing what I love the most, dancing! Stress and hormonal imbalance play a major role in adult acne, and we need to ensure to manage it well. I am still working on my skin, and hoping to achieve supple-looking skin (to be honest, Korean skin is my goal) but am happy being happy in my skin. 

If you’re reading and have struggled with acne and acne scars I hope sharing how I broke up with my breakouts helped you 😀 

What has worked for you or didn’t work for you when it comes to dealing with acne and acne scars. Be it products, hacks, habits or ingredients, Do Share with the global beauty community in the comments below!

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