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For the first time in a year my skin is clear!  I still have all the scarring that resulted from the last few years with on and off acne to deal with, but for the first time in a long time my acne is under control.  I recognize now, however, that acne is probably going to be with me for the long haul and that I will always have to take measures to keep it in check. It's not gone for good but it is under control for now (although I know that as soon as I post this I am going to get a pimple.  It's just Murphy's Law!).

So, after years of dealing with almost uncontrollable acne, how did I finally get to a place where I feel like it is under control?  Well, after a lot of research I made several changes that I believe have really helped clear up my skin.

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1. Designate separate towels or face cloths for use on your face.  For acne to occur you need the right combination of factors to come together to create the perfect acne storm.  One of those factors is the presence of bacteria.  So step one in treating acne is to kill and remove bacteria.  Now think about the towel you use to wipe your face after you wash it.  Is it the same towel that you just used to dry off after your shower?  Is it the same towel that you wrapped your hair up in earlier?  If yes then I'll bet there is bacteria on there and you just smeared that lovely bacteria all over your face.  Seems simple but no bacteria = no acne.  Keeping a separate stash of towels that you use only for your face really helps with this.  I personally bought a stack of face cloths from Superstore at $2/towel and by a stack I mean one for every day of the week. They are now the only towels that touch my face.  My only recommendation here is not to buy white towels like I did! Do yourself a favour and get grey, or brown, or something that doesn't show dirt.

2. Wash pillowcases and linens. Remember step one? No bacteria = no acne.  I know it's gross to think about but our pillowcases can get pretty dirty pretty fast! From the oil on our faces to the product in our hair, they are basically big bacteria sponges if we leave them for too long.  Washing/changing your pillow cases and linens at least once a week can really help your acne.

3. Clean and sterilize your make brushes and sponges. Again...remember step one? No bacteria = no acne (are you sensing a theme here?). That applies to your make up brushes and sponges as well. So deep clean brushes and beauty blenders or toss old beauty blenders and any disposable sponges. To take it one step further I pop my beauty blender and my Clarisonic brush in a bowl of water and microwave them for 35-45 seconds to kill off any extra bacteria that soap and water didn't take care of either before or right after I wash them.  

4. Make your own anti-bacterial spray. Mix boiled/filtered water and a few drops of tea tree oil, I generally use a ratio of 2-3 drops of oil to 1-2 ounces of water, place in a spray bottle and voila! You have your own all natural anti-bacterial spray that you can use for any multitude of purposes bacteria = no acne! I use mine to spray anything that is going to touch my face! Refresh your towels and pillowcases, spray a quick spritz on your make up brushes, heck sometimes I just use it as a quick spritz on my face as a refresher!

5. Get regular facials.  I always thought that facials were just something you did for fun and given my complexion I generally tried to steer clear of anyone toying with my face.  But during my research on ways to help my skin, the suggestion of getting regular facials came up more than once.  Now the type of facial that I am talking about is not the kind that you pick off a list at any random spa - those are the facials you just do for fun and, unless you have dream skin naturally or know what you are doing, I wouldn't recommend them. The trick here is to find a reputable experienced esthetician that you know and trust to care for your skin and who can look at and assess your skin's current condition (because it really does change daily even if you don't notice) and then tailor a facial to meet your needs at that moment.  Once you find him or her, set up a routine schedule to visit them regularly and pray they never move away! Now this can get expensive so there is no need to go hog wild.  I am satisfied with the idea of visiting my esthetician once every 2-3 months.  Go every 6 months if that's all you can afford. Ask for it once a year as a birthday gift. Whatever you can commit to is fine because we aren't made of money.

And there you have it!  The five simple things I have done that have helped me get my acne under control! Whenever I find my skin beginning to break out I look to the above to help get it under control again and so far so good!  My skin is far from perfect but its a LOT better! I hope that some of these tips and tricks can help you too!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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  1. Really interesting post...thx for sharing! xx

    1. Thanks for dropping by! I hope they are useful tips. They've definitely helped me out!

  2. Such a nice post! Specially the point about getting regular facials. I think it is extremly important that someone professional will take care with our face. Doing, squizing, scrubbing alone is the worst thing we can do.
    Love, Liliann from

  3. Throwing your beauty blender in the microwave to get rid of bacteria is SUCH a good idea - would have never thought of that myself!!! Mine takes a beating, so this tip is clutch!

    Coming Up Roses

    1. I can't take credit! I saw it on Youtube but I can't live without doing it now! So glad you found something useful!

  4. Would you mind sharing which products you use and your daily facial cleansing routine? I would love to know what cleanser/moisturizer you use and any other products that u use whether px acne med or other to keep acne under control...thank acne pre and post baby had been driving me crazy. Also what make up you use that you feel doesn't aggravate ur acne...


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