Today I'm going to share some tips and experiences with you related to two ugly, ugly words; BACNE and ACNE!
Let's proceed alphabetically...shall we?
With acne, I've found that it's good to change ONE thing from your skincare routine ever so often (and by that I mean...every 6 months or so). It's BEST if you can use a combination of Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide. My favorite SA based spot treatment is this Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2 in 1 Fight and Fade Gel. I swear, the first night I bought this I used it and the next day the blemishes I had on my face had reduced in severity of appearance AND sensitivity...because you know, sometimes you get those ones that kind HURT! I've only been using it for a couple days, but so far, I REALLY like it.
One other important part of keeping your face clear is to EXFOLIATE! A good drugstore brand exfoliant is Neutrogena's Oil Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub. You could use this everyday, or designate a couple weekdays where you use it. I really like to alternate exfoliating in the morning with exfoliating at night. This is because most of the bodily functions that pertain to taking care of the skin take place at night.
ON TO BACNE!
Bacne SUCKS! I started getting it when I really started working out regularly. But first let me share my shower routine advice! You'll see why...
1. Shampoo, first thing.
2. Lean your head over and apply conditioner (so the conditioner coated hair does NOT touch your back!) Keep one of those metal free hair elastics in the shower and TIE your hair up! This does two things: keeps pore clogging conditioner OFF your back, and lets the conditioner soak into your hair while you do other showerly things. I think it's best if you put it in a little bun, because it keeps the hair close to your head, and since your head is so warm, keeping it close to that heat source helps open the pores in your hairs to absorb nutrients from the conditioner!
4. Do other showerly stuff...pumice your feet...shave...wash your face...
5. Rinse your head free of conditioner! As mentioned before...lean your head over so it doesn't run all down your back/body.
6. Rinse the rest! You're done!
Another thing, if you work out a lot is to try and use a tank top..and it works well to use moisture wicking shirt/tanktop and/or bra. If it's not moisture wicking, its just holding all that moisture against your skin creating conditions that bacteria (think: acne) love! You can find this stuff at Ross for pretty cheap :) If you feel so bold, look for a tank top that has less material on the top!
Okay..I think that's all I can think of (for now!) If you guys have any questions or anything, post it and I'll be sure to get back to you! Hopefully you all found something that you felt was useful from this blog :)