Monthly Archives: April 2017

Tips for Get Rid of Acne

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been getting acne all over my face. I’d wake up to head to school, dust on some BareMinerals powder to “cover” my imperfections, then spend the rest of the school day avoiding eye contact with literally everyone.

I spent a lot of time (and money) testing out all the “best” skin care. The girls at Sephora knew me by name, because I’d stop in just about every month to complain that the product they recommended last month didn’t do anything for my acne. I used to get so frustrated when my mom would tell me, “Stop using so much different stuff on your face!” and me responding, “But I’m a beauty writer, mom!”

It finally came to a point about a year ago that I realized that maybe my skin care routine wasn’t the problem. I knew that I was using good products, so why the heck was I still breaking out? I mostly experienced angry, cystic pimples that hid under the skin — usually until an important day — then they’d come out to play (and embarrass the sh*t out of me).

That’s when I came across an article that spoke about how much what you take into your body has to do with the things you see outside your body. I scoffed it off mainly because I knew that I ate like a 12-year-old (and couldn’t even think about having to cut myself off of pizza and macaroni and cheese). In the back of my mind I could help but think, could this really be the issue?

In addition to using skin-care products for acne, I took monthly trips to my esthetician. My acne was always somewhat under control, but about four months ago, it went bazerk. I made a rush appointment to see her — and that’s when she started talking to me about my diet and health. Of course, I would rather have run out of there than confess to all the crap that I was eating regularly, but instead I gave her all the details that she needed. Her response: “Are you taking a probiotic?” I wasn’t — mainly because I thought they were for older people since my dad takes them (I know, clearly uneducated about this stuff).

After the facial, I went home and performed an in-depth Google search on probiotics and acne and was surprised to see that many other people had great results with their skin after they started taking probiotics. And if the Internet says something works, how could it not?