My Healthy Skin Routine: Part II

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Back in September, I wrote a post about my healthy skin care routine, which explained how I’ve reduced the frequency of breakouts in my life. I’ve struggled with acne for as long as I can remember, so switching up my diet, living habits, and the products I use has worked wonders in the past several months. I received a lot of positive feedback from my first post, so here are a few more things that have helped to keep my skin clear.

Omega-3s

I already mentioned omega-3s in my first healthy skin routine post, but I just want to emphasize how much they seem to reduce breakouts and the overall quality of my skin. My skin is definitely not perfect, but I have seen a huge improvement since I started to take a daily fish oil supplement (and/or Coromega) and fill my diet with omega-3s from as many food sources as possible. (I also take a multivitamin every morning.)

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Some of my favorite omega-3-rich foods are chia seeds, ground flaxseed meal, walnuts, and fish (canned and fresh).

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Less sugar

Ever since I wrote my Confessions of a Sugarholic post, I’ve been a lot more conscious about how much sugar I consume. I still enjoy sugar on a daily basis, but not like I used to, which means that my blood sugar is a lot more steady. Fluctuations in blood sugar levels cause increased sebum production, which creates clogged pores and acne [source]. Plus, replacing all of that refined sugar with nutritious fruits and veggies has improved the quality of my skin too.

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Fewer products

I can’t even tell you how many different skin care/acne products I’ve tried over the years, including both over-the-counter and prescription products. You name, I’ve tried it! And, even worse, I’ve spent way too much money on them without results.

Less than I year ago, I used about 8-10 different products on my skin (face wash, toner, moisturizer, acne medication, serums, night cream, foundation, etc.). One day, when I was complaining about my skin for the millionth time to Mal, he pointed out just how much crap I used on my face alone. No wonder I kept breaking out! My skin was confused by all of the different products and chemicals it was being exposed to everyday, so I immediately pared them down.

Now, I use just three products daily: Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash, Sephora Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, and Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel. If I get a big zit, I use CVS brand benzoyl peroxide to spot treat it. If my skin gets really dry (like in the winter), I use Purpose moisturizer before I put on the tinted moisturizer.

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Yoga

Yoga relaxes and detoxifies the body, so it seems that my regular practice is benefiting my skin too. I guess it’s worth the money! 😉

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Water

I also mentioned water in my first post, but it’s important to mention again since I definitely notice a difference in my skin when I don’t drink a lot of water. Water hydrates the skin, transports nutrients around the body, and flushes toxins, which all give the skin a ‘healthy glow’ and reduce the chance of breakouts [source], so I guzzle it all day long. (Added bonus: Drinking lots of water seems to help control my sugar cravings!)

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As you know, I’m not a dermatologist, esthetician, or doctor of any kind. This post is based on my own personal experiences. If you have specific questions for me, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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93 Comments

  1. All your recommendations are sooo true!! I was suffering from breakouts a few months back but using limited products, drinking water and slowing down on the sugar definitely helped bring back my nice skin (thank god!) :). Thanks for sharing all your great tips!

  2. Thanks for sharing your skincare regimen! I’ve been using the same products for about three years now and they’ve worked wonders for my acne-prone combination skin. The 3-Step Acne Solutions Skincare line has been a miracle worker for me. My only problem has been finding good moisturisers. In the last three years I’ve lived in Idaho, Massachusetts, Florida, and Arizona, so my skin’s hydration needs have drastically changed over time. Anyone have suggestions for the dry AZ air?

  3. Fortunately I have good skin and completely agree with your tips! As for products, less really is more! All I use is nivea face wash in the shower and nivea moisturiser post-shower and that seems to do the trick! Nothing fancy, expensive or lengthy! I’m convinced it all comes down to food and drink. Consume as much water as you can and eat real, wholesome food, including lots of healthy fats. Fiber baby or not, get those fruits & veggies in!

  4. Totally agree about all of those – especially yoga! One of my favorite instructors always says that even if you’re too taxed to complete a hot yoga class, at the very least you can chill out in child’s pose and know that you’re getting a detoxifying sweat, opening up your pores 🙂

  5. Thanks for the recommendations! As a teenager, I do suffer from occasional breakouts, but nothing like my peers. I attribute that a lot to genetics but also to my healthy eating and water intake. I can easily chug 10-12 glasses of water a day! I also noticed that sugar has a huge impact because I went sugar-free for 5 days and almost all of my acne was gone! Amazing! 🙂
    Have a great day Tina!

  6. I just wanted to say something about healthy skin…I had never had acne problems, even when I was a teenager. I could count on one hand the number of times I even had just one pimple. That is until I started to get almost 30, then it was like overnight I had problem skin. One day it would be clear and the next day my whole cheek would be broken out. It was a nightmare! I tried everything under the sun, went to the dermatologist several times, tried prescription creams and nothing seemed to work. Then I tried the facial care line from Chartreuse and within a couple of days my face was normal again! Chartreuse is an organic company that uses no chemicals whatsoever. It is 100% all-natural and they disclose every ingredient they use in all of their products. I had such great results that I am now an eco-consultant for them! You can view all of our products at my website http://www.gogreenwithsage.com. I just had to share because I know there are others who are experiencing the same problems I was and it can take a real toll on your confidence level.

  7. I actually still have problem skin and it flares up especially around my period. I’m 23 years old! How can I possibly have these issues still? lol I do find that less is more for product. I just use one cleanser, one moisturizer and then I have make-up. My skin is very sensitive, red and splotchy. If I don’t put on foundation I look ridiculous all day.

  8. Good tips! I seem to always get breakouts on my chin. I used to take an omega supplement but stopped. I think I should start again as I dont eat a lot of fish, but do eat flax, walnuts and chia seeds.

  9. I used to use every single “acne” formulation out there, and it turns out – that was too harsh & was probably causing my breakouts. I switched over to using plain old Dove soap after reading about a similar situation with another blogger. The plain old Dove white bar with no added scents, etc. (there is a slight moisturizer in there). This scared me because I have oily skin too and the thought of using a moisture bar on my face scared me. I shouldn’t have been scared. Once I switched – my face almost automatically cleared up…after a lifetime of expensive products…a simple soap bar did the trick. 🙂 My skin is now super soft and I rarely break out.

    Another commenter mentioned dairy. Once I became vegan and cut out dairy, meat and eggs…my skin literally started to glow and has been so much better ever since!

  10. Thank you so much for this post! It is extremely helpful for me. Just by making small changes in my diet I am not cravings sugar as much and I can see a difference in my complexion. I just need to start uping my water intake.

  11. I think one of the other big reasons we are seeing more hormonal problems today is due to the increase of soy in our diets. Soy is a goitrogen, which blocks iodine uptake in the body. In women, iodine is stored in the thyroid gland, the breasts and the ovaries.

    Iodine deficiency causes thyroid disorders (including goiters, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer), cysts in the breasts and ovaries, and breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

    You may think you’re not eating a lot of soy since you don’t drink soy milk or eat tofu. But these days, soy is in almost everything.

    Most restaurants use soybean oil to cook with, and most packaged and processed foods contain soybean oil and/or soy lecithin. Most of the meat and dairy we consume is from animals fed soy. Most mayonnaise and salad dressings contain soybean oil.

    It is okay to eat soy in small amounts, as a condiment, as long as it is naturally fermented (like naturally fermented soy sauce, miso, tempeh, or natto). It is best to avoid unfermented soy foods like soy milk and soy cheese. It is also best to avoid processed and packaged foods that contain soy.

  12. i noticed that when i reduced my dairy intake (especially milk – which i love!!), my complexion has improved. i miss dairy, but it’s worth it for clear skin!

  13. My skin isn’t perfect by any means, but just recently I was able to reduce the amount of flare-ups my skin has had. I’ve had bad skin since elementary school, so this was sort of a breakthrough for me.

    What’s working is a combination of things you mentioned in this post and in the previous: 1) wash my makeup brushes regularly, and 2) SIMPLIFY. I’d been using face washes, moisturizers, and makeup containing salicylic acid for YEARS, and frankly it never did anything. Neither did benzoyl peroxide. Over Christmas I noticed that my youngest sister has practically perfect skin, and she and I are very much alike in body chemistry. She used the same face wash I use (St Ives Apricot scrub), only she used the normal formula, whereas I used the ‘blemish-prone skin’ formula. She also didn’t need to rehydrate her skin as much after washing her face like I did. So I stopped using products with acne medication and my skin started to clear. And since my skin was calming down, I used less and less makeup, which further helped my skin. Now I really just flare up around the time of my period, but there’s really nothing I can do about that. 😉

  14. Thank you for posting this-I struggle every day with trying to feel good about how I look because my complexion feels like a never-ending battle-acne’s the worst….

    Question though-you said that you rarely use makeup, but when you do, how do you go about makeup REMOVAL?

      1. @Tina: ok, i’m never quite sure if i should use a remover pad and then wash, or just use face wash to get the makeup off…thanks again for your input!

  15. Great skin advice. I am a believer in a simple skincare routine, omega 3s (for so many health benefits – skin & beyond), water and yoga.

    Charleen – I’ve had flareups of rosacea in the past. There seem to be several food triggers that make it worse for me – coffee, alcohol, spicy foods and too much wheat. It might be helpful to keep a food journal to note if there are any links between what you are eating and flareups.

  16. is that what you said, especially water that turns more oxygen in the blood, with improved cellular activity, moisturizes the skin from within, improves elasticity and prevents drying. which gives us eliminate toxins from the digestive tract. As we know, the kidneys are a natural “filter”of an organization and that their ability depends on the amount you buvez.Les modern fashionable women spend fortunes on cosmetics for skin care and body With this completely ignores the most expensive and effective remedy – water.

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