Story by Ashley Olmedo
College is stressful enough, but during finals week you’ll feel the extra tension in the air as students run around trying to catch up on late assignments and four months worth of readings. As if finals weren’t horrible enough, individuals who typically struggle with breakouts have even more acne breakout when stressed. They break out when stressed, and they stress when they break out; it’s a never-ending cycle! Here are a few tips and tricks to help deal with those pesky pimples.
For starters, STOP touching your face! Breakouts occur due to clogged pores, if you’re constantly touching your faces, you're allowing excess oil and bacteria onto your face which then leads to breakouts. Change your pillowcase often. Pillows go hours on end touching your face, after a while oil and bacteria build up, making your pillowcase one dirty object to sleep on. Third, washing your face is essential but don’t over wash, that can cause breakouts too. You should wash your face no more than twice a day; once in the morning and once at night. Lastly use additional products like face masks, acne creams, essential oils or home remedies.
Scrub/Mask: Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
Skin food carries an array of beauty products that are made with real food to help nourish the skin. Their products include black sugar, royal honey, lettuce/cucumber, egg white, avocado, peach sake, tomato, miracle food 10 (combinations of 10 superfoods) fresh apple, Yuja, gold caviar and bitter green (a mix of green pressed veggies). The black sugar mask also works as a scrub, leaving your skin baby soft. After massaging into the skin, you may leave it as a mask for 10 to 15 minutes.
Face Mask: Aztec Secret- Indian Healing Clay
This mask works wonders! Known as the world’s most powerful facial, it unclogs pores while tightening and purifying; leaving your skin firm and smooth. As the clay mask dries it tightens, creating a tingling pulsing sensation; it may leave skin red but the redness will go away after 30 minutes. The mask can be mixed with water or apple cider vinegar. (I use apple cider vinegar for that extra clean sensation)
Freeman’s Anti-Stress Mask
Freeman’s beauty carries an array of face masks and one specifically for stress. Their anti-stress dead sea minerals clay mask helps you wind down from a stressful day of finals. Made with dead sea minerals, sea salts, lavender, and bergamot; help purify and soothe the skin. All their products are free of harsh chemicals and are committed to being cruelty-free. Have fun with the bright blue color, it’ll have you looking like a smurf!
Toner: Witch Hazel & Tea tree oil
Witch hazel is a natural astringent that helps control inflammation, oil, and redness. It helps speed up the healing process of scars and infections (like blemishes) by preventing bacteria growth. Tea tree oil is a stronger substance, especially when using 100% pure tea tree oil, which isn’t recommended. If using it as a toner, it’s recommended to mix with water or oil to dilute the tea tree oil. You can also use tea tree oil as an acne spot treatment which has been shown to fight bacteria and reduce blemishes. Tea tree oil does have a strong aroma but its benefits are worth the extra smell.
Moisturizer: 100% pure organic Argan oil
When it comes to moisturizers, natural products are the way to go, especially for acne-prone skin. Natural products won’t carry extra ingredients that will irritate or over dry skin. Some recommended oil-based moisturizers to use for acne prone skin include; hemp seed oil, Argan oil, and olive oil. Argan oil heals, smooths, softens and moisturizes. Apply after cleanser or after facials.
Spot Treatment: PRID- All-natural drawing salve or honey
Getting rid of stubborn pimples is the worst, luckily there are a few products that help speed up the process. PRID homeopathic salve helps suck out the bacteria that is stuck under your skin, giving the pimple ahead, which can then be popped. It works wonders for cystic pimples, all you have to do is put it on the stubborn pimple, cover it overnight with a band-aid and the pimple surfaces within the next day or two (repeat for two nights). Another natural remedy is honey which is an antibacterial. Place it on the blemish and it helps speed up the healing process.
Always stay hydrated, eight cups of water a day is recommended. If a pimple doesn’t have a head do not try popping it, you will cause further irritation and inflammation. Although finals are a stressful time, do not overeat or eat greasy, sugary food. Remember to relax and give yourself some extra time to enjoy and pamper yourself. Self-care is important.