Well hello my baby mams’s, mamas and friends!!
Today I want to talk about my face.
I have grown up acne, it sucks. About once a month I will get a hideous pimple that seems to leave a mark even if I don’t attempt to annihalate it with an extraction tool. (Which I sometimes do) : (
Hyper-pigmentation is such an a huge problem for me! I have always enjoyed having relatively clear skin, but the last few months have proven challenging. Adult acne is real y’all and its a mutha#$&!
I have been doing some research into adult acne and hyper-pigmentation and here is what I am doing to battle it. I will include some before and after photos and will also be posting progress pictures to my instagram!
Hyper-pigmentation is is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin.
I hate it! Especially because I have gone my entire life with fairly clear skin. So I have NO PATIENCE FOR PIMPLES!
I have begun compiling what works for me and what can help for anyone who wants to achieve clear skin!
So lets raise our glasses to clear skin…
I have begun my research into this pesky skin problem and my mom actually led me to try Maracuja Oil. Which you can find on amazon here. Maracuja is a word that comes from the Amazon region of the world and refers to the passion fruit as it’s typically extracted from either the seeds of the fruit or from passion flowers, an exotic, beautiful flower that offers a host of health benefits.
Natural living.com tells us many benefits of maracuja oil that include it being an
Anti-inflammatory: It helps to reduce inflammation, something that’s considered to be the root of many illnesses and disease.
Emollient: An emollient is considered to be an outstanding moisturizer for the skin.
Antioxidant: Its compounds have the ability to scavenge free radicals which help to prevent the tissues from damage.
Anti-insomnia: It helps to induce more restful sleep.
Anti-itch: It can relieving skin itching.
Anti-stress: It’s been found to have a powerful stress-relieving effect.
Anti-tussive: It’s an effective cough suppressant.
Anti-asthmatic: It can reduce the symptoms of asthma and bronchial spasms.
Anxiolytic: It can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety.
While researching maracura oil I was so surprised to read of the oils many benefits. I began using maracuja oil after my mom told me how soft her skin felt and how she noticed a decrease in her fine lines and wrinkles.
I have been using Maracuja oil nightly on my skin for about 3 weeks and have noticed some fading of acne scars. Although I may cut down to 3-4 nights a week because my out breaks have remained the same.
Below are some progress photos.
Here is a photo taken today about 3 weeks later. ( Today)I would definitely say the maracuja oil is fading the hyper-pigmentation on my face. Which is great! The one downside for me, although it does not hurt my adult acne, it doesn’t help it either. I wish I saw an improvement in that area.
Vitamin C Serum.
Which I just started using. I haven’t really noticed a difference, I have began applying the Vitamin C oil under my make up. It has only been a week but I will keep you all posted!!
Exfoliating is important because it helps to get rid of dead skin cells and helps promote the growth of new skin cells. Although exfoliating is not needed daily! Too much exfoliation can lead to more breakouts.
Facials and Masks.
I always love a good at home facial. I am obsessed with the Clay Masks by Loreal. They work extremely well and are not too expensive.
Look at it go to town cleaning my pores!! I use a face mask about once or twice a week. I alternate between a variety of mask. But I try to do a clay mask and then a moisturizing mask about 2 days later. I often get comments on how young I look for my age. Which is always so flattering, but I would love to stay pimple free!
I have seen results and next hope to be able to get the pesky outbreaks under control.
Cheers to clear skin and drinking more water!
What are your go to skin care tips? Share your secrets!