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Skin Care Tip: Routine to treat dry skin, eczema and blackheads

submitted by Bella, Norway

I have all my life had problems with EXTREMELY dry skin, some acne (not loads) and a lot of blackheads in my t-zone. The extremely dry skin eventually turned in to atopic dermatitis, and it went untreated for the longest time. I found that the most optimal ways to treat my skin was a combination of skin care, and diet. I now drink juices rich in antioxidants (Blueberry and raspberry juice), I eat fish 2-3 times a week, I take vitamin supplements sometimes (A, B, C, D and E), but I mostly get it through my diet. My skin has become much less dry, and has an improved texture, eventhough the overall problem is not entirely solved. I use gentle exfoliators to rid of dead skin, almost every day. They need to be gentle, or they will redden your skin or worsen your problems. After this, I found the only way to rid of the blackheads was to steam my face and use a blackhead extractor (for the longest time I used the tip of my tweezer or my fingers, but this always broke my skin and made sores). The blackhead extractor only leaves your skin red with a mark for 1-2 minutes. After this I wash my face with Burt's Bees soap bark and chamomile deep cleansing cream, which has helped my unclean skin a lot. After this, I use a tea tree toner in my T-zone. I use heavy moisturizers around my eye area and down my cheeks and under my chin, and lighter moisturisers with alpha an beta hydroxy acids in my T-zone (both of which have SPF 15). During night I use a calendula cream or a carbamid cream from the chemists depending on if my skin is flaring up in to dermatitis or not. This has given AMAZING results. Most of the time my skin is flawless and glowing. It only gets red and blotchy if I've been in too hot water, so if you have thin, sensitive skin, avoid too hot showers. Clean your face in warm water (not hot), and finish up with cold water to close your pores. I clean my face twice a day, sometimes after I get home if I've been in places with a lot of pollution. I drink plenty of water when I'm outside, this actually does help a lot in clearing my skin. I'm not as good at drinking water when I'm at home, but I do drink a lot of liquids (skimmed milk).

As a result, I have almost a flawless complexion. Fewer blackheads. Improved skin texture. Sun protection. Fewer to no pimples. Less eczema breakouts. Less red and blotchy skin.


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