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The Ultimate Acne Face Chart

Acne, I know, is never an interesting topic. Let alone the behavior of its growth. Acne is a skin condition that causes pimples or zits, including both black and white heads. In this post, we'll be focusing more on zits: the product of nasty oil and dead skin cells clogging up our pores; a lump of dirt and a reflection of the unhealthy general hygiene practices — inside and out.

To win the race is not possible without learning the map. Likewise, to utterly understand pimple's cure isn't possible without getting a grasp of the factors that contribute to its growth, most especially if they diverge from our diet to personal hygiene practices. No one wants to be constantly stuck on the self-same pimple fighting don'ts that clearly aren't beneficial.

Now, let me ask you. Have you ever wondered why do pimples grow on different area of your face? Well, if you have and still do, I'm definitely with you - except that I don't anymore. Let me enlighten you with some reasons why and how to win your not-so-sober battle with acne!

Cut your face in three portions crosswise (of course, in imagination), and the lower third extending down to the neck is a hormonal responsive area. And it's no surprise that our hormones stimulate the production of sebum which helps in garnering bacteria, blocking the pores and eventually causing infection. 

For starters, reduce stress-causing activities. Do yoga, get more rest, take a break, sniff some fresh air or go on a vacation. There's a great deal of ways to help yourself out from stress, from as small as listening to your favorite music to as grand as going on a Europe tour. If you were to ask me, there's completely no excuse for stress most especially if you get ahold of the real key - which is to start loving and caring for yourself.

Other habit you might as well consider breaking is eating before bedtime. A great substitute is to drink a cup of peppermint tea which will simultaneously help you soothe your stressed nerves and curb hormonal problems.

Our cheeks get in contact with highly potential bacteria-causing materials. See: How Many Times Do You Change Your Pillowcase in a Month, How Often Should You Wash Your Makeup Brushes, or even Do You Really Think Your Cellphone Device Isn't Carrying Bacteria at All

Okay, so maybe I simulated all the article titles up there, but aren't they such compellingly thought-provoking topics to actually look up on Google right now? But don't leave just yet because if I were to ask you, what would be your truest answer? For the first article, twice? Thrice? For the second article, weekly? Monthly? And for the third article, a big fat NO?

I will admit that I'm guilty, not directly of unhealthy hygiene practices but of getting a clump of pimples along my cheeks. And I blame my face contouring makeup or brush (I can't afford to know more) for this one because I've observed that pimples tend to grow on the very spot I put on the bronzing powder. 

Anyway, moving on...

Pillowcases are haven of dust, dirt and oil. So make it a habit to change your pillowcases every week. 

Wash makeup brushes regularly. I've read an article that once a month is alright. But some articles don't totally nail it. Let's keep it hygienic - wash powder, foundation, contour and blush brushes as often as you can.

While talking on your cellphone, do your best to keep it away from your face. I've started using my headphones whenever I'm over the phone and no, it didn't do the growth of my cheek pimples any good. But it's still favorable to train yourself doing it because it can reduce our exposure from radiation. 

Stress is a constant contributing factor not only to the growth of zits but also to a great number of whether temporary or lifetime diseases. Sometimes, it's starkly stressful to be stressing over stress. Did I just say the word STRESS? Well, let's stress on the word stress. Stress, stress, stress... Until you've had enough of STRESS.

Conquer stress by training yourself to have a healthy lifestyle, and this time, for real. Sleep early and stop everything you're doing an hour before your desired bedtime, said the person who's currently writing this at 2 in the morning. Sometimes, it's difficult to practice what you preach. 

Some points you need to consider doing:
•   Make sure to have a 7-9 hour of beauty rest at night for a clearer forehead.
•   Stay hydrated by drinking 64 ounces of water everyday.
•   Check your hair products if you are allergic to them. It's time to stop using your regular hair products one by one and see what inhibits the growth of forehead zits.

Your nose breakout reflects the lack of essential nutrients in your diet - or worse, some problems with the health of your heart. If you are the kind of person who lives in salty food, energy and hard drinks, you might as well consider cutting back; not only for your nose breakouts, but for your overall health as well.

I encourage you to build a healthy lifestyle. I've been saying this for quite a while now, but have you heard of the repetition method of learning? I learned that in my sophomore year in high school and I'm applying the same method for you. Through this means, you will hopefully know the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the dangers of lacking thereof.

Aside from the lip products that you usually use, upper lip breakouts can be caused by the regular intake of greasy food. I know, we tend to go haywire when the indulging smell of the famous McDo fries, English bacon sandwich and Hawaiian pizza lingers whilst trying to resist the ubiquitous guilty pleasure temptation. BUT YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION. 

Some points you need to consider doing:
•   Cut greasy food from diet.
•   Upper lip breakouts tend to be easier to get inflamed, so hands off the affected area.
•   Check your Chapstick and other lip products for any allergic reaction.
•   Try applying baking soda to the affected area.

It's either you are washing your face less than you ought to or the products that you use (I'm sorry to say) aren't making your skin happy. I know, looking for the right skincare products couldn't get any more frustrating. But it's guaranteed that all the hard work wouldn't be in vain once you find the right one.

I've been doing a colossal mistake of washing my face everyday with facial exfoliating scrub; unaware that the habit had stripped away the natural oils of my face, resulting to an extremely dry skin. My skin type is a combination of oily and dry, but I can say that it's inclined towards the dry type. It was no joke to build a proper skincare routine. However, using the trial and error technique, observing what works and what doesn't, I've fallen into the skincare routine that I can proudly say works for me although I haven't put an end to the quest for skincare products just yet.

The solution is to go back to the basics which is to wash your face twice daily and whenever it feels untidy, follow up with facial toner and moisturizer. Some articles say that you can use coconut oil instead of  moisturizer as it can balance the stimulation of oil production and heal scars at the same time.



  1. Great post Bianca and thank you for the tips. I have been having problems with my skins, I have been getting pimples for quite some time now around my full head. So I am definitely going to follow on the tips that you wrote on your blog post.


    1. I'm glad you found this post helpful. Keep me posted! Thanks, Glacey!

  2. This is such useful information, thank you for posting about it! I love all the pictures, very easy to understand.


  3. great post and lots of info!


  4. Great post! My derma gave me a beating when she found out I wasn't doing my prescribed soap-toner-treatment pads-cream regimen. If I have acne I have to do something about it, change what I'm currently doing! And yeah, if you don't wash off your makeup, guess what, bad habits get back at you!

  5. Hahaha, I randomly have a pimple on my upper lip and sure enough, I've been a bit of a fat ass lately ;) This is great!

    beauty and sass

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