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The Acne Diaries: 6 Simple Steps to Help You Fight Back

Our community of Birchbloggers is a vibrant bunch of beauty-loving ladies from all corners of the blogosphere. Stay tuned, as we’ll be featuring one Birchblogger each month to share her story on the Birchbox Magazine. This month, meet Anisa Kamlani, the baked goods aficionado behind Whisk and Heels.

Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves—I wear mine on my skin. And since hormonal shifts, exhaustion, and stress all manifest themselves on my face, I’ve had to get creative in order to fight back. Three years, a Clarisonic Mia2, and a medicine cabinet stocked almost entirely of Birchbox discoveries later, I’ve finally found a system that works for me. While I’ll always have my existing acne scars, I know that I won’t be creating any new ones. Here are my tips for a creating a blemish-minimizing lifestyle:

1: Go natural

Naturally-derived ingredients are less likely to dry out or irritate sensitive skin—and happy skin is far less likely to break out. I’m a fan of Liz Earle and Nuxe, two excellent (and affordable) lines that focus on sourcing safe, natural ingredients.

2: Spot Treat

Apply a product with salicylic acid like DDF’s Acne Control Treatment on the affected area only—no need to bombard the rest of your fest with drying ingredients!

3: Prep

You prime your eyelids, your nails, and your lips—so why not your skin? Before layering on your moisturizer, mist your face with a botanically-based tonic to give your pores an extra dose of bacteria-fighting ingredients.

4: Choose Skincare Over Makeup

When I switched from my typical foundation to a CC Cream, literally I glowed. Save the heavy foundation for a big night out and instead incorporate skincare-focused products into your daily routine. As both a tinted moisturizer and a sunscreen, Supergoop’s CC Cream is an A+ foundation alternative.

5: Cleanse (Your Diet)

Everyone is different, but my skin responds the best to dietary changes. Eliminating refined foods and common allergens like dairy, nuts, eggs, and sugar has shown me that my skin and refined sugar will never play nice. This is tough as a baker, but every cookie and piece of candy I choose to put in my body results in a minimum of one blemish. I think about that every time I want a sweet—and sometimes choose to ignore it!

6: Pay Attention

Product formulas, body chemistry, and geographical factors are all subject to change. Be attentive to how your skin reacts and don’t be afraid to try something new if and when your old go-to isn’t quite as effective anymore.

—Anisa Kamlani

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