How I Beat Adult Acne

Until I was 25, I struggled with acne that had been with me since my early teens. It started off as usual teen acne, but by the age of 16 my face was red all over and I was prescribed strong tablets by a  dermatologist. I was told that I would grow out of it but as I approached 19 years old, I had begun to wonder whether it would be with me forever. During my twenties, I would often be saddened when I looked in the mirror and more breakouts were appearing daily.

It knocked my confidence and I felt that it was a glaring beacon whenever someone met me for the first time. I’m not sure if it was that obvious, if it matters to anyone else. But it mattered to me. I felt vain for even complaining about it but I felt like I didn’t even recognise the person in the mirror. People just kept saying that it would pass, but I kept thinking “when?” And “why is this happening to me?”

So I began investing in good quality make up to cover up the spots so no-one would notice. Soon though, I reached the realisation that the tablets and make up were just masking the problem and I needed to tackle it head on if I wanted my acne to disappear for good. In the end, it did pass. And I’ll never know if it was time that was needed or if it was what I like to think of as my very own foolproof plan that did the trick…


Water Water Water

That’s an obvious one right? I am so bad for drinking water and usually forget during the day. So during this time, I would carry a water bottle with me to make sure I drank at least a litre a day. I have to admit that since have Emma, I’ve slipped back to being dehydrated some days. But when I make the effort, I also feel a lot more energetic so it’s win win!

Eat the good fats

I have to say that I didn’t change my diet too much, I’m a bit crisp and chocolate lover…I’m glad I didn’t have to lose either of those! But I did start to eat the good fats quite a bit – salmon, avocado, spinach and eggs – this seemed to work a treat and my hair and nails also thanked me for it.


This one helped me so much and I instantly saw a change to my skin. I prefer running, which opens up the pores as you’re sweating it out. Then afterwards, if I have the energy – I take a short swim. This is so good for drying out the oiliness of my skin and amazing for the muscles after running. I’m also a massive fan of the steam room too – it gives you that glowy skin after just 5 minutes steaming it out.

Vitamin D 

I often joked to my other half that we need to permanently be on holiday for the good of my skin! Sunshine and vitamin D are such a massive help if you have breakouts. I see a huge improvement after just a few hours of sunshine and also feel happier too! However as the UK are yet to see a glimpse of summer (what is that all about?), vitamin D tablets are the perfect substitute. Another vitamin that helps a lot with breakouts is zinc and I took these tablets for yeara while my skin was recovering.

Skincare Routine

This was a really long road to finding the products that work for me, and it’s so different for everyone. I have friends who swear by Clinique, but this was a terrible one for me as it is known to react badly with Asian skin. For me, eventually I found Dermalogica which is my all time favourite. I was also introduced to Mama Mio when I was pregnant and I love their Gorgeously Glowing Face Wash – it does exactly what it says on the label and I’ve continued to use it after the pregnancy. Finding products that complement my skin has been fantastic and really helped to boost my confidence.

Years later, my confidence has returned and I’m. It might have been a bit of a mixture of things such as hormones, stress and just genetics (my Dad’s side of the family have acne) but I’m so pleased to be on the other side.  and do let me know in the comments if you have anything you might add!


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  1. July 1, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Hi hun,

    I swear my skin got worse in my twenties from my teens…probably due to the lack of water in my alcohol stream!
    I think these tips sound pretty great health advice for loads of things – not just skin…holidays, water, vitamins, exercise. A pretty safe bet for healthy living all round 🙂
    Thanks for joining us at #coolmumclub, so great to have you on board 🙂

    • July 1, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Ah thanks for having me – I can’t believe I’ve never linked up before, I must get super lazy on a Thursday! Thank you for your comment, I think it was that shift to an sudden increase in alcohol lol ☺️ x

  2. July 1, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    My 13 year old has had mild acne since she was 10 when she hit puberty. Unfortunately it is exacerbated by her eczema so finding the right lotions has been a never ending questing. What might work for her acne exacerbates her eczema and vice versa. It is definitely better when she remembers to drink water and keeps it clean and moisturised. She is too young for make up and actually whilst her mates are starting to dabble in it, for her it is just another skin complication she doesn’t need. My sister had adult acne and after years of misery resorted to Roaccutane but has battled with mild depression ever since coming off it. I agree with your strategy and hope that in my daughter’s case it will eventually clear up. Thanks for sharing your tips. #coolmumclub

  3. July 2, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Oooh this was an interesting post! I used to suffer from really bad acne when I was a teenager and in the end I was put on the pill at 14 to combat it and it worked. However, recently I have been suffering really bad outbreaks. I am very spotty at the moment. I think it was due to the stress leading upto the bibs! I drink loads of water. However, I havent had time to exercise so perhaps that is the cause…..I need to sort it out and get exercising again – ugh!
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    • July 2, 2016 / 11:20 am

      Ah thank you! I find it harder now I have a little one…so hard to find time to do exercise really..thanks so much for commenting xx

  4. July 2, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    I’m so glad you worked out what sorted your skin. It’s so right that a healthy lifestyle can combat a multiple of things. Something that I have come to believe in. I too slip with water intake and I really need to drink more. I feel so much better for it in an evening if I’ve had lots during the day. Thanks for linking to #abrandnewday
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  5. July 3, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    This is really useful! It’s amazing what a healthy lifestyle can affect! It’s brilliant that the changes you made worked though!

  6. July 4, 2016 / 10:28 am

    I have struggled with this for years – not just on my face but also chest, back, shoulders etc. By the age of 12 I was on tetracycline tablets until I stopped taking them when I was 18. BareMinerals makeup has been a lifesaver for me and I also used to use a brand of skincare called dr haushka. Before I fell pregnant with Arthur I did the Dukan diet where I basically cut out all forms of sugar, all processed food and carbs and ate loads of veg and protein with at least 2.5 litres of water a day and my skin was the best it has ever been. I think it is such a common thing for people to struggle with and has further consequences than is obvious sometimes – i for one chose a wedding dress purely based on a style I would need just in case I had any body breakouts on the day! Glad you’ve found something that works for you xx

    • July 4, 2016 / 10:51 am

      It’s so hard isn’t it? Food is such a big factor too, I have to agree there. In was on Roaccutane tablets for years which worked very quickly but I had to give that up at one point. Great to hear about bare minerals, I must try their products. Thanks for commenting x

  7. July 6, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Ooh, this is very interesting. I’ve not suffered from acne but have had IBS and various other stomach issues for years. I’ve started doing pretty much everything you are now (good fats, running, water – although am rubbish at that) and things have improved dramatically. Off to down some more water…. #BloggerClubUK

  8. July 6, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Great post. I found the only thing that really stopped mine was having children! During pregnancy it completely cleared up and since having my third I am barely suffering at all. It was always hormonal for me I think! Really useful post. Thank you. #BloggerClubUK

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