Best Acne Treatment – How to Get Clear Skin Fast

Anybody who knows me well enough knows that I have been battling with acne for a long long time … I wish I was exaggerating when I say it started in primary. I have tried everything under the sun and when I was 15, a 6 month vigorous treatment of Roaccutane finally cleared my skin. It has never fully disappeared though and continues to be a recurring problem for me as a result of hormones and stress. Although it’s mostly under the skin and you can’t always see it, my acne often flares up. However, I have recently found a product free way to combat my breakouts and the results within just over a week are incredible!

After continuous visits to the doctors for them to tell my my adult acne is incurable because it is mild, I am willing to try anything to help my skin. I have tried endless products including Proactive and Dermalogica, antibiotic gels, antibiotics: you name it, I’ve tried it. I eat considerably healthy, only drink water and take amazing care of my skin by cleansing, toning and moisturising every morning and evening but it never improves. As previously mentioned, I am always up for trying new treatments, so when I came across an article on Cosmopolitan and a forum on acne.org about the skin benefits of cutting out dairy, I decided to give a dairy free diet a go.

My mum went to Sainsbury’s because they have a good ‘free from’ range, and I stocked up on almond and cashew milk, dairy free butter, yoghurts and even a cheese-spread. I’m not the biggest chocolate fan and I don’t drink milk or coffee so, initially, it wasn’t too hard to cut dairy out before I realised cheese and milk are ingredients in everrrything!

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I quickly – and sadly – adapted to life without cheese and within ten days my skin had never looked better. I won’t completely deprive myself of dairy and if it’s in something I’ll eat it but I will continue to use my ‘free from’ substitutes and almond milk to hopefully prevent bad breakouts.

Here’s my before and after pictures:

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3 days dairy free – I had just came out of the shower having exfoliated hence the redness, but you can see how many spots are under the skin as well as on the surface. I don’t get spots on my forehead or nose so I just took progression pictures of the targeted area.

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10 days dairy free – these pictures were taken exactly a week after the above pictures. You can see how much my skin improved over the course of that week – it looks much healthier and is nowhere near as irritated.

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17 days dairy free  – I have a lot of freckles that you can barely even see in the first pictures. As time progresses my skins natural oils give off a radiant glow and the imperfections have massively decreased.

Some days I feel so down about my skin I don’t even want to leave the house, but I’ve became a pro at applying concealer over the years. Incase anybody is wondering, the concealer I have found to be the best at hiding spots is the Nars radiant creamy concealer because it provides a thicker coverage. I use the shade ‘Custard’ when I have fake tan on or the shade ‘Vanilla’ when I’m going for a more natural look because it matches my skin tone perfectly.

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I am the most self-conscious person ever when it comes to my spots, so it’s a big deal for me to post pictures of it at its worst online. But if even one person tries this out and notices a difference in their skin it will be worth it! For such a small lifestyle change I would say it is hugely beneficial – you don’t need to cut out dairy 100% as it provides important vitamins, you can just cut down and use a couple of alternatives. As you can see from my extremely quick results, going dairy free has been the best adult acne treatment I’ve came across.

8 Comments

  1. You are such beautiful looking not to mention talented girl I am so proud of you and I for one love almond milk yet to try cashew milk. Your stories will inspire loads of people.

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  2. Hi! I, too, have been battling adult acne for 8 years now, and I will agree with you, a dairy-free life really made a difference to my skin. I was lactose intolerant to begin with but there was a phase in my life when I was drinking cappuccinos everyday and it made my acne grew worse. I now drink my coffee black but I still eat cheese once in a while. One of the most effective product I used is The Body Shop’s tea tree oil. It works miracles!

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    1. Hi thanks so much for commenting! It has such a big impact on my skin, the dairy free products are just so much more expensive to buy and some of them aren’t as tasty. I’ve heard lots about that I will need to give that a go, I was hesitant about trying it because oil typically makes acne worse … I take it that the tea tree oil is a specific oil for acne prone skin? X

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      1. I agree, dairy-free products are much more expensive though. Yes, tea tree oil are specific for acne. What I do is I apply a teeny tiny bit of oil onto my acne and leave the whole there the whole day and/or night. I don’t over use though because it can “burn” the acne, which can result to a darker scar. (PS, your site is so pretty).

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      2. That sounds amazing I will need to give that a try, thanks very much for the recommendation! I’m currently using Mario Badescu’s ‘Drying Lotion’ which you put onto each spot with a cotton bud and leave on overnight and it completely dries the spot out. Thank you so much yours is amazing too!!

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