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We just love this blog, which is lovingly written by Karen, a freelance beauty writer.

Makeup and Beauty Blog features daily product reviews, makeup tips and beauty news and is one of the hottest, most respected beauty blogs in America, receiving more than 900,000 visits/month.

Now we’ve all suffered from acne at some point in our lives and it doesn’t always stop when we become an adult, infact the dreaded hormonal acne can be a real bane! So Karen’s blog on acne really hits the ‘spot’ (pardon the pun) with us.

When Karen turned 36, all hell broke loose on her chin. Karen says: “What had previously been the clearest part of my face was suddenly a pimple farm. And they were the painful pimples, too! A mix of tiny bumps that seemed to never go away and big ol’ painful zits that felt like they had 100-year-old roots.

Eventually, though, I discovered a few things that did work. It took a while and some experimenting with my diet but over the past year, my chin’s improved a lot.

Here’s a couple of things hat helped turn the tides against my hormonal chin acne!

Diet — dairy and sugar

Another big, albeit difficult, thing that seems to have helped get my breakouts under control was laying off dairy and refined sugar. I’d heard from friends that this could make a huge difference, and despite my deep and abiding love for yogurt, milk and ice cream, I’d reached a point where I was desperate to try anything.

I started with baby steps — replacing the sugar and milk in my coffee with almond milk, eating less yogurt throughout the week…and not eating so much cheese and ice cream.

It took a while to see a difference, but I stuck to it, and with my other efforts, after six months my chin was already much better.

I’ve also noticed a few other things that absolutely have an impact on my skin, like the amount of water I’m drinking and fresh fruits and veggies I’m eating. If I’m not drinking enough water and getting enough fruit and veggies throughout the day, my skin pays the price.

Hands off!

It’s so hard for me to resist the temptation to pick at my pimples. I know, I know… But gah! It’s so hard. When I squeeze it always makes things worse.

Truth be told, to took a while to break this habit. I had to avoid looking closely at my chin in the mirror right before bed, which is when I was most likely to pick and pop, or when I was feeling stressed.

Sometimes, I used good ol’ fashioned bribery on myself, like if didn’t touch my face for ‘X’ number of days, I would reward myself with some makeup or a pair of shoes. 🙂

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