For When My Skin is Not at Its Best

how to deal with breakouts
Typing this entry up because my skin is feeling like crap.

I had laksa yesterday night and it was so delicious. The gravy was perfect — just what I liked! But one of the key ingredients to make the perfect laksa is belacan. Belacan is like that one ingredient that you can put in any dishes (especially sambal base) and they will turn out good. Did I mention that on Wednesday my mom made asam pedas and she put belacan in it and it was so good I felt sad after I was done with my meal because it was that good?

Belacan is actually a shrimp paste (found out about it like, 5 minutes ago) and I also have seafood allergy so serves me right for consuming food that I cannot eat, right? Who am I to think that I can have the luxury of enjoying seafood and belacan, right? Am I right?


Anyway, back to the topic. You know how we gals have that one week out of the month when our skin feels and looks like crap especially during period? I hate that time because my makeup looks terrible and the acne scars on my face that has actually lighten looks bright red all of a sudden. For me personally, A week before and during my period are my favourite because my skin looks and feels so good but when I’m nearing the ovulation day (my fertile period is between day 13-19 and today is my day 19), my skin takes a hundred and eighty degree change and oh there you are 3485843 bumps and whiteheads. You’re so unwelcome but okay.

But breakouts do not only happen during the change of hormones. There are so many things that can contribute to breakouts and bumps and all sort of unpleasantness on your face so these are a few steps I take to deal with it.

How to deal with breakouts

Sit back, relax, and think about the food I ate

As I lay down in my bed not quite relaxed because I’m itchy everywhere, thinking of the food I ate for the past two or three days and breaking down hysterically because it’s taking its toll on me now and there’s no other way to get through it other than to be patience and sing Westlife’s Fool Again ’cause I’m really a fool.

After that emotional episode, I eat clean for as long as I could until my mom cooks something that I’m allergic to. Fruits are my best friend. I eat a lot of papaya and watermelon. But not too much of papaya though unless you want to go poo poo 5 times a day (yes it happened to me).

Change my bed sheet

No matter how comfortable your bed is and how ‘lovely’ your pillows smell like (ehem stale saliva) after a few weeks of sleeping in it, you should always change your pillow cases once a week and bed sheet I’d say around twice a month. The oil on your hair will transfer to your pillow case and get to your face which can cause breakouts. Read here to know more about pillowcase, detergent and fabric softener, and dust mites.

Your bed sheet collects dust and dirt and when you came home from a long day outside and you immediately attack your bed (’cause why not?) without changing your clothes, taking a shower, or even washing your feet and all the dirt you collected from your day outside will transfer to your bedding. It’s disgusting which is why I’m only using antibacterial body wash (okay if it were me I would have totally chosen LUX Magical Spell but my mom bought my shower gel ’cause she’s my mom and who am I to defy her I’m scared). It’s okay if I don’t smell like lavender unicorn with English rose flower garden thingamajig as long as I’m not itchy all over.

Drink more plain water than usual

If you drink 1.5L of water everyday, then drink more during your crappy skin episode. I’ve always wondered why everyone says that you have to drink enough water everyday if you want clear skin because water is just, water. H20. No other compound in it that can help me with getting clear skin but drinking plain water is important to detoxify your body hence removing all the toxins and gory and disgusting stuff in your body thus making your skin clear without breakouts. Read here to know more about water detoxifying.

But make sure that you go pee pee at least 10 times a day when you drink, like, 3L of water. If you didn’t go pee pee the whole day, please call your doctor because there might be something wrong with your kidney.

I do not scrub my face

Do you know that scrubbing your face during breakouts will actually make your skin worse? If you have acne-prone skin, please don’t ever scrub your face especially with that St. Ives Apricot Scrub because that stuff is very harsh for your skin. Scrubbing acne-prone skin will irritate and aggravate your already inflamed skin. Read here to know more about scrubbing acne-prone skin.

I know how tempting it is to scrub your face when you have bumps all over but please don’t ever do that, have some sympathy on your skin. I scrub my face once or twice a month and that is if I have to go somewhere that needs me to put on makeup so I want a smooth canvas for better makeup application.

I use clay mask

A few days ago, I had one huge zit in between my brows so being me, I picked on it. I popped that puss-infested zit open and there was blood oozing out of it. It felt so good and disgusting at the same time. Then I washed my face using my facial cleanser, wiped my skin dry with fresh cloth and immediately put on Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask to close that wound up. The next day, there was no acne scar visible and I’m so happy and relieved. Phew. One less acne scar to treat! Read here to know more about clay mask do’s and don’ts.

I have dry skin with oily T-zone so I use clay mask once or twice a week depending on the condition of my skin. I never have that mask on for more than 20 minutes because clay mask tends to dry you out and pull your excess sebum but the moisture can be replenished by toning and moisturising afterwards. Here’s the skincare step that I swear by:

Exfoliating (scrubbing) > Cleansing > Mask > Toning > Moisturising.

There you go, the 5 steps I do and don’t do when my skin is not at its best. Another thing worth mentioning is to always have enough sleep but when you’re in a long distance relationship with 8 hour time difference, 10 pm – 6 am sleep is just not possible for me.

What do you do when your skin is acting up?

  • Laksa was so gooooooood! Craving for laksa penang rn tsk. Emmm ya lately my face also had a same problem like 'perkampungan jerawat' during period. But i just let them sebab malas nak fikir. Hahaha 🙁 padahal dalam hati sedih emmmm

  • i pun cannot eat seafood tau, i'm coping with G6PD since birth but who can resist seafood though??? it's so freaking delicious! bila i termakan seketul udang je pun my skin dah macam apa, i pun dah macam apa tergaru2 hahaha when that happens first thing first i kena makan ubat then minum banyak air sampai my urinary bladder macam nak explode then baru lah i buat yg lain2 tu like tak scrub my face and whatnot

  • OMG Lenne, we have the same exact problem too. G6PD! Hmm 🙁

  • OMG! I feel you, erin..who can resist seafood! I just cannot, i love seafood to the extend I eat more than I can cope the itchiness on my skin hmm 🙁
    Thanks Erin for the tips! Tak pernah try pakai clay mask lagi, thinking that I should give it a try hehe 🙂

  • What I usually do when my skin is acting up is I exercise. I don't know if it works on everyone but it works on me. I have a normal to dry skin. So, when I have breakout, it is because of the dryness of my skin. By producing sweats, my skin releases toxins. It makes my skin feel better, fresh and moisture right after.

  • thank god i dont have skin allergy. if i have acne during my period i will always keep my face clean and moisturize everytime

  • sedaaaaap! before period i only get like one jerawat every month. thank god!

  • hahahaha sedap! masam manis masin dia aduhhhh teringat!

    try pakai mask la siqah and stop pakai face makeup dulu.

  • oh i know G6PD! I thought tak ramai yang ada. i tahu ni pun sebab my nephew ada sakit tu. tak suka kan allergic seafood ni :((((

  • kalau jerawat dekat pipi tu either pillowcase or hormonal acne. and i faham pasal white noodle tu hahaha i dulu tak makan cendol yang panjang hijau tu sebab rasa cam cacing hahahahaha.

    omg i tak tahu pulak ramai yang ada allergic seafood ni huuuuu tak best 🙁
    and best pakai clay mask. rasa muka bersih je lepas tu 🙂

  • I think I need to change my bed sheet today. T_T
    I love to have food in bed though.

  • me too. but struggle la nak tukar because queen bed is so heavy 🙁 and i looooove eating in bed too which is so bad sebenarnya

  • it's not fun at all because you can't eat the food you like ugh. before period i only have like one pimple mcm tu je 🙂

  • exercising releases toxins and you sweat semua tu kan. i have breakouts if i touch my face so many times in a day. i must stop doing that :/

  • seafood is my favourite too! but now i only eat them once or twice a month je 🙁

  • i feel youuuuu but muka erin dah takde jerawat dah unless i touch my face banyak kali or before period akan keluar satu jerawat mcm tu je. haah betul jugak kan letak towel on the pillow before tidur so takde lah kotor. and yes laksa sedap omg!

  • Clay masks are excellent, I love how clean, bright and refreshed my skin feels after using one. And I change my pillows every 3-4 days since I have combination to oily skin and oil from hair and face is absorbed in the fabric, causing more breakouts!


  • My first thing is check the food I've had and change my pillow cases! Then if all else fails it's straight to the creams haha! Lovely post.

    Anika |

  • Fatin pun ada food allergy jugak. Tapi dia tak selalu jadi lah. Kadang-kadang makan seafood, kadang-kadang dia tak ok. Kalau tak ok, nasib la. Habis gatal-gatal hidung nanti, pastu badan naik bintik-bintik merah. Lately seluruh badan naik bintik merah, but not that serious.

    Tapi belacan memang sedap. How can I resist it? T_T

  • i really like putting on clay mask! it did wonders to my skin 🙂

  • haha the food and pillow cases are the most important, right?

  • tak suka bila jadi macam tu kan. nak menggaru satu badan tuuuuu. haah belacan sedap! any sambal yang letak belacan mmg sedap gila

  • Erin! you change your template again? hahahahhaahahahhah This is so Erin Azmir xD

  • hahahaha mana ada la, template lama but revamped! nak beli template baru but currency teruk sekarang huuuu

  • Lucky me sebab takde alahan dengan seafood.. Skrub muka 3 kali seminggu and minum air masak banyak-banyak hehe cuma tak boleh guna produk garnier sebab hari tu guna penuh whitehead naik T^T

  • bestlah takde allergic seafood, boleh makan sesuka hati hmm. i cant use garnier products too. macam takde effect je dkt muka

  • apa yang nadia buat , sama mcm erin part tukar bed sheet .part drink water a lot , everyday nadia mmg minum air 2-3L . so, when my skin acting up part air tak ubah pun ihihi.

    nadia memang spesies pemalas , bila acne kuar just biar je . nnt lama2 hilang sendiri or nadia akan petik aloe vera from mama's garden put on it . It heals really fast . Insyaallah =)

  • aaaah bestnya ada aloe vera plant! erin rasa nak plant aloe vera jugak dekat rumah so kalau ada acne, boleh guna yang asli punya 🙂

  • hehehe…aah erin tanam lah aloe vera plant tue . Senang je jaga pokok tue . and ia senang grow . =)

  • Great tips in this post!