Keep your hand up if you have tried:
Over the counter products
Keep your hand up if none of them worked.....
My hand totally stayed up. To say I have tried EVERYTHING for my acne would be the understatement of the year. I went to the extreme and used Accutane and it worked… for a little while.
I have had acne since I was 12 years old and since I’m almost 23, it really blows. Nothing can affect a girl confidence like terrible skin.
There are days that I literally cry about how awful my skin is and there have been times where I have taken an exfoliant and scrubbed like I was cleaning a very dirty pot. I have tried 5 different dermatologists and every time I leave one of their offices I am depressed. It sucks.
I have a VERY strict skin regimen and I never sway from it. I have always tried to take care of my skin so you can imagine the frustration I feel when I know girls with perfect skin and I knew they don’t wash their faces.
On top of that I am VERY fair. Like Porcelain, lightest make-up, I can see through you fair. So my scars are literally highlighted.
Anyway, I thought I would share with you the regimen I have been using and for the most part it works pretty great. I am not a dermatologist and don’t claim to be, I just want to offer another “hope” for those who struggle with acne.
One day, I started to think that maybe I was over treating my skin and should try to go more basic. I mean it can’t be good for you to literally be burning your skin with chemicals.
Every morning and before bed:
I wash with an everyday, plain Jane, cleansing cream. I decided to go back to the basics. (CVS $4)
In the shower:
I use a “natural” exfoliant with acne meds in it (CVS $6)
During the day:
I use an oil-control light moisturizer that is formulated for acne prone skin. This little bottle costs $17 a pop but I love it and, to me, it is worth it. (CVS $17)
I use a thick moisturizer meant for sensitive skin. Cetaphil is pretty basic and does the job. It is used for people with very sensitive and dry skin. It’s worth the money. (CVS $15)
After I wash my face at night:
I apply a benzoyl peroxide cream. I apply it to a clean, dry face and let it soak for a minute before I put on. (CVS $6)
I remove my make-up with these pads. (Target $4)
As you can see, not all of my products are acne fighters. My mom always says that “more isn’t necessarily better” and I finally took her advice. It’s also important to note that EVERYTHING I use is Oil-Free.
For makeup, here is what I use:
Primer - Photo Finish in Light by Smashbox
Foundation - High Definition Healthy FX Foundation by Smashbox (has SPF & Oil free!)
Powder - PUR 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Powder (I have been using this for over 4 years and love it)
When I don't feel like wearing anything heavy, I use Mary Kay's Tinted Moisturizer
For consealer, I use this stuff. It's ok. Haven't found something I love so this works
When I do wear blush it's usually the Pink Marble by Pur
Let me know if you know some great products I should try out!!!
Oh and here is a picture of me sans make-up. As embarrassed as I am to show the world this, I am happy with where I am at. My skin use to be a lot worse. I am trying to learn to love my skin... so far it's tough going. One day....