I have struggled for years to find the perfect skincare routine that worked best for me. Some people find washing their face twice a day helps, for me it’s best if I only wash my dry skin once a day. I was doing the most trying to get rid of my acne and dry skin, spending all this money and time on it. Eventually, I figured out that less is more.
Less washing, less products. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have the occasional breakouts BUT nothing like I had in the past.
When I wash my face I always use at least two products. If I had make up on previously, I’ll use my Ponds Cleansing Balm to remove my make up followed by Cerave SA Cleanser to remove whatever make up residue is still on my skin. Depending on if my skin feels more dry, I’ll use my favorite Tatcha Rice Cleanser or if I feel I have a few stubborn breakouts I’ll use Murad Acne Control Clarifying Cleanser. After, I’ll alternate between Botanic Tree Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser and Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. Whichever one I don’t use one day, I’ll use the next.
I’ll try to wait until night to wash my face with any type of product. In the mornings if I have to get ready, I’ll wipe my face with a micellar water (I use Garnier for all skin types). Then I add my toner (farmacy) on a cotton round followed by MY FAVORITE The Ordinary products. I use the Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide (3 drops of each). After, I finally apply my moisturizer. I alternate between Innisfree, Neutrogena, and Exuviance (which I received to test from Influenster). I was using Peter Thomas Roth a few months ago because I got a good deal on it. I loved it, but will wait for it to go on sale again so I don’t splurge on a 50$ moisturizer. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel can easily be compared to it so I replace it with that for now. At night my routine is pretty much the same, but I add my Isle of Paradise dark tanning drops along with The Ordinary Lactic Acid to my moisturizer. Now, everyone’s skin is different and I’m not recommending that what I do will help your skin, but if you have dry skin and suffer from acne I highly recommend The Ordinary products. It seems that’s what helped me the most and it won’t hurt your pockets. The Niacinamide was a game changer for me. I also steam my face once a week followed by a face mask. Typically Glamglow, Origins, PTR, Aria Starr, or The Ordinary.
If you’re a female taking birth control like me, I had to switch mine three times just to find one that meshed well with my body. Eventually, after researching article after article, I’ve found that changing to a low androgen birth control helped a lot of people. A higher level of androgens can produce more sebum (oil made by glands in skin) which leads to more breakouts. This also helped not only my skin, but my nausea, headaches, and fatigue I was experiencing with other brands I was taking. Now, everyone is different and I’m no doctor, but I am just sharing what had worked wonders for me. I hope by sharing my story I can help anyone struggling with acne. I know it’s frustrating and at moments you feel hopeless, but don’t let it get you down. Every time I looked in the mirror I had to remind myself that it could always be worse than a few zits here and there. Also, WATER. Drink lots and lots of water. As soon as I wake up, I fill up my 21oz Hydroflask with water, fresh lemon juice, and a few slices of cucumbers. I try to drink 4-5 of these a day to stay hydrated. Believe me, this does wonders for your skin and overall body health.
Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, concerns, or reply down below with what helped your skin! 🙂
Also, I have a link down below where you can find all my skincare finds that I have personally used and had a positive reaction from. The links are attached to each product! I tried finding the cheapest location for each individual one ❤