Acne Skin Care Routine and my Current Faves

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A few years ago my skin started breaking out so bad, and  the pimples were leaving dark spots when they healed. I had pimples AND acne scars. Putting foundation on top of all that was not the most flattering thing ever so I knew I had to solve my skincare problems first before focusing on makeup.

I tried so many products I can’t even remember. I tried a product with salicylic acid that made me break out in even larger, angrier spots. I promptly stopped that. I even tried some really expensive products that did nothing at all for me, despite the hefty price tag.  I quickly learned that expensive doesn’t always equal effective. I even tried apple cider with mother, which by the way smells awful.  The list is endless but you get the point. Nothing worked for a while, but luckily I eventually figured out a skincare regimen  that finally cleared my skin and had me looking flawless again. But I have to tell you  that it took some time. If you’re having acne issues you need to be patient and consistent. No product is going to give you immediate results in a week or even a month.

Every good skincare routine requires the following steps

  • Makeup Removal: Your facial cleanser alone is simply not enough to get all the make up off your face. For the first step of makeup removal it is best to use make up remover wipes or a cleansing balm like Clinique Take The Day Off, or even oil, whatever works for you. I use make up remover wipes by Simple or Elizabeth Arden Cream Cleanser to take off my face makeup. For eye makeup, I use the Sephora eye makeup remover. For my liquid lipsticks, I use jojoba oil on a cotton pad. Not taking your makeup off properly will clog your pores and make you break out even worse.
  • Cleansing: On days that I don’t wear makeup, this is my first step. Also in the mornings when I obviously have no makeup on. On makeup days, this is the next step after the makeup removal. This process removes the left over makeup and the oils and the dirt and grime of the day.
    I use the Clarisonic Mia and my Simple Facial Gel Wash. I used to use Simple Foaming Cleanser because I could open it up and add a few drops of tea tree oil (great for acne-prone skin), but I switched to the facial gel when I ran out and I couldn’t find it anywhere.
    The Clarisonic Mia is a sonic cleansing device that is supposed to deep clean skin. There are so many sonic face brushes with varying price tags so you can find one that works for you, if you decide you need one.
  • Exfoliating/Toning: In between my sonic face brush and my toner that doubles as a chemical exfoliant, I didn’t feel the need to use a face scrub constantly anymore. I still keep one around for those days when my pores are acting crazy, though. I use one of the Simple facial scrubs. The name escapes me at the moment. I tone and exfoliate with my Pixi Glow Tonic which I have written all about in another post.
  • Moisturizing: Even if you have oily skin you still need to moisturize. I am all for products that pull double duty so I use the Olay moisturizer that has SPF 30. Sunscreen and moisturizer in one oil-free product. (This is also a morning routine step)Extras – Face Masks and Night Creams: I have to admit I am super lazy about these ones. I occasionally use face masks. They’re meant to be used at least once a week but I use mine maybe once a month, because I always forget. I will try and do better and make #SkincareSundays a thing. There are different types of face masks but I focus on the ones that are best for oily skin. I use the Seaweed Clay Mask and the Tea Tree Oil mask by The Body Shop.
    Night creams are meant to repair and moisturize your skin while you sleep. I occasionally use one by Olay but I don’t love it so I am looking for something better.

    Tips: Fruits,Water and Evening Primrose Oil
    Some fruits are great for your skin. They include carrots, oranges, kiwi, strawberry, etc. Also, this goes without saying, but water is great for your skin. It keeps us hydrated and helps to get rid of toxins. 2 liters of water a day is recommended. Some supplements are also great for your skin such as evening primrose oil.

    So yeah, that’s about it.

What is your skin care routine and what are your favorite products? Tell me in the comments.

Disclaimer: Skincare is very subjective. It’s not one size fits all. I am just sharing what has worked for me.

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