My Skincare Regimen!
So, before I go into it, I figured I’d give you all a history/background on my skin throughout the years.
I first got acne when I was around 11. I hit puberty early (and it totally sucked). From the ages of 11-16 I had very oil skin and I could never keep it under control. I also had cystic acne and we tried at least 4 or five different prescription medications, lotions, and serums several times for my skin. Nothing ever worked for me, and it was awful and embarrassing because everyone I was around always had clear, healthy skin.
Then when I turned 16, my dermatologist put me on an 8 month cycle of Accutane (I believe that the generic is Amnesteen, which is the brand I took). I was supposed to be taking birth control during it (it causes terrible birth defects if you get pregnant while taking it), but I stopped because they kind that they gave me had bad side effects and I wasn’t sexually active. Now, normally when you take Accutane you take a 6 month cycle of it because the chemicals that are in it are horrible for your liver. Supposedly, for every month you take it the percentage chance that you will develop acne again goes down.
My skin cleared up dramatically during and after that 8 months, but I went from having oily skin to horribly dry skin (which I kind of don’t mind, because it’s more easy to manage in my opinion). I was so happy though. I finally felt really good about myself. My skin tone was even and I had very few scars left over.
Around 9 months later, my skin started breaking out again. Though it wasn’t as bad, it was still horribly disappointing. I dealt with it as best as I could. I would have break-outs once every month (usually during my period, but a lot of times not), so when I left for college I decided that, to help keep it under control, I would start taking birth control (also for migraines, which I’m so glad I did. I used to have daily migraines, but that’s another story). My skin cleared nearly completely up, especially since I wasn’t wearing foundation at all during that time.
I think making the decision to get on birth control was the best decision I ever made for my skin because, though I get small pimples every once in a while, it’s usually when I go a full day without washing my face or when I wear makeup. For a while, I was using Lush’s Fresh Farmacy, but it honestly became a hassle to break pieces off, and it held onto bacteria so easliy and I would have constant little pimples around my forehead and nose. So I decided a few weeks ago to change up what I was doing.
My Current Routine:
I went out and scoured Walmart and Walgreens and finally decided on some products. I decided to forego reading and watching reviews on any products because they have never really been that great for me.
Every morning and night I use Say Yes To Carrots Nourishing Daily Cream Facial Cleanser. It’s creamy and really does get the remnants of your makeup off (I use cleansing wipes because NO cleanser gets all of your makeup off). I would definitely recommend it to you if you have dry skin or normal skin with dry patches. The Say Yes To line can get pricey, but their prices are lower than Burt’s Bees and I’ve always had better success with them than Burt’s Bees.
I also follow that up (every day) with a pump and a half of Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. It’s not light and not heavy, but heavy enough to really nourish your skin. It doesn’t clog my pores and doesn’t feel like it’s just going to sit on top of my skin. It has really been the best moisturizer I’ve found for my face that is supposed to clear up blemishes. It doesn’t dry my skin out at all.
For pimples, I spot treat with Lush’s Grease Lightning. I used to use it all over my face, but since I’m trying to keep the moisture in I stopped that. I recommend this to anyone with blemishes, whether or not you have dry skin.
As for the makeup removing wipes I use, Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes are awesome. They feel so soft, don’t dry you out, don’t sting your eyes, and get everything off. I love them.
My skin has been so lovely these last few weeks. I would wait a while to write this up, but 1) someone requested it and 2) it has worked faster and better than any other regimen I have ever used.
So, if you’ve had skin troubles similar to mine or have dry or normal to dry skin, I’d recommend this regimen.