I get so many requests to do skincare posts, and recently my skin has cleared up so much that I had to get a post up explaining what has saved my skin. In this post, you will be getting a little bit of background on my skin (I am actually posting an Acne Story post later this week, so look out for that as well), products that I think work, and how I cleared my skin up this summer. I hope this article helps, and if you have any more ideas for skincare posts, just leave a comment because I would love to do it.
So here’s a little background on my acne. I first got acne in fourth grade at the age of 10. It got very bad in fifth grade, and I just remember having zits all on the sides of my temples and all in my hairline. It toned down a lot in middle school, and then in the middle of my freshman year of high school, it just completely spread. I had it all over my back, chest, neck, and face. It was terrible, and it was just ridiculous.
When I tell you all that I have tried every single product, technique, and skincare idea, I am not lying. I have a whole bucket under my sink of skincare products. I have done crazy things such as spreading toothpaste all over my face and spending hundreds of dollars on skincare products. I have finally found miracle products that I have to show you. I have the greasiest skin, and these products and techniques I have been using for three months have just saved my life. I can actually go out without any makeup and feel comfortable. I can actually post pictures of myself on social media without wearing makeup, because that is how open and comfortable my new skincare routine has made me.
1. Remove makeup with Neutrogena makeup wipes. I will just gently remove all of my face makeup, and eye makeup with this. If I wore a lot of makeup that day and have trouble removing it, I will add a little bit of the Estee Lauder makeup remove onto the wipe and remove because it does not burn my eyes.
2. Cleanse face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. A tip I have is to really rub your cleanser in using a circular motion all around your face for at least a minute. Use a wash rag to remove the makeup, because it will remove all of the dirt and excess oils that your cleanser can’t reach.
3. Tone face with the Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion. I shake this up (it settles at the bottom and will not properly work if it’s not shook up). I pour this onto a soft cotton pad, and sweep it all over one side of my face and neck. I do the same for the other side. This is the most crucial step that cleared my skin. This product has lasted me almost an entire year, and if I do it religiously every single night, I notice incredible results. It really gets all of the dirt and makeup out of your pores that your cleanser cannot get to. It even has salicylic acid in it, which is the number one acne-preventing ingredient.
4. Moisturize face with Clinique Acne Solutions All Over Clearing Treatment. I use this as a moisturizer, and unlike a lot of cheap moisturizers I have tried, it is completely oil free, and it not going to leave excess shine on your face.
5. Use the Clinique Acne Solutuions Clinical Clearing Gel. I am very happy with this product, and I usually only apply it as a spot treatment 6 days a week, and on one day I will use it as a overnight mask.
6. In the morning, I cleanse with the Cetaphil Gentle Skin cleanser. I always do this with clean hands and do it before I start my makeup and after I have worked out.
7. I also moisturize with the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. I have used this for years, and find that it is a great oil free moisturizer, like the one I use at night.
I use a Neutrogena Blue Face Mask once a week, mostly for spa night purposes but also as a skin detox.
I ice my face when I break out. Just grab an ice pack/cube and place it on your acne spots for 20 minutes. It reduces the swelling of the pimples, and I have a whole post on it here.
I hope this helps! I am considering getting the rest of the Clinique Acne Solutions treatment set and doing a whole review on it, so let me know if you’d be interested in that!