I’ve never had a more requested blog post than how I got my skin clear. I’ve written about the subject a little before, but haven’t really ever gone into details about the products I use or what my daily skin care routine actually is.
Honestly, I have struggled with acne for so long. I always ate pretty terrible and it completely showed up on my face. (If you are interested in learning more about eating healthy for your skin, check out my friend Jordan’s blog, she has written a guest post on here before too!) I was embarrassed and wore makeup every day to try and hide my red and bumpy skin. I even remember sleeping in makeup sometimes so my friends/boyfriends wouldn’t know what my skin actually looked like. I dreaded taking off my makeup in the evenings and being faced with the absolute mess underneath. I would slather my face with literally any acne treatment I could find and I started to enjoy the chemical burn my skin felt because I thought that meant the gels and lotions were working.
I took pills for my acne, had been on birth control for my acne, and was prescribed topical creams for my acne too. I always bought the “full coverage” makeup and would wear primer, concealer, foundation, and powder EVERY SINGLE DAY. As I said in this blog post, all that changed when I had my first medspa appointment. I realized that what I was eating was affecting my skin and WHAT I WAS PUTTING ON MY FACE WAS MAKING IT WORSE. Seriously, all the makeup I was wearing and all the burning cream and gel I was using was destroying my skin. One of the first and hardest things I had to do to get my skin under control was stop wearing makeup every day. The first day I went to work without makeup was terrible. I was so embarrassed and absolutely hated how I looked when I saw myself in the mirror. I was worried that everyone was staring at me and my acne. But in just a few weeks I started to notice a difference in my skin. I still had acne, but new zits weren’t constantly popping up anymore. My face was starting to chill out a little bit. The next thing I did was completely overhaul my skincare routine. I threw out my cheap creams and gels that burned my skin and really invested (with the help of my mom) in good skin care. The brands that have worked best for me are SkinMedica and Paula’s Choice. SkinMedica is expensive. I’m not going to lie to you it is an absolute investment, but nothing has EVER helped my acne like it did. I use/love their AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, Lytera 2.0, and Retinol Complex.
Paula’s Choice is significantly cheaper and works amazingly for me too. My favorites are their Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid and RESIST Wrinkle Repair Serum.
I definitely don’t put ALL those products on my face at once, but instead try to alternate what goes on in the morning vs what I use in the evening. I use he BHA liquid before I go to bed and as soon as I get up as a toner to clear any gunk off my skin. In the morning I use the Wrinkle Repair Serum before putting on any “makeup” and in the evenings I use the Lytera and the Retinol Complex. I only wash my face in the evenings, which might not work for everyone, but works for me in keeping my skin from getting too dry.
As for makeup, I use SkinMedica Tinted Sunscreen mixed with Colorescience Even Up Clinical Pigment Perfector.
I use an itty bitty amount of both and both of these bottles have lasted me OVER a year. Not only do they protect my skin from anymore sun damage, but they even out my skin tone just enough so that I don’t feel self conscious about going basically makeup free every day.
When I do have an occasional zit, I use a little Colorescience palette to cover it up.
(I’ve definitely used it a few times as you can see!)
And that’s it. That is my “secret.” I try to be as consistent as possible in my routine and I also take vitamins, try to drink more water, and munch on some veggies at every meal. I think diet definitely plays a major role in my skin as well as my stress and activity levels. But I swear by these products. I really don’t think my skin would have cleared up without them. Like I said before, I knooow they are expensive and can really hit your budget hard. I just got to a point where all I wanted was clear skin and I was willing to do whatever it took for me to have it.
Here are some pictures of my skin before I started using the products I listed above.
And here is my skin after…
All the pictures have no filter and no face makeup (I am wearing mascara for sure.)
Not wearing makeup can be scary at first and seriously takes some getting used to. When I first started going more bare faced, I bumped up my mascara wearing to make myself feel a little better and a little more pulled together. One of my favorite mascaras (and I have tried a TOOOON) is Too Faced Better Than Sex . I really love the shape of the brush and have found it to not be flaky at all! I also try to curl my eyelashes every day to add a little extra oomph.
While we are here and in the middle of this behemoth of a skin care post… make sure you are washing your face. I mentioned it earlier but seriously WASH YOUR FACE. I invested in a Clarisonic Brush about 3 years ago and it still works AMAZING. I have bought replacement brush heads since then, but have never had to replace the brush itself. I have also dropped it totally in my bathtub (in water and just on the cold, hard porcelain) and it has never so much as faltered once. Another thing I invested in and would encourage you to invest in, were some good quality makeup remover wipes. The cheap kind I used to buy for $3 a pack would leave my skin red and dry feeling. Once I switched to a better brand, I actually noticed a difference. I usually use Burt’s Bees or Aveeno (both of which you can grab at Target!)
I am linking all of this below along with one of my favorite makeup bags, Vera Bradly (I know this is what we all had in high school, but they are still super cute, are machine washable, and come in tons of sizes and patterns so I’m still obsessed!) and a chapstick I love! My future mother in law is in love with Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments and got me hooked too! They come in different colors if you are looking for something a little less basic than chapstick.
And that is finally it! Let me know in the comments what some of your favorite skin care products are/what has worked for you.
Always Classy & Confused,