Acne-Prone Skincare Routine

As some of you may know, I have struggled with acne over the years. It has taken me 10+ years and a lot of trial and error to find a skincare routine. I can finally say I feel confident in the skin I am in. I still breakout but it’s nothing close to what my skin used to look like.

Everyone’s skin is different and I know what works for me may not work for you but I wanted to share the products that have changed my skin!

Step One: La Roche Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Face Cleanser

Step Two: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Step Three: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Water Gel

Step One: La Roche Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser

Step Two: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Step Three: Soothing Aloe Vera Gel

SPF: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizing Sunscreen

Mask: The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Mask: Aztec Secret Deep Pore Cleansing Mask mixed with Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Pimple Patches: Rael Acne Pimple Healing Patch

Chest and Back Toner: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

After doing tons of research I realized my routine was missing a major step, moisturizer! I had the mindset that if I dried out my skin with harsh prescription products from my derm that it would also completely dry out my acne. Wrong! My combo/oily skin needs moisturizer. I tried tons of different moisturizers and found my skin did best with a more hydrating moisturizer throughout the day and a lighter gel moisturizer at night.

I discovered a brand called The Ordinary a few years ago and let me tell you, The Ordinary products have changed my life. The combo of niacinamide and zinc was just what my skin needed. It helped with my acne, my acne scarring, and my pore size.

Each of these products in combination with each other work perfectly for me. To be honest I never thought the day would come where I would be sharing a skincare routine that helped clear my skin and continue to keep it clear. I definitely still breakout, don’t get me wrong, but, the breakouts don’t last as long and they are no longer painful cystic pimples.

My biggest recommendation and what I want everyone to take away from this post is…

SPF, SPF, SPF! 365 days a year!

Moisturizer is your friend!

Do your research! Try and find the one or two ingredients that work best with your skin.

Do not pick your pimples! It will cause scarring which is much harder to get rid of. If you have a whitehead that is ready to pop, soak it and use two q-tips to gently squeeze it. As soon as it pops use a pimple patch and leave it alone.

Find a routine that works and stick with it! It took me years to get where I am now but it was worth it in the end. I now rarely wear makeup and if I do it’s a light concealer instead of a heavy, thick, full coverage foundation.

Whenever you try out a new skincare product, actually commit. Give it at least a month!

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