I am going to preference this by saying my face is far from perfect. I honestly do re-touch my face on many of the pictures you see on Instagram because I am still so unhappy with the all of the bumps. I am going to share some really amazing before/afters throughout my long battle with acne. My face continues to get better and better every day. My favorite part of my skin routine is how fun it is. Getting ready for bed is something that helps to calm me down and relax my anxious tendencies. If you’re looking to change up your skin routine or jump on some new products, this is the post for you!
STEP ONE: Makeup Removal
This is the most standard step of my routine. I simply remove my eye makeup with any generic makeup remover and cotton pads (pictured is Kroger brand eye makeup remover). To remove my face makeup I love to use the Skin & Co. Whipped Cleansing Cream. Just spread it around your face and neck like a mask and wipe it off with a wet cloth. A couple of nights a week, I will use the Rodan + Fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste in the same way to get an exfoliant with my makeup removal.
STEP TWO: Cleansing
This is where it gets fun (and a little expensive…). Last week on my July Favorites, I wrote about the Foreo cleansing tool (if you want details and pricing, go check out that post). I use this and the PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash to give myself a deeper clean every night. The Foreo helps to give each area of my face the exact amount of cleaning it needs. It also helps to measure your skin’s “score.” Last week, I was a 55 out of 100 and this week, I am a 91 out of 100. My new skincare routine is definitely working to pull my acne out to the surface and gone forever.
STEP THREE: Face Mask/Purge
Two times a week I use a face mask to help purge my skin and really get rid of the cysts on my face and then another night of the week, I use a face mask to provide a little extra assistance, relaxation, or fun to my routine. The main mask I have been using (and the one I use twice a week) is the Aztec Secret Healing Clay. Do not use this unless you have serious acne problems or oily skin. This will harm you more than help you if you only have a couple of pimples. This mask pulsates your face to help bring all of the harmful bacteria to the surface and away from your face. I mix this mask with the apple cider vinegar pictured into a bowl and slather it on with a face mask brush. You can literally feel it eliminating your acne and it is such a satisfying thing.
For fun, I am currently using Lush’s Cupcake mask to help contribute to eliminating my acne and providing more balance to my face. I try not to do a “fun” mask more than once a week so I don’t stress my skin out with all of the product. Here is a list of all of the face masks I use and regularly:
- Sephora’s Green Clay Mask for Purifying & Pore Perfecting
- Sephora’s Grey Clay Mask for Skin Balancing & Mattifying
- Sephora’s Blue Clay Mask for Detoxifying & Oxygenating
- Sephora’s Zinc and Copper Mud Mask for Purifying & Mattifying
- Fresh’s Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask
- Pink’s Chill Out with Cucumber Mask
- Elemis’ Papaya Enzyme Peel
STEP THREE: Toner and Serum
As soon as I remove my face mask, I apply Burt’s Bees Cleansing Toner all over my face with a cotton pad. I then apply serum. I have been currently trying out two different serums I received in my Sephora Play box, so I have been putting on a new serum every day. Since I am not re-purchasing them after they run out (way too expensive), I’ll talk about the serum I do use regularly- Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum. I put this serum all over my face every other day to help reduce redness and acne scars. I love this stuff!
STEP FOUR: Moisturize
Lastly and arguably most importantly, I moisturize! I use undereye cream and a brightening lotion to help moisturize and restore my skin while I sleep. Yes, lotion is great and essential for people with acne and oily skin. Make sure you are using a moisturizer geared to your skin concerns.
I’ve been pretty open about the fact that I’ve struggled with cystic acne since high school but now I want to show you the real damage. These are pictures I have never shared before and have honestly debated ever showing them so please be kind. The first pictures in each side-by-side were taken in January of 2017 and the second was taken today! Same room, slightly different lighting, and I am a little bit more tan.
As you can see, I’ve come pretty far but still have a bit of a way to go! Here’s to kicking adult acne in the butt! x