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When you’re a teenager, people tell you lots of lies, but my favorite one is “Once you’re past puberty, your skin will clear up.” I mean, that’s nice for some people, but not all of us have that luxury. I’m heading towards 30 at a rapid pace and I have the pleasure of fighting adult acne AND wrinkles. Joy! I know I’m not alone so I’m here to share with you how I have improved my skin over the last year.
In addition to acne, I also have rosacea and eczema. That’s one happy little love triangle inhabiting my face. Oh and did I mention I have really sensitive skin, too? Yikes. I know I’m not alone so I wanted to share my skincare routine – hopefully it’s helpful for anyone who has the same skin issues I do. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
1. Makeup remover
I use micellar water to remove my eye and face makeup. Since I use a gentle face cleanser, its important I wipe off my face makeup first because chances are the cleanser won’t remove it on its own. Micellar water is VERY gentle and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. A quick swipe of this keeps me from having to scrub my face with cleanser, so it’s definitely worth taking the extra step!
For my face, the simpler the cleanser, the better. I spent years as a teenager trying to fight my acne with what I like to call “tingly” products. You know, the ones that make your face tingle trying to fight the acne and make you “feel” clean. Unfortunately if you’re like me and you have sensitive skin and/or rosacea, you’re just aggravating your skin. As a matter of fact, I learned that because my skin is sensitive, those products were actually causing some of the breakouts. Now I stick with gentle cleansers, my top two choices are Purpose or the GVP Mild Facial Wash from Sally Beauty (a dupe for the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap). Affordable and simple, they get the job done without irritating my skin.
Most of the time, I don’t. I know this is going to be a polarizing one, but it does NOT work for my skin. No matter what the method, it does nothing but irritate my skin. Occasionally I’ll use a washrag on my face if my skin gets flaky but other than that, unfortunately I just have to leave it alone.
4. Acne medication
This right here is the secret weapon. Up until I starting using Curology, my face just wouldn’t clear up! Curology is prescription acne medication that is tailored to fit your needs and prescribed to you by a dermatologist….all online. I know it sounds crazy, but I really love it. It’s $19/month, which includes the acne medicine and as much correspondence as you need with your dermatologist. They keep up with you via email and photos that you send in periodically. It’s so nice to not have to go in to an office or pay a co-pay each time I have a question for my dermatologist. $19 a month isn’t cheap but I keep the rest of my skincare routine very budget friendly so I’m happy to pay it. It’s also important to note that Curology isn’t just one type of medication, they change it based on your needs. If the first prescription isn’t working, just let the doctor know and they’ll adjust your medication. I also love that the medication isn’t super harsh on my skin, it doesn’t even make me feel dry. Just fyi, if you sign up using my Curology link, your get a free trial (and I get a little something too!)
Right now I keep it really simple with my serum, but I’d like to add some anti-aging in pretty soon. Right now I use the Hyaluronic Acid serum from The Ordinary. I’ve written about this serum before, but if you have dry skin it’s the best $7 you can spend. Hyaluronic acid is EXTREMELY moisturizing but it’s more like a gel so it’s hydrating without being oily.
I follow up the serum with a hyaluronic-based moisturizer (I really love this stuff, y’all). This one is from Sally Beauty and is CRAZY budget friendly – it is a gel instead of a cream so it’s particularly nice for summer!
That’s it! Okay I know it doesn’t *seem* that simple but compared to most skincare routines it’s pretty easy. Plus it’s super budget friendly! In the mornings, I skip the acne medication and if I’m in a big rush I skip the serum too (or just drop a few drops into my moisturizer).
I’m no dermatologist or skin expert, but this is the routine that has been working for me over the past few years. I’ve been INSANELY stressed the last few weeks and even though I’ve had some minor breakouts, the above routine has helped keep my skin relatively clear and (more importantly), it has made the lifespan of the pimples I *do* get much shorter.
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