Treat Yo Self!
Having struggled with acne for the better part of 21 years, I have learned a few things about my skin. I am by no means a professional; I am simply passing along what I have found to help me. I would definitely recommend seeking professional help from a dermatologist if you are struggling with severe or even mild acne. I literally have had my dermatologist on speed dial since I was 14. While I ultimately attribute them to helping me cure my acne, I know that developing my own skin routine has also been very important to becoming acne free. Getting rid of acne is not so much about finding a miracle product but finding a skin routine that suits you best and will hopefully cure your acne over a period of time. I have naturally oily skin, so this routine will be geared more towards that skin type.
First, I start by washing my face with Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub. This is one of my skincare essentials since it has salicylic acid in it which is great for exfoliating and combating acne. I then dry my face and apply Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion. This is on of the better moisturizers I have found that is non-comedogenic, meaning it is designed to not clog your pores. Moisturizing is very important regardless of your skin type. It helps to balance your skin's natural oil levels which can cause acne in many cases.
My night routine is a little more extensive, but it's so worth spending a little more time in the bathroom to have clear skin.
I start by washing my face again with Biore Unclogging Scrub, except this time instead of using my hands I will use my Clarasonic Brush to further exfoliate and really deep clean my pores. I absolutely love my Clarasonic! It does such a great job of cleaning my pores of all of the dirt and sweat from that day without being to abrasive. It even comes with different brush heads depending on how sensitive your skin may be. I will then moisturize with my Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion once again. Moisturizing twice a day has really helped my skin over a period of time. When your skin is getting moisture from a secondary source, your body will not make as much naturally. I typically will brush my teeth or floss to give the lotion time to absorb into my skin. My final step is a little strange, but I promise it has literally been my Holy Grail skin product. I apply a thin layer of Raw Organic Honey to my face and most nights I actually sleep with it on. Raw organic honey makes a great mask because of its healthy properties including moisture, anti-bacterial, redness and inflammation reducing, and it also serves as an anti-aging cream. I choose raw because it is thicker and easier to apply to my skin without it dripping everywhere. Try mixing it with a little bit of water to thin it out.
This mask is perfect regardless of your skin type. If you are prone to oily skin the moisture from the honey mask will encourage your body to produce less oil since you are getting it from a secondary source. If you have dry skin, this mask will hydrate your skin keeping it from being flaky and dry though out the day.
For those struggling with acne, honey is a great solution. Moisturizing your skin will promote less oil, which is the root cause of many types of acne. The honey will also act as an anti-inflammatory towards any redness and irritation you might have from existing acne.
That is the bulk of what my skin care routine consist of with the exception of a few other masks. Occasionally if my skin is feeling stripped or dry, I will use Freeman Mask, which comes in many different types depending on what you are looking to do for you skin. My two favorite are the Avocado/Oatmeal Mask and the Anti Stress Mask. I wouldn't recommend using these more than twice a week since they can strip your face, causing your skin to produce more oil.
Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion
Freeman Clay Mask// Freeman Anti Stress Mask
Clarasonic Face Brush
Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub
Raw Organic Honey