My Fav Skincare Products

Hey guys!

This post is going to be the second part of my little skincare journey post. If you haven’t already, go check out my  first post where I talk all about my struggle with acne. I really open up about how much it affected my daily life. That might sound dramatic, but skin is such a huge part of our lives, & when it doesn’t look good, it can make you not feel good.

This post is going to be the fun post where I share the products that work for me! They are truly dermatologist recommended & have definitely helped my skin clear up. I have to be honest that I also take medication to help my skin, so it’s not all topical. But I played around with a lot of different creams & washes & this is what works for me so I’m sticking to it! 

First, I have to say, nail down a skincare routine & don’t skip a day! This is especially important when you’re first trying to heal up your skin. It’s going to take a long time & be a process. Unfortunately, there’s no overnight cure for acne which SUCKS. But nailing down a routine filled with products that are just right for your skin type & issues is so important & the first step to really feeling confident with your skin. I am a firm believer in a skincare routine & have successfully gotten a few people to actually adopt one! I am that friend that will yell at you if you fall asleep with makeup on hahah

Night

Step 1: Cleanse skin, Panoxyl 

This stuff is amazing! I have tried a ton of face washes along this journey & so far this one has delivered the best results! It comes in maximum strength & daily control, & I usually just use the daily control, which has 4% benzoyl peroxide because it really dries out my skin.

Step 2: Toner, Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner

Okay, so this step isn’t necessary, but I feel like it takes off a lot of extra makeup & just smooths my skin overall. Kinda like a double cleanse. I am always SHOCKED at how much makeup hasn’t been removed after using a makeup wipe & cleansing. 

Step 3: Double cleanse, Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water

So you’ve probably heard about this stuff & how amazing it is so I won’t get into it! But I wasn’t so sure when I first heard about it, but it helps take off any remaining makeup & refresh my skin. I usually use this around my eyes because my mascara always takes forever to come off (yay for waterproof mascara).

Step 4: Moisturize, Differen Adapalene Gel

This is another product I swear by! I don’t really like heavy face creams so this one is perfect because it’s a gel! This also comes in other strengths & I usually just get what I can find at the store hahah

Step 5: Spot treat, Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

I use this product once a week for its actual purpose because it’s very drying for my skin! But because of that, it’s great for spot treatment because it dries up pimples overnight! 

Morning

Step 1: Cleanse, Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water

I use this again in the AM to just refresh & cleanse my skin.

Step 2: Double cleanse, Panoxyl

I use this stuff twice a day! 

Step 3: Hydrate + SPF, AMBI

This stuff is dermatologist recommended to help get rid of acne scars & dark spots, of which I used to have a lot! This has an SPF built into it, which I love as well because I’m always protected! It goes without saying, but a good face sunscreen is a must to any skincare routine!! This product has a special formula for oily skin, so I usually opt for that one cuz ya’ girl has a shiny face. 

Those are the products that are tried & true by me! I have been using most of them for a couple of years now, so I’m sure they work & I like the results! Just a reminder that healing your skin is a long process & even now I obviously still break out & am working to be comfortable in my skin no matter what. But a skincare routine with products you love is a great place to start 🙂

My Skincare Journey

Hey guys! 

Today I’m going to be talking about my skincare journey. This post is honestly a long time coming, but someone recently commented on my skin & said it “looks really good.” That was the best compliment ever tbh, because my skin has never been great. Skin is truly something I have struggled with for so long, & I know that I’m not alone with that. So I’m very excited to share my skincare story & next week I’ll share the products & things that work for me! 

I feel obligated to say this, but what works for me will not necessarily work for everyone else. Everyone’s skin is so, so different so the first thing I’m even going to recommend is to visit a dermatologist. I think I was in my freshman year of high school or somewhere around there, when my parents recommend I go see a dermatologist. At first I was embarrassed that my skin was even that bad. But looking back, I honestly wish I’d gone sooner! Getting a professionals opinion & taking strong topical medications to get my skin under control was truly the first step in my little skincare journey & I have no shame admitting that! 

With that being said, I’ve struggled with acne for a long time now. I think I really started to become conscious of it in about 7th grade. (Thank u, puberty.) I had just started to wear makeup, but obviously didn’t know the first thing about actually making it look good & had never really had to have a skincare routine. I tried the typical Clean & Clear & all the Walmart skincare stuff, but nothing seemed to help, only aggravate it worse. I was already desperate & poor me had NO idea it was only the beginning of this long, hard, process to clear skin. 

I tried everything for good skin. I would get on Pinterest (probably where my obsession began) & would search everything to do with skin. I’d read countless articles telling me to drink water, eat well, wash my sheets, get enough sleep. Anyone with rough skin knows that “drink more water” is the most annoying thing to hear. Listen, I’m peeing every five minutes & still have acne so….. 

The most ridiculous thing was that I read apples were really good for skin, so I’d have make sure to have at least one apple a day in the hopes that it would clear up my skin for good. I also had an obsession with lemon water that didn’t clear up my skin, but did give me a cavity. I tried to avoid sweets because I knew that sugar wasn’t the best for acne. I hated drinking milk because dairy isn’t so great for skin either. (It tastes nasty too, but that’s besides the point.) I was just too conscious about what I was putting into my body hoping it would help in some way, but instead I just missed out on a lot of good brownies. 

I’ll never forget one time I had a sleepover at someone’s house & there were a bunch of girls there & we were getting ready for bed. They all just put on their pjs & I’m in the bathroom for like 15 minutes doing an extensive, intense skincare routine. One girl actually came & asked if I was okay. Girl, NO. My skin isn’t CleAr. hahah. Looking back, it was not the only time where I was so jealous of girls with perfect skin & no skincare routine, but also just so frustrated that all the time I spent focused on my skin wasn’t doing a darn thing.

I credit my good skin now to a few things. One, my dermatologist. She immediately put me on topical medication & pills to help. The combination of the pills & prescription creams really gave me a solid base to work on. I was at the point where typical acne washes weren’t going to help. I was desperate to try anything, so I wasn’t even mad about all of the creams I had goin’ on! Two, diet. I went vegan about a year & a half ago & I think it has actually helped a lot. Eating cleaner has helped me feel better & helped my skin. Three, patience. This is by far the hardest one if you’re anything like me. This journey has seriously been yearssss long. I mean, I was in middle school when it all started. High school was definitely the peak of it all, & my skin continues to improve. 

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not very patient. I want instant results & instant gratification. If I start something, I want to finish it, & finish it well. So if there is anyone who would want a quick fix, it’s me. Well, I got a rude awakening when I was told I wouldn’t have perfect skin overnight. It was so frustrating. But I wanted to share this part of me because it’s something I’ve struggled with for a long time & I have always been self conscious about.

I finally feel like I’m at the point where I’m happy with my skin. Sure, I do get the occasional breakout & I have trouble spots like anyone else & I have a strong skincare routine & make sure to never go to bed without my night creams on. But for the most part, I am a clear QUEEN. It’s not easy for me to be vulnerable & share a photo of when my skin was at it’s worst. But I can truly say this journey has helped me grow so much as a person & realize that looks aren’t all that important, but being healthy, happy, & confident, is.