To my surprise, after revealing my first ever vlog a few people commented on my skin. I was shocked because I have struggled with acne for as long as I can remember. I have tried just about everything under the sun for my acne (but no Accutane, thankfully), with few things actually working. Even years of seeing a dermatologist did not help.
Although today my skin appears fairly clear, the clarity tends to come in cycles. Take this photo for example: you can REALLY tell how bad my acne is here. And I'm wearing makeup...
Thankfully, my skin is much more clear right now. Here is the skincare routine I have found that works for me:
Two times a day (in the morning after waking up and in the evening before going to bed), I wash my face with my clarisonic (1), which is lathered in my Clinique cleansing bar (5). I then use a cotton ball with anti-blemish solutions toner (4) on it all over my face. I find that this step gets the remainder of the dirt off, although the clarisonic does an AMAZING job. Then, after my face is dry, I apply a small amount of the all-over clearing treatment (6) to my problem areas. I really try to take it easy on this stuff because my skin dries out easily. I finish with the dramatically different moisturizing lotion (2), one of my favorite Clinique products. I have always had a hard time finding a moisturizer I love because my skin gets oily so easily. However, I rarely have this problem anymore thanks to this moisturizer and a great primer.
About once or twice a week I use Obagi360's exfoliating cleanser (3) on my clarisonic. I LOVE this product. My step-sister, who is an esthetician, gave it to me to use leading up to my wedding. This product helps keep my face clear of dead skin and really leaves it feeling refreshed. I typically use this in the shower because the exfoliating beads get EVERYWHERE.
BUT I have to be honest for a second. I really think that this skin care routine is only maybe 30% of maintaining my clear skin. I've noticed my skin is at its best when I am exercising regularly, mostly eating plants and good proteins, and drinking a TON of water. When I look back on the times that my skin was at its worst, I was partying in college and not taking care of myself, or traveling around Europe eating crap. Take that for what it's worth, but I have really found this to be the case at least personally.
What is your skincare routine?