Skin Care Routine

Acne-Busting Skincare Routine

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...

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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?

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  1. I've yet to try the Obagi line but I need to. My SIL works for a dermatologist and said I could try it for 40% off, I need to jump on it. I hear it's GREAT!

  2. I'm always so interested in others skin care routines because i, like you, have ALWAYS struggled with acne. Lucky as I've gotten a little older it's not near as bad. In high school it was bad, mostly on my back/shoulders and chest and now I just get little spots around my jawline and have small acne scars on my check and cheeks. It stinks but hey, it's who i am. I've been really curious about the Clarisonic so I might have to buy one after the new year!!

  3. You really should, it's amazing! Acne sucks!

  4. I love my Clinique and my skin has been so much more healthier since I started using it! But, as you said, I really notice a difference when I'm exercising and drinking lots of water!

  5. I would love to have a Cleansing Brush. I have heard so many great things about them. I have a few clinique products and I tend to rotate between a few different skin care products. I haven't found anything I love besides my Clarins toner..that does my skin so well!

  6. I used to rotate a lot too but I noticed once I got consistent things that irritated my skin were easier to pinpoint

  7. Cool! So glad you posted this. I've heard Clinique is good for people with sensitive skin like me. Even though I've had accutane, I still have breakouts about once a month. Since my skin is so fair and sensitive I end up with scars and red spots that last right up until the next breakout begins!

    Definitely going to read up on a few of these. I've heard great things about the Clarisonic. Like you though, I find that the best improvements come from drink LOADS of water.


  8. I love my Clarisonic too! I've had it for about a year now. I haven't had super dramatic results like a lot of people I have heard about, but it still makes me feel like I'm REALLY cleaning my face.

    I've struggled with acne for quite a while too... it's really frustrating! My skin is super sensitive, but also oily, so most products are good for one or the other. So I have to kind of pick my battles. Ha!

    Some of my favorite products are "Let the Good Times Roll" from LUSH [Amazing exfoliator. And smells like a sugar cookie.] and my good ol' rosehip seed oil. The oil has made a HUGE difference in my skin's texture. I love it and always recommend it. :)

  9. Yay! I hope this post was helpful, I know what it's like to struggle and try everything under the sun with no success!

  10. I haven't had really dramatic results either but I can totally tell the difference when I use toner without using the brush versus with it! I have the SAME type of skin so I can completely relate. It's a hot mess. Ooooh I love LUSH! I'll have to look into that!

  11. I just got a Clarisonic for my birthday!!!! Yaaayyyy!!!

  12. I'm late to this party, but I have tried everything under the sun. I didn't really care for the Clinique acne system. I used it for a while and then it just stopped working for me. I've also tried Proactiv twice (never ever again) and a few other acne systems. I do love the Clinique moisturizer (I use the oil free gel one) and apply that twice a day. it's frustrating when something that used to work just stops working for you! I hate that.

  13. Yeah when it stops working for me I just go to plain ole water for a day or two and it tends to "reset" my skin so to speak


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