The Skincare ~ A Routine for Breakouts

8/26/13


When I usually describe my skin, I go on and talk about how it is combination/dehydrated with the occasional pimple or two during Aunt Flo's monthly visits. For the last year or so my skin has been pretty easy to deal with until recently. The last month and a half my skin and I have been battling it out. Serious cystic breakouts appeared out of nowhere and would take residence on my face for weeks at a time. I have always been pretty healthy when it comes to my eating habits and the daily dose of water has always helped my skin in the past. But skincare issues were in specific areas of my face, mainly my chin and jaw line. Thanks to using an acne face map
(google it and you will find a ton but they all are pretty much the same) I narrowed it down to hormonal changes in my body/stress and also reducing dairy and sugar intake. The hormonal changes I cant do to much about other than taking omega-3's which help with balancing your hormones, but at the end of the day I am a woman and that just comes with the territory. I can however make sure that my skin is getting extra attention to help calm and soothe the breakouts and prevent new ones from appearing. That meant really streamlining my skincare and sticking to the same products morning and night.This skincare routine took a really long time to perfect but it has helped my skin tremendously along with drinking green tea, water, and less sugar and dairy.

I start my skincare routine with La Roche Posays Thermal Spring Water, this helps moisten the skin and prepare it to receive the cleanser while also providing antioxidants. REN ClearCalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser has worked its magic on my skin. A clay based cleanser that really calms the skin down and helps heal and prevent any acne/pimples from coming back. It purifies the skin while not stripping your face. I follow this up with a toner and the only one I have been using is the Kate Sommerville Clarifying Treatment Toner. It has antiseptic properties that fight against any bacteria while also effectively exfoliating your skin to remove any dead skin cells that can clog your pores. This also helps to lighten acne scarring.

Next is the Kiehls Acne Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment,  one of the first topical acne treatments that feels like a light moisturizer and doesn't leave my skin dry and peeling. A gentle product that helps your skin heal any acne blemishes quicker but also helps to prevent any future breakouts. This is also amazing at lightening discoloration. Its one of those products you don't think is working and then one day your face just looks amazing. I can't mention acne fighting products and not talk about Origins Make a Different Plus Rejuvenating Treatment. In the AM I just apply this to my face and it instantly plumps and hydrates my skin. I truly believe a hydrated face can fight and prevent acne better than a face that is dry. In the PM I add REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate to the rejuvenating treatment and It gives me the brightest most even toned skin in the morning. During this time I like to switch out my moisturizers to products that are geared toward sensitive skin. I still need hydration but I do not want my skin to become overly irritated. The key here is products that are soothing, hydrating, and gently exfoliate. La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluide my AM moisturizer is lightweight and soothing to the skin while also hydrating it. If I need an extra boost of moisture I add in a few drops of Boots Botanics Facial Oil with rosehip. The rosehip helps clear and clarify any clogged pores. At night I whip out La Roche Posay Toleriane Riche a very thick moisturizer that simply gets the job done leaving my skin satisfied and glowing in the morning.

Sorry this post was so long I wanted to give you guys an in depth look at what I have been using. Acne/Hormonal Breakouts are something that many woman go through and it can be very frustrating to find products that work. I was determined to fix this on my own but I always suggest you go to a dermatologist first. If you have an questions or suggestions please leave them in the comments below I love interacting with you guys!


xo,
Tanesha 


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