Remember that time I told you there was coming a post about resume tips? Well it’s coming. I’m gaining more information every week as I continue interning this semester.
But let’s talk about something we all need to do: skin care.
Disclaimer: Everyone’s skin is different. These products work for me, but they may not work as well for you.
My story is long and has an ok happy ending. I started getting acne when I was in junior high. Not too bad, but noticeable. I started wearing makeup and I looked ok. But other girls noticed and I got teased a lot (but not just because of my skin). I hated junior high and the time I spent there. I was the quiet girl who preferred books over athletics and socialization.
When I got into high school (and changed states and schools) my acne got really bad. Not cystic acne or anything, just the normal acne all over my face. I was so embarrassed. I never went anywhere without makeup. Even for a simple, short trip to Walmart where people wear the most ridiculous things— I wore makeup. I wanted to cover up all the imperfections.
When I turned 16, i didn’t get a car (Virginia has complicated driving rules) but I did get a trip to the Clinique makeup counter. The lady did my makeup and we bought several items she used. (Yay for the freebie sample bags!!!) My parents insisted that I choose the skin care products. I was too interested in the eyeliner, compact, and eye shadows. But I did get their cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. I used them for a while and it seemed to be ok.
But my skin continued to be bad, and sometimes even worse. My mom found a dermatologist for me and started regular appointments. We did creams and oral medication, but it either didn’t work or did work work but acne came back.
Finally, the ‘most extreme’ last resort was Accutane. It’s an oral medication that is said to be ‘the cure for acne.’ Let me explain about this medication. It’s an oral medication that can only be prescribed in by your doctor. The biggest thing about Accutane is that you cannot get pregnant. It can cause major birth defects. You must have 2 negative pregnancy tests before you begin taking it. They hand you this book that you have to read and in the back are member cards that you must present whenever you pick up the medication. Accutane dries out your sick. It stops the glands from producing oil and it results in dry skin and chapped lips (thank the Lord for lip balm during this time!!). It also dehydrates your body, so drinking water is important. Every month, I had to get blood tests done. It was a pregnancy test, liver check, and cholesterol check. All these were required by law. After the results were submitted, I had to go online and answer questions before I could pick up my prescription. And of course, present the card when we picked it up. So much to do. And I did this three times. Yep. THREE. TIMES. My acne just kept coming back. It’s still here, just not as bad as it once was, thanks to Accutane. So it did help me. But right now, there is nothing the doctors can do. They told me the only thing they can do is to put me back on it, but I don’t want to risk damage to my body.
So now I use various different products that I will share right now.
I do not really use this often. I love the Neutrogena naturals products because they work great on my skin without drying it out. This formula has a makeup remover in it, so when I want to take my makeup off during the day I use this. It great! Takes my makeup off so easily!!
I have been using Neutrogena naturals acne cream wash for a long while. Its smooth and so gentle on my skin. And it does not dry it out like other cleansers do. I use it with my Clarisonic and my skin gets super super clean. And it helps fight my acne.
I don’t know if I should call this my ‘holy grail’ or not. This is Neutrogena’s rapid clear toner. I put some of this on a cotton pad and wipe on my face. I really think this is the big game changer in my routine. It fights acne and clogged pores and really helps keep my skin clean.
This little guy is fantastic! It’s Neutrogena naturals acne spot treatment. I take a tiny bit of this and put it on my problem areas (my cheeks and sometimes my chin). Again, I love the naturals products because they do not dry or damage my skin.
I have two different ones.
Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing gel is my favorite moisturizer. The gel is oil free and truly moisturizes my skin. I wear this under my makeup or by itself if I don’t plan on going out anywhere.
I use Pond’s dry skin cream at night. It’s a heavier moisturizer. When I started using it, I cold definitely tell a difference in my skin.
Let’s just park here for a moment. Washing your face 5 times a day will only make your skin worse. It encourages your skin to produce more oil because you are constantly stripping the natural oils away.
And moisturizers DO NOT make your skin oily. Pick one that is oil free and use it. Moisturizers help keep your skin from absorbing makeup and keeps the skin looking young and fresh. They also help treatment gels to soak into your skin better. Moisturizing is not the devil, it’s an angel.
I read an article that women should start using eye cream and anti-aging moisturizers at the age of 22 to keep from aging quickly. I currently use Clinique’s repairwear laser focus. But I only use a sample bottle I got as a freebie, not the large size (quite expensive). I switched for a little bit, trying a different one out and could tell a difference. This product is far superior.
So that is all my skin care products. Hope you enjoyed this post and maybe you will find something that will work for you.
(Disclaimer: everyone’s skin is different. These products work great for me, but they may not work great for you.)