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How I Take Care of My Skin

How I Take Care of My Skin

I have MANY skin issues that I have been battling since middle school. I am oily, acne-prone, and sensitive. Additionally, I love to wear makeup. When I was in 8th grade, I told my mom that I wanted to take some real action in correcting my skin because soap and water was clearly not working. My mom texted her dermatologist friend some pictures of my face with a description of what I wanted fixed, and we got a complete list of medications and treatments within minutes. Originally, this dermatologist had me taking doxycycline orally (which made me vomiting like crazy because I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to take it and then eat cereal) and using Cetaphil daily facial cleanser followed by benzoyl peroxide, hydrocortisone, and sunscreen in the mornings. She told me to wear makeup as little as possible and carry baby wipes with me 24/7 to wipe off any excess oil or sweat that may develop during the day. After practicing this extensive regimen for months, my skin became severely inflamed and did not seem to improve at all. Therefore, I took matters into my own hands. I will admit, I went overboard for a little while. I was trying EVERYTHING and completely irritating and drying out my skin. But finally, I have reached a routine that I am extremely proud of and have seen amazing results with. Here it is:

 

On MAKEUP-FREE MORNINGS:

  1. Start off by dampening a washcloth with hot water and resting it on your face. This will open up your pores.
  2. Then, wash your face with No7’s Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser. When rinsing, splash face with warm water and end by splashing face with cold water to close pores back up.
  3. After rinsing, dry your face off lightly enough where the skin is still slightly damp.
  4. Next, I put on First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration.
  5. Then, I apply benzoyl peroxide (which must be prescribed so make sure to go through some sort of physician when purchasing this).
  6. Finally, I end it with Neutrogena’s Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion.

On MAKEUP MORNINGS:

  1. Start off by dampening a washcloth with hot water and resting it on your face. This will open your pores.
  2. Then, wash your face with No7’s Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser. When rinsing, splash face with warm water and end by splashing face with cold water to close pores back up.
  3. After rinsing, dry your face off lightly enough where the skin is still slightly damp.
  4. Next, I put on First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration.
  5. I, then, apply my makeup using primer and foundation with SPF in it.

On NIGHTS AFTER MAKEUP-FREE DAYS:

  1. Start off by dampening a washcloth with hot water and resting it on your face. This will open your pores.
  2. Then, wash your face with No7’s Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser. When rinsing, splash face with warm water and end by splashing face with cold water to close pores back up.
  3. After rinsing, dry your face off lightly enough where the skin is still slightly damp.
  4. Next, I put on First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration.
  5. Then, I apply benzoyl peroxide (which must be prescribed so make sure to go through some sort of physician when purchasing this).
  6. Follow this by applying adapalene gel.
  7. Finally, spot treat pimples and blemishes with blemish fix (I get mine from Skin Essence By Pam, they make their own products).

On NIGHTS AFTER MAKEUP DAYS:

  1. Start off by removing makeup using Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes.
  2. Continue by dampening a washcloth with hot water and resting it on your face. This will open your pores.
  3. Follow by applying coconut oil over entire face.
  4. Then, wash it off with No7’s Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser. When rinsing, splash face with warm water and end by splashing face with cold water to close pores back up.
  5. After rinsing, dry your face off lightly enough where the skin is still slightly damp.
  6. Next, I put on First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration.
  7. Then, I apply benzoyl peroxide (which must be prescribed so make sure to go through some sort of physician when purchasing this).
  8. Follow this by applying adapalene gel.
  9. Finally, spot treat pimples and blemishes with blemish fix (I get mine from Skin Essence By Pam, they make their own products).

GENERAL TIPS:

I find that with this regimen, I can wear makeup whenever I want. However, I really avoid wearing it when not needed. For example, I don’t tend to wear it to school unless I will be presenting or performing or something.

Use Aztec Secret’s Indian Healing Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar twice a week (I use mine every Monday and Thursday) in between washing your face and applying topical treatments.

Always have blotting sheets and/or baby wipes with you to remove any excess sweat and/or oil throughout the day.

Treat yourself to non-water drinks on special occasions only.

Don’t touch your face.

Always have clean hands before practicing your skincare regimen.

Always research makeup before buying it to avoid breakouts. (Comment below if you want another article on what makeup I use, and I’ll get it up as soon as possible!)

Everyone’s skin is different. Just because this routine works for me, doesn’t mean it will work for you. Be patient and be vigilant. Stop using things that irritate skin. Modify these steps to fit your skincare needs and be consistent!

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