My Skin Care Routine

For years, I struggled with horrible acne, even now in my 20s. At beginning stages of my acne I though it would never go away. I tried skin peels, facials, expensive products, went to a dermatologist religiously and eventually just realized that I needed to be patient. It’s been a year since I stopped wearing makeup. Today, the most I will do is fill my eyebrows and wear some lip gloss or lip stain. Battling skin issues is very tough, but it is important to embrace the great qualities of your skin so that you won’t end up destroying your face.

Full Face of Makeup
I often wore full makeup for special events. This day I took my college graduation photo.

My Skin Type

I have very oily skin, so oily that when I wake up in the morning my face is very shiny face. This is the main reason I stopped wearing makeup a year ago. I spent more time researching ways to stop my oily skin from seeping through my makeup than how to apply makeup. I used setting sprays, I carried my powder with me to blot and retouch, but it just didn’t make the problem go away. Eventually, I was better off quitting makeup because It was just clogging my pores and requiring me to have a longer skin care routine.

Acne Prone Skin
My acne during my High School years

My skin Story

My acne was much worst during my high school days. There were weeks where I had acne that would never go away and other times in which I wondered why my skin didn’t stay as smooth as butter. When I was in middle school, the acne was all over my forehead. As I grew older in high school, it moved towards my cheek bones. As an adult, now I mostly experience acne around my jawline and at rare times in the sides of my face. My parents were so concerned about my skin condition that later on I started to take it more serious. They urged me to never pick my face and squeeze pimples and to simply follow whatever my dermatologist was giving me at the time.

More Acne
Around this time, the pimples appeared more around my cheekbones. I always had scars and mild bumps but avoided popping the pimples.

The dermatologist I was seeing at the time gave me a skin peeling kit from a product line called Obagi. These very expensive products (now discontinued) would harden my skin and then it would progressively peel off. I wasn’t supposed to peel it because as I continued to wash my face with the products it would fall off. My dad made me stop doing the procedure because of how badly it dried and hardened my skin. I think I was really good at hiding this in photos but it was really bad. Eventually, I settled for a regular routine, but it would be a lie to say that the skin peel didn’t help my face at all.

Before I dive into my current skin care routine, here are a few tips if you are battling acne prone skin.

  • Do not squeeze your pimples, specially if they just came out (i.e Hard Bumps).
  • Invest in a face steamer to help you extract your pimples.
  • Use a blemish extracting tool to extract your pimples after steaming your face.
  • Never squeeze pimples with your fingers or nails. (Bacteria accumulates underneath your finger nails, which can make conditions worst.)
  • Always moisturize.
  • Purchase products that are for your skin type. If you don’t know your skin type, identify it.
  • Stop touching your face (Easier said than done).
  • Have a daytime and night-time routine.
  • Never sleep with your makeup on.

I can probably make a super long list but these are the basics for me. For my skin care routine now I follow this chart which I found on pinterest.

There are tons of other posts like this one on pinterest. I still haven’t found a great serum that would be good for my skin type.

My Day and Night Routine

Its hard to maintain a routine, I always cleanse at least once a day but I am trying to double up with my new night time routine. When I wake up I usually rinse my face with cold water to eliminate any oils prior to heading to the gym. Once I’m back home from the gym, I wash my face with my CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, one pump should be sufficient to lather your whole face. I massage in circular motions for a couple of minutes, either during or after my shower, and then pat my face cry with a towel. I let my face completely dry before proceeding with my toner. Using a cotton ball, I apply the witch hazel to the driest spots in my face. Previously, I was using the Thayer’s WitchHazel Rose Petal but now I am using the Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel. It works just as great but because I started making my own rose water, which I sometimes mist around my face, I opted for just plain witch Hazel.  For my moisturizer, I’ve been using the Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot cream which both helps with dark spots and has SPF 28 which has helped me tremendously since the summer sun often gives me skin discoloration. For my exfoliation days, I use St. Ives Face Scrub Apricot.

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My Current Daytime routine kit. I double up on the smaller bottle to save some money. Always apply in circular motions.

Since I recently incorporated a night time routine for my skin care, I kept it very minimal. Since I am very pleased with the way the garnier moisturizer soothes my skin, I decided to look for more of their products during my last drugstore visit. I picked up the Garnier Ultra-lift Miracle Sleeping Cream and the Garnier SkinActive Miracle Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream. Now while it is true that both of these creams fight issues my skin is currently not dealing with, I purchased them for future prevention. One mistake my mother made during her youth was not wearing sunscreen, which has resulted with bad skin discoloration. I wish that I had started a skin care routine prior to having acne and because of that I am now incorporating these into my routine to avoid any future regrets.

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These products are not too heavy, a little goes a long way.


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