Skin Care

Acne is something I have struggled with all throughout my teenage years. I am twenty now, am going to be twenty-one in May, yet I still have acne.

It absolutely sucks.

When I say I have tried honestly everything in hopes of trying to cure my acne, I really mean I have tried anything. Endless face washes, serums, lotions, masks, pimple treatments, dietary changes, supplements, vitamins, crazy expensive laser devices… you name it, I have tried it.

Acne is definitely something I am extremely insecure about. My acne has slowly improved over the past couple of years, but by no means am I able to say that when I walk out the door everyday I am completely confident with the way my skin looks. I am aware there are many individuals in the world who have worse skin than I do, and I genuinely sympathize with them. Acne is just one of those things that really puts a damper on your spirits and can make you feel plain miserable.

But, I strongly believe that if you can’t seem to resolve something, then you work with it. Makeup has done wonders for me in terms of concealing some of my acne, and while I do have some seriously brutal acne scars on my face, I try to not let it bring me down too much.

I though I would share with you my current skincare routine, which seems to be working fairly well for my skin. I was using the Fresh skincare line (you can purchase it at Sephora), and while it is a great and very natural line, it wasn’t doing anything for my skin, and the cost alone was enough to make me seriously contemplate selling my organs on the black market.

So, without any further delay, I present to you my current skincare routine and products!

All of my skincare products at the moment are made by FAB (First Aid Beauty), and are available at Sephora and Sephora.com. All FAB products are allergy tested, free of artificial fragrances, dermatologist recommended, and safe for even the most sensitive skin, so I highly recommend them for anyone with finicky skin.

I wash my face every morning and every evening, and to do so I use my FAB Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. It is sold at Sephora for $24.00, and is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.

After cleansing, I use my FAB Skin Rescue Blemish Control Pads, which act as a toner. It is sold at Sephora for $30.00, and like the cleanser, is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.

After toning, I use my FAB Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer. It is sold at Sephora for $30.00, and, you guessed it, is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.

Twice a week, always at nighttime, I use my FAB Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay. I also like using a small amount of the mask as a spot treatment for pimples, and I leave it on overnight. It is sold at Sephora for $30.00 and is also formulated without Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.

I should mention that I have oily/combination skin. My skin tends to get oily on my T-zone throughout the day, T-zone meaning my cheeks, my forehead, my chin and my nose, but it also has days where it is dry and flaky around my eyes and my mouth, hence why it is combination. If you’re unsure what your skin type is, do some research, or even ask a cosmetician at Shoppers Drug Mart or a beauty store like Sephora for some guidance.

I think the one thing to keep in mind in terms of skincare and acne products is that less is more. It can be extremely tempting to load up on countless products to try and battle your spots, but routine and commitment to a select few products is key in terms of seeing visible results.

If you have any questions about the products I mentioned, please leave me a comment below! Thanks for reading. :)

– Lauren

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