In Dealing With Acne: How I Manage It, I talked about my struggles with acne throughout my teens and into adulthood. Throughout the years, I've tried over the counter products,
Inactiv Proactiv, dermatologist regimens, and I’m sure the list goes on. The issue that I had with seeing a dermatologist was that each visit usually resulted in me being given an expensive and extensive regimen. Although insurance would cover my copay and cheapen the cost of some medications, my parents and I still ended up paying a pretty penny.
Thankfully, my skin is doing way better now and I’ve found skincare products that work for me. I’ve come to the realization that I don’t need an expensive skincare regime in order to achieve healthy skin. My routine has slightly changed since Dealing With Acne so I wanted to share a skincare update:
Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser + Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser: Originally, I was using Anthony’s Glycolic Facial Cleanser + Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser. Both items worked for me, but not for my wallet (they cost about $30 each). Looking for a more cost-efficient solution, I came across Mario Badescu’s skincare products in Ulta this past December. Since then, I’ve noticed a significant difference in my skin and its texture. Something to keep in mind is that stated on the bottle, the glycolic cleanser should only used three times a week because of the percentage of glycolic acid.
MOISTURIZER + spot treatment
Trader Joe’s “Enrich” Moisturizing Face Lotion: Containing Vitamins A, C & E, this SPF 15 moisturizer is one of my favorite beauty products from Trader Joe’s. I love the fact that it gives my skin a subtle glow and it’s pretty lightweight.
Tea Tree Oil: What’s great about tea tree oil is that it’s antibacterial, antifungal, and anti inflammatory. Whenever I get a breakout, I put tea tree oil on the area using a q-tip and it usually clears up within a couple of days.
Brown Sugar, Lemon + Raw Honey Scrub: I used to exfoliate with St. Ives Apricot Scrub until my sister told me about how damaging it is to the skin. Unsure about what to use, I googled natural, yet effective facial scrubs and came across this homemade scrub. What I love about it is that each ingredient has equal importance.
Brown sugar is a natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and reveals a smoother complexion
Lemon is commonly used to lighten dark spots and even out skin tone.
Raw honey is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and is a natural source of antioxidants.
I don’t tend to measure how much of each ingredient I use — I just make sure the scrub has a medium to thick consistency. Make sure you thoroughly wash your face. I often steam my face to open my pores, and then use my cleanser after using this scrub.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay + Apple Cider Vinegar: Don’t laugh — it was a struggle to smile. I’ve used plenty of facial masks over the years, but in my opinion, they don’t compare to this combination. The jar doesn’t lie: as the mask dries, you will feel your face pulsate (if used with ACV). I use this about once a week and it does an amazing job of cleaning out my pores and it’s also stated that the clay helps with the fading of acne scars.
Spironolactone: Through some blood work done by my endocrinologist, it was discovered that I have a hormonal imbalance. I was prescribed spironolactone and do believe that it has contributed to my skin’s overall health.
650mg Vitex Chasteberry Supplement Formula: As I stated in Dealing With Acne, my mom put me onto this supplement. Similar to spironolactone, it can balance your hormones, and it also helps with PMS and premenstrual acne. Now of course, I’m not a medical expert — I’m just sharing products that have helped me out. Make sure you do your research as you find what works best for you!