A couple months ago, I posted the scariest blog ever about my acne journey and how ridiculously long and brutal it has been.
I received a really amazing response to my blog, filled with support and people being able to relate.
So I thought it would be an absolute cop-out if I didn’t share with you how my skin is now, and how I was actually able to clear it.
For about 10 years, clear skin has not been in my vocabulary, and I’m still convinced I will never be happy unless I have skin like a china doll.
Regardless, I was able to find some products that truly did wonders and I am very very excited to share the easy steps I took to clearing my brutal skin.
I wash my face with cetaphil. Always have, always will. Harsh and foaming cleansers with medicine in them have never done anything for me except make me scale up like a reptile. So I pretend they don’t exist. Cetaphil is a super mild, fragrance-free cleanser that does exactly what I need it to do- clean my face. Because cleaning your face is always good when you want to get rid of acne…
3. Rosehip Oil: HI ROSEHIP OIL, I’M SO GLAD I FOUND YOU, YOU HAD ME AT ‘CLEARS ACNE SCARS’, I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER, PLEASE NEVER LEAVE ME. Rose.hip.oil. The SHIT. I love this stuff so much. A lot of people who suffer from acne will cringe at the word ‘oil’. And the idea of putting oil on your face will have you walking in the opposite direction. I get it. 100%. I’m trying to clear my skin, and you’re telling me to put oil on it. Take a hike. But seriously, this product is a god sent. When you put it in your hands, it feels like oil. But once you’ve rubbed it into your skin, it disappears leaving your skin feeling ‘plump’ (that’s the only word I can think of, like a big beautiful, juice filled blue berry). Rosehip oil helps to clear blemishes, dark circles under the eyes, and acne scars. Once I’m finished toning my face with the Witch Hazel, I will place a few rosehip drops on my face and rub it in. I do this morning and night, and I’m so happy I do. Once again, you can get this at any natural foods store. I got mine at Goodness Me in Canada.
4. Pink Clay: Since I started this minimalist approach to clearing my skin, I won’t do a face mask as often. But there are just sometimes, when you feel like your face is just full of SHIT! Do you ever have those days where you’re just like…. my pores are CLOGGED and you feel like one of those Orks from Lord of the Rings? Well, I feel like this often. So on days when I’m looking for a deeper clean I will put on a clay mask. I like clay masks because they’re natural, they aren’t harsh, and when I rinse it off I feel like a new bitch. There isn’t any particular helpful reason as to why I use pink clay other than the fact that my friend Emily bought me ‘pink’ clay. But you can get powdered clay at any health foods store, and all you need to do is add water 🙂 This particular brand that I use can be found at Urban Outfitters or online.
5. Lush Vanishing Cream: Sometimes Rosehip doesn’t play the best role of hiding pleasantly under my make-up. So, on occasions where I need a nice smooth finish under my make-up I will apply Lush’s vanishing cream as my moisturizer on top of the rosehip oil. This stuff is NOT cheap, so I don’t buy it often. But holy shit, the product tells it like it is. It literally vanishes. You rub it into your face, and POOF hello moisturized skin with no oily or sticky residue. Again, this is not part of my regular make-up routine. But it’s a great moisturizer to have– top of my list, especially if you have acne-prone skin.
6. Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Sugar: I am only including this product for all my fellow accutane users out there who are still suffering the permanent side affects of this stupid medication. After accutane there are a lot of unpleasant things that like to stick around on the body long after the medication is out of the system. For me, I suffer from constant dry lips (especially in the winter). So when my lips are constantly peeling, I will scrub with this product every morning right before applying my lip balm. I just apply it to my finger, and rub all around my lips. It tastes and smells amazing, all while getting rid of all the dead, dry skin.
I don’t know if these products work for everyone, but they really really helped me– so I had to share:)
For any skin related questions or just to talk about how much acne sucks– don’t hesitate to send over a message!
Below is my progress photos 🙂
The picture on the far left is during one of my worst acne moments around March of this year.
The middle photo is after 3 months of using Cetaphil to wash my face and benzoil peroxide (prescribed by the doctor) to clear my pimples.
The last photo is after 3 months of using Rosehip oil and witch hazel to clear my skin.