It’s no secret that my skin is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. I used to have pretty bad acne and I saw a dermatologist when I was 14 and that helped my skin out a lot but I never had “clear skin” in high school. It did progressively get better as I got older though but I attribute that to the things in my skin care routine that I’ve been doing for the past ten years to get me to where I am. I still don’t have perfect skin (years of acne and treatments have left skin discolored, full of scars and with large pores) BUT I have come leaps and bounds with my skin.

I would like to say it just cleared up on its own or I grew out of it but in reality I work really hard for my skin to be the clearest it can be (because genetics and hormones won’t let it ever be baby smooth). I get that acne is embarrassing and a confidence killer so I want to share what I have done so it can maybe help someone else. Nothing I do requires a lot of money – and I’m not here to sell you on some skin care company, these are honest to goodness things that I’ve been doing for years to finally get my skin under control!

Be consistent with your routine – morning and night! This one in first because it is the most important one!! Like anything in life, if you aren’t consistent, you won’t see the results! This means morning and night. I do not skip washing my face morning or night ever. It doesn’t matter how tired I am, I do it. (And have been this way since middle school).

Use a facial brush at night – I use a Clairisonic with Clairisonic Acne Cleanser at night because I really feel like it gets all the gunk off from the day and I really saw a difference when I started using a brush!

Use Oil Free Moisturizer morning and night! I can not stress enough how important it is to use a moisturizer. I use Neutrogena Oil Free face lotion because my dermatologist reccomended it to me 11 years ago. It may seem counter productive if you have oily skin but if your skin is overdry, it will produce MORE oil and cause more breakouts. Making sure I am moisturized makes my skin so much better (especially since I use acne face washes).

Get a good cleanser for you – I use Oil Control Cetaphil Cleanser and it literally changed my life. After starting to use this, it cleared up my skin so much that I actually felt comfortable going in public without make up on. This one worked for me, find one that works for you.

Use a spot treatment – I use Clean and Clear Persa Gel spot treatment every morning in acne prone places (to prevent) and on existing pimples to help them clear away quicker.

Ditch the foundation I stopped using foundation and started using a BB tinted primer instead and it was one of the best decisions I made for my skin. My opinion is that the less make up you wear, the less make up you’ll need. (Be cause foundation and thick make up clogs your pores!!)

Always take your make up off – I use wipes every night to remove my makeup before using my Clairisonic. I didn’t always remove my makeup before washing my face but I realized that I wanted my brush and cleanser to actually be washing my face and not just taking my make up off so I started using make up removing wipes to clear off all the extra stuff so my brush could do it’s job. (I definitely started seeing improvements after doing this too)

Take make up free days I love having a weekend day where I wear no make up and give my skin a break!

Hormone Control- if you think you need something more, talk to your doctor or dermatologist about if a hormonal birth control is right for you for combatting acne. I have a hormonal imbalance (that doesn’t do my skin any favors) so this is something that did help me a little.

Obviously everyone’s skin is different so what products work for me may not work for you, but if your struggling, all of these things will help you at least a little so I encourage you to give it a try and stick with it (because it does take time to see long term results!)

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