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A few months ago, my skin was beginning to break out a lot. As much make-up I would apply on, I couldn’t really cover up the acne. It got to the point where it began to be very noticeable on my outfit pictures, especially the portraits. Now I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to use photoshop to make me look “perfect”; so when my photographer would send me the final edited pictures, I saw a lot of the bumps on my face. To be honest, I was embarrassed. I didn’t feel confident with my own skin. That made me begin to do research on acne treatment and skin care.

Now, before I get started, I just want to say that in no way am I licensed as a dermatologist. I have done a lot of trial and error methods and this routine seems to have worked best for my skin.

Speaking of skin, there are five main skin types. When finding out your perfect skin care routine, it is best to get to know what type of skin you have first. The five main skin types are: normal, oily, dry, sensitive and combination. For me, I’m all over the place haha. My skin is mainly oily and sensitive. And when I say sensitive, I mean really sensitive. Now because my skin is sensitive, it doesn’t mean I have to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars for skin care products. It just means I actually have to research the ingredients behind the product.

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Three skin care products I will always use are as so: cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Even on days that I’m on a rush, I make sure to apply at least these products before heading out the door.

The Clean & Clear Face Cleanser not only cleans your face but it’s also an exfoliator and a treatment for pimples. Following the cleanser is the toner. Before, I never used to think that a toner would make a difference but it’s actually one of the main elements for a skin care routine. A toner is mainly used to elevate the pH balance on your skin. I absolutely love this Clinique Acne Solution toner because of the acne medication it contains. I truly believe that this was one the products that helped out my acne. After you apply your toner, your face is absolutely clean. This is the best time to apply any medication to treat pimples or acne scars. If I feel a pimple coming up, I use the Acne Spot Treatment from Target. It always works like a charm! Now there are times when you can get those dark spots once the pimple has been “popped” haha. Those are the acne scars. A lot of the times, these are created due to a high sun exposure. A way of minimizing them is by applying Vitamin C. I won’t get too much into details but the Vitamin C brightens up the skin’s tone. This Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector does as so. I noticed the change in my skin shortly after 2-3 days after applying it everyday. After the medication, you then apply your moisturizer. Applying your moisturizer should always be the last item you put on your face. This is when you seal everything together. What I love about Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is that it doesn’t make my skin feel sticky or greasy after applying it like other products do. In fact, it actually feels refreshing. To be honest, this is my favorite part of the routine.

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Now on days where I feel like pampering my skin, I exfoliate it. Because my skin is really sensitive, if I decide to exfoliate I don’t apply the toner. This means that I replace the step of the toner with the exfoliator. I find that my skin gets very irritated if using both one after the other. My favorite exfoliator is Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel. You apply it on your face and literally rub off the dirt. It’s always a good idea to exfoliate at least one a week.

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Another product I use to control the acne scars is the E.L.F. Blemish Control Face Primer. There are times when I’m running late in the morning and if I skip the medication part of my skin care routine, this is my back up. It really is another alternative for blemishes.

Now, in order for these products to actually work, you have to wait at least 3 minutes before applying the next item. This will allow for the product to actually penetrate deep inside your skin. It may seem like a lot, but trust me, your skin will definitely thank me for it 🙂

Do you have any tips for a skin care routine? Comment below! I would love to read your tips.

I really hope this post came in handy. Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle