Six months into my engagement and planning my own wedding, (more on that later) my skin reacted instantly to the amount of stress I felt inside. I had cystic acne along my jawline and cheek bones that I’d never experienced before, along with other random breakouts that were taking over. It was horrendous, and instead of thinking calmly and rationally, I adopted the different regimens of my favorite beauty YouTubers and started testing out any and all products. Wrong. Bad choice. Fail. Don’t do this. Skin care takes time!
It seemed as soon as I cleared one area, the issue went to another and with my insane level of stress, I could never get ahead of my breakouts which stressed me out even more. This would have been a great time to see a dermatologist, but of course I didn’t… That would make too much sense and would have made my life too easy.
My skin on my wedding day was the worst it has ever been and I was mortified but what could I do?
After finding time to regroup post-wedding, I created my own skin care routine based on what I’d learned about my skin over that year. It took about two months of strict consistency to stop the breakouts and fade a lot of the hyperpigmentation but I did it!
Heres what works for me:
- CERAVE PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion (PM only)
- NEUTROGENA Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector (PM, daily as needed)
- DR. BRONNER’S Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Castile Soap (AM/PM cleanser, daily)
- CLAIRSONIC Mia 2 (PM, every other day)
- BOBBI BROWN Extra Repair Moisture Cream (AM, daily)
- NEUTROGENA Clear Face SPF 30 (AM, daily)
- BOBBI BROWN Instant Detox Hawaiian Sea Water and White Clay Mask (PM, weekly)
The only thing I used for a while that I didn’t include above, is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay which I combined with apple cider vinegar to create a mask that I used weekly. I actually really loved that mask; I liked that you can feel it working and it did a thorough job of extracting dirt and impurities from the skin. I stopped using it regularly because it doesn’t travel well and other masks are just more convenient to use. I’ll still use it on occasion when I feel like I need a really deep clean.
Besides the products listed above, I am also positive these personal habits have assisted in keeping my skin clear as well:
- Drinking at least 64oz of water per day.
- Regular exercise. I aim for at least one hour, five days a week.
- I swap my foundation routine for a tinted moisturizer like this one by NARS, concealer on dark spots, or simply nothing at all at least three days a week.
- Clean my makeup brushes, and sanitize my sunglasses, phone, and other devices every night with rubbing alcohol.
That’s it! I’m not a skin expert by any means, but with the exception of a monthly blemish or two, I’ve managed to get and keep my skin pretty clear. I also saw a dermatologist recently for an entirely different issue which I’ll share in a separate post, and the only thing she asked me to omit from my routine was witch hazel (which made no difference in my skin once I stopped).