Post # 1
I’m still 9 months from my wedding, but I have a HUGE problem: my skin.
I have a very scarred face from years of severe acne. Nowadays my acne is nowhere near as bad, just a few small breakouts every now and then. But the scars are still there. Then I have rosacea and constantly look like I’m blushing or sunburned. And that’s just my face! My chest is even worse, i have keratosis pilaris as well as these horrible red, itchy blotches that come up (for a variety of reasons– stress and if something touches my chest).
Oh, and I’m super fair skinned. I don’t tan, I turn red and stay that way for days… then get ghostly pale again when the dead skin flakes off.
I’ve been trying to find a routine that works for years, but a lot of OTC acne meds are murder on my skin, and moisturizer only does so much. I’m sure other Bees have had the same problems. What else can I do?
Post # 3
@kittyfinn: The first thing I would do is only buy produccts for sensitive skin. Especially if you’re only having small breakouts every so often, I would steer clear of anything marketed to acne or oily skin. I used to have acne and eczema as a teen- products marketed for either would make the other problem worse! Buy gentle products and read get familiar with the ingredients. Gentle facewash/toner/serum/moisterizer, twice a day.
Secondly, what sort of brands of skincare/makeup to you use? Expensive does not always = better…. but sometimes it does. Some women can get away with drugstore brands but for me personally, my skin reacts really badly to cheaper products. There are a lot of great brands out there- I can reccomed some, but I think everyone kind of has to go through thier own trial and error because what works for me might not work for you. Currently I’m using Bliss Fabloulous Foaming Facewash, Bliss Triple oxygen moisterizer at night/Fabulous Face lotion during the day, Shisedo Balancing Softner (alchohol free!). I have a bottle of Algenist serum which is amazing, but it’s $$$ so I only use it if I have a skin emergency- it helps both breakouts and super dry skin! Or spot use it.
Gentle exfoliation is also important, like once or twice a week. I like the Ole Henriksen walnut scrub, super gentle. They make a lot of great products actually, I really like their Vitamin C serum too, and it’s cheaper than most high end serums. Steaming your face once a week will help prevent breakouts, Lush makes a rose steamer/toner tab for calming sensitive skin that is AWESOME. You can use the leftover water as a toner for your other problem areas, like your chest (for me, my back!). Lush also has a great mask that helps me both with acne and dry patches Catastrophe Cosmetic which is sooooo helpful and amazing, but a total pain in the ass because it’s made with all fresh ingredients so you have to buy it at a lush store and keep it in the fridge, they won’t sell it to you on the interwebs.
Lastly, do you wear a good primer? It can make all the difference in how your skin looks under makeup. I like smashbox primers the best. Don’t be scared of the price, I had a bottle last me 10 months once so you get a lot of bang for your buck.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!! I’m obsessed with skincare products, and I’m probably a little overkill with my routines but I don’t have the kind of skin issues I used to so I think it’s worth all the trouble! Good luck!