Post # 31
Do you wear makeup? If so, I recommend taking a breather and go barefaced (with sunscreen, of course!!) till your skin heals, or as often as you can. I found this improved my skin the most, now I can get away with just sunscreen and mascara most days.
Equally important is cleaning your makeup and tools every few weeks. Brushes can be washed with warm water and mild shampoo, and you can use rubbing alcohol to clean lipsticks, powders, creams, and the packaging surrounding them. The less dirt on your products and hands, the less will get on your face.
Post # 32
I just got an order from The Ordinary! I can’t wait to try new stuff!! (All of this was about $50!)
Post # 33
Also, do you double cleanse. Double cleansing also rocks my skins world.
Post # 34
Oooo, I have advice for skin picking! Acne patches! Nexcare and Clearasil have some, and I usually use Cosrx. They are little clear hydrocolloid sticky patches that cover a pimple or scab to help it heal and prevent any oil or bacteria from spreading to the rest of your face. They help me keep from irritating my pimples when I break out and they help them heal without spreading or scarring. Great to sleep in and wear around the house, and they are pretty discrete even to wear in public. Good luck!
Post # 35
For almost a year I battled acne mostly on my chin and a bit on my jawline. I have always had the occasional pimple, but this was relentless. I found that using a system that uses salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to be the most effective. You have to be careful though because this could really dry out your skin.
I ended up buying the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Acne System. It includes a gel cleanser with salicylic acid acne medication. I wash my face with this in the evening, after taking off my makeup. Next, the system has a clarifying toner that has glycolic acid and a little more salicylic acid acne medication. I only sometimes use this. The last thing it has is acne treatment with benzoyl peroxide. I use this as spot treatment as needed. Again, I use these in the evening. I then moisturize, although I am trying to find a better moisturizer now.
In the morning I wash my face with cerave face wash and use a moisturizer before applying makeup. I now seem to battle 1-2 pimples a month and they come and go fairly quickly. I do occasionally get a really annoying one, but far better than how things were a year ago!
Post # 36
Thanks everyone! I’m continuing to tweak my skincare routine and trying to find what works best. For those who use witch hazel, do you use it once or twice per day? In the morning or evening?