Yep. That’s right. I have acne like the pimply teenager on the Simpsons. I’m sure this poor fellow has an actual name, but to me he’s the pimply teenager. I have had super sensitive skin and an issue with acne since I hit puberty, but recently (in the last three years or so) my acne has gotten out of control. One of the hardest parts of having acne is finding the right combination of products that work well for your skin. This has been a constant battle for me and I think I finally have found the right combo for my skin! For me, simpler is better. I am rather fair, with freckles and tend to have rather sensitive skin, especially with harsh face washes and heavy make-up and moisturizers. Here are some of my tips if you are the strawberry-blonde, fair skinned, Swedish chick on the block.
First and foremost – wear sunscreen in multiple forms! I like a sunkissed tone as much as the next person, but it really does a number on your skin, find a moisturizer or foundation/powder that has some level of SPF in it.
I have found that Neutrogena cosmetics are great at keeping acne at bay in between outbreaks, most products contain salicylic acid, which will treat and cover your pimples at the same time. I have been using the Neutrogena Micro-Clear foundation for about a year and haven’t had any problems with it. I decided today that I am going to add a couple more Neutrogena products to my arsenal and give you reviews on them next month after I’ve had time to test them out.
Another recommendation is to know when something doesn’t work for your skin. I have had a huge product crush on Philosophy for a few years and had been waiting for the right time to try their skin care line. It seemed like everything I would need to keep my acne under control. I was SO wrong and it took a lot of convincing for me to stop using it. You can see in the picture that I used quite a bit until I finally figured out that it was making my skin worse, not better. In Philosophy’s defense, I have heard great reviews of their products, they just didn’t work for me.
What I have found that works for me, is plain, old Cetaphil. It’s gentle, gets the job done, both Justin and I use it and it’s cheap enough that I don’t mind sharing with him! If you’re looking for something to just keep your skin clean, which in turn will help with persistent acne – give it a try. Of course, always follow-up with a light moisturizer.
Common Myth: Moisturizing will clog my pores, I need to dry out my pimples.
This is not entirely true. Your skin produces the amount of oil that it needs to keep a balance between oily and dry (or at least it’s supposed to) if you dry out your skin too much with harsh products without replacing the moisture, your skin will work double-time to replace the missing oil. Now, on the other side, if you slather on layers of heavy creams you’ll clog your pores. Find a nice balance.
I am in no way an expert so please don’t take my tips and my experience as the end-all, be-all for acne. I have, however, done a lot of research and tried a lot of products to figure out what works for my skin. Hopefully my experience can help you with yours.
Stay tuned for an update on the new (to me) Neutrogena products!