This summer I have been on a journey to obtaining clear skin. The majority of my life, I had fairly clear skin. It was not until the summer before junior year of high-school where I really started experiencing breakouts. Throughout high-school, and even middle school, I used proactive products. With using proactive for about 8 years, I found that my skin almost became addicted to the product. If I didn’t use it regularly, my skin would begin breaking out more. In college I began using St. Ives apricot scrub along with proactive as part of my regimen. With the added stressors of college, there was times where my skin began breaking out more.
My spring semester of college this year really began my desire to start researching and understanding my skin. I noticed that whenever I changed environments, I am from New York City but I attend college in Syracuse, my skin would start to break out. I would leave New York City with clear skin and come back to Syracuse with acne; it was extremely frustrating. It was then when I started separating my daytime and nighttime regimen. It seemed to work for a while, until I came home for summer vacation. As usual, I came home from Syracuse with clear skin, and now I am here writing an article figuring out ways to get my skin back again.
I have acne prone combination skin. This means that my skin breaks out and has certain areas that are oily and certain areas that would be considered “normal.” From observing my skin, the areas that I experience the most breakouts are located on my t-zone, and this is also the oiliest area of my skin.
Understanding my skin has led me to find products that will hopefully help me on my journey to clear skin this summer. To prepare for this journey, I did extensive research. It is important before starting your journey that you know what type of results you want. I researched products for my skin type, purpose of each type of product, natural regimens, proper ways of face washing etc. With this research, I was able to buy my products for my summer regimen: Aveeno’s Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, Simple’s Soothing Facial Toner, Olay ‘s All Day Moisture Cream with Sunscreen, Noxzema’s Deep Cleansing Cream, and Olay’s Night of Olay Firming Cream. Foaming cleansers are great for people with oily and combination skin as it removes all the dirt and all from your skin. It may be harsh on those people with sensitive or dry skin. I have used Aveeno products in the past and they’ve done wonders for my skin. So far, the foaming cleanser has evened out my skin tone, making it appear brighter. I feel the combination of the Aveeno cleanser and Ambi’s fade cream, a staple product of mine, has worked extremely well in fixing the hyperpigmentation on my skin. Simple’s toner keeps my skin feeling light and refreshed. I read that it helps minimize pore too, for those who may be interested in pore size reduction. Olay’s All Day Moisture Cream is really light and is great because it has sunscreen. It is important to use moisturizers with sunscreen in order to protect your skin from the harsh and skin aging UV rays. For nighttime cleansing I use the Noxzema Deep Cleansing Cream. I use this because I personally like cream cleansers for my nighttime routine and it has this tinging feeling which makes my skin feel refreshed. The Olay firming cream is also very light weight, like the day cream, while keeping my skin firm and moisturized. Along with these products I am working on changing my lifestyle, which will improve my overall health and generally improve my skin. Drinking water is super important! I really started drinking water when I began college and it does overall great things to your body. Exercise and healthy eating is also important. I am still in the beginning stages, beginning as in still in the works of creating a workout routine, but when I did start working out and eating healthy this summer along with using the new products, my skin looked better and I felt better.
Recently my skin has had a slight relapse so I am looking to add new things into my regimen. After realizing that my skin breaks out in mostly in my t-zone area, I decided to look up oil reduction and mattifying products. Along with just trying to decrease my acne, I just do not like the chicken grease look on my face in the summer time, it’s not for me. Some products that I am interested in buying are: The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, and ELF Mattifying Powder. I am hoping that these products will give me the results I have been searching for, as a greasy forehead has been a problem of mine for years.
I may have given you all a lot of information on skin care and my personal story, but here are just a few quick tips in for when you start your own journey
1. Understanding: This comes in two-folds; you have to take time to understand your skin so that you know what results you are aiming for and what products to search for. You also have to understand that this takes time. There are products in the market that advertise overnight results, but the best and long-lasting results take time.
2. Research, research, and research: It took me 8 years to realize that I have been playing in the skin care game all wrong, and hopefully it does not take anyone else that long because that is an extreme amount of time. Take time to research your skin, products that works best for your skin, look up reviews, watch YouTube videos, etc. Just do as much research as possible so that you are well prepared for your journey
3. Have fun: Do not let the woes of having “bad skin” bring you down. Think of this as a challenge. Everyone loves a good challenge right? Gather all your information, buy your products, start your regimen, and begin your journey!
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By: Raven Irabor