Hey everyone, today I want to share with you how I got clear skin. Because of the nature of this post, I’m going to add in a little disclaimer here. While I am no professional, I believe my experience and tips could possibly help someone. This is my experience, and what works for me. What works for me may not work for you, and vice versa. This post is in no way any type of professional advice and should not be taken that way. With that in mind, let’s get into it!
For the longest time, I struggled with acne. Fortunately it wasn’t cystic, red, swollen acne bumps all over my face, but I definitely struggled with consistent breakouts. Now I’ve got consistently clear skin and I’ve never felt better about it. I’m going to share how I got my clear skin, in hopes that it will help some of you too.
My Skin Story
Up until my junior year of high school, I had great skin. I was really lucky. Only every now and then would I get a pimple (most likely from sweating at cheer practice). At this time, I was living in Japan. I was washing my face morning and night, and using topical spot treatments as needed.
Then, in 2012, I moved from Japan all the way to northern Virginia, right in the middle of my Junior year of high school. I can’t tell you if it was stress, the location, or what – but at that point my skin changed for the worse. I remember going all throughout the rest of the year with at least one breakout on my face. My skin was never clear. And while breakouts can be normal at that age, most of the time I had upwards of 10 breakouts on my face. It was definitely not fun and made it difficult for me to feel confident in myself. I made a vow to give up makeup as much as possible (I was a cheerleader so I couldn’t go makeup free at games or competitions). I never wore makeup to school. I never wore makeup on the weekends. I thought it would help my skin. I kept it clean and makeup-free quite literally as much as I possibly could. Nothing worked. I tried so many different cleansers and products and masks and all sorts of crazy things to just clear up my skin. I did the best I could hoping someday it would pay off.
My skin finally did begin to clear up once I started college, but it definitely wasn’t where I wanted it to be. Part of it was because I was quite simply too tired to take care of my skin. At that time, I was a full time student and a cheerleader. For those of you who don’t know, college sports are very time consuming. Between practices, events, workouts, games, and school, I barely had time to eat, let alone take care of my skin. By the time I got back to my room after a big game, I just wanted to peel off my uniform and fall into bed so I got enough sleep before my 7:30 class the next morning. Needless to say, going to bed after sweating with a full face of makeup on definitely isn’t the best idea. Rest assured, this wasn’t all the time, but sometimes, I was just too tired to wash my face before bed.
Moving right along into my sophomore year of college, I decided to take the year off from cheerleading and focus on myself and school more. Luckily, that included my skin, too.
How I Got Clear Skin
I started researching different ways to clear up my skin. I Googled and YouTubed and Pinterested everything. Everything. I never came across a holy grail product that everyone was using to get porcelain skin. But, I did notice a trend. It seemed like everyone was on board the simple skincare train. They would recommend a mild cleanser-mainly one without an active ingredient. All the facial cleansers I had ever used either had benzoyl peroxide or salicylic aid. These were in the cleanser to kill the bacteria in the pimples on my skin, to get them to go away. It makes sense, right? Well, the problem was that these ingredients are crazy drying on the skin. I was drying my skin out with my daily cleanser that I was using twice a day (yikes), and then not moisturizing my skin (double yikes). What my skin was doing in response to the dryness was overproducing the natural oils in my face to compensate for the dryness, and in return, causing acne. What I needed was a simple cleanser to wash away the impurities in my skin at the end of the day, and a light moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated.
So, by the time I realized this, I was on my way home for Christmas break. When I got home, I tried my mom’s cleanser, the Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser. I began using that , following it with the St. Ives Daily Hydrating Body Lotion. Let me tell you, this stuff works like a champ. It is so light and silky on your face for everyday wear. After a while, I decided to pick up some vitamins to supplement my diet. I ended up grabbing the Sundown Naturals Women’s Multivitamin with Biotin. I figured the Biotin might help clear up my skin. And let me tell you, it did wonders.
Within a week, I saw my skin starting to clear up. My skin has now become completely clear.That said, I’m only human, so I don’t have porcelain skin 24/7/365. I have freckles, breakouts, and even scars that have began to fade over time. But I have never had more clear skin in my entire life, and I still wear makeup every week (just not every day).
My Everyday Skincare Routine
Morning: I start my day by washing my face with just cold water, no cleanser. This just gives my face a light cleaning and wake-me-up to get off any dirt that may have accumulated overnight. I don’t use a cleanser because I don’t want to over-wash or dry out my face. The natural oils my skin produces overnight keeps it healthy. I then follow with the St. Ive’s body lotion on my face to keep it moisturized all day. At breakfast, I take two of my vitamins.
Night: Every night, I remove my makeup, then wash my face with a mild cleanser and warm water. I usually use the Olay one mentioned earlier, but I recently tried this one and I absolutely love it. I then follow with the same St. Ive’s Lotion.
Weekly: Once a week, I use my Clarisonic to get a deeper clean. It really helps get into my skin to release weekly buildup, and leaves my face super soft. I also will either do a mask or exfoliation treatment once a week to give my skin an extra boost.
This is how I achieved the clearest skin of my life. It’s definitely not perfect, but I am proud of it. I can confidently go out in public with no make up on and feel great!
I know that this is not for everyone. I know that not everyone has the same skin and what works for me may not work for you. I do hope that this article may help someone in some way – whether it be finding a new product or learning something new.
What are your holy grail skincare products? Please feel free to leave a comment to let me know!