My 8 Step Skin Care Routine: Acne Prone & Combination Skin

My 8 Step Skin Care Routine: Acne Prone & Combination Skin

This time last year, my skin care routine was the same as it was 10 years ago. Simply wash and moisturizer day and night. In my 20s, it was so very rare that I had a pimple. My skin was balanced. I very rarely got a facial. I never worried about my taking my makeup off at night because there were not repercussions. Clean my makeup brushes? Nope. None of that mattered to me because nothing wonky ever happened to my skin. In a matter of one year, that has all changed. The dawn of my 30s has brought combination skin and raging hormonal acne along my cheeks. A trip to the dermatologist would probably be a great idea, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. For now, after about a year of trial and error, these are the skin care products that have helped me manage my acne and skin.

My 8 Step Skin Care Routine: Acne Prone & Combination Skin

1 | Simple Micellar Cleansing Water ($8.99) No longer do I use makeup remover wipes with alcohol. That just dried up my skin. Now, I use Simple Micellar Cleansing Water to remove my foundation. It leaves my skin soft and hydrated as opposed to tight and dry with makeup remover wipes. I’ve read that you do not need to rinse or wash your face after, but I still do because of my acne. NOTE: I got 2 HUGE bottles plus one travel size bottle from Costco for cheap!

2 | Neutrogena Hydrating Eye Makeup Remover Lotion, 3 Oz. ($6.39) One thing the micellar water does not remove efficiently is waterproof eye makeup so I use Neutrogena Hydrating Eye Makeup Remover. I used to be a huge fan of their “oil-free” makeup remover, but when you look in the bottle, you can clearly see that there is oil. Plus, it left my skin feeling… oily.

3 | Murad Anti-Aging Acne Time Release Acne Cleanser ($34) Because of my acne I use this cleanser for it’s salicylic acid. Because I’ve suddenly become aware that my skin is so super important, I use this cleanser for it’s anti-aging component.

4 | Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream ($22.99) This is the first retinol cream I have tried. I inherited under eye bags and dark circles. I chose a sensitive one because I read that a retinol treatment can be intense at first. Once I am done with this tube, I am going to try a regular strength one and maybe a different brand. For now, this night cream has shown some improvement over about three months.

5 | E.L.F. Cosmetics Acne Fighting Spot Gel with Aloe ($1.99) Ulta (online only) | Target  (in stores only) Because of my combination skin and use of a salicylic acid face wash, I spot treat my acne with this lovely little gem. The E.L.F. Cosmetics Acne Fighting Spot Gell rolls on and dries quickly.  It is SO good.

6 | Murad Acne Complex Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel ($65) The active ingredient in this is hydroquinone, which is a bleaching agent. The scars from my acne are pretty bad and has been helping a bit. I’m waiting to get through a whole bottle to see how it goes. Also, I don’t use it every day because I worry it will dry out my skin.

7 | Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum/ Brightening Serum with Glycolic Acid ($50) I use this because it came in my Fab Fit Fun box and I continue to use it because it works. I use this in place of a toner.

8 | Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask ($34.50) Honestly, I started using moisturizer because I ran out of my old one, which I don’t even remember what is it, and just needed to pick something at Ulta. BUT, I DO REALLY LIKE IT. My skin feels good in the morning. Not oily. Not dry. Just right.

 I’m always on the lookout for that “something” that will completely cure my acne or my dark under eye circles. I’m curious to know what products you use and/or recommend.



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