I have had just about enough of my skin. Throughout 2010 (and years prior) I had been experimenting non stop all year on skin care to only find out a few things
1. Acne is ridiculously hard to cure
2. Pouring on countless creams will not yield perfect skin
3. Sometimes less is more
4. Once you find something that works do not stop using it
5. Skin care is an expensive hobby
My skin has always been an issue with me. It seems to be constantly on the verge of breaking out, purging, or healing. I had read Bubblegarm's post and decided to follow suit.
Sometimes LESS IS MORE. I have decided to give my skin a break and give it a chance to breathe and figure itself out.
Below are all the things I just got rid of in some kind of bathroom ran sacking - Good bye!
And here is my new complete skin care
I had tried Neutrogena's famous acne wash once in High School. I remember my skin flaking within seconds ( it was pretty traumatic at the time) and recall it being the first time I ever threw something brand new away.
My skin has evolved since High School and it's time I give this line another chance.
My new Routine
Neutrogena Scrub: Wash to get rid of morning flakiness I have been experiencing due to weather changes - it's damn cold here now
Lush's Tee Tree Toner - probably my favorite toner, light weight and I do notice a difference when I do and do not use this
Burts Bees Acne Moisturizer : I had read many reviews, and heard this was the stand out product of the BB's Acne line
Clarasonic with a make up wash ( finishing some random cleansers )
Neutrogena Wash Gel : Do not want to over exfoliate after the clarisonic so I bought the gel formula also
Tone and Moisturize again
I went to the dermatologist again...these are the topical treatments I will be using for the next 2 months
Solodyn : I am pretty against oral prescriptions for anything, but since it's only for 30 days I will give this a go
Acanya and Epiduo: Topical treatments for AM and PM with 2.5 Benzoyl peroxide. I was previously using 10% BP with Oxy which I still love, but know it's super strong and know my skin has started to become dependent, so 2.5 is a way for my skin to ween off such a strong supplement
I am a bit afraid the new Neutrogena line will dry my skin out, I am already flaking from the new weather and don't know if the BB Moisturizer will be hydrating enough since I never used it. If necessary I will supplement the BB's with Olay but I am definitely going to try to stick to this routine for 2 months to see if my skin just needed a breather and some routine products
Will revert back with my final results, hopefully clear skin for 2011!