I've been dealing with ACNE for as long as I can remember.
From Proactiv in my early teens, oral medications prescribed by a dermatologist
(accept the deadly Accutane), months of blue light treatments, and random drug store washes and creams,
my skin has been through the ringer and none of the aforementioned remedies have worked for me.
I am now a licensed Aesthetician.
After being trained on everything skin and meeting other aestheticians who have been through the same strife and got into the profession for the same reason I did, I have come up with a pretty awesome regimen
and my skin is better than ever (and only getting better!)
As a disclaimer, everyone's skin is different and what may work for me may not work for you.
My skin type: sensitive, oily/Acneic, dryer in the winter like most normal skin.
What my skin was like before my current regimen (unedited pictures):
My current products of choice:
Not pictured are my cleansers of choice because I switch them up often, but I prefer to use
Aveda's Tourmaline Charged cleanser at night as an exfoliant and their all sensitive cream cleanser in the am.
Also not pictured are moisturizers because I simply use shea butter or coconut oil.
I use those for my body as well; they're AMAZING!!!!!
in the summer I use Aveda's all sensitive moisturizer.
My skin nowadays (no makeup, unedited pictures):
HUGE transformation right?!
And my skin is only getting better; I wish I had pics from high school!
Now of course I get a few breakouts every now and again, but overall I know my skin and what it needs; that is key to finding the right regimen for you.
My diet has also changed and I do not eat land animals; I eat seafood because it is rich in omega 3, 6, and 9 which are necessary fatty acids that uplift your mood (for stress and lack of confidence are key agitators to acne) and they are great for maintaining healthy skin (and it's pretty yummy lol.)
I don't eat seafood everyday or every week for that matter, but my diet consists of mainly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts.
You probably want to know how to use everything thats pictured, right?
The Great Plains bentonite Detox is an oral supplement that is used to help flush out toxins. You'd take it orally with water twice a day and on an empty stomach. For those interested in this mild detox YOUR DIET HAS TO BE ON POINT! Meaning no foods that would defeat the purpose of the detox, right?
Flax Oil is another great way to get in those omegas 3, 6, and 9. I take mine orally every morning with my oatmeal.
BRAGG's Organic Raw/Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar is an overall staple for anyone looking to clear up their skin and to just feel.... good! I dilute mine with water (1/2 vinegar, 1/2 filtered water) and use the solution as a toner. You also use it with Aztec Secret's Indian Healing Clay by combining the 2 to make a pretty awesome facial mask that'll draw up any impurities on the skin.
Smile's PRID all natural drawing salve is the perfect remedy for when you get those annoying pimples that you are just itching to pick. DON"T PICK AT YOUR PIMPLES!! Instead, at night before you go to bed, put this on top of that annoying appendage and cover it with a bandaid. You'll wake up with the nasty gunk that was inside the pimple and on your face, now on the bandaid! Pretty awesome.
Witch Hazel is another all purpose staple you should have in your arsenal; I use mine as a mild astringent for when I get tired of the ACV one I make.
*The next products are for those who suffer from acne scars
Aveda's Enbrightenment brightening correcting serum is the bees knees!!! It works but you have to be patient; I use this in the winter time at night before I moisturize and after I tone.
Now everyone won't have access to this unless you see a derm, but Tretinoin Cream, 0.05% is an awesome Retin A that I use every once in awhile before I go to bed. If you can, see a derm and get this stuff! It's great.
Organic Lemon Oil is rich in Vitamin C and also a great mood lifter. I mix this with my all sensitive moisturizer, shea butter and/or coconut oil to enhance them. Smells absolutely lovely and offsets the strong ACV toner if you decide to use it.
In addition to this pretty cool regimen, a not too shabby diet,
TONS OF WATER
and mild exercise (I could do better lol) I get a facial every other month or as often as once a month if I have the time.
If you've never gotten a facial, try one out! It really does help to see a professional that can help you figure out your skin and the right regimen as well as de-stress; for majority of our skin's breakouts are from stress so go ahead and pamper yourself, you deserve it ;)
Last but most definitely not least, DRINK TEA!
Green Tea is specifically rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals that tear up everything protecting our skin and body.
I hope this was all helpful and didn't bore you to death reading it all haha.
Peace and blessings,
Sweet Tea Bre