Ok, so some of you will know that I’ve had some serious skin struggles. We’re talking acne here ladies (still hate saying that word). It’s something I’ve been battling with since my teens and I still have to keep on top of even though I’m now well in to my twenties. I’ve pretty much got it down now, as long as I follow my routine, get enough sleep and try an avoid too much alcohol and sugary/fatty foods my skin stays on a good level.
Acne can be crippling and if I can help just one person by sharing my story and routine then that’s a win. Ok so, without further ado here it my daily skin routine.
- I always have a shower first thing in the morning. I cleanse my skin whilst showering and use the Acne.org 3-step system. I start by making sure my face is wet then take two pumps of the product. I rub together in my hands until there is a nice thick lather, this is really important. Then I wash the problem areas (I just use this n my face but you can also use it on your body if you suffer with back or chest acne) for about 10 seconds…no more. You also shouldn’t rub hard at your face, be as gentle as possible. I then let the running water wash it off, I pat my face dry with a clean soft towel.
- Next up is the acne.org treatment – Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%. Again I take two pumps of the product and gently spread over my face for about 2-3 minutes. It’s important not to rub, gently is key here as you don’t want to aggravate or irritate skin. After the 2 minutes are up I leave it to soak into my skin for 15 minutes. Again this is KEY. I use this time to do things like clean my teeth, do my hair, make my bed etc. Be careful not to get the product on coloured fabrics as it can bleach.
- After the 15 minutes is up I take my moisturiser. I used to use the Acne.org one but shipping the products over from America is really expensive so I have substituted for this Avène moisturiser during the day. Acne.org provide a list of ingredients you should avoid, I did a lot of research before settling with this one. The instructions say to work this into your face for another 2 or 3 minutes but I find this absorbs quickly so I don’t. Again leave to settle in for another 15 minutes…more time to get jobs done!
Okay, so that is how I prepare my skin for the day (I’ll do a make-up post another time). I use this Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove my make-up at the end of the day and this Garnier Eye Make-Up Remover for my eyes, it gets even stubborn mascara off without having to really rub your eyes.
I do exactly the same thing in the evening but I use this Cetaphil moisturiser instead. It’s a little heavier which is good for overnight. I also use the acne.org AHA+ Glycolic Acid 10% once a week – this acts as an exfoliate but it isn’t abrasive and harsh to skin. You can use a little bit every night mixed with your moisturiser…I do this when my skin is going through a bad patch.
This may all sound quite time-consuming and pedantic but this is what makes the system work so well. Acne.org really did change my life and gave me my skin confidence back. I’m not going to say I never gets spots because that isn’t true, but I no longer panic that they will get out of control and I can normally attribute it to some change in my behaviour or routine. This stuff WORKS. Have a great weekend ladies.