Makeup is wonderful. Not only can it be used to accentuate your natural beauty, but it can also be used to conceal the things we don’t like. Growing up, I had fairly good skin. I can remember just brushing on light mineral foundation or maybe a little bb cream and being happy. I rarely broke out and when I did, it was controllable.
Unfortunately, that all changed about 4-5 years ago. I started to not only break out, but to get terrible cystic acne. The worst areas were my jaw and chin, meaning it is hormonal. The problem with that: it is harder to treat. I’ve tried everything it seems. Though my skin isn’t cured, it has improved a lot.
The thing that has helped the most? My Clarisonic Mia Fit. Here is a shot before I got the Clarisonic.
As you can see, my skin is super inflamed with a lot of break outs. You can’t see them, but I have several cystic areas on my chin and jaw. This was December 19.
Fast forward to now, April 7, and here is an update:
The actual breakouts have greatly decreased. A lot of what you see is discoloration and scaring. I am not getting as many cystic breakouts and my pores are not clogged.
Usually, I use my Bosica cleanser in the morning with an oil free moisturizer. If I have too many dry patches, I will use a light exfoliating peel before moisturizing. In the evening, I remove any makeup with an oil. Then I use my Clarisonic and the Clarisonic Pore Cleanser to really clean my face. I follow with my diy facial oil and a moisturizer. You can find a full list and review of my favorite products here.
I have found that these products and steps all greatly help. However, it isn’t enough for me. I dream of having really great skin again. So, I have decided to go on Accutaine. I will be starting next week and decided to document my journey here. So I will be posting occasional Skin Diaries entries as I go through this jounrey.
Wish me luck!