If you have clear skin this ain’t for you, please take exit stage LEFT! Jk, jk, jk, you’re welcomed here too. I don’t know about you but my skin is oily, oily, OILY! When I was in middle and high school, I was able to get away with just wearing Vaseline as a skin moisturizer. Today, my skin would breakout if I commit that horrendous act again.
As an adult, I’ve developed large pores around my nose and frequent breakouts due to wearing makeup. I’ve tried so many different facial cleansers to reduce the pores and breakouts and still wear my favorite makeup products. Through trial and error, I learned that M.A.C products break my skin out and certain facial cleansers irritates my skin.
Luckily, I’ve found some new and old stuff that works for me. The number one thing I’ve learned is to remain consistent and of course…drink lots of water + eat healthy food. Below you will find the high-end and low-end products I use.
**I am not sponsored by these companies. This is review is based on my personal experiences. I provided links to the products below too!
I just bought Burt’s Bees Acne Solutions Pore Refining Scrub that contains salicylic acid and this stuff really works. Salicylic acid removes deep stubborn pores I recently started using this product and my skin has never felt so clear and glowy (Yay acids!). Alongside this, I use a Clinique Moisturizing Lotion Combination Oily Skin for oily skin. I exfoliate in the morning to get rid of dead skins and to keep my skin looking healthy throughout the day.
I sometimes use CVS Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Scrub, 6oz and it leaves my skin feeling tingling and refreshed. The tiny beads burst onto my skin and penetrates the pore. I saw dramatic results within the next two weeks. I use my hands to exfoliate since these products already contain beads or willow bark pieces. I find using hand scrubs only irritates my skin further.
In the past, I used Clinique’s 3-Step for years! I’m talking about 4-5 years and I still think it’s the best product ever. I usually pay ~$68 for the entire set and it would last me for about 4-5 months. I didn’t mind splurging on Clinique since it really helped to enhance my skin. First, I used their Toner, then Liquid Facial Soap with my electrical scrubber, lastly the moisturizing gel. I did this ever night and my skin remained clear.
I switched to Mario Badescu’s Brightening Kit because I noticed that although Clinique protected my skin from breakouts, I STILL had acne scars and hyper-pigmentation. Hyper-pigmentation just means you have some darker spots on your skin due to acne scars. I heard so much about Mario Badescu from YouTubers and I had to try it! I bought my starter kit from Ulta and it includes a free gift too, YAY! One of the main reasons I wanted it was because the kit includes a Glycolic Acid Cleanser and a Vitamin C serum. Glycolic Acid is known for reducing dark spots and the Vitamin C serum evens skin tone and reduces wrinkles.
Sometimes I use a Charcoal Mask $4.29 or the Mario Badescu’s whitening mask from time to time. I got my charcoal mask from Ross for $3.99 but I can’t find it online. I provided a similar one above. The charcoal mask is used to remove my pores and the whitening mask is NOT a bleaching cream but evens skin tone. Lastly, I use “Retin-A 0.05% cream” 2-3 times a week as a moisturizer too.
I know, I know, this may seem like TONS of products but TRUST ME, they totally work! Let me know your morning and nighttime routines down below! Plus let me know if you’ve tried any of these products before!
Thank for reading xxx
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