skin issues

Recently y skin has had a ton of problems. I think it started from the stress of moving out here to Portland, OR. Or my diet is too unhealthy. Or maybe my body is just starting to be older and bitchier. Either way, my perfect porcelain skin isn’t anymore. I have dry spots, blackheads, acne, and oil. The oil is worst part to me. I just feel slimy all damn day. Even my own oil treatments are not helping much.

So I’ve bought various stuff to try and fix my skin. Most of it isn’t much but I thought I’d talk about my experiences.

I never had a skin routine. I never had to. When I woke up in the morning I washed my face in the shower with whatever cheap body wash I had laying around. I occasionally used the St Ives Apricot Scrub because it made my skin feel cleaner. I never moisturized. I never used sunblock.

Now I’m trying to figure out how to care for my skin. Although it really is hard for me. I do not know if my skin is dry or oily.Is it oily because it’s too dry? Or just oily and dry at the same time? Or both. I don’t know.

Today I bought Neutrogena Clear Pore Astringent. I bought it because it has Salicylic Acid in it (which is an acne medication) and I haven’t had a toner in a while. I’ve used it once and liked it. After I washed my face, I used it. It tightened up my pores and stripped my face of the oil. Now a few hours later, my face is slimy again. I’ll keep using it to see if it has any effect on the acne.

I’ll try to take some photos to document any change.

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One Response to skin issues

  1. Claire says:

    So… I work in skincare. I have a couple of suggestions. If your toner has alcohol in it, it might be too harsh. Salicylic acid = good, alcohol = bad. I personally really like Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment. It can be hard to find – Target or Rite-aid are where I usually go. It’s a gel that you can use like a serum, under your moisturizer, just use a pea-sized amount for your whole face. It does have some alcohol, but it’s hydrating and soothing more than drying. You’ll want a moisturizer. At the drugstore, I like Aveeno’s for normal skin. I think Target has a store-brand knockoffs of Aveeno, those are good too. If you’re going to use the Neutrogena treatment, you may want to avoid a moisturizer with salicylic in it too. You skin changes with age and hormones, so if you are having issues with blackheads and oiliness, I’d try using the salicylic for controlling oil and unclogging pores but I’d also add a moisturizer to your routine :)

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