I’ve dealt with clogged pores for a whole year then got rid of it all in a month. This is what I’ve learned about skin care and how I cleared up my skin.
Find The Cause.
When we’re dealing with acne, the first thing we should always do is find out why we’re breaking out. Sometimes this is hereditary and it can’t be helped but other times, your products and/or your diet is the problem.
For the past year, I’ve dealt with clogged pores because of this combination. It all started when I tried out the spin brush that many people raved about. Prior to using the brush, I had clear skin but after using it, my skin became dry, my pores were clogged, and the texture changed dramatically. (Damn it, curiosity! I’m sure the brush works for some people but not for me.) Immediately, I stopped using it but I was left to repair the damage.
Know Your Skin Type.
To repair my skin’s damage, I had to find a way to restore the ph balance. At the time, my skin felt dry so… I’m supposed to buy products for dry skin, right? Wrong. By purchasing dry skin products for my oily skin type, I made the condition of my skin worst and saw no improvements. Still, I tested with some more dry skin products until finally, I learned; we MUST use the products that are made for our skin type no matter what! Our skin TYPE doesn’t really change, only the STATE of it does so use products that are made for your skin type! Don’t confuse it with its current condition. I wasn’t aware of this until I visited an esthetician, who extracted my pores and exfoliated dead skin (Esthetician is optional). After getting a facial, I knew I had to change my skin products.
Considering my skin type: acne prone, oily, and extremely sensitive, I researched and bought appropriate products then threw out my old ones.
I’ve found that a simple 3-step routine works best with my skin.
My 3-step Skin Care Routine
- Wipe makeup off with Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water
- Cleanse with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
- Moisturize with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
That’s it. I’ve been consistent with this routine for 2 month and my skin texture has dramatically improved. When I first started this routine, I saw improvements within a week. These products have literally worked wonders for me and they’re all very gentle. If you have the same skin type and problem with clogged pores like I did, I recommend trying this routine for a month. All of these products are available at Walgreens.
Improve Your Diet.
Our skin also needs help from within. Drink more water, eat more veggies, and cut back on processed sugar. I used to eat chocolate everyday and drink very little water. It made me break out a lot. Now, I only eat chocolate every once in a while and drink 4-6 bottles of water a day. My skin has improved SO much.
It’s been 2 months since I’ve kept this routine and here’s the result of my skin (no filter)
My Advice on Skin Care:
- Use the right products for your skin
- Cleanse your face before sleeping at night
- Cut back on processed sugar
- Drink water
- Exfoliate once a month to remove dead skin so your products can really work in your skin
- Don’t try out too many products or change it too quickly
- Don’t try out any products if you don’t need it in the first place (lesson learned)
- Keep your skin care routine SIMPLE and CONSISTENT