Five Skin Care Products EVERY Girl Needs!

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Believe it or not, the best way to treat mild to moderate acne, is to avoid using products aimed at acne prone skin.

My skin has evolved several times throughout my teenage years. From oily, to dry, to combination, and finally back to oily. However, the one constant element throughout my skin evolution has always been acne. Going through such drastic changes in my face, I became desperate to find the right products to balance my skin. Eventually, after years of switching around my skincare routine and testing countless products, I found the right combination to maintain my skin and keep it clear.

On my mission to cure my acne, I aimed my attention at any products with labels declaring “Clear Skin” or “Clear Breakouts.” Eventually, I realized that these acne products only succeeded in drying out my skin, which in turn led to my acne becoming irritated and inflamed. The key with treating acne is avoiding any harsh products that might cause irritation and inflammation that will aggravate breakouts, and leave your skin looking red and blotchy.



1. Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

I love this cleanser because it’s gentle, yet it still cleans my face without drying it out and causing irritation. Any gentle cleanser should do the trick, but I prefer this one because it has a nice lather that many gentle cleansers lack, and it has very little fragrance which also irritates skin.


2. Alba Botanica – Hawaiian Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask      

I also stopped using any gritty exfoliants because, despite how soft my skin felt after using them, it also made my face feel raw and inflamed. This mask exfoliates your face with enzymes, rather than with a scrub. I’m obsessed with this mask because it leaves your skin feeling soft and clean; this is truly what I credit to clearing the bulk of my acne. It also helped in getting rid of any flaky patches on my skin, and overall, it made my face look healthier and brighter.


3. Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer

I know many people avoid moisturizer, thinking that it might make their skin oily and cause breakouts, but keeping your face moisturized keeps skin soothed and balanced. In fact, drying out your skin not only causes irritation, it also causes it to over-produce oil. This is my go-to moisturizer because it has a bit of SPF, which I like because it keeps my acne marks from darkening. It also does what the label claims, it calms irritated skin, and reduces redness.


4. Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer

I don’t see the point in using an SPF moisturizer at night, but it’s still necessary to moisturize after washing your face in the evening. This one has a simple formula, but it leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed, without feeling greasy or irritating my acne.


5. Clearasil Rapid Action Vanishing Treatment Cream

These days, I avoid any product that claims to treat acne because it’s almost guaranteed to aggravate and redden my skin. However, since my skin still suffers from occasional breakouts, I like to use this spot treatment on only the worst and most noticeable pimples. I’ll apply it at night, after washing and moisturizing my face. It will take a couple of nights to dry up the pimple, but it’s better than the desperate alternative of popping it.


Remember! The key is to avoid using products that irritate the skin. Use only gentle cleansers and moisturizers. Use a non-abrasive mask once or twice a week to brighten your skin and give it a good, thorough cleaning. If you use a spot treatment, only apply it on your worst pimples.

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