I've had acne for around 15 years. When I was 10, I remember being the only kid with "zits." I was lucky enough to never have out-of-control acne, but it has always been a constant battle for me. I've tried EVERYTHING: Proactiv, Murad, Differin, Tazorac, Retin-A, anything and everything Clean and Clear, some pill that would have made my skin blue if I stayed on it any longer (??), yeah, everything. As a 24 year-old, I've finally accepted my skin as it is, I've given up on make-up [and I think that actually might be helping it heal a bit]. I can actually count the number of times on one hand that I've worn make-up in the past year. Is that weird?
[I know this article/idea was supposed to be inspirational, but not going to lie, this article made me feel a little bad about myself.]
I've decided that what matters to me, now, is having clean-feeling skin. Now here's my next problem. I have also tried everything for that! I have pretty dry skin, but it also gets oily throughout the day. I like cleansers with scrubbing beads because they actually feel like they work, but they leave my skin so dry. On the other hand, cleansers like this one I raved about back in April [we all make mistakes, right?], just leave my face still feeling oily.
Over the last ten months, here is everything I've tried. I'm currently using the CVS Deep Action cleanser in the middle. The ones on the left I've used leave my skin crazy dry, and the ones on the right just don't feel like they do too much. I've only been using Deep Action for a week or so now, so I can't be totally sure how I feel about it, but I do like the minty-fresh feeling it gives when it sits on my face for 30 seconds or so.
Only reason I've kept all of these is because I feel bad throwing things away that are half-full.
Because my skin has been so across-the-map lately, I found this wonderful lotion that I've been using for a few months. It seems to balance out my skin well, whether it's feeling dry or oily. As you can see, I really like store brand products, mostly because not much has worked for me, so I don't like spending money on products about which I'm skeptical.
This was a pretty personal post for me. It feels good to get something off my chest that I've been struggling with for almost 15 years. This is really why I love blogging - I can write out my feelings instead of keeping them bottled up, but I can also ask for help!
Do you have any face cleansers or remedies that just leave your face feeling great? If so, please share!