|In case you are wondering, yes, that is a jean skort.|
Prior to going on Accutane, I had several sessions of "acne surgery". Basically this witch of a woman aka my dermatologist would clean my skin with this horrific tool. I had tears streaming down my face the entire time because it hurt so bad and she would snarl, "Calm down, I didn't tell you this wasn't going to hurt." OK mam, but I'm allowed to cry if it feels like someone is taking an ice pick to my face. I hated her and switched dermatologists shortly after.
Accutane has some severe side effects, but it was the final measure after exhausting all other options and I was willing to do whatever it took. Accutane worked, but the results didn't last forever. I still suffered from breakouts all throughout college and almost went on Accutane again. I discontinued using prescription medicine for my skin a few years ago because it seems as though I've finally outgrown my acne days. Knock on wood.
Don't get my wrong, I get breakouts from time to time. However, I have to be very dillgent about how I care for my skin, and this is what I swear by.
I love it because it is soap-free so it does not dry your face and it won't ever sting your eyes, so it's ideal for removing your eye make-up. I rarely ever have to use eye make-up remover. Seriously, I have not used any other face wash since middle school and I refuse to waiver. You can find it at Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and I've never looked back. This stuff is amazing.
This gel is designed to balance moisture in the cheeks but control oil in the t-zone. The only downfall to this lotion is that it contains no SPF, but I use foundation with SPF instead.
If I know I'm going to be out in the sun for any prolonged period of time, I apply sunscreen because my skin is so, so, so fair. During the summer I am psychotic about staying in the shade if I'm ever by a pool and I always wear a big floppy hat and a towel over my face if there is no shade available.
I swear I've been burnt through a car window on a car trip before, but people tell me that's impossible. I see your side-eye too, but I promise it happened!
My favorite sunscreen for the face is Neutrogena's Age Shield Face Sunblock in 110 SPF. Yes, 110. I am petrified of wrinkles and skin cancer. I've found this sunscreen is the most lightweight formula with the best protection.
I will share my face make-up and nightly skin care routine in upcoming posts.