This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own
I know I’ve talked about this before, but over the last year and a half, my skin has done a complete 360 turn on me and it’s been super frustrating, to say the least. I very rarely had to deal with acne besides the occasional little pimple, but ever since our move to Louisiana, my skin has just thrown a fit about pretty much everything. I’ve been dealing with a lot of painful, cystic acne, uneven skin tone, and texture. It’s definitely been a shot to my confidence at times and really frustrating because I haven’t been able to fix it overnight.
However, over the last 6 months, I have made some changes to the way I’ve treated my skin that has drastically reduced my adult acne. It’s still not back to where it was before, but I’m really happy with the improvements it’s made, and I contribute it largely to the following three factors:
1. Reduce the number of products in your routine
One of the biggest mistakes I first made when trying to combat my adult acne was to add more products to my skincare routine. I kept piling on serum after serum and mask after mask, sometimes using up to 10 products before bed.
I wish I could go back and say “WOAH GIRL, that’s a bit excessive! Calm the heck down!” The answer isn’t MORE skin care products. It’s actually less! I decided to cut out almost all of my products for a period of time to see if that would help my skin calm down and recover. I decided to limit my night-time skin care to a cleanser, moisturizer, spot treatment, and a gentle serum every 2-3 nights.
My day time routine was cut back even more to a more to just a pore cleanser and daytime moisturizer. That’s it.
Once a week, I would do one face mask that focused on either adding moisture or improving my skin tone.
I didn’t worry about eye cream or anti-wrinkle serums, or three different types of drying lotions for my blemishes. I just returned to the basics when it came to my skincare routine and man, did it really help. I went from having 6-10 painful cystic blemishes a week to 1-2. It was such a relief to only have to worry about treating a few painful blemishes instead of stressing out about my whole face.