Sep 5, 2014

The Skincare Routine That Works With My Sensitive Acne Prone Skin {And how I keep breakouts at bay}

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Well hello there! How's that for a long title?

Talk about not posting anything beauty related in a while long time! I can't even remember what my last beauty post was about but I sure do miss it!

I don't realize how much I miss blogging about beauty until I'm actually doing it and I'm like, "Why don't I do these more often?!"

It's nice to take a break from all the home decor and DIY once in a while, even though those are just as fun for me!

Anywho...

If you know me you know that I have sensitive AND acne prone skin, which is not the funnest combo at all! You're either breaking out from a product being too harsh for you or you're breaking out from all the hormonal changes during the lovely time of the month (if you're a girl at least).

But I'm so happy to say that there has finally been an AMAZING difference in my skin this year!

And today, I'm going to share with you THE SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR MY SENSITIVE ACNE PRONE SKIN that has improved my complexion big time!

And of course there will be some pictures of me sans makeup- be warned.


First, let me give you a bit of my complexion's background.

I was the girl in High School with flawless skin. No zits, no blackheads, no dullness, no discoloration. Zip. Nada. Perfect. I could go to bed with my makeup on (which happened more times than it should have) and never have it irritate my skin or cause me to breakout. I could have slept with motor oil slathered all over my face and be completely fine. Thinking of this now makes me shudder. Ignorance was bliss.

Fast forward to age 22 and my complexion totally rebelled. It started with a huge zit here and there and then all of a sudden I could have anywhere from 2-6 huge zits (painful ones too) on my face all at once. But because each and every one of those suckers left a scar, it pretty much looked like I had them all over my face by the time I was 24.

So if you went to high school with me and ever heard me gloat of how I could go to bed with my makeup on and never wake up with a breakout, you can totally laugh at me now. 

My skin finally calmed down by the time I had my daughter (age 26), but I was left with horrible scars, discoloration and dullness.

These pictures were of me last year when I first started this blog- about a year and a half ago and you can see how there were still plenty of scars and discoloration. You could also notice the lack of a healthy glow.



*You can see how my skin looks now at the end of this post*

I struggled to find skincare products that wouldn't irritate my sensitive skin or cause it to break out (it can totally still do that if I'm not careful) so I've experimented with a lot of products!

What I've found is this: THE LESS THE PRODUCTS THE BETTER! AND WATER IS MY BEST FRIEND!!!

I noticed when I ditched all those excess products that promised to make my acne go away and started to drink more water, my skin really started to look and feel better.

Even though improvements were made, I still had to find skincare products that kept my skin going in the right direction and not turn it into a habitat for nasty zits!

THE SKINCARE PRODUCTS THAT WORK UBBER WELL WITH MY SENSITIVE ACNE PRONE SKIN



Remember I said that LESS PRODUCTS IS MORE so please know that I don't use all of these at once!

Friends, let me introduce to you to my four lovely "skincare bff's" as well as tell you how I use each and one of these products!

1. Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover: this cleanser and makeup remover works so well in cleaning my face AND removing ALL of my makeup. It has a nice lather and my face never feels tight after using it. Added bonus: it has a lovely crisp apple scent!

If I'm washing my face in the morning or not wearing any makeup I will wash my face with this once. But If I'm using it to remove makeup I will do it twice just to make sure I get rid of every trace of makeup...and it does! I have white towels and never see makeup residue on them! And even when I wash my face twice with it, my skin never feels tight!

2. St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub: hands down, the BEST facial scrub I've ever used! It's exfoliates are teeny tiny so they don't damage my skin or ever leave it looking red. And call me a sucker for scents but this one is amazing as well! It's smells like a man's fresh cologne. Love it and so does my hubby!

I only use this twice a week and never scrub really hard. I just take a small amount and gently scrub in circular motions.

The last two products are my moisturizer and "night serum", so I never use these together.

3. Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion SPF 30: I just started using this a couple months ago and I'm so happy it's high SPF didn't cause any breakouts!! I love the way this moisturizer feels on my skin! My skin feels moisturized and supple throughout the day without getting oily.

I always apply a generous amount to my face, around my eyes, neck and decolletage. Using this product is big for me since there's only one high spectrum sunblock that won't cause a rash on my body. I'm glad to know the high spectrum ingredients don't irritate my face like they do my body. Took a gamble when I bought it but there was only one way to find out!

4. NOW Solutions 100% Grapeseed Oil: I've always heard that a woman should begin an anti-wrinkle regimen at age 28 but because most anti-wrinkle ingredients like Retinol tick my complexion off I had to find an all natural alternative....and this is it! I won't go into too many details because I plan on doing a separate post on this oil but I know this is the #1 reason my skin looks and feel so much better!

I use this at night as a serum and I also apply it generously around my eyes, neck and decolletage. When I wake up my complexion looks dewy, supple and healthy!


Along with those products these are the ones I use sometimes...almost rarely. But since I do use them I thought I should mention them.


1. Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control 3 in 1Hydrating Acne Treatment: I only apply this to any breakouts that I feel coming up and it does a good job of cooling the area off and helps the zit not overstay its welcome. Not that it was welcomed in the first place but hey.

2. Dead Sea Amazing Minerals Mud Mask: I used to use this more often when my skin was still misbehaving but now that it's better than it's been in a long time I only use it maybe every 3 months or so. I also sometimes use this as an overnight treatment for any zits. It dries very quickly so it stays put till morning. 

I used to wake up with 5 or 6 brown spots in my face and freak out my daughter in the morning. I'm happy to say that when I do use it, it's only 1 or 2 brown spots that I have to explain to my kin folk in the morning.

 By the way, I still love my Homemade Eye Makeup Remover, Oatmeal Exfoliate and Brown Sugar and Honey Scrub and tend to use those more in the winter time!

WHAT HAS WORKED TO KEEP MY SKIN HEALTHY ALONG WITH THIS SKINCARE ROUTINE:

- Downsizing on my skincare products- less is more and sometimes too many ingredients from different products can have an averse effect.

- Drinking lots of water- I drink a glass in the morning, after breakfast, for lunch, for dinner and in between! Water is my new love!

- Not going to bed with makeup on- this takes a lot of discipline for me because I go to bed at an ungodly hour and the last thing I want to do is wash my face. But thinking about all that bacteria and oils just lingering while I sleep has kept me motivated.

- Giving my face a break from makeup- I love the days that I don't have to wear makeup. I think our skin needs to be allowed to breathe once in a while.

- Applying my foundation with clean hands as opposed to a makeup brush. If I wash my hands before applying, I know there will be no distribution of bacteria.


I can definitely see a difference in my skin now. It's not perfect. There's still some scarring and I still get a couple of zits around that fun lady time of the month but it's nothing out of control or that makeup can't hide.

This is me today (9-4-14) and even with the couple of breakouts on my chin my skin still looks the healthiest it has in a long time!


There's more color, a healthy glow and the scarring has decreased significantly.

And that makes me oh so happy!!

It's been a journey but my skin is finally heading in the right direction. 

Is your skin sensitive or acne prone like mine? What are your favorite products or home remedies?

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42 comments:

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Love, love, love this post, Selene! I have pretty oily skin, which I'm told will help with wrinkles, but it sure is annoying at times. :) I like Neutrogena products too...I'll have to try that makeup remover/cleanser. Great tips, and you look FABULOUS!!!

Vel Criste said...

I can't believe you have acne-prone skin Selene??? have to try out your stuff now for sure!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Lisa!! Glad you enjoyed my super long post! lol..
I too have oily skin so I can't wait to share more about that awesome grapeseed oil that has done wonders to my skin!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Yup, sure do, Vel! It was definitely frustrating getting to where I am now but I'm so thankful that my skin is finally behaving!

Nichole Minor said...

I'm so glad you found a regimen that works. I too, suffer from both sensitive skin and acne and you're absolutely right, less is more. After 20 yrs. of studying what caused my breakouts and LOTS of experimenting I now just use plain water and a natural oil like olive oil or grape seed oil to moisturize. Other than using my Aztec calcium clay as a mask every now and then, that's it. More money in my pocket and clearer skin. Your skin looks amazing by the way!

Elise said...

Great tips! I really want to try grape seed oil as I've been going the more natural route with my skincare. My skin has gotten better since doing that and it's been a lot cheaper too!

Draven said...

This is so wonderful of you to post! My skin is just like yours and I've been little-by-little finding all-natural ingredient products because I've found I'm allergic to a lot of "normal" products. I hadn't heard of grape seed oil before as a moisturizer - I'll have to try it! Thanks! (and yay for water!)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Elise! Glad you enjoyed the tips! Yes- natural definitely is way better!! Try out the grapeseed oil...I'm so glad I finally did!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Draven! I love that grapeseed oil- it has done wonders for my complexion and healing acne scars! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kimberlee Gibson said...

Great tips and information. I have had issues in the past and have found some things that work. My teenage son is going through the difficult hormone acne now so maybe I can have him try some of these products. Although we recently tried this bar soap for the face that is working for him quite well along with Dr. Lins acne spot treatment. Also, I now use jojoba oil as a moisturizer and that seems to work well - seems strange about using an oil but it does work. I also notice my skin tone is better.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Kimberly! Glad you enjoyed the tips! It is weird how oil seems to do the job, huh? I've heard so many wonderful things about Jojoba oil!! Glad it's working out for you!

Haley Wickenheiser said...

Thanks for posting this! I had practically perfect skin in high school too, and since I've been in my 20s, my face has been a disaster! How's that for opposite of how things are supposed to work... I've been using coconut oil as a makeup remover and ditched any face washes with sulfates and harsh chemicals, upped the water and fresh produce in my life and slowly I think my skin has been on the mend. It's such a profess though. I'm interested in trying the grape seed oil, I've heard a lot of amazing things about it. Thanks again! :)

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Everyone needs to seem sensible and contemporary particularly for females therefore your article is incredibly emotive concerning skin care.

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Richard Wolfstein said...

Lots of good advice in this article! For anyone in the comments wanting to use the dead sea mineral mask covered in the article, apparently regular sea salt might have similar benefits for acne. Essentially, dead sea products work so well on skin because of the dead sea's unnaturally high concentration of minerals, particularly magnesium. Sea salt is also rich in magnesium and hence a huge number of people report reduced acne after using it. Dissolving sea salt into water and simply applying would be the way forward, or you could combine with honey or an oil like grapeseed oil.

http://supernaturalacnetreatment.com/topical-sea-salt-the-future-of-acne-skincare-or-overrated-with-a-big-risk-of-side-effects/

Cecilia Campbell said...

I have a question on the oil... When you use this at night is it after u wash face & put the moisturizer on or do u use it alone?!? Thank you so much for your help

Haley Wickenheiser said...

I use it to take my make-up off and then use rosehip oil to leave on my face all night. Once my skin adjusted to this, I have had no need to for moisturizer. My skin is clearer than it has ever been and super hydrated.

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