So, I’m still working on this new skin regimen, and I got some new products to try.
These did not work for me, so I stopped using them on my face & neck:
• Aloe vera gel. It’s not moisturizing enough to use solely as a moisturizer. After cleansing & moisturizing, my skin felt really cool & clean, but it looked dry. The dry spots especially looked ashy.
• Vitamin E oil. I couldn’t continue using this to fade my acne scars. The oil seemed to be fueling more acne to show up.
So as not to waste my $, I’ve been using the Vitamin E oil after applying my regular body moisturizer. It better agrees with my body skin, than my face. The Aloe vera gel, I might try in my hair.
I think I was overusing the St. Ives Green Tea Scrub. After 2 weeks of using it daily, I noticed a difference in my skin texture. It had less dry patches, but also seemed a bit “scratchy”? I don’t know. I can’t explain it well. In any case, I switched to using it twice a week & all was well.
Here’s what I was doing for a few weeks:
- Cleansing twice a day with Ceptaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, then twice a week (once a day) with St. Ives Scrub.
- Applying Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment at night.
- Moisturizing with Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer in the A.M.
I’ve since switched to (last week):
- Cleansing with Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleanser (because I have this thing where I like to stick with the same product line) I used the last of my St. Ive’s Scrub, and wanted to try something else. I think it was good, but it was a bit too gritty & I wanted more lather. I’m almost done with my Cetaphil cleanser as well, so I think I will let this one go for awhile (after yrs. of use) & stick to Aveeno. So far, so good! There aren’t a lot of micro-beads in it, and the consistency is nice & creamy. No lie, I noticed my face was smoother after the first use. I used to use Aveeno regularly in college (before I developed adult-acne), so fingers crossed it gives me similar good results.
- Moisturizing with Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer. Good: It’s nice & light; it doesn’t make my skin look/feel greasy. The bottle says: Oil-free, Hypoallergenic, & Noncomedogenic…everything I need. Bad: It hasn’t helped my dry patches. Them mogs still show up dry & ashy after moisturizing. I really don’t want to put any oil on my face. I’m convinced it feeds my acne. Argh! #combination/sensitive/acne-prone skin 🙁
Since I started being proactive about skincare (Jan 29, 2012), my face feels much softer/smoother, and most of my pimples/bumps have gone away.
Here are a few other things I’ve been doing:
- Switching my pillow case 2-3 times a week. (I’ve done this for yrs. though)
- Taking Fish Oil capsules daily (almost 3 wks now).
- Trying to keep my hands off my face. I notice it happens often when I’m on the computer, which is way too often.
- Drinking water daily & eating fruits/veggies. It’s still a struggle every day, but I make a conscious effort. Fruit smoothies in the morning, roasting veggies (this seems to be the most doable (i.e., tasty) way to get them down), and green salads at dinner time. I still monitor my water intake by my numbered water bottle.
Since I’m no longer using Vitamin E Oil & most of my bumps are gone (I remember my doc. recommended treating 1 problem at a time, the most problematic/troublesome issue first), I decided to pick up an oil-free product to try & rid these acne scars. This Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector was on sale at Target.
I haven’t used it yet, mostly because I’m not sure when to apply it…before or after moisturizing?…
I also remember my dermatologist saying to wait 15-20 minutes between applying products to give the skin time to absorb each one. So, I think I’ll try this probably after moisturizing, I don’t know.
Anyone use this?