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Finally Understanding My Skin

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Angeles99
For the most part, I have pretty decent skin. My friends have always told me how nice my skin was and the ones who used makeup on me even said I don’t really need foundation just conceal a few spots and I was done. That being said, I’ve still struggled with acne and even gave myself bangs to cover my forehead acne. I know it sounds weird. Like how could I have good skin if I still struggle with acne? But it’s really only in a few places and I notice them a lot throughout the day. Since I had acne I figured my face was oily and I really wanted to get the oils off and would buy a face exfoliating wash and wash my face with it everyday. This dried out my skin really fast, especially along my jawline/mouth area. I would then not wash my face for like a few weeks and once my skin barrier was repaired I was start up again. The cycle would continue until I was done with the product. What my skin told me: Exfoliating my face was a good step in the right direction but exfoliating everyday? No no no no! No wonder my skin was constantly drying out. This actually happened with a lot of my face washes so I figured I really just needed a gentle cleanser. Enter CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin
Cera Ve was getting a lot of hype and was Hyram approved so I figured why not? It was around $11 at Walmart and said it wouldn’t disrupt my skin barrier. It worked. My skin felt clean and didn’t dry my skin out. That was until one day at work I saw dry skin on my jawline again. Now the dry skin definitely didn’t show up as fast as it would’ve normally but still. Even Cera Ve couldn’t help me! I thought about moisturizing but my face is already oily and it would probably break me out. I felt hopeless. What my skin was telling me: Yes washing my face helped with my oils but it still needs hydration! Having no oil on my skin doesn’t mean it’s clean it just means it’s dry. As you can see I caved and bought a moisturizer (with SPF because sunscreen is important no matter what skin type). I got CeraVe - Free Ultra-Light Face Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 Sample With Brand Purchase
I was happy that I had a moisturizer that took care if my jawline, but what about my cheeks? I noticed a few tiny zits. They were tiny but they were zits none the less! What my skin was telling me: The skin on my cheeks and the skin on my jaw are different. I have combination skin. It’s weird to think about because they are both skin on my face but they require a different regime. The skin on my jawline doesn’t carry as much oil as the skin on my cheeks and around my nose. I’m assuming it’s because of glands and pores (I’m no dermatologist so I don’t want to give anyone false info). What I do now: I still wash my face everyday and I still moisturizer afterwards but I do it a little differently. When I wash my face but I focus on certain parts more. I do the same with when I moisturize. This has really helped with my skin journey.
Dec. 21, 2020
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bitterquillI also have combo skin, and I use these two every morning and LOVE them. Since winter hit, though, I was also noticing a little dryness and decided to try out the new Cream-to-Foam Cleanser before bed. It's part of the hydrating line from the same brand but different from their regular Hydrating Cleanser. It's SUCH a nice addition and complements these two products really well.
Jan. 16·1 like
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Angeles99I’ll have the try it
Jan. 16
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My skincare journey
The 1st 2 photos were from summer of 2020 & the 3rd photo was taken today. I’ve come such a long way with my skincare journey and I am honestly so proud of myself. The pandemic has been so tough for everyone especially on their mental health. I am usually very quiet about my mental health issues but I had to speak up about it and how it affected everything in my life. Staying cooped up at home every day took a toll on my mental health all together & it hit an all time low when I was sexually assaulted last yr in May. I let myself go and lost control of everything such as my sleep, skincare, diet & social life. It got to a point where I started losing clumps of my hair in the shower & I want everyone out there to know that it gets better. Im nowhere close to feeling my best but looking back, I’ve made such a huge difference. My skin got so bad to a point where I hated seeing people and applying makeup just made it worse and cakey. I researched a bunch of products & used everything on my face at the same time which caused my skin to react poorly and flare up. It was red & covered in pimples & whiteheads. At this point I believed that, okay I do not feel beautiful and compared myself to every other woman. Its so important to know that a few pimples or marks doesn’t make you any less beautiful. Everyone’s journey is so different and patience and time can fix it. I can explain and link the products I used, Retinol THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum So I initially used this every single night along with Niacinamide and oh man, I wish I hadn’t. I didn’t know that you were supposed to build tolerance to it. So I started using it once a week & then slowly switched to using it every other day. My skin actually started feeling a bit better. Niacinamide The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% So I read a couple of articles about WOC talking about how this product didn’t exactly suit their skin & once I started using it I noticed it never really made any difference to my skin & found it to sting a little. I still want to give it a chance so I use a tiny bit & I noticed there’s no stinging. So I might’ve been using too much for it to do that. Facial cleanser CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin I switched from cetaphil to CeraVe and I am so happy that I did. Whats weird is this cleanser made me realize that I don’t have oily skin (I’m not sure how this happened but if anyone knows, please help me out here) Moisturizer LANEIGE - Water Bank Moisture Cream Okay so I know a lot of people might not be too happy with this product since it contains fragrance but after trying so many different types of moisturizers, this is the only one that really made a difference on my skin 🥺 I am not trying to get you to buy these products. These are just things that worked for me and it took a lot of time. Listen to your skin & do what works best for you. You are so so beautiful 💕
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SameehaHamza
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Alright guys! This is my guilty pleasure! I originally started this to start keeping progress of my skin mean while to help those who need it and to let those who are struggling with their skin know they are not alone! Start a blog and you will realize what works and what does not! Keep it simple and don’t add to many products at once! It started off small and I would have never thought id build my confidence this much! My skin has seen such a huge impact from consistency and a little trial and error here and there. I have incorporated a new exfoliating wash every other day and have used it twice so far and let me say... I can definitely feel and see a difference in those congested zones. The deep white heads have turned into little black heads meaning they have broken the surface and are ready to be pulled out! My face skin has gained all of the softness and integrity it was missing and you can definitely tell by that glow. If you have not gotten a facial and you are struggling with acne I 100 percent recommend it! Go see a professional and ask honest questions, be transparent as to what you have tried and let them guide you! I always personally thought when ever id go see a esthetician that they were just trying to make a quick buck and try to sell you all of these products without knowing if it would work. Tip get a daily regimen down and steady with trusted products such as Cera Ve. Give your skin the time to balance out and once the big stuff is gone ask a professional how to deal with the little stuff and trust their guidance. After all they are professionals! Morning ☀️ CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin CeraVe - Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum Every other day in the AM ZO SKIN HEALTH - Exfoliating Polish Night 🌙 CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin CeraVe - SA Lotion For Rough & Bumpy Skin
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