My skincare journey - learn from my mistakes
I’m the first to admit I took for granted my skin for a long time. I only had minor breakouts in my teens & was never one to wear much for makeup. My routine consisted of a makeup wipe to cleanse & then the occasional OTC acne treatment when I’d have breakouts. One day while browsing the isles of Ulta I was approached by a female worker for help. I told her I was looking for a new foundation because my favorite was no longer working. She asked what my skincare routine was & I told her I used the occasional moisturizer & that’s it. Well, she need not explain as I knew what she was going to say, I needed to take care of my skin first! Well, off to IG I went. I followed many major influencers, you know, the ones who have like 100K & are getting all their products free. 🙄 I didn’t even take that into consideration & just started purchasing everything they recommended. Enter slide 2-3-4 as my skin reacted! I started having more breakouts than I’ve had combined in my life. I destroyed my skin barrier to the point it hurt to even put water on it! 🙈 What did I do wrong? I threw everything on my face without: 1. Researching 2. Starting slow 3. Choosing options that best suited my skin type After around three months of doing it wrong, I wised up and started over: 1. Found a gentle cleanser 2. Added Hyaluronic Acid for hydration 3. Picked one treatment product and stuck to it without adding any others 4. Found a gentle moisturizer 5. WORE SUNSCREEN- ALWAYS Slowly my face started to respond. I had less irritation. I realized I didn’t have sensitive skin but that I was sensitizing my skin by overkill on products. 🎯 Once I had my skin back in balance I was able to start working with other products; toners, Niacinamide, vitamin C, AHA/BHA’s, and most recently a retinol. If I had come out of the gate with this basic routine I know I would have saved my face from all the damage & scarring I’m left with now. I also know I am blessed with having genetically good skin as a woman in her mid 40’s. 🙈 My focus now on my skin is brightening, balancing my skin tone, lifting dark spots & scars & preventing wrinkles. I never go a day without doing my routine (am/pm) & that says a lot for a girl who used to just use a makeup wipe. I’ve tried A LOT of products and the one piece of advice I’d give you is: Purchase products that are meant for YOUR specific skin type. Don’t get caught up in the hype. Take the time to research, review, read comments from Several sources. It’s worth the time as you’ll save money. And ALWAYS TEST PATCH. Understand the difference between your skin having a reaction to it PURGING . I have A LOT to learn still. I will never stop so I can share with with others. I’m also so very thankful for a community like Cherie as it has given me a one stop source for information. I no longer have to look up a product on the internet. All info I need is in one handy app. Thanks for reading my journey 😘 #cheriecontentcreator
Jun. 28, 2020
LisaFarleySo many ppl are quick to get what others recommend not taking into consideration your skin type like you said. It’s so important to me to be able to read ingredients on a product and understand what they mean and what they do.
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beautiewithjenVery smart, Lisa! You’re ahead of the game by doing so. I never used to pay attention to ingredients and boy did my skin pay the price. Now it’s one of the first things I do when I have any interest in a product. Thanks for sharing ❤️
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Niacinamide and it’s Benefits!!
Niacinamide, also called nicotinamide, is a form of vitamin B-3, an essential nutrient. It can help build proteins in the skin and lock in moisture to prevent environmental damage. Immunity. Niacinamide helps build keratinTrusted Source, a type of protein that keeps your skin firm and healthy. Lipid barrier. Niacinamide can help your skin grow a ceramide (lipid) barrierTrusted Source, which can, in turn, helps retain moisture. This is beneficial for all skin types, especially if you have eczema or mature skin. Minimizes redness and blotchiness. Niacinamide reduces inflammationTrusted Source, which may help ease redness from eczema, acne, and other inflammatory skin conditions. Minimizes pore appearance. Keeping skin smooth and moisturizedTrusted Source may have a secondary benefit — a natural reduction in pore size over time. Regulates oil. The benefits of moisture retention aren’t just for those with dry skin types. Niacinimide can also help regulate the amount of oil the sebaceous glands produce and prevent your glands from going into overdrive. Protects against sun damage. Niacinamide can concurrently rebuild healthy skin cells while also protecting them from damage caused by ultraviolet rays. Treats hyperpigmentation. Some research has found 5 percent niacinamide concentrations can be helpful in lightening dark spots. Benefits were seen after four weeks, but not beyond two months. This benefit may be due to increased collagen production. Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. Research has also found that the same concentration was helpful in reducing some signs of sun damage that come with aging. This includes fine lines and wrinkles. Protects against oxidative stress. Niacinamide helps build cells in the skin while also protecting them from environmental stresses, such as sunlight, pollution, and toxins. Treats acne. Niacinamide may be helpful for severe acne, especially inflammatory forms like papules and pustules. Over time, you may see fewer lesions and improved skin texture. Read my next post for Niacinamide product sugguestions , to add a niacinamide to your daily routine!!
I have oily acne prone skin and I have suffered with acne since high school. I got a few pimples here and there but as I began to get older my acne has gotten so worse. When the pimples went away my skin was left with so many dark marks. Mornings when I wake up I get like 15-20 pimples on each side of my face. Like every week!! Some spots where pimples healed new ones came I would also get big painful cystic acne. I would wear makeup to cover my skin because I hated it so much. I began my skin care journey October 2019 because I just had enough. I was trying out different products and my skin continued to get worse. I spent so much $$$ on expensive skin care products that did nothing for me. I did a lot of research and I decided to take pictures because it was REALLY BAD and I wanted to see my progress as I started my journey . My skin began to get worse before it got better. I found a great dermatologist and began using the ordinary products and tretinoin. My skin has changed and gotten so much better it’s more clear and smooth . It’s only been 10 months and I’m not where I want to be but I feel so confident. I still get pimples but not as much as before. I’m still working on clearing my skin and I’m trying to find a way for my skin to be less oily. I still have a lot of work to do. I no longer wear make up to cover my acne and dark spots unless I’m dressing up to go out. But I am so happy with my results so far!
This is my skin today 😭 I’m totally lost on what products to use! Nothing seems to work. Anybody have suggestions?! I hate my scarring, I’ve done a couple microneedling treatments and still... plus oily, the only good thing is my cyclic acne has turned into regular acne :( I’m 29 years old
Curology Customized Skincare For Acne-Prone Skin & Anti-Aging
I’ve had acne since I was about 15. Now 10 years later, at age 25, I still am fighting acne. However, the big change is that now I’m also fighting aging! When your skin thinks you’re a pubescent teenager that is also fighting not to become an old hag – It can feel like your skin is up against a lot of obstacles. Since my face is all over the place: · Oily in T-zone · Dry on sides of face and forehead · Combination in some spots · Freckles and brown spots from sun exposure · Acne and acne scars · Fine lines and wrinkles, etc. I need a lot of products to combat the array of issues my skin has been dealt. To assist with this, I finally considered Curology Custom Skincare. Things I like about Curology: · 30-day FREE Trial!! · Dermotolgist on Hand - You are paying to work with a dermatologist, which I love! You attach photographs of your skin and address your concerns. Then, your dermatologist creates a unique serum, just for your skin. · Immediate Results - It worked very well at first, and my pores were astronomically smaller within the first day. My skin may be slightly immune to it now, but it is still improved from before using Curology. · I Love the Moisturizer & Cleanser - Each lasts for a very long time (longer than the main bottle of customized Formula). The main formula bottle is customized for your skin, however, the cleanser and moisturizer are not. Therefore, they are intended to be gentle enough for all skin types. · Adaptable Formula - I like that this is created by a professional, and if it’s not working, the dermatologist will adapt the Formula for you. My Formula (the second one we’ve tried) is: o Clindamycin 1% o Azelaic Acid 4% o Zinc Pyrithione 0.25% Things I don’t like about Curology: · Small Amount of Product – The product in the white bottle looks much larger from the outside but is incredibly small on the inside (you could dip your pinky into the bottle to about your cuticle, so truly very small). The Formula is concentrated, and I understand a little goes a long way, but – · Not a Full-Month Supply - Only lasts me about 2/3-weeks instead of the month it claims to. Read many reviews and hundreds of users say the same thing. · Slow to be delivered – I’m purchasing more than one bottle a month, so it can be annoying to wait a couple of weeks for it when you’re running low. · Expensive – I now only get the Formula but I’ve downgraded from the full set which included the Formula along with cleaner, and moisturizer. At $40 every few weeks, it can be quite expensive for some. Final Verdict: · I like getting a dermatologist product delivered to my door. · I feel supported by their team and with the free trial, I believe that the team at Curology does care, and wants to help people with their skin concerns. They believe in their product or would not offer it for free. · At first, it visibly shrunk my pores. Although my skin seems slightly immune to it and it doesn’t always work for acne, I won’t stop using it. I don’t want to see if my acne will come back so I am committed to Curology. · I find it works best when I am targeting my gut-health as well, which is a major cause of acne. I’m vegetarian and eat quite well which helps, but I add in Skin Heroes Probiotic by HUM Nutrition (often sold at Sephora) In combination with Curology, I’ve found a set that really fights my acne and helps my skin glow! In conclusion – Try your free trial!! You have nothing to lose when you get a month free, and their skin-quiz will help you to address and target your own unique skin concerns (acne, aging, uneven skin tone, etc.) Below are my before and after pictures (in the Curology messaging portal where you communicate with your dermatogist). See the after picture for proof that I am currently acne-free! It is 100% worth a shot, and I hope it helps you too! Love and light, Juliet <3
DARK SPOTS: a journey
Recently joined this community of fellow skincare obsessed folks!! I’ve gained so much from reviewing the forums and want to add to the convo. Here’s my first “progress” post and with SO many selfies 🤦🏾♀️, I can give a good picture of how my skin ebbs and flows. When I started my skin care journey, I was focused on feeling good in my skin and that meant clearing my acne to be more comfortable make up free. I was able to get to a place where my acne was under control but that led to major dark spots from those former pimples. My focus for quite some time now had been on my dark spots. I got to a really great place last summer when I was hyper focused on my routine but then with vacations, stress and an planning a major life change set me back a bit! I started seeing a dermatologist and curbed my blemishes but my skin was left again with dark spots and VERY sensitive. Bottom picture I’m happy with my dark spots progress but am now shifting my main focus to my skin texture. Would love to get back to my glow from last summer but it’s a journey which means it’s a very winding road. Can’t provide helpful routine info as I have changed it many times in the timeline of these photos but I focus on products with glycolic acid, vitamin C, hyluaronic acid and DAILY DAILY S👏🏾P 👏🏾F! xoxo, g
Surprised? Salicylic Acid Can Save Your Skin!
Hi babes😊! Always confused what salicylic acid is and how it can help with your skin problems? Take a look at the comments blow from our Cherie users! @CrystalClearSkin“I recommend getting an exfoliating cleanser to get rid of the bumps! also Salicylic acid should help as well. neutragena is a brand that has many cleansers with both, I am currently using the grapefruit exfoliating cleanser from them.” @Kim_Seung“No it not suppose to tingle you might a sensitivity to The product. I had the similar experience to, it wouldn’t burn to put the product on but the products I buy on after they would burn my skin. So I stopped using it and the rest of the products I put on didn’t burn on anymore. This product might not be for everyone as I stated in my review of the product. You can also try vitamin c if you have dark spots or Hyper pigmentation. Or Salicylic acid if you have dry skin and experiencing breakouts. I would recommend Face oils like Rosehip oil, Safflower oil, Jojoba oil, and etc...” @kenoelk “Salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid are ingredients that will help. Using them won’t make it go away right away, it’ll take a hot sec to push all the gunk out! I saw someone commented about The Ordinary, and that’s a great place to start! Also, Paula’s Choice salicylic acid exfoliant is great! I’ve also been using the CereVe retinol that seems to help with stubborn ones. Make sure not to use too many products at once, but rotate them in your routine.” @Blyssey_Esthetician “Hi babe! Pore sizes are generic and you won’t be able to shrink them unless you do something invasive like microneedling. The key is keeping them clean to make them look smaller. Salicylic acid and niacinamide are great. Murad’s hydrating (green) toner is what I like to use since it’s alcohol free.” What's your experience of using salicylic acid? My fellow Cherie users, share your experience and tips below to help each other out. 👀👀👀 Don't forget to follow your best friend CheriePick, an official Cherie account, to interact with other Cherie members and get the best content in the community. Xoxo.
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