Acne. You remember those pimples which sprouted all over your face during high school? The ones you used to cover with pounds of Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation or heavy liquid foundation? During the ages of puberty when your body is changing, you are trying to figure yourself out. You are having issues with hormones and on top of that you are basically a red tomato while trying to attract the opposite sex.
Now here is the thing: I never had bad issues with my skin. During my childhood, I definitely had some other issues going on - namely, my weight - but that’s another story for another day. I would occasionally get small red dots, a few pimples here and there, but I wasn’t someone who wore a lot of makeup which is maybe part of the reason why my skin stayed relatively pimple-free. I continued into my 20’s never really having any issues with my skin. I know this sounds like a beautiful love story but it gets bad at some point, I promise.
I started birth control at age 21 and my hormones started to become a lottttt. It was frustrating because it is commonly known to (or at least I had thought that it would) help to control hormonal acne, which would happen normally for me around the start of my period. Usually just one huge pimple would roar it’s ugly head and then it would take a while for it to calm down. My skin is also sensitive, dry, and very prone to scarring, so none of that has ever helped, either. Basically any pimples I have ever had on my chin still appear to be there (acne scarring) and it is difficult to cover up with makeup. I am still looking for a product which really helps with getting rid of or minimizing the appearance of discolouration that I still have.
So, for the past 10 months to maybe one whole year, I have been having the worst acne ever - like, explosive hormonal acne which would cover my whole chin. I’m pretty sure they were because of hormones and they would linger for so long. It would literally take weeks for them to finally go away. Because I have very sensitive skin, so I need to be careful about the products I use, and skincare is very personal in that not everything that works on for one person is going to work for another. For a long time, I have really been wanting to figure out a way to make my skin a lot less dull then what it currently looks because I do look a little pale and translucent. But I’ve finally found a routine that’s been working! Here are the products/routine I have found that is currently working for me:
First off, I start with washing my face with water, just to remove some make up, then also using makeup remover which would be Garnier Micellar Water to get everything removed. The brand that I have continuously used recently is First Aid Beauty (FAB skincare) because they are perfect for sensitive skin and the products I have tried from them actually work. I use the face cleanser called Pure Skin Face Cleanser w/ FAB antioxidants which takes off all of the remaining makeup and cleans out my skin. Really helps with getting the grit and grime off of my skin.
For toner, I originally used the Facial Radiance pads from FAB, which were good but I needed something that was much more effective in helping get rid of my acne. They have acne pads in their Skin Rescue collection which are much stronger for clearing breakouts because they contain maximum strength salicylic acid. These pads are called Acne Cleaning Pads with White Clay. This is an active ingredient that helps to effectively clean and remove the acne. Honestly, this product can be a little drying because of the fact that it’s a harder-working product, but it is formulated for sensitive skin which I really appreciate. I’ve struggled to find something that doesn’t irritate my skin like other products I have used in the past, even ones which are dermatologist tested, so I’m happy I’ve found FAB.
Next up is serum. Serum is a new thing for me. I started using a retinol serum because I have heard for years about the benefits. It really helps to moisturize the skin and retinols are great for preventing signs of aging (fine lines, dullness, etc.). The one I chose to incorporate into my routine is Retinol Serum 0.25% pure concentrate. This is the beginner one, which is a smaller dose than others - it’s a 0.25% of the active ingredient which isn’t very high but is quite effective.
Finally, I add a moisturizer, which is obviously also from First Aid Beauty because I am someone who likes to stick to a brand. I use the Ultra Repair Cream. This seems for now to be fully working for me. Honestly this moisturizer is truly a magical cream. I have woken up with dry skin in the morning and with washing my face then applying this cream, it feels instantly hydrated. This is the first time that I haven’t had any major breakouts while being on my period. Yes, I have been under a lot of stress and that could be an influence but these products do seem to finally have some effectiveness after using them consistently for 5 months now.
I am thankful that FAB has created lines which are great for people with sensitive skin. It really helps people who have a lot of issues but can’t come in contact with certain products which can end up being painful for them. I have used products in the past that caused a lot of red bumps, a lot of irritation, and discomfort. But I will continue seeking out products to help create the skin that I am truly looking forward to.
Do you struggle with skin issues? Something that I would also really like to try is going to Sephora and doing a skin test with them. They can tell you what your skin type is and recommend some products that will be just right for your specific needs, so if you’re struggling I would recommend you give that a try! In the future, I will be trying out the brand The Ordinary because I have heard amazing things about it.If you have any skin care recommendations for sensitive, super pale skin people like myself, I would gladly take the suggestion!