Let’s talk about skin care today and the state of my skin and whatnot.
For reference. I am 40 will be turning 41 in March. Very VERY oily skin that is prone to:
- Major hyperpigmentation and scarring often for no damn reason.
I also have skin that is highly sensitive to weather changes, hormones, anything. My skin as I get older gets more extra.
SO wanna see?I really wish I still had my old phone so y’all could get a better idea of where I started. I do still have a scar/s on my forehead from a bad bout of dermatitis but, with gentle regular care they have faded. Also if you look at the corners of my mouth where my skin splits in the Winter, it is lookin pretty clear.
On my check on the right, you can see two dark marks. Both of those are from two MAJORLY clogged pores. Traditionally, since puberty I’ve been prone to whiteheads. From the teeny ones to big ole HOLY SHIT WHAT IS THAT type ones. The smaller ones caused the most hyperpigmentation on my face. Even if left alone.
Those two marks were the other clogged pore, just clogged up for ages without a bump. I treated them at first with a drying solution which only made the top layer of skin peel.
SO y’all…I know this is counter intuitive but I ignored them.
My skin care routine has been a little off. I’m trying not to buy new skin stuff until after we move and I figure out my storage situation. Here’s what I do in general lately.
- Remove make up with whatever, balm, oil, make up wipe. Occasionally I take my eye make up off with castor oil if I’ve been more extra than usual that day.
- Cleanse with cleanser.
- Rinse very well.
- Pat dry.
- SOmetimes mask right away.
- Or skip #5 use my ACV/Water toner.
- Vitamin C/hyalauranic acid serum (under 20$)
- Retinol (I’m out and my fave is discontinued *SAD MOO*)
- CVS even skin oil.
Now. I’ve been doing the 10-sometimes up to 13 step skin care for about a year now. This is the result. My skin is visibly softer, I am way WAY LESS prone to scarring. Let me tell you a story.
A few periods ago, I grew a monster pimple. The likes of which I thought I left in my 20s. It hurt, it was red and ragey for a good four days before it even started to whitehead up. I treated it with my favorite OH SHIT mask.
Let me pause here.
ORIGINS Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Skin Problem. Y’ALL. I know I talk about this product every skin post but I am on tube #3 and it is my real ride or die oh shit product. It is potent. I used a dab of it on Zitzilla every day and it withered. It is in fact expensive but one tube goes a LONG way if you have fairly clear skin and only really need it for oh shitness.
Now, even two years ago I would have wound up with a big almost black mark on the side of my face. When my face scars, the hyperpigmentation will sort of spread like a blob as you can see.
I had a faintish darker than me brown spot for a few weeks and it was gone.
That is HUGE.
Now for most of my life I’d STILL have the scar.
Look at my left cheek, no scar.
Up close I have a few little slightly darker brown scars but they fade fast.
The huge thing is that I stuck with the extra routine. The basics are my skin likes being very clean then, exfoliated and heavily moisturized. This is where I say, you have to give stuff a chance to work.
Right now this moment my face is a bit broken out because I’m out of some of my stuff as I mentioned. My skin is still in good condition, I am concentrating on keeping my skin well cleansed, I do a light peel mask weeklyish and I am still using my spin brush. I also moisturize really well.
I moisturize more than I thought I ever would. I mean, had you told me twenty years ago I would not only moisturize but not be using sebum killer cleansers and aggressively trying to perfect my skin.
Instead, I’ve learned to be gentle with myself even in trying to clear up my skin.
So there it is. After we get moved and whatnot I will talk about what I’m putting back in and going to try out.