I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while now- so finally, here it is!!
My Skin Care Routine For Stress Acne
I was really lucky to not have to deal with much acne when I was growing up. I would occasionally get a pimple or two, but nothing major. Over the past few months however, I’ve noticed some big changes in my skin! I have been getting WAY more pimples than usual.
In medical school, I would always break out during exams. I got big pimples along each of my temples on the sides of my face. I think a lot of it was from resting my head in my hand while studying, and definitely stress. But after exams, my acne would subside and my skin would be clear for a while.
Over the past few months, I’ve noticed blemishes popping up not only along my temples, but on my forehead and chin. This was pretty distressing to me, since it’s so out of the ordinary!
I’ve never really been too into skin care, and the most I used to do was wipe off my makeup with a little moist wipe at the end of the day. But over the past year, I’ve starting to concentrate more on my skin and make sure I’m taking care of it so that I age well. I started researching skin care in your 20’s more, and I have found a nice little skincare routine that is working for me.
**This is the first time I’m trying this photo widget- so I hope it shows up for you!! ***Also disclaimer- there are affiliate links in this post 🙂 After reading about the necessities of skin care for people in their 20’s, I came to the conclusion that I needed to incorporate the following into my daily routine:
– A gentle cleanser- I love the philosophy “purity” cleanser- above.
– A daily moisturizer with SPF – A thicker, night time cleanser
***I bought the Philosophy brand shown above and have really liked the face wash, serum, and lotion.
– And- some acne treatments- I’m using both a benzoyl peroxide cleanser and salicylic acid pads. The benzoyl peroxide delivers oxygen deep into the pores where acne causing bacteria live, and helps reduce their growth. The salicylic acid is good for unclogging pores. It also helps reduce inflammation.
These 2 neutrogena acne products have actually done really well for me. I use the cleanser as a mask about once a week, and wash with it every few days as well.
I used the pads in the morning before moisturizing. Neutrogena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads
But, what I think has made the biggest difference for my skin so far, is the clarisonic. Clarisonic Plus Skin Cleansing System The Clarisonic is a cleaning brush for your face, similar to the sonic toothbrush. Of course I had to look it up and see if there were actually any studies supporting it’s use. I only found one paper about sonic face cleaners, and it’s not a study. The paper merely introduces the concept and explains the theory behind the technology. The theory, is that consistent cleaning with the brush will do several things:
- The bi-directional motion of the brush will stretch collagen fibers and help strengthen them- improving skin elasticity and appearance
- Consistent cleaning with the brush will remove dead skin cells from the surface and help topical products act more effectively
- The bi-directional motion of the brush can also open up pores better and eliminate all the gunk (technical term) in a pimple or blackhead