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My Skincare Routine for My Sensitive and Acne-Prone Skin

You can't tell now, but I suffered from serious acne during my teen and you adult years. I mean acne all over my cheeks, on my chin and forehead. I couldn't seem to find anything to get rid of it. During my teen years I tried several acne care systems, homeopathic treatments, prescriptions and none of it worked.

I eventually grew out of my teen acne, but it came back in my early twenties. I was able to get rid of my young adult acne using Murad Acne Complex. I used Murad for several years before transitioning to what is my current facial skincare routine. I have two routines - one for the morning and one for the night.

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Daily Morning routine

The products I use for my morning routine are a scrub, a washcloth and a moisturizer. Pretty simple. By keeping it simple I can spend less time getting ready in the morning. This is really helpful if I end up sleeping in or have to quickly get ready to head out.

Step 1: Cleanse

I wash my face with St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. I like to use scrub in the morning because it helps remove any dead skin cells that accumulated the previous day or even overnight.

I've been using the St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub off and one for several years. It's one of the only blemish control scrubs that doesn't dry out, irritate or harm my skin. 


To use the scrub I put a dime size on my fingers, run some warm water over them and then start massaging the scrub on my face in a circular motion. Once I've gone over my face a couple of times I rinse the scrub off using the washcloth. I wet the washcloth with warm water and then wipe off the scrub. To make sure all the scrub get's wiped off I rinse off the washcloth and do a final wipe over my face.

If I have any pimples starting to appear I may apply an acne blemish gel to them. The one I'm currently using is Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne Treatment Gel.

Step 2: Moisturize

I don't do any toning in the morning, so I skip right to moisturizing. In addition to moisturizing my skin I also want to help protect it from the sun. So I use a moisturizer with SPF - Ambi Even and Clear Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30. This moisturizer doesn't make my skin look or feel greasy. It also doesn't cause me to breakout which is an issue I've had with other SPF moisturizers. After moisturizing I let my skin sit for 5-10 minutes before applying makeup. 


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Daily evening routine

This routine varies from my morning routine because I'm washing off the makeup I wore that day to make sure my pores can breath overnight. My evening routine also has more products - cleansing wipes, cleansing gel, a washcloth, toner and moisturizer.


Step 1: Remove makeup

I don't wear a whole lot of makeup everyday, but I wear enough that I need to make sure it's all removed before I use my cleanser. My current makeup remover Target brand face wipes. Though they aren't brand name they don't irritate my skin. If I feel like splurging I'll use the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes.

Step 2: Cleanse

After removing my makeup it's time for cleansing. Since I use a scrub in the morning I like to use a gel at night. It's more gentle on my skin and I feel like the foam helps wash away any lingering makeup.

The cleansing gel I'm using now is the Mary Kay Clear Proof Clarifying Cleansing Gel. To apply I squirt a little bit of the gel in my palm and mix it with warm water. Then I start working it into my skin in a circular motion. After doing this for a few minutes I rinse my face, pat it dry with a washcloth and move on to the next step.


Step 3: Tone

Though toners can serve other purposes I like to use it to remove the last bit of makeup and dirt from my face. My current toner of choice is Mary Kay Clear Proof Blemish Control Toner. To apply I put a few drops on a cotton ball and swipe it over my face a few times.

Step 4: Moisturize

As I'll do during the day if I have a few pimples I'll apply a blemish gel to them. Then I'll follow up with a moisturizer. Since I'm going to sleep I don't use a fancy moisturizer. Just something that doesn't irritate my skin and helps keep blemishes at bay. So my current moisturizer is Mary Kay Clear Proof Oil-free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin.

What's your skincare routine?


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