Since I could remember I’ve struggled with acne, even now into my 20’s – scary I know. I’ve tried a plethora of different face washes/cleansers claiming to clear my acne. Nope! So, I resorted to topical creams to clear my face. Yet again, nope! Recently, I’ve stopped using my topical medication – clearly it wasn’t helping – and set out on my own journey to clear skin! These are some of the products I’ve tried over the past couple months that I’ve been loving and have been working!
Aveeno Clear Complexation Cream Cleanser $7.00
• This cleanser is very gentle on the skin but yet deeply cleansing. It doesn’t feel like it’s grazing the top layer of skin, but really getttng in there and cleansing like it’s supposed to! It contains salicylic acid to fight blemishes and prevent blemishes.
• Other perks: hypoallergenic, non-drying, oil-free
Clinique 7-day Scrub Cream $22
• This is my holy grail. This is an exfoliating scrub with the tiniest beads making it extremely gentle on the skin. I live in the Pacific North West, and my skin tends to become very dry on my cheeks and forehead, this is prefect for getting rid of dead skin and it leaves your face baby smooth.
• Other perks: Makeup goes on extra smooth and lessens the appearance of fine lines 😉
NeoCutis Hyalis Hydrating Serum $110
• The. Best. Serum. I. Have. Ever. Tried. Extremely hydrating, absorbs quickly, and leaves skin feeling plump! On top of that it minimizes signs of aging…need I say more. Worth the splurge.
• Additional perks: contains hyaluronic acid
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturizer $17.99
• Quickly absorbs into the skin and contains hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated all day long! This is a great dupe for the NeoCutis Hyalis Hydrating Serum. It’s not quite the same, but works great!
• Additional perks: non-comedogenic and contains olive extract
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet $39
• I love this for acne prone skin as it is sensitive, light, but not greasy. It doesn’t overwhelm areas of natural oiliness such as the t-zone and – my favorite – it helps protect against wrinkles and fine lines!
• Additional perks: No parabens or sulfates
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum $79.00
• Definitely a splurge for me, but a little goes a long away. This is amazing before you put your makeup on, as it gives you the most beautiful glow. It helps with dark spots and evening out the skin tone. I like to use after the Vinosource Moisturizing sorbet.
• Additional perks: Oil-free, can be applied under sunscreen for an even tan
First Aid Beauty Ultra-Repair Cream Intense Hydration $30
• This is the only product that worked for me while I was using my topical acne medication, which was extremely flaky and dry. Recently, I’ve started using this product again, as my skin has been dry from the weather changes. I find that this is too heavy for day use when not using acne medication, thus; it’s best to use at night.
• Additional perks: Fine lines and wrinkles 😉
BioRepublic Face Masks $5+
• In the past 2 months or so, I’ve been really into facemasks. Originally, I received a BioRepublic face mask sample, and had to buy more! As far as I know, they are not sold in stores yet, but they do have them online on their website and online at target – my fave place. They have a variety of masks for different purposes and they smell amazing!
Armani Prima Soft Peeling Lotion $70
• Adds a beautiful glow to the skin while eliminating dead skin cells and moisturizing. In July, I went on a trip to the Dominican Republic and I used this every day! Looks amazing on the skin by itself, or under makeup.
• Additional perks: tightens pores, anti-oxidant properties
Coconut oil! $8
• Plain old coconut oil you get from the grocery store! This is especially great for minor skin irritation. I like to put it on my face 30 mins before I go to bed, which is a good amount of time for some absorption to occur – that way I don’t have coconut oil all over my pillow. The next morning, I wash my face per usual, and it leaves me feeling soft without any redness or irritation present.
I hope you guys enjoyed the post and received some insight on these products. I included both high-end and drugstore options, and let me know if you’ve tried any of these and what you think!