I have struggled with cystic acne from about the age of 11, which many people still can’t believe, and I’ve tried hundreds of dollars worth of products since that terrible stage of life hit me. You name it, I’ve tried it. I have been struggling less and less with acne as the years went on, so I thought it would be a good idea to show you all what I’ve been using since I got some questions from friends (who have seen me at my worst stages) on how I got everything cleared up.
However, I will say that I still get the occasional breakouts and now my main problem is deep acne scarring, but that’s a whole separate blog post I’ll do on that later.
Here are my top favorites:
I recently started using this as a toner and it was a game changer. One of my all time skin idols, Tara, told me to start using this because it does wonders…and it truly does! I wish I would’ve used this from age 11-15 when my acne was at its all time worst, because it would’ve at least it helped calm down the inflamed areas. Not only is witch hazel completely natural, but it smells amazing and actually works too. You can literally see your skin color brighten and calm itself down after using it with a cotton pad. It makes your face feel and look incredibly refreshed.
Coconut Oil. Just use it. On everything. Face, legs, food…everything. I started using coconut oil on my face about 3 years ago, and I can tell you right now it has helped with SO many of my issues. Try to stick to organic virgin coconut oil, and also know that when you first start using it you might actually breakout a bit more. That’s due to the fact that coconut oil clears the skin of toxins, so it will draw them up to the surface of your skin and most likely cause a breakout etc. Don’t freak out. Just continue to do it for about a month and it will start to clear out. Lastly, don’t apply too much of the coconut oil on your face. I usually do a tiny dab on my fingers and just use that for the whole face.
Tea Tree Oil
I love this thing! It’s a bit harsh on the skin when you actually apply it, so you might want to mix it with a drop of water as well before you put it on the problematic area. It also makes your skin a bit red as well, but it’s all worth it when you wake up with incredible skin the next day…which is something I never thought I’d say.
This is also something I started using recently, and I can’t stop raving about it! First off, amazing price for amazing quantity and quality. Secondly, it feels like an angel touched your face. I thought it might make me break out because of the thick consistency, but I use the tiniest drop on my whole face and it definitely does the job. It’s perfect for oily and dry skin, and I can’t recommend this enough.
Enskyce Birth Control
Not exactly a skincare product, but I thought I should mention my birth control. I’m not on it anymore, since I mainly used it for the skin and now it’s pretty much cleared up, but ask your dermatologist/doctors about birth control and what it can do for you. The doctor I had during my freshman year at NAU recommended this for acne when I was 18, and it was truly phenomenal for me.
Neutrogena Facial Cleansers
I use the Daily Cleanser (top) currently, and the Naturals (bottom) one has been incredible for me as well. The Ultra Gentle Daily one is a foaming formula, so it makes your skin a bit dry after you use it, but with the Cerave Moisturizer it balances it out. I think I overall prefer the Naturals one, but I recommend both nonetheless.
Evening Primrose Supplements
Also recommended to me by my skin idol mentioned above, and it has also done wonders for me. After I finished my first bottle I could visibly tell a difference in the color of my skin, how much I was breaking out, and just in my overall face and its tone. I think any brand of this will work, but I’ve been using this one from Trader Joe’s for the past 2 years.
Mario Badescu Rose Water
I either get really oily or really dry throughout the day, and I love spraying some of this stuff on my face in the afternoon, or after class etc. I’m not sure if it helps with actual acne, but it sure does make my face feel amazing. I just recommend this in general, and if you read any of my past blog posts you’ll see it mentioned in there quite a few times.
I hope some of these work for you, or that this post has been helpful in some way! Let me know if want more skincare ideas/tips or if you try any of these products and love them 🙂
Thank you for reading,