So here's the scoop. I've always said I have no beauty IQ and that it's just not my forte. This is pretty true. However, I've always had issues with my skin. I break out with cystic acne much more than I would like (um, not that anyone would ever want to, but you get it) and it's been practically untreatable most of my life. Every doctor I've seen has put me on antibiotics and topicals, which just don't cut it. I finally went to see a doctor (dermo) last week for the first time in ages. I was so pleased that I did! Finally a doctor that seems to understand my skincare needs and doesn't think drying me out even more is the way to go. So, here's a quick little update on my new beauty/skincare regimen. (Consider this a new-year's resolution, of sorts...)
-- I'm using an antibacterial face wash in the mornings called RE-10 wash. It's also helping with my redness!
-- I'm using a topical antibiotic (doesn't dry me!) called Clindamycin at night.
-- I'm taking Sprionolactone to work at the hormonal level, since my acne isn't really due to bacteria as much as it is stress/hormonal imbalance.
And I've definitely stocked up on nice, new products. Ones not from the drug store (which are not a problem, but honestly, I just could never find any facial cream/wash that ever worked for me):
Ladies? This was a miracle on my dry skin. Literally, I went from flaking and scaly to moisturized practically overnight. Not only does this work at the surface level to help with flakiness, it gets into the skin to moisturize and heal at a deeper level. I love it and totally recommend it-- good for all over the body.
Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser ($32 for 16 oz)