Where do I even begin...
Acne has been a life long battle for me. To this day when people say, "you have beautiful skin" I look in the mirror and all I see is tiny little "ice pick" scaring that resulted from years of cystic acne and me picking at my skin. I would say the one thing that has made the biggest difference in my skin is diet. That being said, even when I am eating well I still every so often get a few break outs. Aside from my strict removing makeup rule and regular skincare routine, these are a few products I have found really work and make a difference for me.
Managing acne isn't always about drying out zits. Having balanced skin is the key so I generally will use a hydrating and toning mask like Fresh Rose Face Mask and then when I am having a break out, May Lindstorm Problem Solver Mask is my immediate go-to. This mask lives up to its name. *Note if you do have sensitive skin, patch test this first, it is all natural ingredients but packs a tingly punch.
Toners, Serums & Moisturizers
Most people who follow my blog or instagram know I am a HUGE fan of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I use this on myself and clients. It is The Spa in a bottle, one or two spritzes and the scent alone will having you feeling instantly refreshed. The long term benefits I have noticed is less breakouts and tighter pores, 'nough said.
Serums are something that I will admit I usually forget to use. Lately I have been consistent using one twice a day and I really have noticed an improved texture in my skin. Currently I have the new Caudalie Premier Cru Serum which I find wears well under makeup and adds a nice extra boost of hydration without feeling heavy on the skin.
Finding the right moisturizer can be hard. Depending on the time of year your skin might require different needs. I find my problem is even though I still have to deal with breakouts my skin is getting drier the deeper I get into my 30's. So my light weight moisturizers that have worked in the past aren't doing the trick anymore. Two creams I have found that I really love are Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve cream and Omorovicza Gold Rescue Cream. The latter being the heavier of the two but I gently tap it into my skin and it works wonders.
Ultimately it is finding what works for you and skincare isn't always the answer since a lot of times acne is hormone related. I hope these tips help give you a starting point to managing your skincare routine.
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Katie is a makeup artist based in Vancouver BC, represented by Lizbell Agency. She has been in the Vancouver beauty scene for 10 years, and in love with makeup for most of her life. When she is not painting faces she writes for her blog and is a contributor for Fashion Magazine.