My tried and true skin care routine for acne prone skin. The tools and products I’ve used and loved that have changed my skin in the last year!
Back in January I dubbed 2018 the Year of My Skin.
I’ve been trying a ton of things to help my problematic skin and get it in the best shape possible, and today I want to share some of my skin care routine for acne prone skin, and the products and tools that have helped shrink my pores, smooth my acne scarring, and minimize breakouts!
According to research, around the age of 30 your body starts producing less collagen, which is a nutrient that helps with the health and vitality of your skin, nails, hair, bones, joints, cartilage, etc.
I turned 30 last year, so I started taking this collagen peptides supplement to add more collagen back into my body.
Within a week of taking it every day, I noticed a fullness in my skin that hadn’t been there before. My knees also used to have some joint pain with running and would pop loudly all the time, and now they never do! The reviews on this stuff are crazy too — so many benefits of taking this.
I don’t take it every day (although I should), but when I do I take two scoops and I like to mix it in the blender with ice and orange juice (it makes an orange julius type of drink), toss it in my smoothie, or dissolve it in a cup of herbal tea. Lots of people put it in their morning coffee too!
My OBGYN recommended this supplement when I came in for a checkup and mentioned my hormonal acne. It’s an all natural supplement made from Cruciferous vegetables, and promotes estrogen metabolism, so it’s great for helping cystic and hormonal acne, as well as hormone related issues in menopause, like hot flashes, mood swings, etc. You can read more about it HERE.
I’ve been taking it every day for four months and since going on, my hormonal breakouts are small and minimal, and only come right before my period.
Two notes about this: when I first started taking it, I took it in the morning with breakfast, but it I found that it gave me headaches throughout the day. I switched to taking it in the evening with dinner and haven’t had a problem since. Also, it turns your urine orange. It was a little shocking at first, so just a heads up so you aren’t caught off guard!
I’d heard amazing things about derma rolling for increasing collagen, smoothing fine lines, smoothing acne scars, evening skin tone, etc, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
It’s a little terrifying to buy and use a roller covered with tiny needles, and I was mostly concerned about infections, but I watched a few youtube videos about properly washing and caring for them and that gave me confidence to use them safely. I bought a bunch of bottles of isopropyl alcohol and I soak my roller for about 10 minutes before and after using, and I haven’t had any issues at all.
I do this treatment about twice a week, and I’ve noticed a big difference. I have some acne scars from pregnancy acne, and although they’re not gone, they’ve faded significantly and I’m hoping that regular rolling (plus additional professional microneedling treatments [I’ve done 3 already this year]) will smooth them completely.
I use the 0.25mm DERMA ROLLER and it’s only $16!
I’m such a believer in a good face cleanser. I used Tula’s face cleanser for a few months at the beginning of the year and then ran out, and instantly I noticed a difference. I just started using it again and I’m a believer.
It’s gentle, but your face feels so clean afterward, and it your skin doesn’t feel dry afterward, but all the gross stuff feels stripped off. And with over 300 five star reviews, I think that speaks for itself.
Use code MERRICKSUMMER to get 20% off!
This is an awesome tool that uses suction and little microdermabrasion discs to exfoliate your skin. I got mine a few years ago, but hadn’t ever used it regularly. But I’ve started using mine once a week and have noticed a big difference when I’m regularly doing a deep exfoliation.
Also, right now the PMD is on sale!
I usually use the PMD and then follow with a face mask. THIS ONE from Tula is my favorite (you can use code MERRICKSUMMER for 20% off anything at Tula.com!)
These are little two step kits with a chemical peel properties to give you an at home chemical peel. I’ve been using NEOSTRATA’S 2-STEP SKIN ACTIVE PERFECTING PEELS and love them.
I also just got these TULA TREATMENT PADS and they’re a similar idea, but a little less harsh. I’ve only used these twice, but so far I really like them.
These are far and away my favorite moisturizers. Tula’s Day and Night Cream is thick and intensely hydrating. It’s so good during the winter when my skin is dry and thirsty. It’s not heavy, but it’s thicker than the CR Sheer Renewal Cream.
The Sheer Renewal Cream is a super lightweight moisturizer that is perfect for everyday wear and amazing under makeup.
I use both of them for different reasons, and love both of them equally!
It’s interesting…when I came back to see my esthetician, after using a lot of these products regularly and not seeing her for four or five months, she immediately told me, “you have different skin now.”
It’s certainly not perfect yet, but it’s softer, smoother, less acne prone, has more elastic, and those pesky acne scars are on their way out.
I’d love to know if you have any beauty products you can’t live without — obviously I love trying new things!!