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Remember this post? A terrible experience with an anti-acne product left me scarred in more than one way and made my already bad skin even worse. For me that was the last drop that made the cup run over – or should I say the last bit of pus that made the zit pop? – and I decided make some radical changes to my skin care routine. And it worked! My skin still has a mind of its own and I still have to cover up a few breakouts here and there in the morning, but the contrast with how bad it was just a few weeks ago is huge! How did I do it? It was actually quite simple. All I had to do was strip down. And by that I mean switch to a stripped-down skin care regimen. I went back to basics and stopped using 1001 different creams and lotions and stopped constantly changing my routine. I now follow a very basic skin care routine that is based on consistency, and these are the four main pillars that I follow:
1. Cleansing: same cleanser, AM and PM
I used to use two different cleansers – one for my morning routine and one for my evening routine – and one of them was a moisturizing cream cleanser. Now I use the same pore-purifying clay-based cleanser with salicylic acid twice a day, the Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ Mask.
2. Moisturizing: one product only
Before I changed my routine I used to apply serum, eye cream, daily moisturizer or night cream and then a chemical anti-acne treatment of some sort. Now all I use is my Vichy Normaderm Total Mat Fresh Hydrating Gel after cleansing in the morning and the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum after cleansing before bed time. And that’s it.
3. Treating acne: the natural way
In the past ten years I have tried almost every product out there to get my acne under control, but since mid-January I’ve been using only 100% pure natural tea tree oil to treat my breakouts. I put a drop of oil on a q-tip, apply it on my spots before going to bed and just let the oil do its job.
4. No more extras
In addition to my usual skin care products I also used to use scrubs, peelings, masks, you name it, but I’ve scratched all that now. I want to stress my skin as little as possible and give it as much structure as I can, so that means no more treats for now. I’ll probably reintroduce a scrub or something eventually, but when I do I will make sure to do it very slowly and gently.
Simple, right? Who would have thought! I guess less really is more. My back to basics skin care routine has definitely paid off so far, so I’m going to stick to it. And who knows, maybe I’m finally on the road to perfectly clear skin…
What is your current skin care routine? What is the best way for you to keep your skin happy and acne-free?