This is going to be a multiple part series where I discuss products I’m using for my acne-prone, sensitive skin. Before I really get into it, I want to say that these products aren’t “curing” my acne. I’m having some major skin issues recently (adult onset acne, thanks!) and these products are helping, but theyre not miracle workers.
Back in the day, I would attack my face with lots of harsh scrubbing and strip it of all oil-based products. Since I’ve given up on abusing my face it’s been less oily and my pimples have been clearing faster than they used to. Until I find products that stop acne before it starts, this is what I’m using to be kind to my skin and keep it moisturized, happy, and calm.
I’ve been meaning to write about this for so long! I’ve tried the Clinique Take the Day Off (oil and balm versions), the Boscia Makeup Breakup, and The Body Shop Chamomile cleansing oils. The Clinique oil and balm versions were good but not amazing enough for the price tag. The one I’ve been using for around 6 weeks is the Sephora Collection Supreme Cleansing Oil. I like it because a little goes a long way and the price is great for the amout of product you get. I find the Body Shop oil is too thin and I need 4 pumps to get the job done so I go through it very quickly. I have some left so I use it in the shower. I still recommend it, but it’s not my #1 favourite right now. The Boscia oil is a bit thick for me and slightly drying on my sensitive skin but if you like a fresh scent and have more normal skin you might enjoy that one. Sephora‘s Supreme Cleansing Oil doesn’t take a lot of work to remove regular (non-waterproof) eye makeup and doesn’t leave a residue.
A long time favourite for a gentle physical exfoliator (the second step when I double cleanse) is the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish. It contains natural shea nut shell powder. This is a much gentler version of certain drug store gritty cleansers which have a habit of scratching the skin. It’s very creamy and doesn’t feel drying at all. It also smells strangely good like a mix of Cheerios and Froot Loops (yes, sounds crazy but if you’ve smelled it you know what I mean, haha).
A heavier duty physical exfoliator that I would typically use twice a week is the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. I’ve been using this for over 3 months, sparingly. This could be a love-it or hate-it product. It has a citrusy scent that might be reminiscent of a bathroom cleaner. I don’t mind it at all but some people might not be a fan. It’s a gel consistency with gentle silica microbeads (not plastic microbeads). I would defnitely recommend being super gentle on your skin with this cleanser because otherwise you run the risk of irritation. It sloughs off dead skin and leaves it much softer.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I tried keeping it short, sweet and to the point but rambling is one of my favourite passtimes. Keep and eye out for the next parts of my Skin Care Series which will include topics like Toning, Eye Cream, Facial Oil, Moisturizer and possibly others like Masks, Peels, and Treatments.
What cleansers are you using right now? Let me know in the comments below!