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I never in a million years thought I would have to deal with ugly pimples on my face after high school, certainly not at the age of 30. I find that most acne treatments are made for greasy-skinned teenagers and that clearly wasn’t my problem. After much research and trying product after product I finally decided to try a few things my grandma had recommended. I still have rare breakouts usually caused by eating sugar or dairy but at least I can be confident in knowing why these monsters rear their ugly heads!
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub
First thing’s first. I clean my face using Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub. This product is a salicylic acid treatment which is an organic acid that comes from the Willow tree. There are many ingredients listed that I have no idea what they are but they take away my zits so I’ve justified using it because they don’t test on animals. Sounds legit, right? I use this face wash scrub in the shower, I put it on my palm and rub everywhere pressing just a little harder around my chin and nose area. I rinse completely and then every other day I use the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System.
The second product I use is the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System. This only needs to be used three times a week, I use it every other day and keep it in my shower. My mom got this for me after using it herself and I was highly skeptical but decided to give it a try. My skin is sensitive and overreacts to almost anything, I broke out after using it but gave it the whole month to adjust anyway. After using this for 8 weeks my face felt brand new, firmer, baby-ass soft and smaller pores. There are two speeds, I started out with the slower one and I called my mom saying I felt like my teeth were going to rattle out of my head when I got around my mouth area. She laughed and said she felt the same at first. I’m now using the higher speed all over my face and I’m a little addicted to the “ahhhhh so clean” feeling I get after using the microderm.
Once I get out of the shower I use Witch Hazel which is an awesome, cheap, natural pore perfecting toner. It’s made out of the Witch Hazel shrub using its leaves and bark. This is one of the products my grandma told me about several years ago that took me forever to actually listen. I use a round cotton to apply. This helps close the pores that open from the warm water in the shower. It removes any oil, dirt or make-up residue left over, locks in moisture, balances skin and soothes any irritations. Most old people use this to soothe hemorrhoids, I put it on my face!
After my face is triple cleaned and ready to go I use Organic Jojoba Oil as my moisturizer. Jojoba oil comes from the seed of the Jojoba tree and is actually a liquid wax ester which is very similar to sebum, human skin oil. This is packed full of antioxidents and won’t clog your pores. This was another grandma favorite since it comes from the Earth and I’m all for it too. When it comes to this oil, a little really does go a long way. I put a few drops on my fingertips and rub into my face. If there is any excess I rub it into my cuticles or hair. If you happen to get too much on your face don’t worry, it comes off very easily by gently wiping with a towel or cotton ball. After my face feels nice and moisturized I’m ready for make-up.
Yes, baking soda. I love to get airbrush tanned since I live in California and have pasty white skin. Before doing this you have to exfoliate your skin. I was talking to the technician about making my own sugar scrub and she suggested I try baking soda. I poured a pile of it on my shower shelf, dipped my loofa and started scrubbing. Once the baking soda rinsed off I was left with soft, smooth skin. I like this super cheap method better than any expensive body scrub, try it!