Skin: Facing Facts.
I can't afford to be lazy. As much as I want to keep it simple, I know that gorgeous skin, for me, will never be happenstance.
I have to work diligently to get & maintain the great skin that I want, starting with my face & neck.
Smooth, soft, & radiant.
Preferably, with a very low bump count.
That's what I want.
Here's what I'm dealing with currently:
• Oil-prone T-zoneSigh.
• Dry patches around my mouth/chin
• Lips that have somehow become allergic to Chapstick (& I suspect petroleum)
• Dark spots (acne scars) & uneven tone
Since quitting my acne meds about 7 months ago, I've gotten much better (and consistent) in drinking water daily. I've also been good at eating my vegetables.
Riding my bike, surprisingly, is proving to be some exercise. I rode on my first trail on my birthday, and the hills kicked my butt. I thought I was in for another leisurely ride; but I was wrong! That day I found out just how out of shape I am...
but, back to the skin talk.
I'm adapting a more serious regimen.
I'd been using (roughly) the same regimen/products that I used while on the acne meds, while hoping for the same "clear-skin" results...which never happened by the way.
• Washing my face using only my fingers 1-2 times a day. (This is not going to cut it...I need to exfoliate.)
• Using Cetaphil facial cleanser. (maybe switch to cleansers with salicylic acid &/or benzoyl Peroxide in it)
• Moisturizing with Cetaphil moisturizing cream or lotion. (way too heavy/oily for my face)
• Using Neutrogena SPF 45 moisturizer. (too oily & SPF can be lowered, since winter is approaching)
I recently washed my face with the same cleanser, but gently used a cloth instead of my fingers. I noticed a difference immediately.
My skin was soft, smoother, & just a tad bit brighter. WOW! I realized that the medicine used to do the job of exfoliating for me. Since I no longer use it, the dry patches/dead skin was just sitting on my face. Ewww!
I also realized that the moisturizing cream (& putting SPF moisturizer on top of it) was just way too much oil for my face. I ditched the heavy moisturizer & SPF 45 for Aveeno oil-free SPF 15 moisturizer (my dermatologist recommended it for me once).
This is also working better for me.
All I need now, is something to tone/even things out a bit (without irritation), and a very gentle cleanser (with an active ingredient(s) to combat acne).