Please check out my last blog post about my skin if you haven’t already. In the past, my skin was really bad. I had cystic acne on my cheeks and jawline. Redness and sensitivity were my day to day situation. My skin has since improved, and I wanted to give you all an update on my routine and the products I’ve been using. If you happen to struggle with acne too, maybe this will help. If you have a similar story, share it with me in the comments. I’m still looking to get that baby skin I once had, so my journey from acne to flawless skin isn’t over yet, but the end is near. Fingers crossed.
Some gloomy dark period in mid 2013 my skin looked like this:
Now, a little over 2 YEARS later my skin looks like this:
It’s better right? So, what’s up? What the heck have I been doing? Well, I’m still working on it (trying to get rid of discoloration, and scars). The biggest change was my diet. I’ve been eating more fruit and vegetables. I still eat like a mad woman some times, but I make certain I eat a good amount of veggies and fruit daily. I never skip them. Never. Ironically, I hate vegetables and fruit. I absolutely hate them. BUT, I eat them, Sam I Am. I just eat them. If you follow me on Snapchat, (Nchanel1) you know I make a smoothie almost every morning and nearly every single one has something green in it. Spinach and Kale are my favorite. I’ve also used chard and arugula and others green things. Just throw it a blender.
Again, old Nik:
Evening Prim Rose Oil. 500mg. Cold-press. Hexane Free, 1x daily
Cod Liver Oil. 2x daily but only if I’m not taking the EPO.
SheaMoisture Daily Moisture Renewal Vitamins I’ve just started taking the twice daily. So far, they smell and taste HORRIBLE. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub. I gently lather this on twice a week. I’m looking for something natural and exfoliating to replace it. Leave some suggestions below. I’m not too concerned about brand. I’m more concerned about ingredients and accessibility.
Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser. Twice daily; morning and night. It’s like Cetaphil without the parabens,sulfates, and propylene glycol.
Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner. Such a great buy. It has Witch Hazel, Glycolic Acid, Aloe, and Castor Oil! I use it 2x daily, morning and night.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with sunscreen SPF 15. This one is okay. I am looking for one formulated without silicones, parabens, Octinoxate and Oxybenzone because those are not “good for you” ingredients. I use this every morning after I clean my face.
Darcy’s Botanicals Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Conditioning Oil. I use this at night. I go to sleep with an oily face. Beyonce does it too so…..)
I’m really happy with my skin. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way about it. I still worry a little that the acne will come back. I’m praying it doesn’t. I know my skin isn’t the same as the skin I had in college. I have freckles and some scars and discoloration, but it is SO much better. Okay, one more pic of my flawless freckled face.