My Skin Care Journey

   OK! So this is a pretty uncomfortable topic for me... acne. However now and again we all encounter some type of acne. Acne is developed when the pores are clogged and comes in the form of pimples, cyst, blackheads, and whiteheads. I have suffered from acne in the form of blackheads and whiteheads with occasional pimples for as long as I can remember. And like millions of other people, my acne was my biggest insecurity.

   When I was younger I was in the earliest stages of my acne. It was mainly on my chin area and slightly on my nose. I was pretty basic with my skin care. I washed my face in the shower and never thought much about it after. I didn't wear makeup back then, so I never thought it would be that big of a deal. As I got older acne slowly migrated all over my face, taking over my cheeks and forehead. I would wear makeup and feel like everyone was just staring at the bumpy texture of my skin.

    I became tired of just waiting to 'grow out of it'. I wanted to be more hands-on in clearing my skin. I spent some time doing research to find the best dermatologist in my area and I booked my appointment. I went to the dermatologist with the hopes of getting all my problems solved, or at least more of an understanding. Unfortunately, when I went I was not pleased with him at all. He came in and glanced at my face then offered some acne pills. And quite frankly I am not the one to just take pills because I am told to. He was out the door and on to the next within 5 minutes.

   After that experience, I ran over to Sephora and bought every 3 step acne treatment I could find. I was using a different brand each week. I tried things with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, anything I thought would dry my skin out I gave it a shot. I went on Amazon and purchased a PMD (personal microdermabrasion) and a Derma Roller and I would use them at least 3 times a week.  Eventually, my skin started to freak out and got even worse. I was doing so much to my skin in such a short amount of time my skin was never able to heal or even adjust. I was ready to give up and crawl under a rock so no one could see my horrible skin.

   Recently, I decided to go back to basics and give up everything I "knew" about skincare. I switched my face wash to a mild soap with no harsh chemicals and I stopped used harsh exfoliators every day. Instead, I added in oils and moisturizers and started to really nourish my skin. Once I started treating my skin like 'normal' skin and catering to it instead of attacking it, I saw MAJOR changes in my skin. 

OK! I know you're ready to know what I use.... 

MORNING 

1. Wash my face with NOLA Skinsentials Organic Facial Cleanser

2. Tone with NOLA Skinsentials Toner water Ginseng Aloe Toner

3. Treat with NOLA Skinsentials Iconic Elixir 

4. SPF 30

5. Moisturize with Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream 

 

NIGHT

1. Wash my face with NOLA Skinsentials Organic Facial Cleanser

        If I want a mild deep clean I'll use my Clarisonic with my foaming cleanser 

       If I want a squeaky clean I use African Black Soap 

2. Tone with NOLA Skinsentials Toner water Witches Brew Toner

3. Treat with NOLA Skinsentials Iconic Elixir 

4. Revitalize with NOLA Skinsentials  Exfoliating Glycolic Night Creme  

 

   Now that I have been following this routine for about 3 months my skin is looking better than ever. It's not 100 percent clear, I still have some congested pores, acne scars, and discoloration, but I am definitely on the road to it. I can honestly say that my skin is no longer my biggest insecurity. There are some extra things I do weekly and monthly in my skincare routine. If you are interested stay tuned as we dive deeper into my skincare journey!

   And remember... we are our own worst critics. It's ok to see something about yourself and feel like it needs to be fixed. But please don't dwell on it, because you are beautiful the way you are. It's temporary and you're always going to see it worse than someone else does. Becoming more secure with YOU starts within yourself then everything else will fall into place.

 XO,

ALEXYS