Skincare Routine for Those on a Budget
I never used to have an issue with acne. I've always felt lucky enough to not have to deal with that growing up, besides the typical bump every so often. However, since this Summer season started, I've been breaking out like crazy.
Besides the Summer heat making my skin oilier than usual, I think the breakouts may also be due to a of change in diet and environment. In addition to caring for my psoriasis, I realized I needed to pay more attention to my skin and skincare routine.
After trying different things, I found a routine that works best for me and I wanted to share it with all of you!
However, I want to add that a routine that works for me may not work for everyone. I am not a professional and this is not professional advice. If you're having trouble with your skin, consult your doctor for help on specific things that will work for you. :)
Everything I mention in this routine can be found at your local drugstore and each item should cost less than $20.
Moving on, here's my skincare routine:
- normal to combination
- occasional breakouts
I wash my face with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser 2x a day (when I wake up in the morning and before I go to bed). Then, I pat my face dry with a clean face towel.
If you're wearing makeup, I recommend using Neutrogena Makeup Remover. Unlike many makeup remover wipes, it gets rid of my makeup without irritating my skin. I also don't need to waste a ton of wipes after having a full-face beat and I love that. It's bomb.
I use Witch hazel to tone my skin. I use the one from Studio 35, but any Witch hazel will do. If you don't know what Witch hazel is, it's a plant that has been used for many centuries for medicinal purposes, especially with fighting bacteria. It can be used to soothe inflamed skin by reducing any swelling and irritation. I put Witch hazel on a cotton pad and apply it twice a day, in the morning and at night.
If you have sensitive skin, you should be careful about using this because it can be strong at first use. When I first started using this, I put a small amount on my jaw and waited to see if I my skin was irritated by it. I used it only once a day until I started to grow a tolerance for it (at least a month) and then I began using it twice a day.
Extra stuff: I use Tea Tree Oil (when needed) to spot treat really difficult acne spots. I use one I found from Rite Aid, but any natural Tea Tree Oil will work just fine. Tea Tree Oil should never be applied to the face directly. It needs to be diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil. For each drop of Tea Tree Oil, there should be at least 15 drops of the carrier oil. Do not apply it near the eyes.
Cleaning your face isn't enough and keeping it moisturized is just as important. Over-washing will just dry your face out, and not using moisturizer will just make it worse. I use the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer (not pictured). It doesn't feel too heavy on application and I still feel like my skin can breathe under it and I can go on my day without feeling like my face is too oily. I apply this twice a day after washing my face.
These are the things that worked for me in getting rid of acne. It did not completely clear my skin overnight, especially for stubborn spots, but I saw results within days and most of the acne on my face cleared up within a week using this method. Patience and consistency is key. It has been a lot of trial and error, but I'm very happy to have found a method that works best for me! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will help as best as I can.