For many years now, I have dealt with skin breakouts and dark acne scarring, also known as hyperpigmentation. Instead of actively trying to find the root of my problem skin, besides just your basic face washing with soap and a washcloth, I figured it was easier to cover up with makeup rather than find a way to prevent the problem from occurring.
While the breakouts haven’t completely disappeared, I have managed to get a little bit of a hold on it. I’m just at the beginning of this journey of really paying attention of the health of my skin, so I’m not quite ready to share pictures, but I am taking pictures to document. I do see progress, even if it’s slow and not incredibly drastic but I can see it and will share when I see more.
A few weeks ago, I came across a video on YouTube by a beautiful style vlogger named Keishanista. It’s called: How I Got Rid of Dark Scars (Hyperpigmentation) & Acne. The method that she uses in her routine has been a total game changer. It incorporates ‘Oil Cleansing’ which, like she mentions in the video, seems like a crazy thing to do if you already have oily skin, but there is a science to that madness. The oil cleansing helps to regulate your skin’s own oil production, therefore decreasing the occurance of breakouts.
You start off this routine by removing most of your makeup with facial wipes or micellar water, I like to use both. Next I used a little travel bottle and mixed melted coconut oil (It’s hot in California so it’s already melted) and a few drops of tea tree oil, shook it and put some in my hands and start applying it to my face, rubbing gently to ensure that the combo of the two oils break down any remaining makeup on my face.
Next, I use Clean & Clear Oil free foaming facial cleanser on top of the oils that are still on my face. The facial cleanser then starts to break down all the oils on the skin. After everything is rinsed off with warm water, I put a little more cleanser on my Olay Professional Pro-X Brush and start working the it all over for a minute or so, rinse off with warm water and then splash cold water to close the pores.
Twice a week, instead of the Clean & Clear face wash, I use the Mario Badescu Glycolic foaming cleanser. It’s designed to exfoliate the skin. You might want to start off with using it just once a week because it can be very drying. Make sure that you use a moisturizing sunscreen if you are going to be in the sun after using this cleanser because your skin may be a little sensitive.
In the video, Keishanista moisturizes with rose hip oil and aloe vera gel; But instead of that, I spray Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rose water onto my face and then apply the aloe vera gel. It feels cool and refreshing on the skin.
She also recommends weekly face masks as part of the routing. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you all know I love face masks, such as Aztec Indian Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar Mask. The post I wrote about my love for that mask is here:
Like I mentioned before, this is just the start of this journey and I will be sure to keep you updated. I’m already noticing a difference in the way my skin looks and I even found that I am wearing less foundation, which is a very good thing. I’m just so glad that I came across this video. I hope you all give it a watch. It may seem a lot of steps, but sometimes a little extra work is worth it, especially in the name of clear skin.
Stay tuned and thanks so much for reading.