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I'm sure like most people out there, I suffer from breakouts on a pretty regular basis. They're not as bad as they were when I was a teen, but I do still have days and weeks where my skin is kind of terrible. I do have to admit, I don't really stick to my skincare routine as much as I should (don't worry, I'm working on it), but I have found that it does definitely help lessen my breakouts. And hey, maybe I'd be breakout free if I was a little bit more strict with my routine. Regardless of how good I am at keeping my skin clean and clear, I wanted to share with you all the products that I do use and that I have found super helpful in reducing the intensity of my breakouts.
Okay, I'm not sure where to start as it's not like I use these products in a specific order every single time - it all depends on the product, if I'm wearing makeup or not, and just generally when I'm using the product. So let's start with the Blaq Mask. I received a sample way back in August, I think, in Bellabox, and I've been using it ever since. I had been eyeing off charcoal masks for a while, so getting to finally sample one was perfect. I try to use this mask at least every week or every other week to give my skin a nice clean out. A LOT of people seem to have a world of pain when it comes to peeling the mask off (any charcoal mask, not just Blaq), but I've not found it to be the painful - just a bit sensitive when it comes to your cheeks around your eyes. I do, however, go a bit red after using it, but since I usually use this before having a shower, it quickly goes away. My skin always feels so clean and fresh afterwards, and it kind of feels like giving my face a bit of a restart. Sunday evenings are always the best time to bust out this mask so that I start the week off refreshed.
When it comes to removing makeup, I use micellar water, in particular the Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water all in 1 for Oily to Combination Skin. I have previously used the regular micellar water, and I will still use it from time to time, but as someone with combination skin, I do feel like I need that little bit extra help. When I first saw this product advertised, I was a little bit skeptical about how well it would actually remove makeup, but it quickly turned me into a believer and lover of the product. I've found micellar water so good to not only remove makeup, but to also just generally clean off the day's dirt, although I do primarily use this as a makeup remover. And since it's water, I never feel the need to then wash it off like some makeup removers that feel like there's still product on the skin.
While on makeup removal, a product that I don't use nearly enough, but is still incorporated into my extended routine is the Garnier 2in1 Express Eye-Makeup Remover, which I use in conjunction with the micellar water. Sometimes I do just use the micellar water to remove my eye shadow and mascara, but I've found that the eye makeup remover works just that little bit better when it comes to removing all the mascara (I swear my mascara stays on for like three days, even when I try to remove it with different products, and it's not even waterproof mascara). As this is specifically for eyes, it's a bit more gentle to use and does help remove makeup without having to scrub your eyes out.
Moving on now to the Biore Triple Action Toner, which is probably my favourite product in my routine, not including the mask (it's just so satisfying to use!). If I'm wearing makeup, I'll use this after the micellar water to give bit of a deeper clean and to treat the breakouts I already have. If I'm not wearing makeup, I'll usually skip the micellar water, unless my skin in feeling particularly dirty and I need that extra cleaning capabilities. I also find this is a great product to use before applying makeup as it removes any excess oil and creates a nice clean base for my makeup. As a cleanser and toner, it's not as intense as some of the toners I've used in the past, but it still has the kick that toners give (I'm someone who likes to feel the product working so that I way I know it's working). I'll also end up using the toner after a shower to give a final clean and treatment before going to bed.
Jumping into the shower, I use the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, because I simply can't get enough of charcoal products. They seem to work well for my skin, so they are always the products I make a beeline for. I'll usually use this cleanser with an exfoliating glove to give my skin a deeper clean. I've found that using the cleanser and glove works a lot better than just using a scrub on its own. If I've used the mask prior to having a shower, I'll just use this as a cleanser without the glove - I don't want to overdo the cleansing when I've already had a mask sitting on my skin for a good twenty minutes. I've tried a lot of cleansers and this is by far my favourite - not too intense but still gives a really good clean that I can feel and see.
Finally, the last product is one I slot into my routine when I feel the need to, particularly in between using the Blaq mask, and that is the Biore Ultra Deep Cleanser Pore Strips, although I'll alternate between the regular and charcoal. I don't use this as regularly as I do the mask, but if my nose pores are looking a little iffy, or I've got a nice event to go to, I'll usually use one of these. They are honestly so damn satisfying to use and give my nose a nice little makeover.
As I stated at the beginning of this post, I'm not that great at fully committing to my skincare routine. If I did, I probably wouldn't have many, if any, breakouts. However, I do know that my breakouts could be, and have been, a lot worse than they are now, and I'm fortunate enough not to have severe acne like many people my age, or older, do.
Breakouts don't really bother me too much, and I'm never angry at the fact that I'm 22 and still have acne. Yes, sometimes it's annoying when I'm dressing up to go out somewhere I have a spot that I have to cover in concealer, but I don't hate my skin for having acne and blemishes. Maybe when I'm thirty and still having regular breakouts I'll rage, but that's eight years away, so I'll worry about it then. For now, this routine and these products have definitely helped reduce breakouts and their severity, and I do think my skin is gradually getting better.
If you've not tried these brands or products before, definitely check them out if you're looking to experiment with the products you use. I've only had success using them, so I do generally recommend them. Of course, everyone's skin is slightly different, and just because something has worked well for me, it doesn't mean you're going to get the same results. But do give these products a try - who knows, one could be the perfect product for you!
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