Finding the right skincare regimen throughout the years has been challenging. From middle school until now (27 years old), I’ve had to fight off mild acne breakouts. I wish the myth we were told as kids was true, that “you’ll grow out of acne” pshh! So since the age of 15 I have been using the brand Proactiv; which I know has been looked down on by many skincare professionals but I wanted clear skin more than anything and this medicated product was the only thing giving me that luxury. At one point I tried to stop using the 3-step system and switched to Clinique’s line, only to have my face break out worse that it originally had. My skin was going through a total Proactiv withdrawal. Of course after this, I ditched Clinique and went back to Proactiv.
For the next few years I continued using this brand but found that I could still have clear skin by only using step 1 of the system. I figured this was at least better than using all 3 steps but one day when I visited Sephora, not even looking for new skincare, I met one of the employees working in skincare and she proceeded to show me some new products that worked for her. She offered to give me a mini facial and once she looked at my skin without makeup she mentioned that my skin’s top layer appeared to be stripped. I knew there was a good chance that Proactiv was the cause of this and decided to find new products. Now before I go any further with laying out the skincare regime that I chose to go with, remember that everyone’s skin is different and what works for some may not work for you. Unfortunately finding the perfect fit for your skin means going through trial and error. The key to success with skincare is to find the products that work best for your skin and skin issues, and then use them properly and regularly.
It has been a month since switching to these products and completely cutting out Proactiv. The products I now use in order are:
- Clinique foaming cleanser
- Sephora’s Triple action cleansing water; remove any eye makeup but can also be used to cleanse face
- Dr Dennis Gross 2-minute peeling quotidian; alpha beta extra-fort (use every other day)
- Claudalie Masque; crème hydrant (use twice a week)
- Algensit Power Serum
- Algenist Eye Balm
- Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer
- REN Anti-Pollution Mist (in the morning)
Tip: For the products that come in a jar, always be sure to scoop the product out using a small cosmetic spatula. When applying moisturizer or serum, take your time to massage the product into the skin.
My Skin Type: Combination with dry patches and typically oily in the t-zone throughout the day but my eyelids had been incredibly dry; not too sensitive to products (only certain plant-based oils).
Switching this time has not made me breakout (only the occasional few blemishes that are bound to happen here and there).
While I think that these products are great, I know that there are varying opinions throughout the internet. Because I am not a skincare specialist or dermatologist, I will resort to searching the internet for information on products. Finding the truth can be difficult because some articles show professionals reviewing a company’s data, deeming the information statistically insignificant with weak claims. Nearly every product will have mixed reviews no matter what.
If I had to choose the one product that I believe is contributing most to my skin’s improvement, it would have to be the Dr Dennis Gross 2-minute peeling system-alpha beta extra-strength that’s used every other day. I really feel like this product has balanced my skin tone and kept my complexion clear. I would like to visit a dermatologist at some point when my budget allows for it but until then I will continue with this regime and with updates.
I blog because I want to give my honest opinion on the products and brands that work best for me and hope that my reviews can help others on their quest.