Monday, January 11, 2016

My Skin Story + Review: Clean & Clear Acne Skin 3-Step System

I've had issues with acne and sensitive skin for the longest time. It was serious enough that a trip to the dermatologist was needed and medication had to be taken to control it. There were definitely times when I felt very uncomfortable and insecure because of it. I would feel embarrassed whenever other people brought up my acne problem in conversations. I wanted to hide it all with my hair or makeup. This picture was taken at the worst of it:

There are many ways to improve this condition: getting enough sleep, drinking lots of water, eating healthy, and also choosing the right products for your skincare routine. Those lifestyle choices helped my skin get much better but there'll still be flare-ups every once in a while. At the end of the day, what's most important is still loving yourself and embracing all of you. It's not easy to think that when you feel like you're not beautiful, but I did it. Your skin may not be perfect, but I'm positive that there are many other great qualities that makes you wonderful.

For the random flare-ups that I still get, The Clean & Clear Acne Skin 3-Step System helps to keep it controlled and the spots to fade as fast as it can.  The skincare system consists of a cleanser, astringent, and moisturizer that is specifically formulated for people who have acne issues like me.

The first step is to cleanse using the Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser. I really like this face cleanser! It lathers up to a soft, creamy foam and it's very gentle on the skin. The cleanser isn't harsh that it'll irritate the skin but it does its job at washing away all the oil and dirt on the face. When my face is acting up, I use this cleanser in the morning and at night. It's oil-free and has a slight soap-y scent but it's not overpowering. It may be me, but this slight soap-y scent makes me feel good because I know the end result will be clean skin.

The second step is to treat using the Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent. This is a powerful facial toner that goes deep into the pores to completely clear away any oil, dirt, or makeup that's left over even after cleansing. It also contains salicylic acid (an over-the-counter acne medication) to help prevent and treat any acne breakouts. I find it a bit too strong for my sensitive skin because of the alcohol in the solution so I limit my use of this. 

The third step is to moisturize using the Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer. This oil-free cream is almost gel like in consistency! I like how it feels on my skin and it's so soft afterwards. It's not too rich or thick that it clogs pores. This face moisturizer also contains salicylic acid to fight acne but the moisturizing formula prevents my skin from getting dry even when it contains a dose of the acne medication. 

What you use to cleanse, treat, and moisturize your skin is crucial. However, it's not just skincare but your overall lifestyle that will help your skin heal and be better. If you're unsure about the skincare products to use for whatever skin issue you may have, you can always refer to the Clean & Clear website! You can find Clean & Clear products at the drugstore so they're accessible and at an affordable price. 

I hope my skin story and review encourages you to take charge of your lifestyle so that your skin will be better, and more importantly that YOU feel better about yourself too. It was a chapter in my life but with the proper care it passed by in a blink of an eye. 

Until next time, Des


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