My tips for clear skin

 
Straight after extractions and a gentle lactic acid peel at Clinica-Lase

Straight after extractions and a gentle lactic acid peel at Clinica-Lase

 

Finding a skincare routine that works for me has been a bit of a process. I've experienced pretty much everything over the years (often as a result of doing all the wrong things): oily skin, blackheads, acne, dry skin, sensitive skin. 

To give you some background, I never had major issues with my skin growing up, although I did use products like Clearasil that stripped my skin of its moisture and actually lead to oilier skin. Then I copped a pretty nasty case of adult acne a few years back (due to some hormonal imbalances). The acne got to the stage where it was severely affecting my mental health, so I saw a dermatologist and made the decision to go on Roaccutane (which is a strong medication that does have side effects, but for me at that time, it was a matter of weighing up the pros and cons). My acne did clear, and since then I only really get major breakouts when I've been stressed or eating too much sugar.

 
Cosmedix Purity Balance Toner + SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex, which I got at Clinica-Lase.

Cosmedix Purity Balance Toner + SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex, which I got at Clinica-Lase.

 

These days, I've been learning how to take proper care of my skin. These are the things that have been working for me:

  • I cleanse and moisturise every morning and every night without fail.
  • I stick to a mixture of simple, natural products and some more active, specialist products formulated to provide specific nutrients (I've included some pics of my current favourites).
  • I get skin treatments when I can (I've recently been getting extractions and lactic acid peels done at Clinica-Lase, which have no down-time and make my skin really soft and dewy).
  • I wear SPF on my face every day (I get my required sun exposure on my body).
  • I try not to pick at my face or touch it too much (to keep it clean).
  • I change my pillow case a minimum of once a week (again to keep things clean).
  • I drink plenty of water throughout the day, try to get at least 7 to 8 hours sleep each night and eat well most of the time! (Yep, the boring stuff, but it really makes a difference).
 
ColoreScience Sunforgettable Mineral SPF Powder + Cosmedix Hydrate Moisturiser for sun protection, also from Clinica-Lase.

ColoreScience Sunforgettable Mineral SPF Powder + Cosmedix Hydrate Moisturiser for sun protection, also from Clinica-Lase.

 

Everyone's skin is different and there is so much generic information out there in magazines and on the internet. A lot of it is either incorrect or not relevant to your unique skin situation. If you're struggling with your skin, I found it really useful to speak to a skin specialist to get some advice. Then it's just a matter of trying a few things to see what works for you!