Skincare can be a nightmare to figure out when you have specific issues like acne that need addressing. I know this because for the past four years, it has been my New Years resolution to get my skin to a point where I’d feel comfortable going makeup free by the end of the year. Addressing adult acne and acne scarring has been the bane of my existence. All natural products, antibiotics, topical prescription creams, those heavy duty (and expensive) 3 or 5-step acne systems that promise results… Nothing lifechanging.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m open to trying out all different types of skincare products, and it’s because I’ve been on the search for something that works for my skin that doesn’t involve getting on Acutane. For the record, I’ve really liked everything I’ve posted about and used those products without issue. However, everyone with a skin issue is looking for a miracle product, and I won’t tell you something works miracles if it doesn’t.
A few weeks ago, I received some gifted product from Murad’s Acne Control line in exchange for giving an honest review on a retailer’s site, having nothing to do with my blog. Why not, right? Maybe this will be the thing. Well… I’ve been using Murad for 3 weeks now, and it is the single quickest change I’ve seen in my skin. When I first starting using the Murad Acne Control products, I had two cysts on my face. The deep, painful kind that you can’t do much about. Within a couple days, one of them had disappeared. Another couple days, and the other one was gone. I couldn’t believe it.
My scars are fading, I’m not having any new major spots come up, my skin is much less red, much smoother, and my forehead in particular is practically poreless. The salicylic acid is just strong enough to get the job done without causing dry skin or irritation. It fights acne and exfoliates your skin, leaving it smooth and bright. In fact, it really calms my skin. I’ve been hesitant to say it, but I think I’ve finally found something that works for me. As for my skincare routine, I’ve combined Murad’s Acne Control cleanser with a few products that may not have been miracle workers, but definitely impressed me as far as the impact they had on my skin.
Guess what I did last night? Went to Trader Joes with just some mineral powder and mascara on. That’s it! And while I might not feel comfortable going out completely bare faced yet, I’m very close. So what exactly does this skincare routine look like?
First, I use squalane oil to get all the product, dirt and grime off. It breaks down product (including waterproof mascara) and leaves your face feeling moisturized. Rinse + wipe off with a wash cloth. Then I grab my Clarisonic and Murad face wash to actually wash my face. Rinse + wipe. If I’m getting ready for the day, I apply a couple pumps of Olay Regenerist Serum and let that dry before applying sunscreen or any makeup.
If I’m going to bed, I mix a couple pumps of that same serum with one big pump of Aczone, which is a topical prescription (obviously consult your dermatologist about prescription recommendations for your skin, this is just what I use and it does help some). Then I treat any spots with either Murad’s spot treatment, or the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, which I’ve been using for months and I love for when a little spot does happen to pop up.
S H O P T H E P O S T
Now, there are a couple things I want to point out.
One, I believe our skincare routines are meant to be evolutionary. The change in seasons, travel, and age all affect our skin, and as a result, our skincare routines will change. Maybe Murad won’t work for me forever, but it’s working wonders right now, so I’m gonna keep using it until for some reason it doesn’t. And if/when that happens, I’ll be updating my skin routine on the blog.
Two, I really believe that all of the products I’m using are working together to achieve the changes I’ve seen. The results I’m seeing are not solely attributed to Murad, but Murad has definitely been the missing puzzle piece, and has helped with my acne specifically.
And three, everyone’s skin is different. Just because this is working for me doesn’t mean it will work for you, although I certainly hope it will. I wanted to write this post because my journey to good skin has been a long and frustrating one. I know I’m not alone in this. So if this post offers any help or solutions to other women who are frustrated with their skin, it’s worth it to me.
I’D LOVE TO KNOW
What’s one skincare product that completely changed everything for you?