My Acne Journey: 5 Months + 1 Week Results

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Here are my results after 5 months + 1 week!!

I stopped using a moisturizer and benzoyl peroxide this week. I couldn’t even use benzoyl peroxide all over my face anyways. Only as a spot treatment when necessary. This is what happened when I stopped using a moisturizer…

My skin cleared up! Remember those blemishes that kept on reappearing? They’re gone. It felt weird not using a moisturizer at first, but since my skin felt and looked cleaner without one, I got used to it. As I mentioned in my previous post, I never really used a moisturizer before in the past. It’s because my skin can’t handle all of that excess moisture. It comes to a point where it retaliates and blemishes pops up due to having too much moisture in the skin. I’m glad to have dropped Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin from my routine. This moisturizer only lasted for a month (sometimes a month and a half, lol). I’ve always thought it had a sticky texture to it when dispensed from the bottle. I don’t have to deal with that stuff anymore or pay for it. It’s done. I tried it, and it didn’t work out. I’m not looking for a new moisturizer right now or any time soon. My skin just doesn’t need one. It’s doing way better without one.

As for benzoyl peroxide, it doesn’t seem like I need to use it as an all-over acne treatment anymore. Honestly, I’m happy that I don’t have to. If I don’t need to, I’m not going to. I’m still using benzoyl peroxide as a spot treatment when necessary. I love it for that purpose because it works to kill zits fast. I had a pimple on my chin, applied a little bit of benzoyl peroxide to the pimple, woke up the next morning with a zitless chin. Benzoyl peroxide works, so it’s good to keep it around. Since I’m not using benzoyl peroxide anymore (as an all-over acne treatment), I started using tret slowly and eventually moved up to every day. I was going to use it every other day, but my skin is tolerating it pretty well without a moisturizer. Actually, much better than I thought. How?!! I don’t know! It just is! Less products, less irritation? It seems like it! I’m not experiencing any burning, itchy skin, or dry skin. Tret smooths over my skin and absorbs easily. I feel like I’m starting all over with tret once again! I noticed some blemishes popping up, and I’m sure it’s from ‘purging’. At the same time, my overall complexion looks glowy and so much smoother than before. The results so far are very pretty. I can’t wait to see what the results will be within a few weeks. Since I’m using tret every day, I decided to hold off using bha. I didn’t want to aggravate my skin even further and just stick to a single acne treatment. I’m hoping to re-add it whenever my skin is ready.

Am I truly moisturizer free??

Yes and no. I use sunscreens that provide some moisture to my skin in the morning. They’re actually sunscreens, not moisturizer with sunscreen. Sunscreens I’m using are La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100, CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint, and Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50 (new to my routine, reviewing coming up soon!!). These sunscreen products help to moisturize my skin in the morning (which is more than enough moisture, no need for an extra moisturizing product) and protect my skin from sun damage. La Roche-Posay SPF 100 is my favorite out of the three. It’s lightweight, moisturizing, and I love how it blends (or melts) into my skin. I haven’t had any breakouts from using it at all. The only problem I have with it is that I can’t use it near my eyes. It burns. I like the texture of the sunscreen. CeraVe is moisturizing too. It’s tinted and blends into the skin effortlessly while not leaving a white cast behind. It makes life easier for reapplication. It contains niacinamide that helps to brighten my skin. My skin likes this product. Altruist is rather new to me right now. I’ve only been using it for a week. It’s the stickiest out of the bunch, but it’s so easy to apply. It’s a cream that blends into the skin. I haven’t had any issues with it yet. I may have some soon. It’s only been a week of using it so look forward for a full review on it coming up soon! With all of these sunscreens, I can’t imagine using a moisturizer underneath any of them. My skin is oily. The sunscreens are moisturizing already. That’s just adding more unnecessary moisture to my already oily skin.

I didn’t think my no moisturizer week would go this well. I’m sooo happy that I stopped using moisturizer (Vanicream). It did nothing for my skin. It just clogged my pores and wasted my time and money. I guess some people (like me) just don’t need a moisturizer. My skin is doing fine without it.

I did a review on my current face wash ~ Olay Regenerist Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 Revitalizing Facial Cleanser πŸ‘ˆπŸ» Read!!

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