another skin post

***i kind of hesitated on writing this post, b/c who really cares about my current skin predicament besides me (haha), BUT i figured a few of you might have some suggestions :) ***

for most of my life, i've been lucky enough to have pretty clear skin. in my teenage years i would break out a bit, but it was nothing too crazy...usually only a few blemishes at a time, and never really in clusters. as i'm getting into my late 20s, my skin has started to freak out a bit. ok, to start, i don't have a good diet at all. and i know that's one of the most important things for clear skin. that and exercise, which i'm also terrible at, but i'm trying to get better about that!

i started using the oil cleansing method a while back, which i've blogged about here, and that was working alright. and then i discovered lush products. i had heard such great things about their skincare line, so i went in and walked out with a few great samples. i liked everything, so when i got a few giftcards for my birthday, i stocked up on some full sized goodies: grease lighting spot treatment, cosmetic warrior mask, tea tree toner, herbalism cleanser, ultra bland cleanser, and enzymion facial moisturizer. sooo pretty much a whole new skin care routine. and i was excited! until i started to break out...bad. i know when switching to a new skincare regimen, it takes weeks for your skin to adjust, and often it gets worse before it gets better. but it's been about a month and it's still pretty bad :( i had big (painful) blemishes in big clusters, and even if i left them alone, they still left scars.

so sadly, i  recently cut out most of the lush products out of my skincare routine. i'm still having new breakouts in the same areas, which is frustrating, but they are a bit smaller. and the scarring is still all over.

i'm not sure if i'm just not giving my skin enough time to adjust to the lush products, or if they truly don't work for me. ugh, sadness. anyway, i've done some online research, but if anyone has any suggestions, i would love to hear them! i'm really trying to get this under control and not go to a dermatologist...only b/c my work changed our healthcare provider and the copay is twice as much now :/ boo. haha.

hope everyone is having a great start to the week. i'll be back soon with some regular posts, and some new photos :)

~ steph


  1. Wow this sounds like me right now!!!!

    Barely any acne in high school and I'm breaking out like crazy now, and it's not small but painful and deep (I'm 23 going on 24 in Sept) - just this past weekend I went to a salon to get an acne treatment (mom's idea) - it hurt a lot as she popped every pimple on my face - she put me on these acne products, seems to be working, it's only been a few days though.

    Basically what the lady told me, I'm using wrong products for my type of skin. I should be using 'normal to oily' because my skin is producing too much oil, hence breaking out more.

    It's very frustrating, I just want my face back haha - I'm seeing how it goes since it's only the first week.

    I just found your blog so I hope this isn't too long of a comment ;)

  2. Ah I feel like you and I are in the same situation! I had great skin all through high school but now that I'm in my early 20s my skin is getting horrible. It's so depressing and sometimes I don't even want to leave the house because it gets so red and painful. However, throughout the past few months I've picked up some new habits that have helped my skin A LOT but not completely. It's all trial and error for me so if you do try this out let me know if it helps!

    I learned to stop washing my face in the morning, apparently your skin needs those oils that it builds up over night and it's not good if you wash them off in the morning. Also, before I go to bed I use Neutrogenas face wipes to clean my face and get rid of my makeup. About two times a month I use the Biore pore strips around my nose and forehead AND when my face gets super bad I dab a little tea tree oil on the infected areas before bed and by the morning the redness usually has gone done. But seriously, tea tree oil is amazing for your skin. If you can, do some research on it because it's helped me the most in the awful situation. I hope that helps girl, just remember youre beautiful and don't let it get you down!<3

  3. Thanks for the suggestions ladies!

    @Weronika - definitely not too long for a comment :) i recently got a coupon deal for a facial, so hopefully that will do some good.

    @Vanessa - i've actually been using the tea tree line from the body shop recently and have seen a big improvement! i want to try your other suggestions too. <3 thanks so much!