In these images I am wearing a thin layer of foundation and translucent powder from Lush. This is so you can see the texture of my skin with makeup (this is when texture is most prominent).
A Brief Description/ History of my Skin
For two years, I suffered from mild- severe hormonal acne caused by what I now believe was undiagnosed celiac disease (gluten intolerance). Luckily, I haven't really suffered from abnormal acne since going on anti-bacterial medication (doxycycline) for 4 months last year. However, I am left with pretty frustrating pigmentation and scarring. Yet, a few weeks ago, my whole face erupted into little bumps which were most likely an allergic reaction to my increasing gluten intake. Without knowing what it was at the time, I still managed to clear it up with the help of some of older holy grail products, and some new products that I now can't live without.
Within 3 days my skin improved about 50%, and within 7 days my skin had improved about 90% .This is how I did it:
1) Switched Use of Glycolic Acid (AHA) to Salicylic Acid (BHA)
After finding Glycolic acid to not really have any effect on my skin anymore, I switched back to my trusty Korres Pomegranate Toner I used to use religiously day and night. It was the best decision I could have made for my skin. I never had textural issues when I used it, and it was when I stopped using it that these issues began popping up again.
This toner is my holy grail and I strongly, strongly recommend. And, it's vegan!
2) Switched to Natural AHA's (esp. when already using BHA's as well)
As you may have seen in previous posts, I am currently testing out the Botanics UK All-Bright Concentrate Serum (sent to me as an ambassador of their new campaign, #theplantone). The product consists of plant-derived AHA's (naturally occuring in Hibiscus plants) that gently exfoliate the skin, revealing a clearer and brighter complexion. I love using this mainly on days I am not wearing makeup, so it can do its job without any interference. I am currently loving the way this product is changing my skin, I really have noticed my complexion get glowier and glowier since using this daily! The price is also pretty amazing, at around $15.50- $16 AUD per adorable little frosted glass bottle.
The below statement is from their website:
"If you’re looking for a dose of radiance then this serum is for you. Formulated with naturally exfoliating Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) from the Hibiscus plant and a blend of active botanicals, this effective serum improves skin texture and tone. Lightweight and easily absorbable".
3) Introduced a Daily Vitamin C
After reading so many positive reviews on The Ordinary's Vitamin C Suspension, I decided to fork out the big bucks and spend the $9.80 to purchase it and add it to my non-existent vit C collection. I have been using this every night after toner as my last step (it has plant-based Hyaluronic Acid that moisturises my skin enough, and I prefer to not touch my skin after I use this).
Honestly, I have seen a considerable change in quality of my skin and my complexion since using this. My skin is brighter and more even-toned and when I wake up in the morning my scarring and pigmentation has drastically calmed down. There is zero inflammation!
4) Changed Cream Moisturiser to an Oil
For some reason, cream moisturisers don't sit well with my skin. I get majorly blocked pores, acne and blackheads. When my skin started getting oily (I have dry skin), I figured my skin must be dehydrated. With that realisation, I started using my Face Hero by Go-To Skincare (see my full review here) in the morning under my sun protection and after my toner. It's an anti-inflammatory that protects my skin against makeup and pollution, and it has been a vital step in clearing my skin by giving it the hydration and love it deserves after switching routines so rapidly.
Have you guys had these issues? What are some tips you know to help skin texture? Let me know below!