I love sharing my latest beauty product favorites with you all, so today I am sharing one that has been the most requested – my favorite products to combat acne. I realize now how lucky I truly was with perfectly clear skin while I was on birth control, but since going off the pill back in November of last year, my skin has had a bit of a readjustment period with symptoms I expected but obviously hated.
Erborian Micellar Water, Belif Problem Solution Toner, Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clearing Gel, Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm, Natori sleep shirt (also available here and here), Honeydew Intimates robe (last seen here)
Last weekend at a little gathering of friends, one of my girls got my attention from across the table and said, “Alyssa, your skin looks flawless! It looks really, really good.” That compliment meant a lot because over the last few months, I have battled some of the worst hormonal acne I’ve ever experienced since before I went on birth control over 10 years ago. There were many occasions over the last few months where I skipped out on girls night out because my chin looked like it was infested with something gnarly, and I could never seem to get the two massive pimples right smack in the middle of my forehead to ever go away.
While hormonal acne can certainly can be stubborn and have a mind of its own, over the past month I did some trial and error with a few new products to combat acne to see if they truly work or could at least help/relieve. I have to honestly admit that my skin has never been more clear for this long since weaning off birth control. Before, I’d be lucky if I had clear skin for 2 days. Now I am going on 2 weeks without a blemish, and I attribute it to the new products I have been using and my skin getting used to them. Also, this post is NOT sponsored. I am genuinely interested in sharing my acne-combating tricks with you all!
First things first, I stopped washing my face with face wash. I had begun to read up on micellar water. I’m sure you’ve been hearing more and more of it these days because it really is amazing. It began when French women starting using it because they refused to let the harsh tap water in France touch their face. Well, I don’t think Los Angeles’ water is all that great either, and I noticed a difference immediately upon switching. I first began using this micellar water from Erborian while in Cabo, and I have been using it every single day since – morning and night. I put several drops on a cotton pad and wipe all over my face to cleanse it, and that’s it! I still use my Farmacy make up removing balm to remove makeup before cleansing with micellar water, but since I rarely wear makeup these days I am mostly just using the water.
After cleansing my skin with the micellar water, I use a toner specifically for combating acne or troublesome skin. I’ve been a fan of Belif for a while now (see my last skin care post here where I talk about the moisturizing witch hazel toner), and this problem solution toner has really done the trick. It has tea tree oil in it, which is widely known for helping to minimize pores and get rid of acne (I usually take a Q-tip and dip it in organic tea tree oil and hold it down on top of a large, stubborn blemish when they are really bad). I apply it mostly in the spots I breakout the most – my forehead, my nose, and my chin.
After I use the toner, one of my last products to combat acne is Peter Thomas Roth’s AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel. This stuff is extremely potent and strong since it pretty much seeps in deep into your pores and skin. I have noticed less breakouts since I have started using this gel, but I only apply it at night because it is very strong and it’s also a bit drying.
Lastly, this product isn’t one that combats acne per se, but it definitely is my favorite nighttime moisturizer that I simply cannot live without. I am already a huge fan of Farmacy’s products, but this Sleep Tight firming balm is the reason why my clear skin has a moisturized, healthy glow. I have applied it on my face every single night for last few months, and I am completely obsessed and in love. It feels and looks like a jelly, and yes it’s VERY oily when you rub it all into your skin, but when you leave it on overnight you’ll wake up with the softest, most heavenly moisturized skin! But since it can feel a bit oily, I highly recommend sleeping with your hair in a pineapple bun to keep it out of your face while you sleep.
So those are my 3 – technically 4 – products to combat acne. I’m sure I will discover some more magical gems as time goes on, but for now these are the products that I have sworn by for a bit and can truly vouch for them. As I mentioned before, this post isn’t sponsored. Being true to you all is my number one priority for this site, and while I could have easily had this be a paid post, I really wanted to share these products that get the official A List stamp of approval!
What are some of your favorite products to combat acne?