I’ve struggled with mild acne all through my 20s. While it’s never been severe enough to visit a dermatologist regularly, it’s definitely been significant enough to affect my confidence over the years. The more I struggled with it, the more I turned to products to fix the problem.
I think most people would agree with me when I say that the road to a clear complexion is paved with products. It’s about trial and error – slapping on different ingredients, formulas, and product types from various brands to see what sticks, and this method worked well enough for me. But, after a particularly bad reaction to a new product earlier this year, I decided I needed to take an entirely different approach to skincare. I eliminated nearly everything from my twice-daily, multi-step routine to let my skin recover, and then I started from scratch.
It’s been six months, and my skin has never looked better. After a month-long recovery period in which I used no skincare products save for a very basic cleanser and moisturizer, I consulted with professionals to help me work my way up to a new (and much simpler) regimen that would help keep breakouts at bay. Ahead are the key practices and products that helped me finally achieve the complexion I’ve been longing for, as well as the tips I gleaned from dermatologists, estheticians, and fellow skincare enthusiasts along the way.