Friday, August 23, 2013

Skincare for Acne or Sensitive Skin

After years of suffering from acne breakouts, uneven skin tone, discoloration, and acne scarring, I gave up on my face. I hated going anywhere without makeup, and my rosacea only made things worse. When I would have flare-ups, my face would be bright red. All the time and money consuming visits to dermatologists did absolutely nothing for my face. I told myself I would no longer subject my face to the creams that would cause flaking, itching, stinging, burning, and drying. This is when I decided I would just hide behind my foundation mask forever. I've suffered from skin problems for 10 years, and I finally gave up.

Don't you love it when you have an important event at work or school, and a giant pimple decides to show itself in the worst location possible? That happened to me very frequently. I've searched online for all kinds of remedies, skin care techniques, procedures, and saw how far people were willing to go just to have "normal" skin.

I came across the idea of microdermabrasion and gave it a try. I couldn't afford professional skin care at the time, so I bought an at-home microdermabrasion machine. That turned out to be a joke. There were so many negative reviews and complaints against this particular company. My machine didn't work properly from the moment I bought it. I returned the machine back to Sephora, which no longer carries this product.

Fast forward two years, when I was able to land another job. I started seeing a skin care professional for microdermabrasion appointments. So far, I've had 3 procedures and my skin feels so good. I'm still breaking out, but the microdermabrasion helps to slough away dead skin and build-up. 

The best part is, I've had a scar on my face since I was a child, and it appears to be shrinking in size. These appointments cost me $80 for a one-hour session, but is well worth it. I'm going to continue microdermabrasion and post my results here after the sixth treatment.

My skin care professional uses a brand called Pevonia. I've never heard of them before, but their products smell so good! They make cleansers, lotions, and even acid peels. She gave me samples and I love how soft my skin feels. These products are great for acne-prone skin and those with sensitive skin or skin issues. 

You can find Pevonia online and in many skin care places. What also helps me with dry skin is after these appointments, I use a Shiseido brightening mask. This mask makes your skin look dewy and helps even out skin tone.

I hope my experience helps you, and don't always trust what doctors tell you. Those harsh pills and creams they prescribed made me miserable. Do you have any good experiences with other skin care lines that are good for acne-prone or sensitive skin?

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