Acne has always been one of my major problems growing up – I didn’t have very good genes (although come to think of it, my parents have clear skin), I didn’t have proper skin care (our school doctor referred me several times to dermatologists but my parents wouldn’t have any of it, they felt it was something I can work out on my own) and my own habits weren’t exactly commendable. But in any case, once I left my teens, my skin gradually cleared up, with only the occasional pimple or two when I’m stressed, or when I haven’t been sleeping well.
A few months ago, my erratic sleeping pattern, and yes, stress, caused me to breakout in the most annoying way. I would get several pimples, cystic and otherwise, and they just wouldn’t stop coming. It wasn’t particularly bad but it’s been ages since I had more than two pimples at a time that it just felt alien. My lifestyle is particularly to blame although I somehow think the air at the office may also be the culprit (three of my teammates sharing the cubicle with me also ended up with breakouts in recent weeks).
Panic set – in; after all, I had several travels this quarter plus a wedding to attend towards the end of the year and I just didn’t want those events recorded for life with my huge acne-filled face. I’m generally not vain, but sometimes, I just couldn’t help myself.
So I turned to the one product (fine, this is one of two product lines – the first one would be SKII, which is unfortunately, not available locally) I will swear my skin on: The Body Shop’s Tea Tree range. I was in such panic mode I bought not just the usual tea tree oil which is used to dry pimples, but also the skin clearing lotion and pore minimizer.
Here’s my daily regimen (well, my regimen when I’m not too tired; if I am, I do only item a):
- Cleanse – I use Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil followed by Neutrogena’s Fine Fairness cleanser.
- Tone – Neutrogena’s Fine Fairness toner at night to lighten blemishes.
- Skin Treatment – I apply SKII Facial Treatment Essence all over my face and Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum around my eye area and laugh lines (trust me, it works wonders!)
- Moisturize – I guess most people put this in #2 or #3, but since I am now using The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion which has ingredients that dry pimples, I put this on towards the end. My skin feels tingly and smells minty (yes, I’m rhyming!) after.
- Others – This is an added step since I have also included The Body Shop’s pore minimizer to my routine. It’s really cool (literally) and it instantly mattifies oily skin. It’s also a bit tinted so if you have great skin, you will probably need only this plus a little blush and you’re good to go.
Before, my nightly routine was a – c at best (read: when I’m not too lazy or sleepy), but what with my recent bout with acne, I just had to step up my game. And what do you know? Practically overnight, my tea tree regimen has dried up my pimples! Talk about fast!
I am not getting any younger and my skin isn’t as resilient as it once was so I guess my rude awakening courtesy of adult acne has forced me to finally take skin care seriously. And yes, that includes using sunscreen regularly (I highly recommend Aveeno, especially for those with sensitive skin like me) and eating healthy food.