I’ve had acne since I was about 13 years old.
I would describe my skin as oily to combination, depending on the time of year it is.
Generally in the Summer my skin is more oily and in the Winter it’s more dry.
I’ve seen dermatologists and I would get prescribed creams, like Epiduo.
They would irritate my skin and even make it burn.
At some point I gave up on trying to have clear skin and I didn’t take care of it. I had never heard of a toner, moisturizer or even putting oil on your skin.
So about a year ago, I decided to do some research and try different techniques.
I started to use natural products, like African black soap and oils.
I used apple cider vinegar for a little over a year and realized that while it helps tone my skin, it also makes me have more redness.
I also learned that most of my breakouts are triggered by lack of sleep and certain foods. I’m not ready to give up cheese, but I’ve stopped drinking milk.
By washing my face at least once a day, toning it and using oils/moisturizers, I feel like I have more control of my acne.
This has given a big boost in my confidence. I still like to wear foundations when I go out to parties, but every so often I’ll skip out on it and be bare faced.
I wear makeup about once a week and that’s mainly because I’m a reporter or I’ll have an event to go to.
But I’ve learned that I’m beautiful in my own skin and I should truly believe that and practice that daily.
Here are some of my favorite face products: