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How I Cured My Acne And Found My Glow!

April 8, 2019

 I've seen a recent spike in my DM's with comments such as

"You're glowing sis"

"Oh my god, your skin is everything"

"Yassss, Melanin!"

 

But you should know that my skin has not always looked the way that it does now.  I never had terrible acne when I was younger.  But when I moved to NYC my skin started breaking out.  I went to a few dermatologist that only made my skin worse.  I searched for years and years before I found a routine that works for my skin.

 

 Before and After

 

The photo on the right is what my skin looked like 2 years ago.  I would get around 4-5 pimples each month that would leaver very dark scars.  Those scars seemed to last forever.  And once they were gone, they'd just get replaced by new scars.

 

But there is a God, because the photo on the left is what I look like NOW!  I don't spend a ton of money on products.  And my medicine cabinet literally only has four face products in it... and without further ado...  here's what they are!

 

 

 

STEP1:  Vivant Skincare 3 in 1 Mandelic Acid Cleanser

 

 I was my face with this cleanser morning and night.  The active ingredient in this cleanser is a AHA called Mandelic Acid.  This particular AHA is formulated specifically for darker skin.  And if you don't know, AHA is a chemical exfoliate.  The exfoliation helps to turn over new skin cells.  So bye bye old scarred skin and hello new baby soft clear skin.

 

I especially love this product because it doesn't irritate or overdry the skin.  But it IS strong.  When you initially start using this product, I would suggest only using it every other day.  You need a week or two for your skin to acclimated to the product.  If you use it too often, too soon you will experience dryness and flakiness.

 

Buy yours here.

 

 

 

STEP 2: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V

 

This is the most expensive product in my medicine cabinet.  But this toner is essential if you are trying to shrink your pores and keep your skin from getting overly oily (especially if you were foundation daily).  I don't know the reasons why my skin loves this product... but it just does.

 

Before I started using this, my forehead was an oil slick by 1pm.  Blotters used to be my best friend.  But now I don't even have to blot.... like ever.  My skin is still oily.  But instead of looking like you can fry an egg on my face....  It just leaves you with just a subtle glow.

 

There are several versions of this product, but the P50V version is specifically for hyperpigmentation.

 

Buy yours here.

 

 

 

STEP 3: Vivant Skincare Mandelic Acid Serum

 

 This serum is the fountain of youth.  The is the key product in the skincare routine.  If you use this product for 3 months straight, you will see drastic improvement in your skin.  It clears cystic and regular acne.  It increases the cell turnover in your skin to keep you pores clear and to make scars fade faster.

 

And the best part is that this serum cures acne but doesn't alter your sebum (oil) production.  I remember when I used the harshest products to try to "dry out" my acne.  The dermatologist will tell you that the extra oil in your skin causes acne.  This is a lie!  Bacteria and dead skin cells clogging your pores cause acne, not oil.  My oil is what ensures that this black doesn't crack!!! 

 

Tip: Only use this product at night.  And for the best effects, wait 30 minutes between applying this serum and applying your moisturizer

 

There are two strengths 8% and 15%.  Start out with the 8% strength and upgrade after several months. 

 

Buy yours here.

 

 

 

STEP 4: CeraVe AM/PM Facial Moisturizer

 

 

The CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizer is the bee's knees.  It contains Hyaluronic acid which draws moisture into your skin.  The formula is super lightweight.  It's perfect for all seasons.  However, it's not great for super dry climates.  If you live in the desert, this moisturizer may draw moisture FROM your skin if the air around you is too dry.

 

CeraVe also has a AM version of this same moisturizer that includes SPF.   If you are out in the sun, you will need to SPF while you are trying to fade scars.

 

Buy yours here.

 

 

 

So there you have it!  This is my full daily skincare routine.  If you have combination skin, problems with acne or hyperpigmentation this power will be perfect for you!

 

xx

 

Thanks for Reading!

 

Samantha

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