I stopped using fancy face products and my acne went away

I don’t know why, but this spring, for the first time since I was in my early twenties and didn’t realize you were supposed to wash your face on a daily basis – I know, gross – my face has been breaking out like that’s its job, and it’s getting paid time and a half for it.

Every morning when I looked at myself in the mirror, I’d find another red, plump pimple or cluster of whiteheads exercising their squatters’ rights on my face..

I tried EVERYTHING to get my face to calm the fuck down so I could live again. But it wasn’t until I put down the fancy products and went back to using shit I bought at Walgreens that I finally managed to get myself under control.

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Since I work at Galore, there’s always a nice fancy serum or spot treatment that PR companies swear up and down will fix whatever problems my skin was having.

While most of these products made absolutely no difference whatsoever, one day I stumbled upon the holy grail: a face oil that left my face looking better than it’s looked ever. Seriously, multiple people told me skin looked like it was glowing.

FYI, it’s Baiser Beauty’s Formula Number 13 Pure Face Oil Cleanse and you should buy it. It will change your life. Plus it smells fab.

Anyway, for a month, life was a dream. I’d still get whiteheads from time to time, but they’d be small and all I’d have to do was lightly graze my hand over them and they’d magically go away.

But then I got cocky and started trying different face oils and all hell broke loose. Every new product I tried made my face break out like crazy, and nothing I tried made it better.

Exasperated, I decided I was going to stop wearing makeup and go back to using the same products I was using before I started having so many skin problems.

So I pulled out my old bottle of Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Face Wash, a mostly used up container of Queen Helene Masque Mud Pack, and some random aloe-based moisturizer my Dad bought me for Christmas one year because he read about it in Sky Mall, or something.

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I shit you not, my face instantly felt better after washing it with a traditional face wash.

And now that it’s been a little over a week, I’m happy to report I haven’t gotten a SINGLE pimple. Even on the days when I’ve decided to be extra and wear all the makeup. Yes, my face looks a little duller than it did before, but so far the trade off’s been worth it to me.

Now I’m not saying I’ll never go back to using fancy products, TBH I did break into my stash of Dr. Jart face masks this weekend. But for now, I’m just gonna stick to my boring beauty routine.

Which isn’t to say that you should stop using your fancy face oils and serums and whatever’s in your medicine cabinet if it works for you, but just know that when your face is freaking out, it pays to go back to the basics.

There’s a reason they were industry standard for years. Because they work.


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