Skin care is very essential; this includes body and face. Sometimes, it can be very difficult to find what actually works because there are so many skin types and the skin on your face acts or reacts completely different from the skin on your body. It’s important to love yourself and to feel absolutely comfortable in the skin you’re in, so we have to take measures to ensure this. Now, of course your skin will probably not be as smooth or clear as someone else’s but this is why understanding your skin is so important and loving yourself regardless plays a major role.

For many years I struggled with terrible acne on my face, chest and back. This was at about the age of 13. I was not happy with the way my skin looked and I wanted to change that. I expressed my concerns to my doctor and I was given Epiduo, a cream to treat acne for my face and a body wash containing benzoyl peroxide. I used this for a couple of months and it caused my skin to be really dry and scaly and I did not really see the results that I was expecting to see so I stopped using it.

But, that was a big mistake. It takes time to see results but because I had stopped using the cream and wash, if I tried again it would probably not be effective because my body will most likely not be sensitive to it anymore. Moral of the story: Be patient! Results do not come overnight. It can be frustrating and discouraging but trust the process. Your impatience could possibly worsen your skin condition.

So, I had to deal with my acne all through high school, although at some point, it did get better… but not really. At the time, I was using Clearasil rapid action face wash but I was not seeing much results, however, I kept using it. I started drinking a lot more water and eating less oily foods and that helped to a degree. When I started college was when I really started exploring my options, doing research and I found something that really worked for me.

I started using Clean and Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub along with the Dual Action Moisturizer. This worked magic for me. Within 2-3 weeks, I could see visible results, real results. I soon started using the Clean and Clear Continuous Acne Cleanser along with the Exfoliating Scrub, the cleanser in the morning and the scrub at night, followed by the moisturizer both times. I later had to switch from the Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub to the Blackhead Eraser Scrub because the Rite Aid I was buying from stopped carrying the Exfoliating Scrub. However, I found that switching between these two products was not an issue because it was still Clean and Clear. So, I do recommend finding a primary product and keeping up with it, but I also recommend having a secondary product for backup.

This summer, I purchased Clinique’s Acne Solutions Clear Skin System Starter Kit. It comes with a Cleansing Foam, a Clarifying Lotion (an astringent), and an All Over Clearing Treatment. I read good reviews on it and I needed a backup skin care product so I gave it a try. I really enjoy using it, when I do have to. The Clearing Treatment is my favorite because I put it on new pimples overnight and the next morning they have shrunken in size significantly, almost disappearing.

As far as the acne on my chest and back, Shea Moisture Black Soap has done wonders for me. I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else. My chest acne has improved significantly, almost nearly gone. I have a few spots but they are more like scars, not really acne. The soap really worked for me, and it doesn’t dry my skin out as some have said it does for them. It’s also very affordable and the bar is huge so it lasts me a while. I have also used it on my face and have seen results, but it does make my face a bit dry so occasionally I use it in combination with my Clean and Clear products.

Figuring out what works for your skin and keeping up with it is key and it is doable. Initially, it was frustrating for me and a bit discouraging when certain products were suggested but did not work how I expected. However, I had to remind myself that while this was important to me, it would take time and multiple attempts to see real results. I had to trust the process and learn to love my skin.