Hi everyone! I am new here and I decided to start a new skin care routine after my face decided to do a 360 on me. I have pretty much had "perfect skin" my whole life, with the occasional break out during that time of the month. I have never really cared about washing my face or anything. I could go to sleep with my make up on, or not wash my face at all and nothing would eve really happen. I would only wash my face in the shower. I dont wear foundation, the only make up I use is mascara, blush every now and then and bb cream when im going out to a party or date, etc. The only imperfection I have always had is redness and little bumps on my right cheek that is worse after the shower, but it has never really bothered me (until now thats its getting worse).
My face did a 360 on me about two months ago. I don't know if its in anyway linked to the fact that I started using my first foundation (Neutrogena healthy skin) which I discontinued after about a week of use, when I noticed how much my forehead was breaking out (this is usual area that I break out in). But I also do think that I got a foundation in the first place because my skin wasn't look all that good.
Anyway, I really really really want to start a new skin care routine because I have no idea why I am breaking out. No one in my family deals with acne, or blemishes, or anything. We all have very good skin. Therefore breaking out so much is driving me crazy! and I really just want to have good, healthy looking skin (don't we all :P)
My skin type: -I want to say I have normal skin, with the occasional oiliness in my t-zone/forehead area. I wont notice the oiliness unless I touch my face, meaning I dont look shiny or oily. I do get really, really dry skin in the winter. Not just in my face but pretty much my whole body, but my face does suffer a lot, it feels tight and just dry and ugly.
-St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub (which I discontinued two days ago after discovering how bad it is for you, and yes I been using this for about 7-9 YEARS! :( )
-Jojoba oil at night, about 2-3 drops. (been using it for 3 weeks in hopes of stopping the break outs, not sure how I feel about it so far)
-Tea tree oil as a spot treatment
-Aveeno positively radiant moisturizer
Here is what I was thinking about using now:
Cleanser: Cerave Foaming Cleanser
Moisturizer: Aveeno Positively Radiant (I have pretty much used this for years! I search it on cosDNA and it seems pretty good. I might change it in the long run, but for now I dont want to change EVERYTHING because I am too impatient and ill want to do it all at once instead of every two weeks like advised.)
Exfoliant: St. Ives Green Tea Scrub (I will use this maybe 1-2 per week) and the St. Ives Scrub Free Exfoliating pads (I noticed that the skincareaddiction website says "St. Ives Scrub Free exfoliating pads," yet the link that they have sends you to the exfoliating pads, NOT the scrub free ones. Does anyone have any idea which ones we are suppose to use?)
The items that I need help with are finding a good sunscreen. What do you guys recommend? and is it better to have a moisturizer and a sunscreen, or a 2-in-1 type of product.
Also, I noticed that the beginners routine calls for a cleanser to remove your make up/sunscreen and then you use the regular cleanser (for example, the cerave foaming cleanser). I looked at the recommendations and all of them were kind of pricey (or at least they seem pricey considering I have never used one). Is there anything you guys would recommend, that might be cheap, or maybe not as cheap but super super good, and wont break you out!
And finally, should I be using something else to prevent, or clear out break outs? Since I wont be using the St. Ives apricot scrub (my only source of salicylic acid) what should I use instead.
Sorry for the long post! I would really appreciate any advice, suggestions, recommendations, etc.
Happy Holidays everyone!! :D
P.S. I promise I will continue doing my own research, just wanted to see what you guys thought so far
pics here: http://tfromero23.imgur.com/
note: i am having a good skin day soooooo yeah it doesn't look as bad today