During my teenage years my skin was pristine. I got the occasional pimple, but never really experienced acne. That all changed when I hit my mid-20’s. My clear complexion suddenly began to breakout around my chin, jawline, nose and I experienced mild cystic acne. I was genuinely embarrassed by my appearance and afraid that people were always starring at my breakouts, not me. Doctors told my late-onset acne could be contributed to a hormonal change, diet, stress- a number of things. At one point I even considered going on Accutane until I read about the side effects. I remember thinking my skin would never return back to normal. Thankfully, it did. Here are the changes I made:

  • I switched my birth control to a one with a lower estrogen level. This was not an overnight solution I did not see results until the third attempt. Be patient.
  • I stopped picking at my face. This was a life long bad habit of mine. I just want you to think about all the things you touch everyday- all those gems are under your fingernails and digging into your face. Gross. Just stop.
  • As a beauty product junkie, I will use a multitude of products until I get results. I was using too much and too many products. Once I simplified my routine and used fewer products my skin stabilized.

Below are some of the products helped clear up my face. I have also shared my morning and evening skincare regime, which you might find helpful. Thanks for reading!



Acne Fighting Cleansers

Orgins Zero Oil Cleanser is a foaming face wash containing saw palmetto and salicylic acid, to help treat and prevent breakouts. My favorite ingredient is the mint because it makes my face feel awake and refreshed. Unlike most foaming cleansers this one does not like you skin feeling taught and stripped of oils. 

The Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser is a no-frills daily cleanser that works on all skin types. It was formulated in 1947 for dermatologists and comes highly recommended. This product does contain parabens, so if that is a concern try the Cetaphil Baby Wash.

Products to Unclog Pores

Once a week I use Mario Badescu Silver Powder on my chin and around my nose to eliminate and prevent blackheads. I purchased after developing mild acne in my mid-20’s. I was skeptical that any product would help, but willing to try anything. Honestly, this should be called magic powder and lives up to all its claims. To use, dab a wet cotton ball into the powder and apply to your problem areas. After waiting 10 minutes use toner on a cotton pad to remove the solution. 

Another product I use weekly to fight breakouts is the Orgins Clear Improvement face mask. Charcoal is the active ingredient, which goes deep below the skins surface to draw out dirt and environmental pollutants. The result is a revived bright complexion. Tip: A great way to test this product is to buy the travel size. 

Oil Free Moisturizers

Every summer I switch my daily moisturizer to the Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 for oily skin. It is a lightweight anti-aging formula with UVA/UVB sun protection and protects the skin against environmental toxins. I love that it seeps into my skin and stays put even in humid weather. 

If you are looking to eliminate that mid-day shine try  Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisturizer. This hydrating lotion fights acne with saw palmetto and salicylic acid to help reduce oil production that can lead to breakouts. 

One of the best ways to fight acne is by keeping your skin health and hydrated. Like many people, I use to under moisturize thinking it would control my oil production and lead to less breakouts. This is the exact opposite of what you should do! To give my face the hydration I deprived it of, I turned to Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. This did the trick and brought back my skin to its healthy state. 

Acne Creams

One of the best ways to prevent acne is know what environmental factors cause them. For me, whenever I fly, am stressed or am not eating healthy I breakout. To stop the breakouts before they start I apply Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum to my trouble areas after cleansing then follow with a moisturizer.  

One of my drugstore skin clearing staples is PanOxyl Spot Treatment 3%. It treats existing pimples while helping prevent any future ones. For people with sensitive skin this is a great option because of the lower level benzoyl peroxide, which can dry out skin. 

For tough stubborn breakouts turn to AcneFree Terminator 10. This fast absorbing formula will get deep into your pores to kill acne causing bacteria while reducing swelling and redness. Since it does contain 10% of benzoyl peroxide use a small amount to see how your skin will react. It is a great product for and body acne as well. Tip: This product does bleach fabric. If applying to your face in the evening use a white pillowcase. 

Next time you have a whitehead, resist popping it and use Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. It is an overnight miracle worker and you will wake up amazed. Truly! To use take a Q-tip and dip it into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle then dab it onto the area. It is important not to dip a used Q-tip back into the bottle and whatever you do, DO NOT shake the bottle. 

Solutions for Popped Pimples

For those pesky pimple that just remain bumps under the skin apply Mario Badescu Drying Cream to the irritated area. This cream prevents the pimple from enlarging and spreading while concealing it. 

So against your better judgement you attacked your face and that pimple is now raw exposed skin. You attempt to cover it by layering on concealer and powder that never sticks. Can you tell I have been in this position? First, do not pick at it anymore. Apply New-Skin First Aid Antiseptic Liquid Bandage to clean skin. Make sure there is no product, even moisturizer on the area you wish to cover. Gently use the brush (provided) to cover the pimple. After the solution has dried use a clean concealer brush to cover then dusk will a powder to set it.