I know this isn't news--or even really anything exciting (like you care about my face, right?)--but perhaps someone will find something beneficial from me sharing what I've discovered.
For years I have had issues with clogged pores. I don't get whiteheads and very rarely get those crazy painful red bump-type zits. (* * * Gross TMI Alert * * *) I am, on the other hand, plagued with blackheads (for lack of a better term, as they look nothing like the pictures of blackheads I've seen while researching the issue). I've also noticed that my pores seem to be getting bigger as time passes.
I finally decided to start a real face skin care routine. I've always washed my face (though I admit to forgetting to wash my makeup off at the end of most days), but I wasn't using quality cleansers, or at least wasn't using them in conjunction with other helpful products. I would sporadically use a cheap toner and would only moisturize right before putting on my makeup in the morning. (Since I don't wear foundation it gives my loose powder a little something to cling to.)
BUT I worked out a routine that was not horribly expensive and was working for my sensitive, combination, clogged-pore prone skin (before I switched to all-natural/DIY products).
Morning:In the past when I've used acne products with Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid (a.k.a. Beta Hydroxy Acid, which is also similar to the Acetylsalicylic Acid in aspirin), my face would feel tight, dried out, and like it was burning. Now that I am including the other products--especially the moisturizers--I don't experience that irritation.
*You always want to use a moisturizer with at least an SPF of 15 when using products with Benzoyl Peroxide. That, and it's just good to keep your skin safe from too much sun anyway.
- Oxy Acne Treatment (Maximum Strength, 10% Benzoyl Peroxide)
- Olay Refreshing Toner (A non-intense toner that doesn't irritate my skin after using such a strong cleanser)
- Olay Complete UV Moisturizer (SPF 15)*
- Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Cleanser
- Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner
- Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream (I'm technically using Walmart's Equate version of this right now, but same dif.)
Apparently, THAT is the key! So please don't give up on your acne face washes until you've started incorporating the other products that take the edge off the intense cleansers.
(A version of this article was originally posted on my old blog, Glamoursaurus Rex, which is now defunct.)