Once again, I’ve switched skin care direction. After I posted my game plan, a few of you pointed out that I would be using a lot of different products and that perhaps I needed to simplify my routine. I also had a facial scheduled around the time I posted last about my skin, so after your comments I held off on buying 718 new products.
I went to my facial and my esthetician said I had serious congestion in my chin. She spent a lot of time steaming my face and doing extractions (ouch!). I also got a mild chemical peel. I ended up buying CosMedix Benefit Cleanser + Purity Moisturizer from my esthetician; she said it if didn’t work she’d refund my money. Sounded good to me! CosMedix is a bit pricey but since I was planning to buy so many different products, I would have ended up spending about the same amount of money, and this is a much simpler routine.
She also told me that I needed to ditch my current foundation and suggested BareMinerals, which I’ve been loving.
This is a picture just a week after that facial and switching to CosMedix and BareMinerals. There’s a filter on the picture that masks some of the scarring, but my skin really has improved.
I went back for another chemical peel this past weekend and again, she did a lot of extractions on my chin. She asked if I use any heavy chapsticks or cocoa butter on my lips because of all the deep congestion around my lips. I wonder if the Burts Bee’s chapstick was getting slathered around and gunking up my pores. So, I’m working on applying chapstick more carefully now.
I’m having some minor flaking since the peel but I can tell that my chin is gradually getting better. I’ve had just a few blemishes pop up since I made all these switches. Annnnd I’m thinking they may have corresponded with the few times I’ve had gluten. :/ I’m still working on that. I just keep forgetting!
I’m going to continue to get regular chemical peels for the next few months to work on the congestion and to help with scarring. My esthetician pointed out that a daily routine with good products is the most important step and then facial are just tune-ups (which I should only need a few times a year once I’ve gotten all the major breakout cleared up). I shouldn’t use facials trying to fix my skin; they should improve upon what I’m doing at home. Makes sense.
Thank you again for all your suggestions and help on this journey!