5 Tips For Clearer Skin

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I shared back in May how I’ve been self-conscious for years because of my acne prone skin. It’s kept me from introducing myself to new people, getting in pictures with my children, and starting to use video as a tool for blogging. I never realized how much my bad skin kept me from doing things, but recently it’s become more apparent. For example, I’m in the process of planning my wedding. I found the most beautiful dress, but I wouldn’t let my mom take a photo of me in it at the bridal dress store. I wasn’t wearing makeup and I didn’t want any pictures of my bare face. The photo below is the image she ended up with and what I shared on social media. As you can see, my face is nowhere to be found.

Knowing that on my wedding day I’ll be in numerous photos, I decided that it was really important to focus on improving my skin. I want to look back on my wedding photos and see my smiling face next to my husband. I also want to be in more pictures with my children instead of hiding behind the camera all the time. My bad skin has greatly affected every area of my life, and I decided that I’m not going to let it do so any longer. There are five things I’ve been doing to work on clearing up my skin, so I wanted to share them with you all in the hopes that they can help someone else.

The first, and most important thing that I did, was add Differin® Gel to my skincare regimen. It’s the only prescription-strength retinoid available over-the-counter for clearing and preventing acne. It’s the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years! It clears breakouts where they start (deep in the pores) and prevents breakouts before they begin and as a result, restores skin’s texture and tone. I’ve noticed clearer skin after using this product for a couple months. I went from always having one or two large pimples and a number of smaller ones to only having a pimple or two around the time my period comes. I also noticed that the breakouts that I do get are less severe and go away quicker than before.

I took photos before I started using Differin® Gel and about two months later. In both images I have a light layer of moisturizing cream on my face and that’s it. I normally add some concealer over my breakouts, but for these pictures I didn’t put any on. (Both images are not retouched or edited in any way, I’m just a bit tanner in the “after” image since the warmer weather is here and I’m outside more.)

You can see in the images above how much better my skin looks in just a couple months. My chin and cheeks, the areas that used to break out the most, are clear of new breakouts now except for one small pimple. After living with numerous breakouts all over my face, I can deal with a tiny one, especially knowing that it won’t get as bad as my pimples used to get. If you look at the “before” picture you’ll see that I have a large dark spot on my right cheek which was a pimple that seemed to be there for months. That doesn’t happen anymore!

Along with using Differin® Gel, I wanted to share some other things I’m doing in my quest for healthier looking skin.

 

  • Using a moisturizer daily- I used to avoid moisturizer because I thought it made my skin worse; however,  I discovered that a lightweight moisturizer made for acne prone skin, like Differin® Balancing Moisturizer, is actually good for my skin.

  • Drinking more water- Again, skin needs to be moisturized! Drinking plenty of water helps the skin look fabulous from the inside out. I am still not reaching my daily water intake goal, but I’m drinking more water than I used to.

  • Touching my face less- Whether it’s picking at a breakout, rubbing my forehead when I’m stressed, or resting my chin in my hands, I realized that I touched my face on a frequent basis. This habit not only spreads germs but was probably making my acne worse, so I’m trying to be more conscious of this habit and working on keeping my hands away from my face.

  • Having makeup free days- Now that my skin is clearing up, I feel better not wearing makeup every second. If I have a day I’m not doing much, I’ll skip makeup and give my skin a day to breathe.

I hope these five tips for clearer skin help you if you are suffering from acne. If you want to try Differin® Gel you can find it in the facial skincare aisle at Walmart by the other acne-fighting products. Go to Differin.com to get $2 off Differin® Gel and use it on your next shopping trip to Walmart!

When using the product, keep in mind that Differin® Gel is not used in the same way as a spot treatment. In order to get the best results, you should apply a thin layer all over the face, once a day, every day, after your skin is washed and before moisturizer. Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation. Also, it’s important to continue using Differin® Gel as part of your skincare routine, even after your skin looks clear, to help prevent future breakouts.

Do you struggle with acne or have you in the past? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Let me know if you have any great tips to share on how to reduce acne other than the ones I’ve listed here.

Disclosure: This product is dermatologist developed and tested. Please call 1-866-735-4137 for any questions you may have concerning the product. However, should you experience any problems while using the product, please discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.

Comments

  1. It’s great when you find something that really works and makes you feel good and confident! Congrats on your wedding – it will be a beautiful day!

  2. Michelle says:

    Such a good reminder to not touch our faces – it’s such an easy habit to fall into but has major consequences! #client

  3. I haven’t ever struggled with acne, but my husband does have severe adult acne. I’ve not heard of this product, but am glad it’s easy to find in the store. I’ll tell him about it.

  4. Dawn Inglett says:

    Wow! That really made a world of difference in your skin! The before and after photos really do tell the story. I hope you feel more confident and free to let your true beauty shine :)

  5. Your skin looks great. I wear make up less often than I used to and I have noticed a difference in my own skin so I don’t bother with it on most days unless I have something special going on now.

  6. Cathy says:

    I’m super grateful I don’t have an acne problem, but I’m thrilled to see you found something that works for you because your skin looks great!

  7. Yolanda says:

    You have a serious glow about you now! Another tip I notice makes a huge impact to my skin is drinking loads of water.

  8. Catherine Sargent says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I need to start drink more water and using a daily moisturizer on my face.

  9. Emily says:

    Great results! I like that it just gives a healthy glow to the skin. I have not heard of this product before, thanks for the tip!

  10. Liz Mays says:

    Your skin strategies are definitely working! Differin sounds like a good treatment and I do hear that being hydrated improves your skin quite a bit.

  11. Autumn says:

    What a big difference it made! I would love to look at this for when my face breaks out from time to time! And of course, your skin looks great!

  12. Myrah Duque says:

    Never heard of this brand, but must admit it really gave you excellent results! My cousin breaks out all the time will share with her.

  13. Wow, what a difference this made. You look amazing. So glad you found something you like and works.

  14. Louise says:

    Differin Gel sounds amazing! You can really see the difference it’s made to your skin. I wonder if they sell this here in the UK?!

    Louise x

  15. Ellen says:

    I’m acne prone too. I need to find a good moisturizer. It’s the one thing I don’t do.

  16. Sean Mahan says:

    Awesome products, I’m sure my lady will love to hear about this!

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