Wendy (doubleyooo) wrote in bepimpled,

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Too Much?

Hello! This is my first time posting, and I have some questions.

In the beginning, I used to only use facial soap to wash my face. After going for facial sessions, it hasn't really seemed to help, except for the fact that my blackheads are periodically being removed and pimples squeezed. The lady who does my facials told me to get some products. So now, I'm using a facial wash, cleanser, toner and moisturizer [for oily and combination (sensitive) skin, which I have]; a clay mask which I use twice a week; and an exfoliator which I use once a week. My skin seems to be getting better, but not much. I have used all these products for a couple of months now.

Yesterday, when I went for my facial, the lady told me to get a purifying mask as well. I don't know about all of you, but it seems to me that I'm already using enough products! It's horrible because most of my friends just wash their faces twice a day and they have radiant skin.

So my question is: do these products really help? If not, what else can I do to help improve my skin condition?

I do exercise, and I drink plenty of water. I eat my vegetables and try to avoid fried foods. I don't touch my face and I make sure my hair is always pulled back away from my face. But yet I don't understand why my skin doesn't seem to be improving as much as I want it to be... It's terribly frustrating! Help, anyone?

Another quick question: Would working in a, let's say, fast-food restaurant compared to a yoghurt shop have any difference for my face? I'm thinking of switching jobs but I'm wary of places that deal with oily food...

Thanks in advance for your help!
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I definitely wouldn't recommend working in a fast-food restaurant if you're prone to acne. Cooking oils and fried food greases are emitted into the air, and our skin absorbs them. Oils mix with bacteria and dead skin cells to cause acne.

I would suggest simplifying your skincare routine. Keep in mind that spas and facialists want you to buy products, so it's not always in your best interest to take them up on every recommendation. It's really important to be consistent -- many products take a while to work, so stick with a routine for at least several weeks (or months) to give your skin time to respond. It sounds like you've given your current regime a chance to work, and if you're not seeing the results you want, it might be time to try something new.

The basic routine you're on sounds right, although I'm not sure how a facial wash is different from a cleanser, and I'm not sure you need the toner. I would wash with a gentle cleanser morning and night and exfoliate a couple times a week (but make sure to choose something that isn't too abrasive, and don't rub too hard, or you can aggravate acne). Use an oil-free moisturizer and spot treatment. A mask can be great once a week, but if you notice your skin becoming irritated, scale down -- i.e., acne treatment every other night or less exfoliating, etc.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
When trying different products, you gotta try them only one or two at a time and give them a month or two to work. Brand A of facewash and Brand B of moisturizer and so on. Everyone is different, you just have to be patient and find the combo that works for you. But, using a lot of different things on your face at once will definitely stress out your face.

Don't buy your products from the lady who gives the facials, then she will probably give you more honest advice once profit is out of the equation.