“Ruin is the road to transformation.”

{Kizzie Klaire Photography}

I must start this post off with a little bit of history. Everyone I know had a hard skin life through high school. I however had only a few breakouts through out my four years of high school. It was when I started to wear actual makeup and in college where I started to lose that great skin I had in high school. I just rode it out because it wasn’t that bad in college because in my eyes it was still acceptable. Then I graduated and I saw it get worse. I started changing up my skincare, started using real skincare, and got advice from the girls in skincare at my job. I saw some improvement but not enough. So I finally set up an appointment with my friends dermatologist at PureDermatology in Hoover. After a few oral pills and a few topicals I finally saw an improvement. I will always fight breakouts especially when I can’t give up some dairy products so I am always taking care of my skin even if all I want to do is go to bed.

So after almost a year I hardcore work on my skin and though I still have hormonal breakouts I haven’t felt this comfortable in my skin. Let me tell you about my skin a little bit. It is pale as a ghost, I am combination that leans more oily especially in the T-zone area with dry periods in the winter. I have hormonal and dietary breakouts which is called adult acne. I have scaring that I want to work on and of course black heads. Here is what I use on a daily basis thanks to skincare peeps at Sephora, research, and of course my dermatologist.


  1. Face Wash ~ Acne Free ~ the best % of benzoial peroxide I could find
  2. Clarisonic once a week
  3. Eye cream ~ right now it is either the Algenist Renewal Balm or Clinique Pep Start
  4. Acne Topical ~ Aczone
  5. Moisturizer ~ Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel


  1. Makeup Remover ~ Clinique Take the Day Off Oil or makeup wipe
  2. Face Wash ~ Dr. Dennis Gross All-In-One Cleanser with Toner or NEW Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cleanser
  3. Foreo ~ every night to get a deeper clean
  4. Eye Cream ~ Algenist Renewal Balm
  5. Acne Topical ~ Differne
  6. Moisturizer ~ Joise Maran Argan Oil
  7. For Extra Moisture ~ Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and/or Hydration Mask



My own skincare journey made me think about what other journeys people have in skincare and where they turn to. Who do you turn to, to find your skincare? As you read above I went through a few different ways to figure my skin out and I am still trying new things here and there. There are three different ways people can get info on what skincare they should use. Those that sell the products like Sephora and counters. The research of others like reviews.com or bloggers. Lastly, the experts like my dermatologist. In my opinion you should start with your own research because sometimes it is as small as your face wash which you should read Reviews.com’s Best Facial Cleanser Reviews of 2016. There is a face cleanser for everyone on here!! My go to on the list are of course the Kate Somerville because her stuff is fabulous and now I kinda want to try their #1 Cellex-C Betaplex Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Cleansing the face is probably the most important part of the entire skincare routine. That is why most people suggest a double cleanse at night one to get makeup off the other to actually cleanse the skin. That also allows your following pieces to work even better. After your research you will find yourself at the counters, Sephora or even drugstores. Sadly you can’t really ask questions at the drugstore but at the counters and Sephora you can ask ALL the questions. Make sure you do. The skincare experts are trained and can help a lot! Lastly is the dermatologist office who will take care of it the fastest with stronger topicals and pills.

Skincare is a tough one almost as tough as figuring instagram out but it is one I always find myself reverting to the experts and fighting my way to find what actually works. I have also learned through this is how important not only a facial wash is but a regime that you actually follow. Having products that will actually help the skin because I allowed them the time to work.

I will always be working on my skin and trying to get it better and better to the point where I feel super comfortable in my skin. I can still feel people looking at me when I go out if I don’t have makeup on like today because I have a red bump that doesn’t want to come to a head :/ Plus the next thing I want to work on is the scaring that occurred during the times of bad breakouts.

If you are on the same road as me good luck and don’t hesitate to go get help because that is what saved my skin!



“Ruin is the road to transformation.” – Eat.Pray.Love

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  • I use cetaphil! It’s hard – a year ago I finally had to suck it up and go to the dermatologist. hormones suck!
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  • My Friend Elle

    I landed the skin lottery and thank goodness, I suck at skin routines. I wash my face with cleanser or water (depending on if I wore makeup) and then just try to eat right.

    Have courage,

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  • I have struggled with skin issues all of my life. I stopped wearing make-up (with the exception of mascara and lipstick) about a year ago and it has made a WORLD of difference. I love my facial cleansing brush and could not live without a good, solid moisturizer. Great post! XO

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  • Adaleta Avdic

    I’m a big skincare fanatic and I love your breakdown of product use. People are always asking me what my skincare routine is but I want to do it in a video in a fun almost Get Ready With Me type of video, so I’m not entirely sure how to make it work quite so seamlessly but I’ll come up with a concept at some point! xx adaatude.com

  • I have a pretty set skin care routine that works well for me. Hormonal and dietary breakouts are the worst!! I’m also working on get my scarring under control – the joys of adult acne. Great post!
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  • My skincare regimen is SO embarrassing. I barely wash my face before bed and sometimes use my body lotion as moisturizer… (I know!!!). This post is so pretty, clean and motivating. I’m in need of a new eye cream and may just have to try the one you’ve shared. Thanks!

  • Amanda Ray

    I guess I’m pretty lucky, I barely use product. Just wash my face at night and in the morning put on a moisturizing lotion + SPF before makeup. And then once or twice a week I use the Clarisonic or a different exfoliator! <3
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