I had stereotypical skin as a teenager, including acne so bad that I successfully begged my mother to take me to the dermatologist, who prescribed an antibiotic called tetracycline. It didn’t do all that much for me, though, and by the time I was in my first year of law school, I had a few pits and scars on my poor cheeks.
That was about the time that ProActiv infomercials started airing, and I couldn’t resist. The amazing thing was, the stuff really worked. I had to experiment with the regimen for a while, and I discovered that the Repairing Lotion was so intense, it actually bleached my sheets and blankets where my face came into contact with them during the night.
A few years later, I started seeing my current dermatologist, who diagnosed rosacea, which caused redness and lots of small bumps. My dermatologist advised me to wash only with the mildest soap (Dove or Aveeno bar soap) and use a moisturizer called DML Forte.
I realized, though, that the bar soap was insufficient to keep the acne at bay, at least when I wasn’t pregnant. (I have to say, my skin was never better than when I was pregnant. I feel it’s only fair, since my pregnancies were rough in other ways.)
So here’s the regimen I now follow:
Morning – Wash with Dove bar soap, moisturize with DML Forte
Evening – Wash with a benzoyl peroxide cleanser (like ProActiv Renewing Cleanser), moisturize with DML Forte
And that’s it! It really works for me. I actually get compliments on my skin now (and I’m not even pregnant)!
Of course, my skin care regimen won’t work for everyone. But since there are so many products out there, I wanted to point out that sometimes less is more. And, I worry that as I get older, a regimen this simple won’t continue to work for me. So I’d love to hear from you: What’s your skincare regimen like?