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Current Regimen

This is constantly being tweaked. I really like Paula's Choice products for my skin. They are gentle but effective and leave my skin feeling exfoliated AND hydrated.

My current regimen:


  • Cleanse face with Paula's Choice Normalizing Cleanser, let face dry 5 mins
  • Tone with , let dry 5 mins
  • Apply Paula's Choice 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Fighting Treatment
  • Moisturize with Paula's Choice Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex with SPF 20
  • Follow with Cetaphyl Hydrating Cream if needed, under eyes

    • Cleanse face using Clarisonic brush with Paula's Choice Normalizing Cleanser
    • Eye makeup remover generic brand
    • Tone with Paula's Choice Targeted Acne Relief with 2% Salicylic Acid
    • Optional: Apply Mask or Peel

      • Philosophy Enzyme Peel - quick exfoliation
      • Philosophy Microdelivery Peel - more intense exfoliating
      • Philosophy The Great Mystery Mask - quick gentle exfoliation
      • Mario Badescu Enzyme Mask - creamier, gentle exfoliation 20 mins
      • Mario Badescu Healing and Soothing Mask - calming mask, 20 minutes

      [*]Apply thin layer of 1% Differin cream

      [*]Spot dry patches with Mario Badescu healing cream

      [*]Moisturize with light moisturizer (CVS advanced hydrating lotion)

      Other- spot blemishes with 2% Salicylic acid treatment, or 10%BP, or neosporin

      Make-up: Changes constantly according to my changing skin


      Minocycline 100mg , Yaz bc, women's daily multivitamin, lysine, vitamin E

I decided to try this out since studying for finals is making my skin crazy. I have been drinking nothing but caffeine and I haven't slept more than 2 hours at a time since last friday, so my poor body is really taking a toll. On top of the extra stress and poor health, the season's change has been hard on my skin too. My lips have been extremely chapped and sore and my hands, arms, and legs are white with layers of dry skin. ick.

I think I am going to purchase a humidifier to deal with this winter season.

Right now my face is irritated, red, blotchy, dry, and recovering form being picked at last night (tisk risk). Its embarrassing but I'm too tired to cover it with make-up. Hope it clears up this weekend after I treat myself to a spa date with my housemates and a full night's sleep tomorrow.

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