Hey everyone, long time no "see". I just wanted to pop in and let you know what's working for me lately. It's something I've talked about on here in the past but I always went back and forth on it. Now I know for sure that it helps. This is my "face washing" regimen:
-I shower once a day, in high pressure, lukewarm water that streams directly on my face for a few minutes.
-I don't rub with my fingers or use any soap.
-I get out of the shower, dry off my hair and body with a towel, then go to my room and pat dry my face with the inside of a clean t-shirt.
My face looks red and irritated, plus a little dry and flaky, for a couple hours after doing this. But it never itches. So I usually shower at night, or very early in the day if I'm going out later on. After a few hours it looks practically flawless. Although I usually have 2-3 spots at various stages in their cycle, because I have days where I second guess this regimen and do it differently, which breaks me out.
My diet is dairy free, red meat free, with limited sugar intake. But that's for general health and animal welfare reasons. I don't know if it makes a difference for my skin but I thought I should mention it.
Doing this keeps my skin clear and never oily. It does look a little rough and red at times, but I'm probably still transitioning.