About three years ago, I started an extremely frustrating battle with adult acne. I had previous bouts in my teens but all were fairly easy to maintain thanks to my dermatologist. Flash forward to my early-to-mid 20’s, and things were not so easy. I no longer had ’bouts’ or ‘flare ups’ but rather constant breakouts.
I was extremely uncomfortable in my own skin and desperately seeking a solution.
Layering on makeup only made my face feel worse and not wearing any at all was (personally) not an option with a client facing role at work.
This began my search for cleaner products that covered blemishes and didn’t leave my face feeling worse after. (What a thought, right?!)
My search led me to some startling facts:
“The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938″ – www.beautycounter.com.
“The European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date” – www.beautycounter.com.
After my research, I felt naive to have ignored this topic for so long. I was now convinced my makeup was a huge part of my acne issues and I made the switch to safer products.
I’m still working on perfecting my skin routine; safer beauty products are only part of the mix, but it was a huge first step in feeling comfortable in my own skin.
Below are some of my favorite products I’ve been using the past 2 years. I use a mixture of products between Beauty Counter and Honest Beauty based on trials and what I have found to work best for me.
All images in the slider are used from the site they are linked to.
Both sites give you your own account and login information so that you can easily see past orders or set up auto shipping. You get a discount on Honest when you bundle product, however, this is a monthly subscription and I don’t use products fast enough to need them on a monthly basis so I order as needed.
Both sites have awesome, quick tutorials on how to use each product.
A couple of my favorites: