I have a skin care confession: I am a pimple picker, and, to make things worse, I have sensitive skin. It’s not a great match: harming sensitive skin by doing my own extractions led to a long healing period that left some gnarly scarring on my face.
These days, instead of taking matters into my own hands, I rely on skin care with ingredients that address both skin conditions. I need products that do not cause irritation.
Today, I’m sharing the skin care routine that has helped my skin recover. For me, investing time and effort into taking care of my skin helps change my relationship with it—the more I care for my skin, the less likely I am to pick at it.
1. Double cleanse.
The most important step is this one. Living in New York City can mean that the skin withstands a lot of debris, pollution, and bacteria—without a solid cleanse, they can wreak havoc on sensitive skin. I start with an oil cleanser that washes off my SPF and makeup—I have been using Kahina Giving Beauty’s Oil Cleanser. Then I follow with Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser that contains cotton extract, which soothes the skin while whisking away leftover grime.
2. Spritz hydrosol.
I follow with a soothing, hydrating hydrosol that calms and replenishes my skin after cleansing. This one from Pai has been a favorite.
3. Apply vitamin C serum.
I then apply the Ursa Major vitamin C serum that can help even out my skin tone while being gentle at the same time.
4. Spot-treat trouble zones.
If I have a stubborn pimple, I’ll use a spot treatment like Tata Harper’s spot solution instead of my fingers!
I top it all off with my beloved Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream that will leave my skin moisturized without any irritation.
It's tough breaking bad habits, but having a solid skin care routine helps pull me out of them. There's no reason to compromise my skin when I have the right products that address my conditions. It's not easy, but the results are worth it!