My Skincare Story & Routine

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How I Went From Cystic Acne & Regular Breakouts to Clear Skin

I remember getting my first pimple in middle school — the worst day of my life, at least I thought so at the time. From that day forth I would be consumed with keeping my skin clear, but nothing worked.

I tried Proactiv, St. Ives apricot scrub (I feel like we all went through that phase), anything someone recommended — I would try it. In high school, my skin was fairly clear aside from the texture on my forehead and a pimple every so often. 

So I did what most teenage girls with acne do, I started birth control, specifically the pill. That worked for a little while. Fast forward to college and I started getting cystic acne. Talk about being insecure.

So I would cover it with makeup or try to pop them before they were even ready to be popped. Bad idea. They would get worse, so I’d cover it with more makeup. You know what happened next…yea, it got worse.

Bye, bye makeup!

Finally, I decided to tone down the makeup until my skin was at least smooth. Bye-bye star crunch, hello bare face. This was so hard for me because I was obviously insecure but it was much needed.

Towards the end of my college career and after my first child my skin was the clearest it had ever been. I was using the Biore charcoal cleanser, Pond’s dark spot correcting cream, and toning with Thayer’s witch hazel. Hallelujah!

I used the Biore charcoal cleanser for a few years until my skin wasn’t responding to it anymore. I was breaking out more than I was used to during that time. That’s when I discovered the magic that is African black soap. I started off using the shea moisture one, that worked well but then I was told: “girl, that is not the real thing!”.

So my husband (he started using it first then suggested I try it out) discovered my new holy grail at our local H-E-B (Texas yall), Kuza naturals 100% African Black Soap. But by then I had accumulated dark spots.

I was still using the Pond’s dark spot correcting cream but that wasn’t working fast enough. So I did more research and discovered natural ways to remove dark spots. That’s when I discovered aloe vera, tea tree oil, and vitamin e. (I hope you’re writing this down!)

Those three products alone were life-changing and the glow they gave was something I never had. I highly recommend a good moisturizer or oil after using African Black Soap because it’s very drying.

Along with my regular day and night time skincare, I use a face mask about once a week — if I don’t forget. My favorite line is Freeman, which can be found at Five Below, Target, Walmart, and your local grocery store.

Hello clear skin!

This is what worked for me and results may vary. Don’t try everything at once or all over your face — always do a patch test first. Below I’ve listed the products I use and in what order:

  1. I wash my face with the Kuzi African Black Soap (this is from my local H-E-B, woo go Texas lol) thoroughly. Don’t just lather it on and immediately rinse. Take your time, let it sit for a minute.
  2. After I wash I go in with a toner. As of late, I have been using 50% rubbing alcohol, which can be found almost everywhere. You can use something less harsh like Dickinson’s witch hazel.
  3. Once toning is done I go in with my tea tree oil that can be found online or at your local target and Spring Valley’s vitamin e oil.
  4. Next up is the Fruit of the Earth’s aloe vera gel. Another option is aloe vera gel fresh from the plant which can be found at most grocery stores.
  5. Lastly, I apply my Pond’s Dark Spot Correcting cream which can be found online or at your local grocery/drugstore.

Bonus Tip: Apply castor oil to your lashes and eyebrows to promote growth!

What’s your skincare routine looking like right now? What products are you loving? Hating? Leave a comment down below and let’s talk about it!
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  1. Wow. I am so sorry you have had so many issues with your facial skin health. I am so glad you have the solution, now.I just recently found African Black soap on Amazon when I was looking for ANY kind of soap in this crisis. I am glad you explained that it is very drying. Thank you for this well researched article.
    Best, Christina


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