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For over a decade I struggled with my acne prone skin and all I did was fight it. And apparently, fighting your skin makes you unable to help your skin. Finding out your skin type and skin condition can honestly be a hassle, but establishing those tiny facts lay down a solid base for further research.

My skin type: dry, combination
My skin condition(s): acne prone, (occasionally) dehydrated

BHA or salicylic acid

Now, I am still on the search of a skin care routine that is complete and perfect, but I have some favourites and tips I'd like to put out here.

The one product that over the past three months helped me achieve nearly clear skin, is Paula's Choice Calm 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant. The salicylic acid cleanses your pores and helps reduce acne and pimples. You could either purchase a 30 ml bottle for €12,- or the 100 ml bottle for €32 (which comes down to €9,60 for 30 ml). In my experience, 30 ml will last you about 2 to 3 months.

To occasionally boost the effects of the lotion exfoliant, I use The Ordinary's Salicylic Acid 2% Masque (50 ml for €12). The instructions will tell you to use it once or twice a week. For my dry skin people, this obviously is not an option. Limit the use to every other week or less.

Someone who helped me care for my skin is Hyram, an honest guy who will teach you about your skin in the loveliest way possible. His information and recommendations helped me see significant improvements in my skin care routine. Find him on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2sYit3cZ2CuD_8FHYH7O_Q.

Additional information

To all the people struggling with skin that just doesn't seem to clear up: I understand how it may impact your confidence and I cannot tell you to simply stop feeling that way. What I will tell you, or even more so, urge you to keep in mind is to never, not once, let your skin hold you back from speaking to people, leaving the house, or hold you back from what you wish to achieve. Never.

For more information on (teen) acne, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvqgEfUP8uY.