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Face Cleaning Regimen Advice

Happy, happy Thursday!

I don’t have much to post today, since yesterday was a rest day. But, two great things did happen last night that I will share with you!

1. My Stridebox for this month came! This might be my favorite box yet, and I can’t wait to do a full review for you in a few days and tell you all about what’s inside! Here’s a snippet:

stridebox review 2014

Don’t make fun of my Olympic pride tablecloth. USA USA USA!

2. I cooked a hearty, colorful meal last night, much to the demise of the hubs, who requested pizza. Again. I stayed strong and went to the store instead and came home with sweet potatoes, salad, and asparagus. Much better! I realized that I really only ever blog sweets or pizza, because they are of course way more interesting than a bowl of oats, Chobani, or green smoothies. Don’t worry, we DO eat pretty decently.

healthy vegetarian meal idea

Now, onto today’s topic! And this will be short and sweet.

What is your face washing regimen? 

I have been using the SAME face cleaning brand since high school, and it has never failed me. Specifically, I am a loyal buyer of Clinique’s Acne Solutions 3 Step cleaning process. It is a foaming cleanser pump for in the shower, a clarifying liquid that you apply with a cotton ball post the foaming cleanser, then a lotion/moisturizer that you put on last.

clinique acne solutions

My face has always been acne prone, but not BAD. Just enough to where if I don’t use something on a regular basis, I’m prone to breakouts, ESPECIALLY once you start factoring in the extra sweat my face takes from running, Aunt Flow, and when I’m overly stressed.  Well, I sometimes get in the habit of just using step 1 and 2, (the bottles on the left and middle) and forget about the lotion for step 3. I often only use the lotion on the right to complete the full process if my face is looking extra blemish-y or breakout-y. So,the past couple times I’ve used that lotion I’ve noticed that it makes my face bright red, only on the skin that it touched. I didn’t think anything of it because the first couple times it happened because I just attributed other things to it and  had no reason to think that’s what was causing the redness. Last night, I used it on my forehead and down around my chin and this morning BAM, bright red, splotchy rash. AGAIN. It’s definitely what’s causing it, and I’m wondering if suddenly I’m now allergic to it, or if the formula in it got changed to something too strong for me. My face is fairly sensitive, which is why I’ve always used Clinique, BUT I’ve never had an issue with the 3rd step lotion aspect. It’s almost like it’s burning my face!

I’ve thought about dropping it all completely, and my husband thinks I should try going one week without using anything but mild soap and water. I think my face needs at least a little bit of acne control, but I could be wrong. Maybe over the years my face hormones have changed? Is that even a thing? You get what I’m trying to say.

I know there’s about a million different methods to cleaning your face, from Neutrogena to ProActiv to au-natural methods like coconut oil and honey. I don’t know if I’m ready to jump on the hippy train, but would love to hear what brands, methods, products you use on your face to keep the blemishes and pimples away that you know runners are so prone to from all that sweat!

Ready, GO!


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    February 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I’m super excited for the Stride Box review! I tend to live vicariously through the runners who actually get subscription boxes. I really love Sharkies too.

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    February 20, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Dermalogica. Dermalogica. Dermalogica. I’ve used almost everything you can imagine from Nordstrom (besides the crazy expensive stuff) and nothing works as well as Dermalogica does for my skin. I use their face wash, their toner, and their moisturizer. They sell it at Ulta, so earn those points for free stuff 🙂
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    February 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Whoa that is crazy about your face lotion! hmmm I think it could definitely have to do with you getting older and having less crazy hormones- your face might not need such strong products? AND maybe because it’s winter and your skin is drier, it makes the reaction even worse? (and you’re right, they could have also changed the formula)

    I used to use facewash/lotion with the salicylic acid (or wahtever that junk is for anti-acne) every day when I was a teenager. but now my skin has calmed down and I just use normal cleansers and lotions (I like target’s knock off version of the clean and clear morning burst cleanser)! I bet if I switched back to the harsher chemicals my face would freak out, haha.

    I hope you can figure out what’s going on!! 🙁 Good luck!
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    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles
    February 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I used acne-specific face wash throughout all of high school and I would find that they’re often so harsh on my poor sensitive skin that they did more harm than good. But I too thought that my skin was just super-acne prone and that the acne-specific face wash was helping…until I switched to “normal” face wash.

    I’ve tried a couple of different face washes since then, most of them without harsh chemicals or parabens, and I started using St. Ive’s apricot scrub last fall, and I use Aveeno daily cleansing pads once or twice a week (instead of the St. Ive’s). I have really sensitive skin–there are only certain brands of face wash and body wash that don’t make me break out or want to tear my skin off, and I’ve found both of those work well for me. I haven’t had a problem with acne either, although I can’t tell you if that’s because of hormones or because of the face wash. 🙂
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    February 20, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I HATE when your old faithful stuff starts to bug you! It’s the pits. I currently switched to the Cosmedix system and I’m loving it. I also make sure to use a mud clarifying mask once a week just to keep my sweaty self in line. Have you thought about a Clarisonic? Game changer.
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    Taylee @ twist me fit
    February 20, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I also use Clinique but haven’t seen a change yet. I also rarely have to buy the lotion though because I feel like I’ve had this bottle for SO LONG. now I want to make it last even longer!

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    Melissa @ Mel's Miles
    February 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you so much for posting on this topic! My skin is pretty awful and I still haven’t found products that work 🙁 I used Clinique in high school and I remember it made my face worse! A friend advised me to try classic Cetaphil and then apply apple cider vinegar every night. Apparently it works. I might try that next.

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    Courtney @RunningforCupcakes
    February 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I had very clear skin all through high school and into college, but about a year ago my face broke out really bad on my chin and forehead and would not go away no matter what I tried! I seriously think I tried every kind of face wash, oil treatment, masks, toothpaste (haha) literally everything. I think my break out had something to do with my birth control because once I got that taken care of my face cleared up some but not all the way. I became a vegetarian a few months ago and have noticed my face is even clearer. I don’t have any proof that not eating meat caused this but it is the only change I have made recently! I hope you find something that works for you!
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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    February 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I have really sensitive skin that gets super dry in the winter so I can’t put too many products on it. I really love the Garnier nourishing cleansing oil right now, and I’ve been following it up with their moisture rescue gel cream. Surprisingly, just using coconut oil on your face can help soothe it too.
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    Nikki@will run for pizza
    February 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Oh the hormones DEFINITELY change as you get older!! I’m acne prone too. STILL. At 34. Even my mom is at 53. We have super oily skin, which I suppose will benefit us in the end because it means less wrinkles…eh, ya win some and lose some.
    Anyways, I’ve changed products SO many times through the years. Recently, I have really liked Alba acne prone wash and then I use witch hazel as an astringent and coconut oil as moisturizer – but not the oil everyday.
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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    February 22, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I feel like our bodies become accustomed to health-care products and we have to mix it up every now and then. Can you ask someone about the Clinque ingredients to see if they have changed? I have very sensitive skin so I always have to watch what I am using. Currently I use Loreal 360 acne wash with a generic cream from Target. For the past two years it has worked out fine but I am noticing a few extra break outs so I don’t know if it is time to move on or not…. Hope you find something that works 🙂
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    February 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I feel like my skin just changed big time and I’m in the search for a skin care regimen. I heard your skin changes every 7 years…. maybe now you don’t need something as severe/strong as that lotion is?
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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    February 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I’ve heard great things about Clinique even though I’ve never tried it. I just started using Philosophy’s Pure cleanser and take a breath moisturizer. So far – so good!
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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    February 25, 2014 at 3:54 am

    I think your skin can definitely change over time. I used to use Clinique but I always found if I missed one morning or evening using it my skin would immediately punish me. I went through a time using Dermalogica but same thing. Now I use Ella Bache, it isn’t cheap but my skin loves it. Hopefully you find something that works for you.

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    March 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    The oil cleansing method! I will never go back to regular face wash. For acne I recommend melalueca oil, spot only. Cheapest and best way I’ve found, but that might qualify as too hippy 😉

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    June 19, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    its all about what you put INTO your body. raw vegan works for me! cleared my cystic acne within a few months. now i only use rose water to cleanse and oils to moisturize!

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