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Part 1: My Skincare Story + Why I’m Writing This Series

The skincare concern I hear most often is “I have acne, but I’m also trying to fight wrinkles!”  As this is something that I hear from people a lot, I’ve decided to do a several part series on Acne & Anti-Aging.  Throughout the series, I will share with you the product lines that I’ve tried, my experiences with them and what I’ve found has worked and hasn’t worked.  This series will conclude with my current personal skincare regimen, which of course isn’t set in stone as I am always looking for the latest and greatest in beauty.  To get started, here is my skincare story:

I’m in my early 30s and have suffered with acne for close to 20 years now…that’s 2 decades!  I was on potent medication to control it when I was in high school and was fortunate enough to get through it with minimal scaring.  My acne isn’t close to what it was then, but it’s still there.

Now at the age of 32, I’m still struggling with acne, but it’s different now.  Teenage acne is different than adult acne.  Your skin is different now, your hormones are different and you’re trying to combat wrinkles, too.  Getting rid of acne, the dark spots they leave behind while making sure my skin is getting enough moisture and stays balanced is quite the job!

I’ve heard things like “You have acne?  I can’t tell – your skin always looks so great!” to which I think “That’s good because you have no idea how much effort this took!”

I have tried so many products and combinations of products over the years (and even the past few months).  I’ve tried sulphur-based products and they work alright, but well, they smell like sulphur.  I’ve tried scrubs, masks, spot treatments, moisturizers, mattifying products, color correction…pretty much anything I can get my hands on.  That being said, if you want me to try something for this series, head over to our Contact Page and send us a message.  We’d love to hear from you!

Now, as a self-proclaimed ‘beauty junkie’, I feel the need to get this out of the way before we go any further.

There are those out there who may think that caring this much about skincare is vein and that people shouldn’t put so much thought and effort into the way that they look.  My response to those comments is this: If you’re self-conscious about the way you look, you don’t always put your best foot forward.  You might hold back in certain situations or feel like you are hiding behind your skin.

Part of why I started Styled to Sparkle was to share what I’ve found to be effective to hopefully help others.  I know that helping people with skincare and feeling good about themselves isn’t curing Cancer, but I feel like it can make a difference.  We all operate differently when we feel good in our own skin.  Confidence is important and if these posts can help provide or rebuild or boost confidence for others, well, then I’ve done my job.

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