Monday, April 1, 2013

A to Z Challenge: Acne

Ewwww are you really gonna start with that?!

Okay. Let me go ahead and get this started by saying something pertinent and personal all at the same time: I am 24 years old, and I still have acne.

It's not bad, and it's not that gross, but it still happens, and it is awful. I remember thinking, at the fragile age of 14, "surely this will go away by the time I am an important adult, 18 and in college!" Nope, Past-Patricia. If anything, it got a bit worse when I got to college and my hormones got even more adept at yanking me around like a dog on a short leash.

So at this point, I feel like I am qualified to tell you what I do to keep my skin as acne-free as possible. Here is why: I like shortcuts, I don't like to own 500 products, and I'm a cheapskate. So the best things I can do for my skin that are going to cost the least (in the long run, anyway)? I am so there.

To your left, you will see the  majesty that is a Clairsonic Mia. Mine is a Mia 1, because my purchase of a Mia 1 drove home the invention and implementation of the Mia 2. (whenever I buy something, the newer one comes out immediately. you're welcome). I had heard myth and legend about the wonder that is the Mia, but with the price tag it holds close to its chest, I wasn't sure if it would be worth it.

Long story short, it is. The Mia scrubs deep into your pores and expunges all the nasty stuff that even the most steadfast of nose strips can't access. Because of this, at first your skin will get worse, rather than better. Stick with it, though, and after a week or 2, you will have skin that looks - and feels! - so much better. I personally use the cleanser I'm about to talk about, but a lot of people use Philosophy's Purity, or any mild facial cleanser. Because I have acne-prone skin though and am not just trying to clean my face, but rid it of invaders, I utilize the below product as well.

"Isn't that just a cheaper version of the already-cheap Neutrogenia cleanser!?" you might ask. And guess what? You'd be totally right.

I used to work for Walgreens, but have never been a hugely staunch fan of their products. However, in 90% of cases the generic is just as good as the real stuff, and this is certainly no exception.

This is a simple cleanser, with a small amount of Salicylic Acid, the good stuff that gets the zits off your face. On acne-prone but sensitive skin, you need something that will get rid of the acne without making your face red, irritated and all-around angry. This does the job well and on the cheap, clocking in at around $4.50 a bottle. It will, needless to say, last forever. I've had mine for months and it doesn't look like I am going to need to be buying a new bottle of this stuff any time soon.

What's hard to swallow is that a Mia is not cheap. A Mia 1 will run you about $95, depending on the color you choose and where you buy it. Places like Ulta sell them, but you might have better luck buying yours on Amazon or eBay. However, other than replacement heads, you'll never have to buy another Mia. They do make knock-off brands - Olay, most notably - but reviews tend to show that they just aren't as good as the real deal. It stung to buy one, but two years later, my Mia is still going strong, and I am glad that I purchased it.

So there you go: Walgreens Oil-Free Acne Wash, and a Clarisonic Mia. A classic combination (well, now, anyway) that will surely serve you well for a long time to come.


  1. Oh, no, you didn't! Glad you found something that works. Looking forward to these adventures with my kids.

  2. hi! found your blog through the a to z challenge. :)

    too bad we don't have those products in my country. they seem like really good products.

    good luck with the challenge! :)

  3. I'm stopping over from the A to Z Challenge, just picking your blog at random! I love the title of your blog since it describes me as well. :)

    As for acne... I'm 39 and I STILL get acne. I don't know if I'll have the money to get a Mia (though it looks really good) but I'm definitely going to try the Oil Free Acne Wash. Anything to get rid of my acne before my kids are old enough to deal with it themselves!

  4. I have always wondered if that Mia really worked. I just can't get over the price tag. I do use the generic version of Neutrogena face scrub though. I think it works well & just like the name brand. I think it stinks that I am 35, done with kids, and have flipping acne! BAH!