2 Holy Grail Drugstore Acne Skincare Products

I am a HUGE skincare junkie. I’ve tried more products than I’d like to admit in search of some holy grail products to help my skin. And thankfully, after many trial and errors over the years, I have found some products that are my absolute favorites! So the best way to describe my skin is temperamental. Some months my skin reacts great to products and then the next month I develop some kind of reaction to it. I’ve been to many Dermatologists that have prescribed me pricey washes and creams that don’t even work for me. So I’ve made it my mission to find inexpensive drug store products that actually work. Needless to say, I have had a rough journey in finding products that my skin has liked for years, but I have been successful and am here to share my secrets!

I’ve tried so many face washes over the years. I have acne-prone, combination skin that I can never really predict. I’ve tried just about every acne-fighting face wash under the sun and have only really found one true wash that works for me. It is the Clearasil Ultra Acne + Marks Wash and Mask. I’ve been using this face wash for about 3 years now as it has really helped keep acne and redness at bay. It doesn’t dry my skin out too much, which is also a huge plus. I personally don’t use it as a mask, only as a wash twice a day, but I’ve read reviews that the mask really helps. I would recommend this face wash to anyone who has breakouts and doesn’t want to use a super harsh wash like other lines carry. The best part of it is, it’s under $10! Can’t beat a product that works well for your face and your budget.

Another acne fighting product I swear by is the Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10. I’ve been using this product for as long as I can remember getting pimples. I use this spot treatment once a day at night after I wash my face to stop any pimples in their tracks. If I feel any sort of bump surfacing, I use this cream and the next morning I wake up with either no bump, or it has seriously reduced in size. I feel like this cream completely reverses any pimple. This cream is very drying, but using a good moisturizer with it solves that issue. It is SUPER inexpensive (under $5!!) and great product to have in your medicine cabinet.

Let me know if you guys have used these products, or have any suggestions I should try next!




Green Cleaning


I’ve recently done some research into the everyday household cleaners I have been using. I realized how many chemicals and dangerous toxins were in products that I was using to CLEAN. Whether it was bathroom cleaner, countertop spray, or laundry pods, I knew I had to make some changes.

I can’t remember the last time I cleaned my bathroom and didn’t feel dizzy or sick and had to leave the room for breath. Even with the vent fan on and windows open, the fumes I was inhaling from cleaning my bathroom was literally making me sick. I considered which was harming me more, the germs in my bathroom, or the fumes and chemicals I was breathing in cleaning those germs. But I didn’t want to sacrifice a good clean either. Sure, you want to really clean a bathroom to get rid of germs, but I knew there had to be a healthier way of doing so. I recently purchased the Method Antibac Bathroom Cleaner which uses naturally derived ingredients and their non-toxic power green technology to do job. Knowing that my bathroom was still getting a deep clean without the harsh side effects of a toxic cleaner has made all the difference.


Another issue that really stuck out to me was cleaning my kitchen countertops with harsh cleaner. I would typically use Lysol All Purpose cleaner that “kills 99.9% of germs” every day on top of my counters. Then I thought, I was using a cleaner that would KILL someone if ingested, to clean a countertop that made it “safe” to eat off of. We are using products that aren’t even supposed to touch your skin, but are supposed to be safe enough to put our forks and knives on. How does that make sense? I don’t think it does! Sure, like a bathroom, sometimes you need to kill some germs after cooking chicken or meat, but for an everyday cleanser, Lysol seemed extreme. I purchased the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner that is made of 98% naturally derived ingredients, to use for an every day countertop wipe. I also purchased a few other products from the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day line which I have totally fallen in love with including hand soap and dish soap.


I also hate using bleach on things. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a bright white towel, but I hate pouring bleach into my washer machine. Knowing that I was pouring bleach onto towels and washcloths I would later use on my skin, specifically my face, did not sit well with me. I’ve been on the search for a bleach alternative that I could use that would still make my whites bright but wouldn’t do harm to my skin. I have always been very conscience about what touches my skin. Anything that touches skin, gets absorbed into the blood stream, and bleach is definitely not something I want doing that. At Target I found these Grab Green Fragrance Free Bleach Alternative Pods that are free of chemicals, chlorine, and dyes. Instead of bleach, it uses sodium carbonate peroxide to clean and whiten. So far, I have been loving them!


The toxicity of breathing in, ingesting, and absorbing these toxic chemicals into our bodies was enough for me to reconsider all of my household cleaning products. I’ve actually even started looking into concocting my own cleaning products using vinegar, olive oil, and lemon. I don’t know about you, but my belief is that if you can’t read the ingredients, you shouldn’t use it. Just like food – if you can’t understand the ingredients, don’t eat it! Switch to more natural alternatives, or even better – create your own cleaners!


Winter Skin Essentials

I know I’m not alone when it comes to hating winter solely for the fact of dry skin. Basically from November to March, I am constantly using lotion, chapstick, oils- you name it. It seems like a never ending battle! But luckily over the years I’ve found some staples in my routine to keep the dry skin at bay during the winter.


My all time favorite winter skin saver is Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration. I used to use the regular Aveeno, but found it to be a little too greasy (a pet peeve of mine!) so I swapped out for the sheer hydration bottle and LOVE it. By no means does sheer hydration mean that it isn’t a very moisturizing lotion either. This lotion goes on so smoothly, absorbs quickly, without ANY residue. I used to try a bunch of other brands like Vaseline and Aquaphor, but always found them to be too thick to absorb and left me feeling greasy. THIS is the stuff guys, it is my holy grail winter skin saver!


My next favorite dry skin buster is the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for my face. I use an acne cleanser + acne spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide daily, so my face is always dry. This lotion by CeraVe is thin enough to absorb into my skin, but thick enough to cure the dryness and prevent flaking. I can’t stand when a lotion on my face feels greasy- I am prone to breakouts, so feeling greasy typically means it’ll break me out- but this lotion has not disappointed me.


Let me know if you guys like these lotions too or have any good suggestions for what I should try next!