Beauty-wise I go up and down with different products. Some products that I was about eehhh last year, have been cooperating with me lately. So without further ado let's just get into it.
I finally succumbed to professional help, hoping this helps me rather than hurts me.
-Epiduo: (prescription: adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) the doctor said it was going to make my skin worse before it makes it better. I've been using it for a month. I've seen some improvements. It did reduce the weird texture bumps that developed on my left side of my face. And I dunno my nose seems less pore-y. Not something I considered a problem, but I've noticed. I still struggle with the recurring breakout on my forehead and a patch on my left jaw. I downloaded the matching app to track my progress but no big miraculous wooowww yet. I will say when I used Epiduo on my neck, it did give me rash. My prescription cost me $100 after insurance, which is less than what I've spent on snake oil at Sephora.
-Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM: The Dr recommended this one--I think--the appointment was 2 minutes long. This is lightweight and doesn't break me out. I alternate and/or use with Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream.
-Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55: This is my new face sunscreen. La Roche has a version of this that was awful. The Dr recommended I use Cerave AM for SPF coverage, but when I told her I use Neutrogena she said it was fine. I used to use Alba Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen but I dunno, it just got too greasy for me.
**Update 8/22/16: I finished the Neutrogena Clear Face unusually fast. I'm not crazy about the mid-day flakiness and settling to fine lines. I'm testing out a new one from Aveeno.
-CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser & CeraVe Renewing SA Lotion: the Dr recommended the SA line for my recurring patches of eczema on my body. I do see results with this. Overall I'm happy with my CeraVe products, especially considering the first time I tried CeraVe years ago it felt like it thinned my skin to the point my face was burning throughout the day.
-Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream: this is a beauty MVP for me. I've been using this for 2 years when my arm eczema first started. I've since accepted my mysterious eczema and hollow dead sunken eyes as the joys of getting older. Anyway, I discovered the Aveeno after a different dermatologist's prescription messed me up. I use this on my face as well.
-Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash: Using this one for years. A no frills face wash.
-Olay Face Brush ("Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System"): I bought this pre-dermatologist. I have it, so I continue to use it. I also use it like this Huda video since I also already have all the products.
There are other products purchased pre-dermatalogist that I sneak in every now again since I spent money on them. The products that caused a bad reaction however were returned. I also tried out a microdermabrasion, but it was my aesthetician that actually spurred me to see a dermatologist since my damage was under the skin. Though I'm glad I tried it because it made my skin noticeably smoother. And my makeup applied so much nicer on the left side of my face, which is the side acting crazy. Okay this post has already taken me hours to type, so I'll stop at skin today.