My Workout Skincare Routine: Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

My Workout Skincare Routine

I’ve had problem skin since, well, since birth, I’d say. For as long as I can remember, my skin has given me issue after issue. Now that I’m older, my skin is taking on a freakin’ life of it’s own. What used to work, doesn’t work anymore. It’s gotten worse since my hysterectomy and I’m just thrilled about that {insert sarcasm here}. But, I’ve managed to come up with a workout skincare routine that, so far, seems to be working rather well.

Many people don’t realize that our skin is our largest organ. It covers every inch of us and renews itself daily. It’s subjected to all sorts of elements and toxins and needs constant care. Each skin type is different, and, since I’m not a dermatologist, I’m only going to speak about my experience with my oily, acne-prone, problematic skin.

Pre-Workout Skincare Routine

In the morning, my skincare routine is pretty much the same, whether I workout that day or not. I wash my face with Oxy face wash, tone with witch hazel, and apply moisturizer with sunscreen. Yes, I use a moisturizer even though I have oily skin. Why? Well, because my skin still needs to be hydrated and there’s sunscreen in it. I’m currently using the Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer with SPF15 and it doesn’t make my face greasy.

Post-Workout Skincare Routine

This is where my routine gets a bit different. When I get back from my walk or finish a workout, I always take a shower. Now, I don’t wash my face with the same stuff I use in my pre-workout routine because that would be too harsh. While I’m in the shower, I wash my face with my Dove bar soap. It gets all the sweat, dirt and grime off my face without adding a bunch of chemicals I don’t need again so soon. I still apply a moisturizer after this because the soap leaves my face really dry. If I’m not going anywhere, I’ll use the Neutrogena again. But, if I have to run out, I use the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation because it’s a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen.

Nighttime Skincare Routine

Before heading off to bed, I wash my face again. This routine is very similar to my pre-workout routine in that I use the Oxy face wash and tone with witch hazel. From there, I spot treat any trouble spots with Neutrogena spot treatment and head off to bed.

Through trial and error, I’ve discovered that benzoyl peroxide works best on my acne so I look for products that contain that. My spot treatment contains 10% benzoyl peroxide and generally clears up my blemishes within a day or two, depending on how bad they are. You see, I suffer from cystic acne which is very different than any other type of acne.

I’d love to learn about your skincare routines, whether you workout or not. Comment below and fill me in on your favorite products!

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My Daily Skincare Routine

My Daily Skincare Routine

It’s important to have a daily skincare routine if you want to take care of your skin. I truly believe my face suffers from bipolar disorder because it never does the same thing twice in a row. One minute, my face is clear, smooth, and dry, and, the next minute, it’s broken out, an oil slick, and looks like it has chicken pox. You name it and I’ve tried it, with very little success. Take Proactiv, for example. I was so excited to order this way back when. I used it for less than a month and it made my face worse instead of better. I gave the rest to my BFF, who, unfortunately, suffered the same results. I’m going on 37 and have acne more now than I ever did as a teenager! But, I think I’ve found a routine that I’m happy with.

Morning Skincare Routine

Yep, there are 2 routines because your face needs cleaning twice a day. After I’ve had my first cup of coffee (because nothing happens before that), I head into the bathroom to get started. I was my face with the Oxy Maximum Action face wash and pat dry. From there, I apply the pore perfection witch hazel as a toner. While I’m waiting for that to dry, I’ll brush my teeth to save time.

Once the toner has been absorbed, I decide if I’m wearing makeup that day or not. If I’m around the house all day, I’ll put on my moisturizer and call it a day. But, if I’m heading out, I put on the Garnier BB Cream (it’s a tinted moisturizer with SPF so I’m covered all the way around). If I’m going out, I’ll throw on a bit of eyeshadow, eye liner, mascara, and lip gloss.

Evening Skincare Routine

Well, I put it all on and now it’s time to take it all off. I generally wait until after dinner to perform my evening skincare routine, that I way I know we’re definitely in for the evening. I start by using Micellar water to remove all the gunk that built up throughout the day. If I went out and wore eye makeup, I leave the cotton round on my eyes for a minute before removing. This helps to soften the cosmetics and I’ve found it helps prevent smearing.

Once all that is off my face, I wash it with my Oxy Maximum Action face wash. This time is a bit different, however, because I don’t use my hands. In the Evening Face Productsevening, I use my spin brush to help exfoliate my skin. This makes one hell of a mess but I love the way it makes my skin feel afterward. Once I’ve dried my face, I apply the pore perfecting witch hazel and let it dry. I use this time to clean up the bathroom sink from the spin brush mess.

Once the witch hazel is dry, I apply my CeraVe eye cream. You can use this cream twice a day, but I prefer to use it at night only. From there, I apply the Neutrogena dark spot corrector to my problem areas. Again, you can use this twice a day but I prefer just at night because it contains Retinol. Once that’s dry, I spot treat using the Neutrogena Rapid Clear leave-on mask or spot treatment.

I also apply moisturizer once all of this other stuff is dry. My face is really dry in the winter months so moisturizer is seriously necessary. Believe it or not, since my hysterectomy, my breakouts have been worse, which really pisses me off. But, I have no one to blame but myself because I haven’t been religious about my skincare routine here lately. Things are changing, though, and this is one of them.

I’d love to know what your favorite products are and what your daily skincare routine is. Comment below and let me know!


My Current Obsessions

My Current Obsessions


Obsessions – we all have them. It doesn’t matter what we call them; guilty pleasures, vices, etc. Sometimes they change and sometimes they don’t. But, the one thing that remains the same is that every single one of us is obsessed with something. I, myself, have several and I’m about to share them with you…right now! Note: this post contains affiliate links.

Skincare Obsessions

I have a love/hate relationship with my skin. I love the color but hate the blemishes (yes, I still break out at 36!) and scars left behind from when I was younger. My skin is also oily making it very prone to breakouts if I’m not careful about my routine. Throughout the years, I can’t tell you how many products I’ve tried but I think I’ve nailed my skincare routine….FINALLY!

Oxy Maximum Action Face Wash

I love this face wash! I always have it on-hand so I never run out. The active ingredient is 10% benzoyl peroxide, which works better for me than salicylic acid. It doesn’t foam up like other products and it doesn’t contain any scrubbing beads (these are really bad for your skin if you have acne scars). It’s smooth and odor-free, making it a perfect product for my skin. I use it morning and night and I’ve never experienced any irritation or over drying.

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner

This is my toner of choice. Why? Because it works….and the price is right! I use this morning and night after washing my face and I love how it makes my skin feel so clean and fresh.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer (SPF 15) 

Just because I have oily, acne prone skin doesn’t mean I don’t need a moisturizer or sunscreen. This moisturizer has sunscreen in it so I’m not lathering so much stuff onto my face each morning. I use about half to three quarters of a pump once a day. My face doesn’t feel oily during the day and there’s not much of a smell. And, because a little goes a long way, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

Dead Sea Mud Mask

This is by far one of my favorite products! I’m not gonna lie, the color makes it look kinda gross but it’s an amazing addition to your skincare routine. You can only use it once a week so I use it every Sunday. This mask pulls all of the impurities to the surface and really gets down deep. My skin always feels brand new after using this mask. Of course, I follow up with my witch hazel after removing the mask.

Micellar Cleansing Water

I saw a commercial for this stuff awhile back and thought I’d give it a try. I used to use those makeup remover towelettes but they never really took off all of my eyeliner (I wear gel) or mascara. But, this stuff here gets the job done! I put some on a cotton round and it removes every bit of eye makeup. It does leave my skin feeling a bit oily (you can see that there’s some sort of oil in the water) but I’ve not suffered any breakouts from it…knock on wood. I don’t use this often because I don’t wear makeup that often anymore.

My Current Obsessions

Makeup Obsessions

I love makeup; always have. My first experience with makeup was way back in 1985 when I stole my grandmother’s red lipstick and took it to school (I was in kindergarten). I put it on (all wrong) and, when the teacher caught me, I told her my lips were chapped….HA! Anyway, I’ve since mastered the art of applying lipstick

Lancome Miracle CC Cushion

I found this in a Makeup by TiffanyD YouTube video I watched and wanted to try it out. It’s expensive as hell but I love it! I use it as a highlight on my cheekbones. I have to be careful with highlighting because of my acne scars (highlighting tends to make them more prominent) but this stuff is perfect. The color I use is 03 Pinky Peach. It’s really light and fluffy so it doesn’t cake up.

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

I also found this in the same YouTube video and had to have it. I love liquid eyeliner and the point on this is pure perfection! When I do decide to wear makeup, this is my go-to liner. This pen is so easy to use and I always get a perfect line with it. There’s no running or bleeding; just a firm, black line. Well, black for me because I have the black one.

Nail Care Obsessions

My nails are perhaps one the biggest pains I endure. They’re thin, brittle, and break easily. I can’t ever seem to keep polish on them either. Well, that was before I found a diamond in Ulta a few years ago.

Orly Bonder

This stuff here is ahhhh-mazing! Instead of a base coat, I use this bonder to help “grab” the color I put on top of it. I was apprehensive about it at first because I’ve used so many other products that claim to increase the length of your polish. But, after using this once, I was completely hooked. My manicure lasts at least a week because this stuff! One piece of advice – let this stuff dry completely before adding color. If you don’t, it’ll all peel off and you’ll be pissed.

Now that you know what my current obsessions are, it’s time to share some of yours! Comment below with the things you can’t live without. I’d love to find a few new products to try! 😉

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