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Me with no makeup on! Still zit-tastic! But to a lesser degree.

I know, I know. It’s been so long since my last update regarding the Clarisonic Mia and you’re all chomping at the bit for it.

So far, it’s been great. Here’s how my skin looks now, three months in:

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Right side of my face, no makeup

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Left side of my face, no makeup

As you may be able to see, I’ve still got giant pores and still get acne. But it’s noticeably less severe. My skin’s cleared up 70%-80% since I started using the Mia. This means that while I still get acne, it’s usually just two or three zits rather than clusters of them. I’ve also noticed from looking at these pictures that the redness has gone away too which is great. Hopefully soon there won’t be any at all?

I was using the Mia twice daily up until a couple weeks ago when I switched it to once daily. I usually use it in the evenings when I get home from work and want to take off all the makeup and oil and other gross stuff from the day. I’ve also changed out the brush head from the one that comes with it (Sensitive) to the Deep Pore brush head for acne-prone skin. To be honest, I don’t notice any difference. It feels the same and my skin looks the same. Who knows if it actually does anything?

With my skin clearing up, I’m wearing less foundation which is awesome in the summer when it feels like it’s melting off. This is how I’m most comfortable to be honest; I prefer the no-foundation look for everyday. Speaking of foundation, I’ve also switched out my foundation from the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat illuminating foundation to Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua Skin Perfecting Makeup as per my coworker’s recommendation. (Same girl that recommended I start using the Clarisonic in the first place.)

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Preview of my feelings regarding this foundation

I’m not 100% sure but I think the YSL was making my skin breakout? I say this because after not using the foundation for a few weeks and my skin improving, I decided to put some on for a few hours. After washing it off my face later than evening, I noticed my skin was irritated and some major zits were forming – unusual because my skin was behaving so well up until then. I’m certain there’s a correlation between the two. To be safe, I’ve stopped using the YSL for now. We’ll see if I return to it.

So now, my biggest skin concern is all the acne scarring I’ve got left over. I’ve got lotsa dark spots on my cheeks and a couple sprinkled across my forehead. I’m thinking about checking out Clinique’s Even Better line as I’ve only heard good things. But I bristle at the cost. I’m also thinking about what to do about the texture too.

I finally cut my hair - it's only been eight months! I desperately needed to get my long grown-out bangs to be blended in with the rest of my hair. I also got my hair thinned a bit to make less of a massive frizz ball. Once again I went to see Simona at HairKraft on East 8th and Quebec. She used a mousse in my hair which has piqued my interest. I may go buy myself a can tomorrow.