One of the most disgusting problems for teenagers especially those that are going through the ‘puberty’ stage is their acne. Especially that acne affects most part of the skin, it gives teenagers the feeling of insecurity and affects their whole teenage life as a whole.
Because of this, there are several products available in the market that promise to ‘cure’ acne. However, not all of those are proven effective.
As in the case of this teenage guy, he completely cleared up his blemish-covered skin using cheap drugstore products costing $20 or less, posting a series of remarkable transformation photos that have left social media stunned.
Carlos David has suffered from severe acne for most of his life, however in recent months, he managed to clear it up all on his own using a DIY skincare routine that he put together himself using a series of budget-friendly products.
The 16-year-old who is more popularly known by his Instagram username, @yadigcarlos has managed to gather over 22,000 likes on his skin care routine post. All were stunned by his transformation.
Carlos revealed that the whole process took 8 months to take effect. He started his routine in February 2017 and managed to get the ‘perfect’ skin by October last year.
Here is Carlos’ five-step skin care routine as compiled by Daily Mail:
First, he washes his face in the morning with a low PH cleanser, which he says is a good way to maintain balance in the face’s levels. He uses the Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser which is $10.
As for cleansing at night, Carlos says it’s a must for treating your concerns at bedtime. He uses the Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser which is $15 and is ‘super gentle’ and ‘smells great,’ Carlos shared.
Second, he uses an alcohol-free toner and swears by the $10 Lumene Klassikko Refreshing Toner which he says, ‘is very gentle for my skin and seems to get the job done.’
At night, he tones with the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner which is meant for acne scarring, not acne. The toner is $18 and is made with AHA, which Carlos explains is an acid that chemically exfoliates the skin, gently taking away dead skin cells.
Third, he uses a serum once a day in the morning, as it helped him get rid of his hyper-pigmentation. The serum that worked the best for his skin was the $11 Art Natural Vitamin C Serum.
Next, he applies the Mario Badescu Whitening Mask for $24 which he points out ‘works on some, and others say it doesn’t help. It did help even out my skin tone, so it worked for me.’
The next step, which is the most important to Carlos, is moisturizer. He uses the $8 E.L.F. Daily Hydration Moisturizer in the mornings to keep his face hydrated. Not only is the price amazing, he also dished that is smells amazing and has a lightweight texture.
At night, he moisturizes with the $9 Advanced Clinicals Collagen Skin Rescue Lotion for more intensive repair. He also said even though it’s super thick, it really does rescue your skin.
Lastly, the final step in Carlos’s routine is sunscreen. He uses a $10 Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion which he says ‘actually helps prevent further damage onto your hyper-pigmentation and scarring, and prevent sun-caused acne.’
Many people were inspired by Carlos’ transformation and said that they will try his skin care routine too.