This September I started my Freshman year at Hofstra University. For those of you who don’t know Hofstra is located in Long Island, NY, 30 miles outside of NYC. I love absolutely everything about my school, my skin on the other hand, does not.

The whole month of September my face was breaking out like crazy. At first I thought it was the stress of starting college but I didn’t really feel all that stressed. I was still eating my usual healthy diet and I was doing the same skincare routine. I washed my face every night with Neutrogena Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub. Yet midway through the day my face was insanely oily.

Finally I think I found the reason behind my sudden bad skin, the area of New York City has horribly polluted air. That explained why after being out on campus all day my face had so much excess oil and felt dirty, which was causing all the breakouts in my T-zone.

After a trip to my local CVS I found two new products that have made a world of difference!


Neutrogena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads – acne-fighting medicine that cuts through oil and dissolves dirt in your pores. It disinfects your face and helps fight emerging breakouts.

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Facial Cleanser – a cleanser containing charcoal pieces that draws out dirt and impurities in your pores that normal cleansers don’t.

Check out my skincare routine here!