It's easy to accumulate a mass of acne skin care products, especially when you're trying to clear up blemishes. Think about all the stuff collecting dust in your cabinet: The moisturizer you no longer use because it caused breakouts, the cleanser that dried out your skin, the pimple spot-treatment that didn't live up to its claims.
If you're buried under an avalanche of skin care products every time you dare to open the cabinet door, it may be time to reorganize and tidy your skin care cupboard.
Take inventory of what you have. Pull everything out of the cabinet and sort through each product. This process will allow you to easily see what you have, and find products that may have been hiding in the back corners of the cabinet.
Check expiration dates. Skin care products don't last forever. Toss out anything that has expired, even if the bottle is nearly full. Expired products may not be as effective, and can harbor nasty bacteria.
On products packaged in tubes, the expiration date is usually crimped onto the end of the tube. Products packaged in bottles and jars usually have it printed somewhere on the label.
Take a peek inside open bottles. In some cases, you may not be able to find an expiration date on the packaging. Visually inspect the product. See if the color, consistency, or smell has changed. Toss any products that display these types of changes, even if they haven't yet expired.
Find new homes for unwanted over-the-counter products. Consider donating unopened skin care products to your local homeless shelter, or battered women's shelter. Know any teenagers? They are often appreciative of any nearly new, but already opened, skin care products.
Throw away all other unwanted products. Half used, dusty, sticky-bottled containers can be tossed, along with anything else you can't get rid of and don't need. A good rule of thumb: If you haven't used it in more than three months, you should probably get rid of it.
Give everything a quick wipe down. A household cleanser designed to cut through grease will easily remove that oily residue left on the shelf by skin care products. Give all bottles and tubes a once-over with a cloth dampened in water before returning everything to the shelf. Enjoy your newly organized cabinet!