HOW I FIGHT ACNE WITH MY SKINCARE ROUTINE
Acne comes from so many different reasons. But generally there are a few tricks that really help to prevent and treat them. SALICYLIC ACID: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator
Niacinamide in skincare
Sunscreen's loved on cherie!
THE inkey LIST
Jun. 7, 2020
jenn0219will this sunscreen feel greasy in summer?
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ElizabethhhlovesIt definitely leaves the skin glowing and the texture is quite runny! I like the shine but if you’re looking for something with more of a matte finish, Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen and SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense Sunscreen are great options to try!
Jun. 10, 2020
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Travel Essentials ✈️
Traveling with a carry-on means you can only bring the essentials with you, since you only get a quart bag! So what did I pack for a week ? 1. VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser A gentle, yet effective cleanser is a must-have for any routine. It takes off my layers of sunscreen after being out in the Florida sun, and leaves my skin feeling soft & clean! 2. CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream This is my go-to moisturizer for my dry skin. It’s thick and creamy. My skin feels soft, hydrated, and protected after using it. 3. Krave - The Beet Shield This is the best sunscreen that I’ve found! It’s so light yet hydrating. It’s not sticky or smelly. I re-apply every 2 hours when I’m out in the sun. 4. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster I typically rotate the azelaic acid booster with my tretinoin at night, but since I’m going to be in the sun so much, I decided to leave the tretinoin at home! This product helps my acne and post-inflammatory erythema. 5. L'ANZA - Healing Moisture Tamanu Cream Shampoo I love this shampoo. I only wash my hair every week, and this stuff is effective yet gentle. My hair feels soft and clean after using it! 6. L'ANZA - Healing Moisture Kukui Nut Conditioner This conditioner provides weightless hydration. I would typically use the L'ANZA - Moi Moi Moisturizing Mist after, but I didn’t have room in my quart bad so I’ll be using a small amount of the conditioner as my leave-in! The silicone travel containers are from Amazon! They work amazing and allow me to bring any product I want! What are your travel essentials?
FULL Gentle Hydrating Skincare Routine
This has kind of been the theme of my entire Cherie page since its creation, but I’ve been needing to really hydrate my skin more since the weather’s become colder. Having rosacea means I always need to do extra research on the products I try. So after some experimenting, trying a LOT of new products, and deciding to stick to some old favorites, this is the routine I’ve come up with for myself: AM Routine Cleanser - Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm: A recent switch for the winter. Leaves my skin feeling nourished and hydrated, but doesn’t tackle my acne very effectively. Might switch back to my old cleanser (Cosrx Good Morning Gel) and just use this when my skin is feeling tight/for double cleansing. Toner - FAB Wild Oat Ultra Hydrating Toner: Another recent switch. This toner is so hydrating that I don’t need to use hydrating masks or overnight creams as frequently as I used to and it’s very calming. Serum - Peach & Lily’s Glass Skin Refining Serum: This is definitely worth the hype. My skin has been noticeably smooth since using it. Spot Treatment - TULA Go Away Acne: Uses benzoyl peroxide to work on acne which can interfere with rosacea, so I don’t use this on my cheeks but it works well in other areas. Not a repurchase for me. Eye Cream - Cetaphil Deep Hydration Refreshing Eye Serum: I said recently that eye cream doesn’t work for me, but I’m starting to get wrinkles under my eyes and thought it was important to kick up the hydration and attention. This one is quite gentle and pretty affordable. Moisturizer - CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion: Undefeated! If I need some extra hydration I’ll add a couple drops of Leo Oil and mix on my hand using my ring finger. Sunscreen - EltaMD SPF 46 on days with no makeup or ILIA Serum Skin Tint: Both are mineral sunscreens and unscented with protection in the 40s. PM Routine Cleanser - The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm: ...and I’ll double cleanse with my old Cosrx Good Morning Gel if I wore makeup that day. Toner - FAB Wild Oat Ultra Hydrating Toner Serum - Paula’s Choice CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant or 10% Azelaic Acid Booster: I like to alternate between these two serums. The BHA (salicylic acid) targets pores and redness. The Azelaic Acid Boost contains salicylic acid too, but is more effective at targeting rosacea specifically. Eye Cream - Veriphy 20/20 Eye Cream: Received this as a gift and I actually really like it! Contains ingredients like peptides, niacinamide, and cucumber extract. But it’s wildly expensive and I won’t be able to repurchase. Moisturizer - CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion + Astrologiens Leo Oil: At night I always combine these two if I’m not using my Naturium Sleeping Cream (2 pumps + 2 drops). I have individual reviews on a number of these products, so if you’re interested in learning more about something feel free to check those posts out or just ask a question here :) Most of these products are generally rosacea and sensitive skin safe. I have type 1 rosacea for reference.
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The Best Serums I’ve Ever Tried 💖✨ so worth it!
In my opinion, serums are what make my skincare so effective. Usually serums contain active ingredients to help resolve and treat any type of concerns. I’ve tried so many serums, and here are my favorites! These are the products that I will forever repurchase because I can’t live without them: THE inkey LIST - Tranexamic Acid Hyperpigmentation Treatment I got a customized serum from The Inkey List when they first arrived at Sephora (in Spring). The main active ingredient in the serum is Tranexamic Acid. It’s an ingredient I’ve only recently started noticing in skincare products and I predict that it will become one of the next “it” ingredients! It first of all helps to calm the skin and restore the skin barrier. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient that also prevents the transfer of pigment in the skin. In other words, this will help to calm any pf my breakouts, and also prevent scarring and discoloration from breakouts. This has done wonders for keeping my skin looking clear even with the breakouts I get around the time of the month, stress, wtc. Even if I get a breakout, the scars fade quickly. SKINCEUTICALS - Hydrating B5 Gel This first serum I put on every day and night. This serum is mainly Hyaluronic Acid which helps to plump the skin full of hydration, in turn also reducing the appearance of fine lines and winkles. Putting this serum on as a first step also allows for the products you apply afterwards to penetrate deeper into the skin. SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum This serum contains 15% pure Vitamin C, 1% Vitamin E, and 0.5% Ferulic Acid. It’s full of powerful antioxidants and enhanced with ferulic acid to boost the effectiveness of the formula. I wear this every morning after my Hyaluronic Acid Serum and always follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen. I’ve noticed a brighter complexion and acne scars fading quicker. DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum Do you ever get little bumps on your skin from congestion that aren’t whiteheads or blackheads? This is the perfect product to try. Glycolic Acid is a powerful exfoliating acid that helps to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and deep into the layers of skin too. It’s super effective but quite strong so I would recommend using it only 2-3 times a week. I’ve seen much smoother skin and definitely a decrease in breakouts since using this.
My Thoughts on LUXURY SKINCARE 💸✨ Worth it? p.1
First of all skincare that’s a luxury to me may not be a luxury to you. I honestly think that it’s not the product brand or claims that make it a luxury, but the science, thought and ingredients behind it. We all have our own budgets and limits on how much we’re willing to spend so with everything I say on this subject, take it with a grain of salt! Skin Ceuticals. This is probably my favorite skincare brand- there’s so much research and science behind each product. My favorites include: - SKINCEUTICALS - Hydrating B5 Gel a super lightweight, but extremely hydrating and skin-plumping serum full of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 - SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum a potent anti-oxidant serum with Vitamins C & E, Ferulic Acid & L-Ascorbic Acid to help treat hyper-pigmentation and brighten the skin - SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.3 a low percentage retinol for speeding up cell turnover without any irritation or overly drying the skin - SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 a super thin serum formula with high SPF to protect your skin from the sun - no white cast! Drunk Elephant. Their products are expensive and get hyped up A LOT (which sometimes makes me not want to try them?), but I like that their products are usually centered around one main ingredient. I’ve tried: - DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum which is a nice glycolic serum that helps to smooth and exfoliate the skin but I’ve tried other glycolic products like ALPHA-H - Micro Super Scrub with 12% Glycolic Acid which I find more effective! - DRUNK ELEPHANT - D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops just a bronze-colored serum but I don’t find anything too special about it or its ingredients. I fell for the “anti-pollution” claim- never again! Fresh. I love some and don’t love some. I like their whole “natural” approach but I find some of their formulas not effective on my skin at all. - fresh - Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence I LOVE this facial treatment. I use it as an essence, as it contains Lactic Acid, to help gently brighten & smooth the skin. - fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This is super moisturizing night cream that really plumps up my skin overnight so I wake up to glowy, bouncy skin! - fresh - Rose Deep Hydration Toner This is so disappointing compared to their Black Tea Facial Treatment. It does nothing to hydrate- just feels like overpriced rose water. - fresh - Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer I think the rose in the formula irritates my skin and turns it a little pink. I’ve just been using it as a body cream so I it doesn’t go to waste! Elemis- check out part 2!
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niacinamide that ACTUALLY worked for me!
When I first learned about niacinamide, I was dealing with an oily mess on my face, so of course I was excited to hear that there was something that controlled oil production and helped reduce redness from breakouts. I looked at a bunch of reviews and I ultimately decided to buy The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% . I’m sad to say it really didn’t live up to the hype for me. I’ve completely used this up and I honestly I couldn’t be more excited. It’s not like this serum caused any breakouts or anything but it was so disappointing to find that it didn’t really help my skin. So before I even finished this serum, I bought THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum . And I’ve really got to say: WOW!!! The difference in the oiliness of my skin is incredible! I’ve done multiple tests to see how my skin reacts, and I can really tell a difference in oil control when I use this serum in my routine! I couldn’t be happier with THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum and if you haven’t had much luck with The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% , I highly recommend you try The Inkey List one before you give up on niacinamide!
I don’t own this currently ( it’s on the way in the mail) but this was a great purchase. The texture reminds me of the glossier serums but it’s over half the price. Definitely helps me control my oiliness. Definitely get this .
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A derm doc’s favorite sunscreens ✨
elta md SKINCARE - UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 elta md SKINCARE - UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 Aveeno - Sensitive Skin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Spray Sunscreen SPF100 LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+
Friends Don’t Let Friends Skip Sunscreen
Hello my fellow sunscreen beauties! Okay so this sunscreen is the absolute HOLY GRAIL of any sunscreen that I have tried. It feels like an additional layer of skin that’s how light weight it is. SPF stands for “sun protection factor” need I say more ?! SPF is the NUMBER ONE way to prevent skin from prematurely aging. Using an SPF lowers your risk of harming premature skin. UV rays cause wrinkles so if we can use a product to avoid those UV rays from penetrating the skin barrier why not do it, it only takes 10 seconds to apply it to your Face and will save you a lifetime of wrinkles! UVB rays are the bad type of sun that cause cancer. Wearing SPF lowers the risk of developing cancer! Always use 30 or higher. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “SPF 30 prevents 97% of UVB radiation and SPF 50 prevents 98% of UVB Radiation.” Even though we can’t see these UV Rays our skin can surely feel them! UVA(ultraviolet A) is associated with skin aging where as UVB (ultraviolet B) is associated with skin burning. As Neutrogena says UV(A)ging and UV(B)urning. Not only does this product feel amazing it also has this pretty warm glow to it to give the skin the appearance of flawless architecture! The glow is not overpowering but just enough. We’re not living in the 1920’S so we surely don’t want to look like a walking disco ball ! The compatibility of the sunscreen is also very nice when pairing with other Skinceuticals face serums as well as other bands. It does not crumble off.
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for my skin the best
I never took good care of myself and I started doing it about a month ago this is my night routine I love everything I use I feel my skin is cleaner and smoother, I love the peach slices tonic, it leaves me a very beautiful glow on my skin. Aveeno cream is the best for my skin along with retinol so that it doesn't irritate me, the truth is that I love these products! My skin is mixed with a tendency to break out pimples and this has not caused me any of that! SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream The first weeks I irritated my skin I felt super sensitive, everything burned, but over time my skin got used to it and it has helped me a lot with my spots. Aveeno - Calm + Restore Oat Gel Moisturizer When my skin is irritated by retinol, I found this beauty cream, I love it, it calms me, it refreshes me and it leaves my skin feeling rich.
RETINOIDS: TIPS FOR FIRST TIME USERS
Hello👋everyone! If you are someone who’s interested in starting Retinoids or just needs to understand more about it then this post is for you!!! 😀 Retinols are topical treatments that help stimulate cell turnover, bringing healthier, more smoother and radiant✨skin to the surface. Retinoids is the umbrella☂️term for any cream derived from vitamin A basically! Here’s what you need to do: - Start with a low strength concentration (say 0.3%) and let your skin adjust to it before increasing the concentration to 0.5% and then further to 1%. - Buffer with moisturizer by either mixing retinol directly with a moisturizer or applying moisturizer first and then adding retinoids. - Use SPF 30🧴or more during the day. - Start by using once a week for two weeks and then increase to 2 times for upto 2-3 weeks. Increase gradually! - Use with Niacinamide as it can make retinol easy to use and help in minimizing skin irritation! - Avoid putting retinol around eyes👀, mouth and upper lips as it can potentially cause irritation and dryness. Follow these⬆️ tips if you’ve just started your Retinoid journey to make your transition much smoother! Here are the two Retinol products I use: SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream REVOLUTION - 0.5% Retinol Super Serum with Rosehip Seed Oil Let me know in the comments if you’ve got questions about Retinoids and I’ll be more than happy 😊 to answer! 💕 DISCLAIMER: I’m a licensed esthetician but not a doctor! The information presented on this page is not intended to provide diagnosis or treatment. I try to provide information through my knowledge, experience and research. Please consult a doctor for any medical diagnosis. Products recommended are personal suggestions that worked for me so they may or may not work for you necessarily. #CheriePartner
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Which BHA Product for Your Skin Type?
If you deal with acne-prone skin or enlarged pores, salicylic acid (BHA) is heaven-sent for most folks. Oil-soluble, it penetrates more effectively/deeply into the pore than water-soluble AHAs, touting hydrating, antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties in addition to exfoliating. But Which BHA Product Is Best for You? 👀 • PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator : $29.50 USD, $0.25 per mL. A cult classic, an international bestseller, a bottle of liquid gold. Water-thin, it contains a couple of humectants, an antioxidant, and 3 preservative/stabilizing ingredients. A super simple INCI list! This makes it especially friendly to many sensitive-skinned folks, as the list of possible skin triggers is small. Some people say the finish feels oily, but I find it intensely hydrating and it soaks in quickly, making it great for combo and dry skin alike! This simple liquid is my pick for enlarged pores and general skin congestion. • NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% : $20 USD, $0.17 per mL. Encapsulated salicylic acid and a variety of humectants make this a hydrating exfoliant “toner”, perfect for those with any skin type, with one exception- those with sensitive skin may have issue with the citrus extracts contained, though the producers of the extracts claim they contain mild AHA exfoliant properties. I’d recommend this to any skin type with non-sensitive skin looking for a budget SA product that leaves skin hydrated but not tacky, and helps to keep pores minimized and unclogged. Texture-picky folks on a budget will love this! • THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum : $10.99 USD, $0.37 per mL. This is the best BHA for oily skin, featuring a super simple INCI list made up of humectants, stabilizers, salicylic acid, and zinc PCA. Salicylic acid helps to keep pores clear while zinc pca helps to reduce sebum production, though I personally react badly to zinc pca- bumps and itchiness, unfortunately. This product is still one I recommend to friends, as it’s affordable and has minimal chance of triggering skin allergies/sensitivities other than the zinc, with huge potential for those that struggle with acne in general.
Review: the ordinary peeling solution
Everyone has been raving about this product, so I decided to give it a go. I used this product once a week for about 3 months. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Benefits: AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution from The Ordinary offers deeper exfoliation to help fight signs of pore congestion and improve skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines. My experience: This product worked very well with my skin type (combo/ acne prone). I always used it according to the directions and most of the time felt a bit of a tingle, which is normal. After every use, my skin felt very smooth and looked nice and dewy. This product also helped fade my dark spots and made my acne subside. I found that after a month, I did notice a difference in my pores (appeared a bit smaller). My review: I do like this product! Looking at reviews of the peeling solution, it seems a good amount of people who have sensitive skin found this product to be irritating. My skin can be sensitive, but I’ve never had a problem! The peeling solution was my first experience using a chemical exfoliant and I’m glad I tried it! However, now that I have used PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator I do reach for this one over the peeling solution because I do think it’s a better product. Both of these products are great liquid exfoliants!
How I Treated My Hormonal Acne
I struggled with hormonal pustule acne for a long time, as well as pustules and whiteheads from oil overproduction. It was moderate to severe, covering my left and right cheeks. Three specific products helped to reduce my breakouts in frequency, coverage, redness, and the level of pain associated with the inflammation. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster is amazing. Just 4% Niacinamide has been shown by a couple studies to be as effective at reducing moderate acne as clindamycin- a topical antibiotic! I can attest to its acne fighting prowess, as I saw distinct reduction in not only the amount of acne I had, but also how intense it was- it was less painful and not nearly as red a few hours after application. Niacinamide normalizes pore lining and controls oil production so I saw immense improvement in whiteheads and pustules when using twice daily. But this prevented my oil-caused acne more than my hormonal acne, though it eased both. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum was the first product I used that gave me relief. I hadn’t known it, but my oil overproduction was largely in part from dehydrated skin. Since I used no moisturizer or serum, my skin produced extra oil after I cleansed. Incorporating B-Hydra replenished my skin with water, glycerin, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate (a form of HA), and sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer. I saw quick reduction in the number of whiteheads I developed! Using it before applying an exfoliant helps prevent dryness associated with peels. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster should be in nearly ever acne arsenal. It is antimicrobial and anti inflammatory to help fight acne, plus it lightens dark spots dramatically in my experience. Applying this in the AM shrinks pustules by nighttime and makes the area around the blemish much less red. I find this gives the quickest acne-minimizing results of all the products I’ve used. When treating acne, always make sure to eliminate possible irritants such as fragrance and essential oils, as well as drying alcohol. Acne can be a sign of inflammation and using gentle products can ease the pain associated with (as well as the prevalence of) acne tremendously. As well, I always recommend salicylic acid for treating acne, but I wanted to highlight these specific products because they’re not mentioned as often and they played a huge role in my acne journey.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
Skincare Story: Acne to Eczema to Glow-Up
When I started my skincare journey, I had the oiliest skin imaginable and dealt with constant hormonal breakouts. I tried every brand Sephora had to offer- each one filled with more fragrance, essential oils, and/or alcohol than the last. My skin quickly became overwhelmed and I broke out into terrible atopic dermatitis which would become chronic. And bam! I had eczema. It was... a struggle, to say the least. I went from oily to combination, with flare-ups that got me so dry I’d flake. Unpleasant. But I learned. I switched to fragrance-, essential oil-, alcohol-free skincare. Cleansers with gentle surfactants. Less exfoliation and more nourishing ingredients. Added hydrating products to reduce the dehydration that caused my oily skin and keep my now-combo skin happy. I gave my skin at least 2-4 no-actives rest days every week. My skin slowly recuperated. Now my hyperpigmentation is fading and my eczema flare-ups are less common. I still get breakouts, but they’re less painful and less long-lived. A few products (such as PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster and The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% ) are amazing for their role in reducing my hyperpigmentation, but I can’t emphasize enough how my acne and eczema flare-ups wouldn’t have improved if I hadn’t eliminated my triggers by switching brands. I stopped using fragranced brands like Origins, Fresh, Herbivore, Dr Jart, Tatcha, and Summer Fridays, and switched to biocompatible brands like Drunk Elephant, The Ordinary, The Inkey List, and Paula’s Choice. By taking out all possible irritants, my skin found peace. My acne reduced in frequency + intensity and I nowadays a combo of PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster and PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator keeps them short-lived. Skin rest days are still important but I can’t emphasize enough that your skin is an organ and everyone should be treating it as such 🙌🏽
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
Azelaic Acid Is The Most Under Appreciated Acid
Azelaic acid isn’t talked about nearly enough. It’s not an AHA, nor a BHA, but it’s still a gentle exfoliant and so many other things. Let’s talk about why this acid helped my sensitive, combo skin have less acne and fade the dark spots dramatically. • Exfoliant: Acids, at a high enough concentration, dissolve the glue that holds dead skin cells together, allowing them be sloughed off while you cleanse or against your pillow as you sleep. Using them throughout the week helps to keep skin tone bright and smooth, plus can help with fading discoloration such as PIH, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. Azelaic acid isn’t an AHA like glycolic and lactic acid, nor is it a BHA like salicylic acid. It’s a dicarboxylic acid and is a... • Melanin Inhibitor: Azelaic acid’s biggest feature as a hyperpigmentation fading ingredient is it’s ability to suppress melanin synthesis! This will help not only help lighten current dark spots, but also should help in preventing them from forming. It’s been the best ingredient for my hyperpigmentation, hands down: I saw distinct fading of dark spots within 2 weeks. There’s a reason I’ve been using it for 3 months now! • Antioxidant: Yeah, azelaic acid is amazing. It not only lightens hyperpigmentation and smooths texture, but also reduces skin damage preventatively by fighting off free radicals that would break down collagen. It also soothes skin wonderfully thanks to the anti-inflammatory aspect of its antioxidant status, making it a very gentle exfoliant. • Antimicrobial: Last but not least, azelaic acid is antimicrobial. That means it stops the growth of microorganisms- and it’s actually already produced by healthy yeast on our skin, so it’s not killing the good bacteria, just the variety that cause acne and such. This makes it legitimately amazing for people struggling with acne- whenever I apply this to a breakout in the morning, the blemishes are much less red and a bit smaller by evening. Azelaic acid been a miracle find for me and I now understand why it’s often prescribed by dermatologists. I personally prefer PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster , but due to its small (but still possibly irritating to those with rosacea) salicylic acid content I also like to mention The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% , whose only negative feature is the siliconey texture.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
My holy grails: acne-prone, red, textured skin
My skin isn't "good". I've struggled with clogged pores and acne all my life. These are the products I've been using and loving these past few months. Disclaimer: I work for Stratia, but all Stratia products included in this list are *TRULY* my faves from other products I've tried throughout the years Cleanser: Beauty Strike Oil Cleanser - I haven't used very many oil cleansers so I can't compare this to other oil cleansers in the market, but it does the trick for my skin. It does have a fragrance ingredient, but as this is a wash-off product I haven't noticed any irritation. Bonus: Beauty Strike is a black, woman-owned company from Brooklyn NY. stratia - Velvet Cleansing Milk The best experience with a non-foaming cleanser I've ever had. I have oilier skin so I'm usually a fan of foaming cleansers, but I got a free bottle of VCM when I started working at Stratia and decided to give it a shot. I used Cetaphil before, & ended up over-rubbing my skin to compensate for the lack of foam. Velvet Cleansing Milk is the only NF cleanser I've used that's actually made me feel clean! stratia - C+C Serum This Vitamin C serum uses silicone instead of oil as a vehicle which I personally prefer. My face stung in a few places my first time using it, but it's not a problem anymore. My skin is visibly brighter PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator I bought this specifically for the blackheads on my nose. I can't say I've noticed much of a difference there, but this has helped SO MUCH with my bacne. Curology - Curology formula (0.018% Tretinoin, 8% Azelaic Acid, 1% Clindamycin - This is a newer addition to my routine, but 1 week in an my active pimples have all dried up and I haven't had a new breakout since. stratia - Rewind anti-aging dame essence Took some time to show visible results, but it was a great hydrating step to add to my routine in the meantime. About a month in I noticed that the fine lines on my forehead were less noticeable and my skin overall just felt firmer. stratia - Liquid Gold - The moisturizer that I will be using for the rest of my life! I didn't realize my moisture barrier was damaged before using liquid gold, but since using it, my skin is less irritated when I use actives and overall has a healthy glow. If you try anything on this list of product, TRY THIS ONE. elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 - I ve been using this SPF since march and it's definitely a favorite of mine. I've heard some people say that it pills under makeup but that hasn't been a problem for me. It's not tinted, but my redness is visibly reduced when I use it. Maybe it's the niacinamide? The one thing I'll say is that since I've started Curology, it feels a bit dry on my face.
The product that gave me my skin back 🥰
✨First, I am OBSESSED with the Krave brand. Second, this product is one of my HOLY GRAILS. It has saved my skin so many times. I recently got carried away with exfoliating acids like AHA and BHA, as well as applying retinol morning and night, and using too much hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. Like what was I thinking 🙄??? I got super excited with all the progress I’d been making with my skin that I just kept doing the most until my skin was literally almost not even absorbing my moisturizer. That’s when I decided to reset my routine and only apply this product on my face for one whole week. It SAVED MY SKIN BARRIER. My skin is healthy and glowy once more! ✨This is a thick serum that somehow melts into a watery consistency on your skin. It is soooo hydrating and healing. The formulation has 10% freshly extracted tamanu oil which helps with skin regeneration, as well as safflower and rosehip oil that are great for oily acne prone skin. It has 2% niacinamide, ceramides, vegan cholesterol and squalane. No fragrance, but still has a nice nutty scent from the tamanu oil. ✨PERFECT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES. It heals a weakened skin barrier, helps provide a more even skin tone by aiding with discoloration and acne marks. It is so nourishing and hydrating. You can use it as a serum or moisturizer. Literally no rules and perfect for any skin type, even the most sensitive types. ✨Krave donates 2% of all proceeds to funding the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in Australia! ✨I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT ENOUGH!!!! ❤️ To me it is a perfect product and formulation, I can’t even believe it. -J Krave - Great Barrier Relief
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Azelaic Acid: You Need This In Your Routine
Azelaic acid is amazing. It occurs naturally on the skin and is produced by grains in labs, holding anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties rather unique to such a gentle, multifaceted antioxidant. It helps with skin texture, redness, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and even minimizes the look of active breakouts. All of the pictured products are free of fragrance, alcohol, and essential oils. facetheory - PoreBright Serum N10 ($19 per 30mL) features star ingredients like 10% azelaic acid, 10% niacinamide, salicylic acid (<2%), aloe, and sodium hyaluronate to calm skin while addressing issues like congested pores, uneven tone, acne, oily skin... it’s a versatile serum that I enjoyed. The serum is light and moisturizing, with good spreadability. This is the gentlest of the three in my experience. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster ($36 per 30 mL) is a game-changer. I enjoyed FaceTheory N10, but something about PC’s formulation transformed my acne experience. 10% Azelaic acid, salicylic acid (<2%), licorice root extract, allantoin, and a variety of humectants + emollients come together in this light gel-cream to give significant texture-smoothing, tone-correcting, acne-preventing results. Whenever I apply this in the AM (which it is gentle enough to do), my blemishes are reduced remarkably by the evening. I also have seen such significant fading of my acne scars that I already got a back-up! Its cream formula allows for use as a spot treatment if you prefer that. This is my favourite of the three pictured. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% ($7.90 per 30mL) is a simple formula, with 10% Azelaic acid and vitamin e as the star ingredients in a variety of silicones and emollients. I noticed significant hyperpigmentation reduction with this cream, but I cannot stand the silicone texture. It has a strange grit to it, no matter how much I shake up the bottle. I also think my skin dislikes heavy silicones, as I experienced increased breakouts when using this, despite the wonderful brightening and calming properties it has. Not sure I’d recommend this unless your skin handles silicone well. The matte finish would probably be enjoyed by oily skin types.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
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