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HOW I FIGHT ACNE WITH MY SKINCARE ROUTINE

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Elizabethhhloves
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 (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator
Known for: combating whiteheads & blackheads by penetrating into the pores of the skin and unclogging them This exfoliating toner is amazing at preventing future breakouts because it’s so effective at unclogging pores and keeping them clear. My blackheads have also diminished so much since using this toner and I definitely can’t turn back. It’s quite strong so even I don’t use it every day and night. I’ll take it out only when I feel like my skin is getting congested (around 1-2x a week). AZELAIC ACID: PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster
Known for: gently exfoliating the surface and refining texture of the skin This is a great booster to mix in with moisturizer whenever I feel like my skin is breaking out a lot and very congested. It’s not super strong especially mixed into the last step of my skincare routine but definitely helps to smooth texture. RETINOL: SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream
Known for: speeding up our skin’s natural cell turnover to reveal newer and clearer skin I’ve used a retinol for more than a year now and I’ve seen the biggest improvement in my skin regarding breakouts and texture. I use it as the last step of my skincare routine every other day now and it’s just a great way to keep my skin healthy over the longterm. NIACINAMIDE: THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide
Known for: helping to control oil production by renewing and restoring the surface of the skin against moisture loss Especially with living in a humid climate currently, my skin has been freaking out a lot. But this serum helps so much with promoting my skin to be balanced and self-regulating. My T-zone doesn’t get as oily but doesn’t feel dry either! SUNSCREEN: SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50
Okay sunscreen doesn’t DIRECTLY correlate with breakouts, although, there are definitely some that can cause breakouts for some people, mainly physical ones (so find one that doesn’t break you out)! This sunscreen doesn’t break me out and in fact helps with my skin durinf breakouts so much because it protects my skin from hyperpigmentation! The scarring that comes after a breakout can be just as annoying as the breakout itself but sunscreen helps so much to speed up the recovering and healing process! Do you have more tips for preventing breakouts to share?
Jun. 7
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jenn0219will this sunscreen feel greasy in summer?
Jun. 8·1 like
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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
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Exfoliants: Which One Should You Be Using?
I have combination skin and suffer from hormonal acne as well as eczema. I utilize exfoliants for a variety of reasons, but my main goals are fading hyperpigmentation and improving skin texture, as well as preventing blemishes. With exfoliation, less is more. Frequent use of the same type, or too many types, of exfoliation can compromise the skin barrier, leading to redness, sensitivity, irritation, itchiness, dryness, flaking, increased breakouts... just, a lot of bad stuff. So I try not to use the same form of exfoliation successively- that is, if I use a BHA one day, I’ll wait a day before using it again. I choose different exfoliants depending on my goals: • Physical: My favourite physical exfoliant is DRUNK ELEPHANT - JuJu Exfoliating Bar since it’s the bamboo and charcoal granules are tiny and round, allowing for gentle sloughing away of dead skin cells. Physical exfoliation really helps with texture and can help unclog pores as well. This is one of the most easy-to-misuse forms of exfoliants, so be sure to not overscrub or overuse! • AHAs: Alpha hydroxy acids are synonymous with the word “peel”. They unglue dead skin cells, offering effective surface exfoliation that leads to smoother texture and a radiant glow. I personally don’t really care for most AHA products, as they’re too abrasive for my sensitive skin. I love PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Lotion but use it only 1-2 times per week, as I prefer... • BHAs: Salicylic acid is my favourite chemical exfoliant. Oil-soluble, it exfoliates more deeply and effectively than AHAs, clearing out pores yo reduce congestion and help prevent acne. It’s also more gentle than most AHAs. I love and recommend PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator for anyone that suffers from acne, enlarged pores, or blackheads, as well as uneven texture due to congestion. I usually use it 3-4 times per week, but have reduced to twice per week due to starting tretinoin. • Azelaic Acid: Azelaic acid is unique in that it’s not an AHA or a BHA. It’s actually an antioxidant already naturally present in the skin! It not only offers exfoliation similar to AHAs, but does so more gently and has stronger efficacy when it comes to fading dark spots. It’s also amazing at preventing blemishes, thanks to being antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. I recommend PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster for those struggling with acne, dark spots/PIH/hyperpigmentation, and uneven tone, it’s my absolute favourite when it comes to Azelaic Acid products due to the texture and gentleness!
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Skinsitive
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.
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Skinsitive
A tip I picked up...
So I watch a lot of YouTube. Specifically a lot of beauty and even more specifically, skincare videos! I would even say it’s a mild obsession haha. With this, I pick up tips, tricks, absorb info, find new products and so on. I wanted to share one of the tips I picked up along my watching journey as it has changed the game for me. Misting before a hydrating serum. It’s not ground breaking, or revolutionary, but it makes my skin feels 100x better than a hydrating serum by itself! Seriously. I wash my face, apply my toner, let that soak in and then spritz my face with a hydrating mist (OSEA - Sea Vitamin Boost is my go to for how freaking hydrating and softening it is) and then slather on the hydrating serum while my face is still wet! It’s so simple but the results are much more plump skin, deeper penetration of the hydrating product (usually hyaluronic acid like in the SKINCEUTICALS - Hydrating B5 Gel ) and significantly reduced water loss overtime. PLUS! You need about half the amount of that pricey serum when you’re adding so much water with it ❤️
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glowwitherin
Dupes For SkinCeuticals? The Best B5 Serum Is...🤫🤫🤫
B5 is a great ingredient. B5 helps keep skin soft, smooth and healthy. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that can help stimulate your skin's healing processes. As a combo skin, I have been using SKINCEUTICALS - Hydrating B5 Gel, but it's more expensive as I always finish a 30ml bottle in just two months if I use it every day and night. So I have always been looking for a cheaper alternative. I bought two common brand products, The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and Timeless Vitamin B5 Serum. I have been using them for a while and decided to share my experience. Texture: All are transparent and sticky liquidsStickiness: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 > SkinCeuticals Moisturize Hydrating B5 Gel > Timeless Vitamin B5 Serum Moisturizing effect: SkinCeuticals > The Ordinary > Timeless Absorption: SkinCeuticals > Timeless > The Ordinary Comfort: SkinCeuticals > Timeless > The Ordinary The SkinCeuticals B5 Gel is still irreplaceable as it's the most useful one, but we can buy 7 bottles of The Ordinary Acid and 4 bottles of Timeless Serum for the same price as just one bottle of the SkinCeuticals gel. That's why you get what you pay for. If you are really looking for a replacement for SkinCeuticals, I recommend the Timeless serum as its texture and absorption rate are really close to that of SkinCeuticals. The only difference is that the Timeless serum is not as moisturizing as the SkinCeuticals gel. If your toner contains oil, don't use The Ordinary Acid as it will end up very lumpy. Both the Timeless serum and the SkinCeuticals gel don't have this issue.
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gigi1990
Finding out what the hype is all about
Just got this guy because everyone on this app RAVES about how helpful THE inkey LIST - Niacinamideis for oily skin. Plus its like $6 and I will buy just about anything for that cheap lol. My skin is being really weird this week so I am simplifying my routine and introducing this. Fingers crossed it does what it says it’ll do. I am only two days in so jury is still out but I will update after a week or two! It’s meant to control excess oil(niacinamide) and also hydrate (hyaluronic acid). So pray for me ya’ll.
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heynoonoo
Ingredient Highlight: NIACINAMIDE
Ingredient: Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3 Treats: Acne and Ezcema What it does: Create a lipid barrier on the skin Reduces redness and blotchiness Minimizes pore appearance Regulates oil production My favorite Niacinamide Serums: For daytime- ALPHA-H - Vitamin B Serum This is a cocktail of amazing ingredients like Niacinamide to improve skin texture, Copper peptides to rejuvenate skin cells and boost collagen and elastin production, and Chia Seeds which are rich in Omega-3, fatty acids and antioxidants to plump and hydrate skin. I also apply a few drops to my palm and press into my skin. For nighttime- THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide This is a lightweight gel serum with 10% Niacinamide and 1% Hyaluronic Acid that helps to control oil production and reduce blemishes. I’ve been loving this and have seen a huge difference in my skin texture since using.
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Elizabethhhloves
Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 If you’re looking for a great tinted sunscreen, this is the one! Key ingredients are titanium oxide and zinc oxide! Makes my skin appear glowy - not too greasy either. This sunscreen reminds me of my maybelline foundation that I use whenever I want simple makeup. It definitely covers a little bit of my post-breakout hyperpigmentation. 10/10. Perfect for all skin types. Keep in mind there are silicones in this product. So if you don’t like silicones or find them irritating, this might not be for you. I am a fan of silicones such as dimethicone and is the highest active ingredient on there. Great ingredient if you have dehydration and need some moisture in your skin. Also, another great thing about this product is it does not irritate or peel off after applying! ❤️ Visit our website feuxbeauty.com for more skincare
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estheticskiana
Top Tips for Treating Hyperpigmentation!
I have combination, oily skin that is prone to breakouts, the breakouts lead to hyperpigmentation which is my biggest skin concern. I've been dealing with hyperpigmentation for what seems like forever and have learned some important tips when it comes to it! Tip #1: Use SPF religiously! For anyone dealing with hyperpigmentation this is the most important tip because the sun's UV rays can cause pigmentation to darken. SPF is also essential because many treatments for hyperpigmentation, like acids, can cause the skin to be even more sensitive to the sun. My top SPFs are: elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Supergoop! - 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40 SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 Tip #2: Use Vitamin C in your routine! Vitamin C is an antioxidant that lightens dark spots, it also contains an enzyme that helps to prevent melanin production - effectively preventing hyperpigmentation! My Vitamin C products are: SKINCEUTICALS - Phloretin Cf FARMACY - Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum with Acerola Cherry URBAN SKIN Rx - Even Tone Smooth & Glow Enzyme Mask Tip #3: Niacinamide is a powerhouse at fighting pigmentation! Similar to vitamin C, niacinamide fights and prevents hyperpigmentation. It also helps to treat acne which for many of us is the main cause of our hyperpigmentation! My favorite products with niacinamide are: PETER THOMAS ROTH - PRO Strength Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Tip #4: Add a retinoid to your routine! Retinoids speed up the cell turnover rate, which for pigmentation means it helps to fade dark spots faster. I use a tretinoin, which is a prescription you can get from your dermatologist, but there are other great options like retinol! Here are my favorite retinol products: SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream DIFFERIN - Acne Treatment Gel Additional Tips: Acid is your friend, but don't overdo it! Protect your moisture barrier! Healthy skin will heal the fastest! If your breakouts are hormonal, you may need to do some research into your diet! I've cut dairy and eggs because my body doesn't tolerate them and they were leading to hormonal breakouts.
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kali.janel
Ingredient Highlight: RETINOL
Ingredient: Retinol, a type of Vitamin A Best for: Acne breakouts, loss of collagen and elastin in skin AKA fine lines What it does: Increase cell-turnover for skin repair and exfoliate skin Helps to unclog pores Increase collagen and elastin production in skin My favorite retinol product: SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream This night cream contains 0.5% pure retinol which helps to promote cell turnover, improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, discoloration and pores, and reduces breakouts! This particular cream is formulated with a Soothing Complex that calms the skin with Bisabolol and Boswellia Serrata Extract which soothes and comforts the skin. I apply two pea-size amounts on my finger tips, rub them together and press into my skin (focusing on problem areas).
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Elizabethhhloves
Top Tips for Treating Hyperpigmentation!
I have combination, oily skin that is prone to breakouts, the breakouts lead to hyperpigmentation which is my biggest skin concern. I've been dealing with hyperpigmentation for what seems like forever and have learned some important tips when it comes to it! Tip #1: Use SPF religiously! For anyone dealing with hyperpigmentation this is the most important tip because the sun's UV rays can cause pigmentation to darken. SPF is also essential because many treatments for hyperpigmentation, like acids, can cause the skin to be even more sensitive to the sun. My top SPFs are: elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Supergoop! - 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40 SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 Tip #2: Use Vitamin C in your routine! Vitamin C is an antioxidant that lightens dark spots, it also contains an enzyme that helps to prevent melanin production - effectively preventing hyperpigmentation! My Vitamin C products are: SKINCEUTICALS - Phloretin Cf FARMACY - Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum with Acerola Cherry URBAN SKIN Rx - Even Tone Smooth & Glow Enzyme Mask Tip #3: Niacinamide is a powerhouse at fighting pigmentation! Similar to vitamin C, niacinamide fights and prevents hyperpigmentation. It also helps to treat acne which for many of us is the main cause of our hyperpigmentation! My favorite products with niacinamide are: PETER THOMAS ROTH - PRO Strength Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Tip #4: Add a retinoid to your routine! Retinoids speed up the cell turnover rate, which for pigmentation means it helps to fade dark spots faster. I use a tretinoin, which is a prescription you can get from your dermatologist, but there are other great options like retinol! Here are my favorite retinol products: SKINCEUTICALS - Retinol 0.5 Retinol Night Cream DIFFERIN - Acne Treatment Gel Additional Tips: Acid is your friend, but don't overdo it! Protect your moisture barrier! Healthy skin will heal the fastest! If your breakouts are hormonal, you may need to do some research into your diet! I've cut dairy and eggs because my body doesn't tolerate them and they were leading to hormonal breakouts.
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kali.janel
Any questions about toner? How to use a toner
The backstory about this post is that I received a message on Instagram a few weeks ago where someone asked me why I didn’t mention “washing off” my toner in one of my posts....uhhhh. They had thought all along that toner was something you had to wash off or it would hurt your skin. I’m not sure where this person heard that, but they need to hear this: unless a toner packaging tells you to wash it off, don’t wash it off... Toners are essentially the step after your cleanser and before your serums/moisturizing step. They can contain treatments like Niacinamide, AHAs or BHAs, Hyaluronic acid, etc. and are typically a lightweight, almost watery consistency to be applied with a cotton pad or by pressing into the skin with your hands. Please note that toner is NOT believed to be a necessary step—it can be seen as a replacement for a serum or treatment or additional hydration/exfoliation—really whatever you’d like to use it for. Also note that many toners contain ALCOHOL which can be incredibly drying to your skin—please read ingredient labels before buying! The toners I typically use are: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator this is an additional exfoliation step I use in my PM routine 1-2 times a week. I press it into my skin using a cotton pad on my porous areas and any areas where I get breakouts. It is alcohol-free. I have previously reviewed this more in-depth on my feed! 5/5 INDIE LEE - CoQ-10 Toner this is a hydration step I use in place of a hydrating serum. I spray it 2-3 times into the palm of my hand in both my AM and PM routines & gently press it into my skin. It provides a hydrating effect with minimal drying time. I have also previously reviewed this product on my feed! 5/5 I heard about both of these products from Instagram hype. Not many products live up the the hype, but these ones work great for my skin type: fair skin, sensitive, combination, acne prone with rosacea. What’s your favorite toner?
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relpixela
Your Face Skin Type: Explained
Which one of these do you feel your skin matches the most with? Individuality is key. We should all personalize our skincare to our own individual needs. Knowledge is power. Knowing your own skin type will make you more in control on how you take care of your skin, what products and remedies you need, and how often you should incorporate your skincare. Credit: IG @jwskincareto Please support and give them a follow for all your skincare needs.
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Skinceuticals 1+1>2
Skinceuticals 1+1>2
1. skinceuticals phyto corrective SKINCEUTICALS - Phyto Corrective Gel Hydrating Botanical Gel My face has been unusually flushed over the past 6 months—to the point where coworkers would ask if I'd just worked out vigorously or was feeling warm. It's most noticeable on my cheeks, but also affects my forehead and nostril area. After using this serum 2x daily over the past month, I've noticed my discoloration HAS faded, especially on my cheeks and forhead. I still have some redn splotches on my cheeks, but I imagine that will continue to improve the longer I use this. 2. skinceuticals blemish+ age defense SKINCEUTICALS - Blemish + Age Defense This one contains 2% Dioic acid: reduces sebum production, fights acne-causing bacteria, and reduces post-inflammatory discolouration. 0.3% Capryloyl salicylic acid: provides precise and even cell-by-cell exfoliation to decongest clogged pores. By using these two together, they have helped to refine my complexion and reduce breakouts. Initially it made my oily skin a bit dry around the mouth but that subsided after about a week. I use it twice per day before my other serums. I suffer from frequent breakouts, mostly on my cheeks and jawline, and have been using them as a treatment on those trouble areas. If I use these two during the day, I find that by night time the breakouts have been significantly reduced and my skin is left glowing and smooth and if I use it at night before bed, I wake up with next to nothing in terms of angry breakouts. I'm so happy with these two products and will definitely repurchase!
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impico
Blemish + Age Defense
SKINCEUTICALS-Blemish + Age Defense
Fav skincare brands: Paula’s Choice ✨
Fav skincare brands: Paula’s Choice ✨
You know I can always get behind brands who put in the research on their products. Paula’s Choice is celebrating their 25th anniversary & I want to show you the hype! Why do I love Paula’s Choice? There are so many reasons... 1. They have a public access Ingredient Dictionary that is backed by scholarly articles. They lost out tons of common ingredients in skincare products and rate them as “poor, average, good, or best” to give you an idea of why the ingredient is added into the formula and why you should or should not use it. This is a great way to learn more about ingredients if you don’t have easy access to a dermatologist. 2. They have SO MANY LINES! They truly cater to so many skin types across any and all age ranges. They even have a quick skin quiz you can take that customized a routine specifically for your skin concerns—and doesn’t force you to add every single item to your cart! You can pick and choose what you need. I love that so much. 3. Their packaging/branding is clinical—but never intimidating. Their labeling is incredibly easy to read and explains what the products do in language that everyone can understand. 4. Their products are great. Three standout products that I have already reviewed on Cherie are their 10% niacinamide booster, 2% BHA Liquid, and their super light daily wrinkle defense spf 30: PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator . These specific products I would say are catered towards normal to oily skin types with acne but I can use them on my dry spots as well. 5. I highly recommend checking them out. Since they are celebrating their 25th anniversary they will be having a huge sale! *Paula’s Choice has never gifted me any products—everything has been purchased by me! I do want to mention that as of 9:16 PM EST 5/31/2020, Paula’s Choice has not released a statement or any messaging regarding George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, or any sign of support. Apparently they are working on it with internal stakeholders but as of now they haven’t released anything which is very disappointing. Silence is deafening. Thanks for reading guys.
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relpixela
10% Niacinamide Booster
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
Skincare Story: Acne to Eczema to Glow-Up
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 (Salicylic Acid) 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 🙌🏽
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Skinsitive
10% Azelaic Acid Booster
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
Azelaic Acid: You Need This In Your Routine
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.
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Skinsitive
10% Azelaic Acid Booster
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
💫 brand review: the inkey list 1/2
💫 brand review: the inkey list 1/2
The Inkey List has some of the best products I have ever tried and they are extraordinarily underrated. And that goes for both high end and “affordable” products. I feel like they don’t get the hype they deserve. I’ve only tried a few products from them, and some have completely transformed my skin. Others have not been the best or made a huge difference, but they weren’t necessarily “bad”. Again, I can only speak to what I’ve tried, and I definitely need to try more. They have so many different products to target different skin concerns for every person and their website is fantastic in helping build a skincare recipe specifically for your concerns. The brand itself is also super engaging with their consumers, i have spoken to their social media reps a few times with regards to product recommendations on Instagram and they have always been super helpful! Here are the products I have tried and how they performed for me: **DISCLAIMER: my skin is normal/combo with an oily t-zone and a few breakouts here and there. I get a lot of blackheads on my nose and chin and a few little bumps on my cheeks that I have not figured out what exactly they are but they are incredibly stubborn and don’t have a head so they can’t be popped. If I were to try to pop them, they turn into a pimple, so I’m still not sure what exactly they are** THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid this is the ONLY thing I have noticed that made a difference in those bumps I mentioned earlier. I can’t express to you how long I have tried to get rid of these bumps, how much research I have done and how many products I have tried to no avail. Until I met the BHA serum from the Inkey List. After about a week or so, I noticed a dramatic difference in my skin. It is formulated with salicylic acid that is strong enough to make a difference in my skin but is still a gentle exfoliation that did not cause any sort of bad reaction. I absolutely love this stuff and I will not allow myself to be without it. THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide the niacinamide serum is my newest product to try and just, wow. I alternate nights between using the BHA and Niacinamide serum and I can’t begin to tell you what a game changer this has been. I have noticed the overall clarity, texture, and appearance of my skin to be so much. It feels so hydrating when applied and has the most silky texture that feels luxurious. My skin has never felt or looked better since using this in conjunction with this serum. THE inkey LIST - Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner this toner is SO gentle on my skin but makes it feel so refreshed and revitalized. I use it every night after my cleanser and before one of the two above serums and it just really makes my skin feel like all the makeup, dirt, and buildup of the day is really being removed from my pores but without stripping my skin. It really makes my skin feel so soft and I would recommend to everyone
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kayslittlereviews
Beta Hydroxy Acid
THE inkey LIST-Beta Hydroxy Acid
My Night Routine
My Night Routine
These are the products I’ve been using for the past several weeks for my night routine and I’ve been really happy with the results. I’ve seen improvements with hyperpigmentation, fine lines, texture (tighter pores), acne, hydration and overall brightness. Here’s my list of products in the order I use them: • La Roche-Posey Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser (I use this with my silicone scrubber brush) • Jack Black Power Peel Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads • The Ordinary “Buffet” serum (3 drops) mixed with a couple shakes of Cosmedix Pure C powder (I apply some to my lips also) • Dr. Brandt D.N.A. Triple Peptide Eye Cream • Elemis Peptide 4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil (my favorite night cream ever!) • La Roche Posey Effaclar Duo Duel Acne Treatment (as needed for spot treatment)
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CourtneyLeeSikes
''Buffet''
The Ordinary-''Buffet''
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