How I deal with acne caused by my environment
Hi y’all! I hope everyone is doing great and staying safe! Today I am going to talk about acne and inflammation caused by the environments we live in, and how to try and counteract it! I found out that where I live (New York City) was a big player in how my skin looked when I noticed a pattern in decreasing redness and inflammation every time I went home to Baltimore (a smaller city but we live in the suburbs). Within a day or two my skin would be looking so much better, and when I went back to New York, the redness would come back. I thought maybe it was stress or diet, but no, it was the city and my apartment that were the biggest players. How living in a city can affect your skin: Cities have more air pollution, which can pile onto your skin and clog your pores, causing breakouts and pimples, and weaken your skin’s protective barrier This is called Chloracne and can show up as blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and pustules Living in cities also exposes us to more free radicals, which cause inflammation in the skin. When there are toxins in our body, which often come from air pollution, we try and dispose of them through sweating and...doing other things. If our body is overloaded with these and can’t get rid of them though, we start getting acne, rashes, and sensitive skin. So how do we stop this from affecting our skin so much? SPF!! Sunscreen is a necessity no matter where you live, but if you live in a city or somewhere with lots of pollution, maybe lean towards a zinc sunscreen, or one with antioxidants like: Krave - The Beet Shield This is my favorite sunscreen that I’ve tried so far. It leaves my skin feeling nice and protected! Cleanse gently but effectively! My skin is more on the dry side, but I cleanse twice daily because of the buildup of grime from the city on my skin. Whichever cleanser you use, follow the 60 second rule! If it doesn’t break you out, or if you wear makeup, double cleanse to make sure you get everything off your skin! As my cleanser I use either VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser which I adore because it is super basic and good for my sensitive skin Or CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser which I love but is too harsh for my skin to use daily. Actives: Antioxidants, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Ceramides, rose oil, marine hyalauronics! These are options you might want to include in your routines! These specifically will help with the issues I’ve mentioned here! Some products that might help: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner NATURIUM - Marine Hyaluronic Water Cream NATURIUM - Vitamin C Complex Serum CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin THE inkey LIST - 15% Vitamin C and EGF And an air purifier if needed! 🦋✨
THE inkey LIST-15% Vitamin C and EGF
Back to Basics with Vanicream
Hey y’all! I hope everyone is doing great and staying safe through the pandemic! This post is about going back to basics and giving my skin a break from everything I’ve put it through over the past few months! I, like so many others, got super into skincare over quarantine and loved the results I was getting, but never found it to be enough. As soon as I found a solution for one problem, I spotted another and would buy yet another product to fix that. Eventually this added up to a huge routine, and my skin was just getting worse and worse. Recently I’ve decided to go back to the basics; cleanser, moisturizer, and spf. It’s been a week since doing this and all the cystic acne on my jawline that I could feel under the skin has disappeared! I still have some small spots, but there’s little to no active acne on my face right now, which I’m so happy about! FYI: my primary suspects are niacinamide and hyalauronic acid Cleansing VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser This was my 2nd string cleanser which I never really used, but I found that it’s been super helpful in truly stripping down to the basics, since the ingredient list is just that, basic. It keeps the bad away, and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight. CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser I stopped using this for awhile, since I thought it might be too abrasive but I broke out really bad when I replaced it with CeraVe’s hydrating cleanser. When I went back to using this, the breakouts on my cheeks and jawline started clearing up slowly, but I was getting new breakouts on my forehead, which went away as soon as I started using the Vanicream cleanser. I noticed that it wasn’t my ideal cleanser. Moisturizing VANICREAM - Moisturizing Skin Cream I bought this moisturizer when I tried cutting my CeraVe moisturizing cream out of my routine to see if that was a culprit of my breakouts. It’s super gentle, but my skin feels dry shortly after putting it on! I think I got used to CeraVe and it’s ceramides and 24 hour moisture formula so anything will feel like not enough moisture! CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin I cut this out and am dying to reincorporate it soon. I’m still scared that the hyalauronic acid in the formula might be giving me problems, but I’ll know soon, since this is the first thing I’m putting back into my routine. TRADER JOE'S - Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion I keep coming back to this for my morning moisturizer—it works well for me and I really love how my skin looks and feels after putting it on. It has allantoin in it, which is a great ingredient that my skin loves! SPF Neutrogena - Sheer Zinc Face Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Not a huge fan, but it doesn’t irritate my skin, something that I’m unsure about when it comes to the CeraVe tinted spf and Krave Beauty’s The Beet Shield ✨🦋
TRADER JOE'S-Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion
NightTime Routine - Dry Sensitive Skin ✨
Hi y’all! I just posted my morning skincare routine, now here’s my night time routine! Reminder, I have combo, but more on the dry side skin that is acne prone and sensitive! I’m also dealing with some maskne right now, which is obnoxious but better than getting COVID ! I start by cleansing with CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser I really love this product as it is good for my acne yet not stripping at all. It’s been a great addition to my routine. *If I need to double cleanse I’ll use CeraVe Hydrating cleanser before it. The Ordinary - 100% Niacinamide Powder mixed with The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 I mix these two together if I haven’t done so in the morning and have seen really good results so far, although there was a purging period. If I feel like my skin needs a break, I will skip the niacinamide and just use the hyalauronic acid instead. Krave - Great Barrier Relief This is a new addition so I can’t really write about the results yet, but might post an update in a few weeks. It feels nice on the skin though, and I have high hopes for it! I don’t use it along with the niacinamide powder because its not suggested to use more than one product with niacinamide in one routine according to the Krave Beauty page. The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil Not sure if I should be using this along with the Great Barrier Relief since it might be redundant, but this has been an incredible addition to my routine. I love this product as it has really calmed down my acne, faded scars, and feels really nice on the skin. CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin Love this moisturizer, especially at night since it makes me feel like everything has been locked in. It feels nice and I wake up with no dryness in the mornings. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I have loved this product for a long time! I use it once a week for ten minutes max and my skin always feels super smooth and clean after I do. This product has been one that I’ve seen the most results with in a while! The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion I use this once or twice a week although I’ve been cutting down on it recently since I’ve started using a retin-a gel as a spot treatment some nights. Because it can be drying and sensitizing, I’ve been using rose hip oil more often since it has similar effects as retinol. If you have any suggestions or thoughts feel free to comment below! Stay safe y’all! 🦋✨
The Ordinary-100% Niacinamide Powder
Morning Routine - Dry Sensitive Skin 🦋
Hi y’all! I previously posted my skincare routine on here including skin updates, but have made some changes so I thought I would update it and split it into morning and night routines! I have combo (but more on the dry side) skin that is sensitive and acne prone. I am dealing with some new maskne outbreaks currently which has been demoralizing, but we’re working on it! Depending on how my skin feels when I wake up I will either water cleanse or use CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser So far I like this cleanser; it’s soothing to use and great for my dry skin. I haven’t seen much of a change in acne because of this product, but I didn’t really expect to either The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG Haven’t been consistent with this, but when I use it it seems to help the puffiness under my eyes. Trying to use it daily and hopefully see some results! Then I go in with The Ordinary - 100% Niacinamide Powder mixed with The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 The Ordinary’s Niacinamide powder has gotten some negative feedback online, but I really love it since the zinc in the serum version irritated my skin. The main concerns are people using too high of a concentration, but I make sure to add way less than is even recommended. My skin purged at the beginning but I’ve noticed quite good results in a short time. Sometimes I will skip the niacinamide powder and just use hyalauronic acid, which is great in and of itself. Krave - Great Barrier Relief This is a new product in my routine. I use it when I know I’m going to wear a mask a lot throughout the day or when my skin feels sensitive; I also try to avoid using it after niacinamide since I don’t want to over do it with that. I might post an update on this specific product, but so far I like it and have high hopes! The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA I used to think this wasn’t enough for my skin in the morning but recently reincorporated it into my routine when I realized that with the summer heat and my CeraVe moisturizing cream for dry skin was just making my skin greasy throughout the day. I also feel like it works better under my mask! Krave - The Beet Shield Another recent incorporation to my routine. Again might do an opinion update post but have high hopes for this too! I live in NYC so the fact that it fights against pollutants will hopefully benefit my skin, and also protect somewhat from maskne! Love this as an SPF though, and it absorbs right into the skin! Let me know if you have any suggestions or thoughts, or if anything in here works for you! Stay safe y’all! 🦋✨
The Ordinary-100% Niacinamide Powder
Routine Review and Progress!
Hi y’all! So I’ve been suffering from adult acne for a couple of years now and I am finally starting to learn more about my skin type and how to properly take care of it. I’ve recently discovered my YouTube lifesavers Cassandra, Hyram, and James Welsh and I’ve learned a ton from them. But I wanted to post here and get feedback from you all, and just share it in case anyone has similar problems to what I’ve had! I have combo but more dry, acne prone skin btw AM: CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser I just recently started using this cleanser and use it in the morning and at night. Because my skin is on the drier side I’m thinking of buying CeraVe’s Hydrating Facial cleanser for the mornings and saving this one for the PM. That aside, I think this cleanser has been super helpful in reducing pore size and containing breakouts CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin This works well for my drier skin type, but can sometimes feel tacky and like it’s not absorbing into my skin. Neutrogena - Sheer Zinc Face Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 or CeraVe - Face Sheer Tint Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 PM: CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution When I originally bought this I had also gotten a bunch of other products from TO and overloaded my face so I didn’t really react well to it. I just recently reincorporated it into my routine and use it 2-3x a week. The morning after I use this I always see a big difference in my pores and texture. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Hopped on this train and so happy I did. I use this once a week or once every two weeks and think that it leaves my skin feeling renewed and my scars faded. The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion This is my favorite thing in the world and has helped fade my acne scars so much! I use this 2x a week because it can be pretty intense but I’ve been so happy with the results so far! CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin Products on the way: The Ordinary - 100% Niacinamide Powder Reacted kind of poorly to their serum because I think the zinc was irritating my skin. I want to love niacinamide and get its benefits so hoping this works for me. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Have high hopes for this! The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil I was using TO’s squalane oil but think it’s been breaking me out a bit so I thought I would change it up! Looking for a cleansing balm or oil in case I need to double cleanse! I would love to hear your thoughts!!
The Ordinary-100% Niacinamide Powder
My Skincare Routine when I’m Breaking Out👉Fight With Inflammatory Acne👈
I have sensitive, combination, and acne-prone skin. When I eat too much sugar feel very stressed before exams, I am always breaking out. But I have different treatments for different kinds of breakouts. when facing normal breakouts, it is easy to handle with normal and gentle products, such as CLINIQUE’s acne solutions clinical clearing gel. it includes the well-known acne-fighting ingredient salicylic acid to clean the face. However, I often have to handle with the most annoying breakouts: the inflammatory acne. There are patches of small, red zits around the face. Bacteria cause this kind of acne and promote inflammation to cause the skin to red and tender. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm To solve the acne, I tried treatments that include antibacterial agents. One of the best solutions I found is LA ROCHE-POSAY’s Cicaplast Baume B5. The balm is a smoothing multi-repairing balm that is designed to care for sensitive skin. It contains panthenol and Madecassoside. Madecassoside is a skincare ingredient from a medicinal plant that has been used for more than two thousand years for wound healing and anti-inflammatory in India. I enjoy using this product. It has a rich, thick, and nourishing texture that can be absorbed by the skin rapidly. It reduces the acne, moisturizes my dry, rough area, and releases the redness and irritation. I have been using this product for a few months and I found it has been a lifesaver! it does reduce my inflammatory acne and solve the breakout problems, it also moisturizes the skin from dryness, especially around my mouth. I use it three times a week and I have found there is a huge difference where my acne used to be. I am so glad that I found this product. will definitely recommend this product to those who suffered from inflammatory acne.
LA ROCHE-POSAY -Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm
Did you know that some unhealthy foods such as processed or those high in carbohydrates can cause your skin to age quicker or cause your skin to get breakouts? Remember, what you eat can reflect the overall health of your skin, so make sure to load up on foods high in antioxidants and get your vitamins. This will help hydrate your skin to keep it glowing. Consider these skin-friendly foods: +Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables +Spinach and other green leafy vegetables +Tomatoes +Berries +Beans, peas and lentils Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish +Nuts Please follow @thedoseofglamour for skincare tips. What is your favorite superfood? Let me know in the comments section. Also don’t forget, if you are in the U.S. and need social media or skincare coaching, DM me! *Source: mayoclinic.org https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/healthy-skin/faq-20058184
7 tinted moisturizers that really work for acne-prone skin
Acne can be a really unpleasant condition - we’ve all been there to some extent - and it can be challenging to know what products to use to improve the appearance of your skin. There’s a myth that tinted moisturizers are only suitable for drier skin types, but if you chose a product that is formulated for your skin type, they can be a lifesaver for oily and acne prone complexions.
My AVÈNE collection! Must-buy and Black-list
There was a period of time where my skin went through serious allergies. Redness on both of my cheeks and my t-zone was dotted with pimples and acne. I was suggested with the brand AVÈNE by the dermatologist because of its excellent reputation for sensitive skin. Some products are my lifesavers and really help me get through a tough time. But not all of them are suitable for me. The recommend👑: Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream： Avène - Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream This is the first product I tried from AVÈNE and is also the reason why I stick with the brand afterward. This product is dedicated to quick repair of skin problems caused by irritations. The texture is relatively thick and oily, and need some time to be fully absorbed. However, the effect is unbelievably dramatic!! Most of my redness and pimples had vanished. Sticking to it for weeks, my skin became much stronger and the infection was cleared. Skin Recovery Cream: Avène - Skin Recovery Cream My second face cream from AVÈNE, and it didn't disappoint me! Like the Restorative cream, the formula is aimed at skin recovery and protects the skin from external damage. There's another rich version but I bought the light one. Compared to the Cicalfate Cream, this one has a more lightweight texture and is easier to be blended out, not sticky at all. I only use Restorative Skin Cream for the night because it requires time for absorption. While for the Recovery Cream, feel free to use it as either day cream or night cream! The “Meh” 🙅: Thermal Spring Water Spray: Avène - Thermal Spring Water Spray Everyone knows this is the best seller of AVÈNE! However, I didn’t like it that much. It’s promoted as sensitive and dry skin friendly, yes it is. But to some extent, I feel like it has no difference from water, and the ingredient table proves me right…. Although it is not expensive, I think a spray bottle does not worth its value. I felt no improvement in skin condition, leave along expecting it for moisturizing. I will never purchase it again. Gentle Toner: The product is promoted with soothing and anti-irritant properties, and the ingredient is rich with the so-called “Thermal Spring Water”. I mean… let's stop playing a word game, it's just water. I was not satisfied with its effects, and I dislike it in addition to its texture, which is a mix of liquid and oil. Too oily to use in summer or use with other products for the following skincare routine (unless your skin is very, very dry) Deep Moist Lotion: Similar to the Gentle Toner, the “Thermal Spring Water” is its main ingredient. It is a translucent lotion and is very diluted, not nourishing enough for me. It was okay just after you apply it, but then the moisture seems to go away quickly. The toner is too thick, and the lotion is too lightweight, lack of competence to lock the moisture for skin.
Avène-Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream
INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Ways to Pair Niacinamide
Who needs wine pairings 🍷 when we can pair skincare?! Niacinamide has been talked about a lot on Cherie so I won’t bore you with the details but here are some thoughts! What’s up with Niacinamide? 🧴 Also known as vitamin B3 found in a diet of meats, fish and veggies. While rare, B3 deficiency can lead to pellagra (including scaly skin). 🧴 Derm research says it boosts collagen production, smooths wrinkles, reduces hyperpigmentation, fights acne, speeds epidermal growth and repairs skin barrier. 🧴 Synergistic when used with Vitamin C, arbutin and kojic acid 1. Niacinamide as a toner. ($14) Product: GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner Paired with : PURITO - Pure Vitamin C Serum VERSED - ON THE RISE FIRMING SERUM Comments: This is my full proof way of getting niacinamide no matter what. This toner is thicker than water in consistency, intensely hydrates without it ever interfering with the application of my other products. The toner also contains vitamin C and arbutin- consistent with the research support their synergism. This method allows me to have actives in my non-serum steps of my routine as well! 2. Niacinamide as a first serum step. ($6) Product: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Paired with: dear, klairs - Supple Preparation Facial Toner GEORGETTE KLINGER - Vitamin C Toner Comments: I used TO’s niacinamide a while back and was never in love with it. I could never assess its effectiveness because the formula sat so tacky on my face (especially when I layered other serums) I’d end up rinsing it off within minutes. This went on for months. Even though the shelf life is 12 months, I’ve also noticed that the product is increasingly more drying upon application. It leaves white soap-like streaks when I try to spread it too...I could never get it to agree. However, I do know that many swear by this serum so I wanted to add this in here as a comparison to the next serum I’m about it mention! If you’re pairing this, I’d say using it with a simple toner and no other serums. 3. Niacinamide as a layering serum/moisturizer. ($8) Product: THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum Paired with: I'm from - Rice Toner PURITO - Pure Vitamin C Serum Comments: Compared to The Ordinary’s famous niacinamide 10%, I have to say The Inkey List has a seemingly thicker BUT much quicker absorbing formulation. While it still sits sticky initially, the feeling goes away within minutes and I am effectively able to pair this with other serums and even sunscreen. I use this after my vitamin C serum and before SPF. The product still sits shinier than I would like but for $8, it was definitely worth a try! The packaging is extremely travel friendly, so I can keep it in my bag at work for a midday skincare reset. Cheers🍷
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
What do I do?
I’ve had clear skin all my life. I recently turned 25 and shifted to a drier city and bam! I’ve had terrible skin ever since. I have combination skin that is sensitive to most strong drying serums. How do I achieve clear skin?