My Go-To Winter Moisturizing Duo
CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
Dec. 27, 2020
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.
Rosacea: Basic Necessities
Cleanser: COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser My favorite cleanser I’ve ever used! It’s super affordable, and the low pH and gentle ingredients are great for sensitive skin—it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dried out after using. The tea tree in it also helps minimize my pores. And I love the gel consistency! It works well with my oily skin. Basically a home run for me. Toner: COSRX - Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner Alcohol-free toners are KEY for those with rosacea. I found this toner at a local beauty supply shop and was drawn to it because it’s a little harder to find alcohol-free toners and the price was right. Additionally, centella is an amazing ingredient for soothing the skin and is found in a lot of skincare products that target rosacea. Betaine and allantoin are also great for sensitive skin. Exfoliant: PAULA'S CHOICE - Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Salicylic Acid Exfoliant I’m out of this product right now, so it’s not pictured above. This BHA exfoliant is gentle enough for my skin and noticeably improves it. I only use this at night. If you use an exfoliant during the day, you MUST wear sunscreen, too! Moisturizer: CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion This is the perfect weight for me to use everyday. I use about 1.5-2 pumps every time I use it. The ingredients are great for all skin types, it’s affordable, and the weight ensures that my pores never get clogged. Face Oil: LEO OIL - LEO OIL 30 Label This was a recent purchase that I actually found on Instagram. Because it’s getting colder, I wanted a face oil I could apply at night to keep it super hydrated. I liked this product because I wanted to support a small business, and its ingredients are all great for sensitive skin: meadowfoam oil, rosehip seed oil, and blue tansy. When I use it, my skin looks radiant afterwards. I haven’t used it long enough to say for certain I’ll buy it again, but it’s definitely looking that way. Sunscreen: elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 One of my biggest but arguably most necessary splurges. This has been my favorite SPF for years, because there’s nothing like it. There’s no better high SPF mineral sunscreen on the market, both of which are necessary for folks with rosacea. It’s also unscented, a little goes a long way, and it absorbs into the skin pretty well. This is the only sunscreen I would recommend from what’s currently out there.
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A little over 2 months results
I’ve been on 100mg /day of spiralactone. No side effects now. I think I had a bit of dizziness in the beginning but my blood pressure and potassium levels were always fine. I’ve stopped breaking out in cysts and very rarely a Pimple here and there . My face is healing now . I’m just dealing with all the post inflammatory hyperpigmentation marks now (PIH). I’ve also been using 0.025% clindamycin /clindamycin from apostrophe every night for the past 2 months also. I’ve just gotten 6%hydroquinone cream to add to my regimen . And so I’m hoping that will help out more so with the PIH Spirolactone and the tretinoin/clindamycin had done wonders for my hormonal acne !
Ok guys if you been following me my bumps are starting to dry up and now I have dark spots. My right side is completely healed and the left is my trouble side. After seeing my dermatologist for my follow up appointment she went up on the dose of the retinoid I use at night. If you are wondering my routine this is what I'm using. Also go look at my old pics to see where I started from. Neutrogena - Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask I love this as it dries out my bumps LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser I use this at night and love how it's super light CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion light way and keeps face moisturizer at night elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 I use the tinted version now great for black girls only in the morning and I do two fingers when I apply it The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I just started using it super light weight. I started as a suggestion to help purging. Haven't told my dermatologist I'm using it but it has made the bumps on the right side calm down so so far so good. I'll update this to five stars after I have enough data to support if it really works.CeraVe - Healing Ointment I use when I experience dryness from the winter. A lot goes a long way .
These tips + these products have helped my skin: - Double cleanse EVERY night - Gentle non-foaming cleanser morning & night - Cleanse for at least 60 seconds, if not longer - Moisturize with CeraVe PM every morning & night (contains niacinamide) - CeraVe daily moisturizer on dry spots - Retinoid (Differin) nightly, applying every other night for a month then stepping up to nightly. - alternate weekly between azelaic acid & salicylic acid in the morning - AHA once a week at night if I take a break from differin - BP spot treatment on active pimples. I did not change my diet or dairy intake. However I have noticed myself eating a side of fruit & veggies with lunch or dinner. I have been sleeping more (thanks covid) & I wash pillowcases and towels weekly. I use a separate towel for my face, plus I have stopped putting conditioner right on my hair line.
Nightly skincare routine!
This is my nightly skin care routine. Very similar to my morning routine except two products are switched. For finished review go to my first post. I’m just going to review the added products here **** Step 1: Cetaphil - Daily Facial Cleanser Step 2: Aquaphor - Aquaphor Healing Ointment Step 3: Eye Cream ***I’m still trying to find a good eye cream that works against loose skin and wrinkles. Anyone have any suggestions, put them in the comments below! Step 4: POND'S - Facial Moisturizers Dry Skin Cream So instead of the CeraVe am moisturizer with SPF, for the night time I use Ponds and I absolutely love it. The jar has lasted me for years! Just a little dab here and there and it leaves your skin feeling soft, hydrated, and smooth. I used to have really dry skin on my forehead and eyebrows and ever since I started using Ponds, it has cleared right up! No flakes anymore! Cannot recommend enough. It’s so cheap and it smells so fresh and clean! Step 5: Clearasil - Daily Clear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream At first I wasn’t a fan of this because I would put it on at night and then by morning my pimples would be huge. But then I would do it again and the next day they were gone! It doesn’t sting like some spot treatments and I like the cream texture for the night time. As you can tell it’s almost gone because I love it so much but much like the Pond’s, it has lasted me a long time! Let me know your thoughts and experiences in the comments! Thanks 😊💕
Aquaphor-Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Curology - The Cleanser It’s not clear if this product is for oily or dry skin. It seems to be for dry skin and I have oily skin. It seems to be a bit thicker than the Cerave Hydrading Cleanser. I have fungal acne and I ran this product through Sezia and it has products that wont help my fungal acne. Curology - Curology formulaIt’s too early to tell if my personal formula is working. My formula is Niacinamide 4%, Clindamycin 1%, and Zinc Pyrithione .25%. I have used Zinc Pyrithione before at 1% so I don’t know if this will help. Curology - The Moisturizer This moisturizer is very light weight which is good for my oil skin, but has ingredients that are bad for fungal acne. The acne body wash has Tea Tree Oil and I’m not sure how to feel about it. Since it’s a wash off treatment and meant for the body the fragrance isn’t too bad but I don’t like the smell. Overall: I wouldn’t recommend the moisture for oily skin. I’ll wait and see if I see any results before looking at my personal formula.
These are my favorite skin car products🥰🥰
CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin this worked so well on my skin I love it CeraVe - AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 this is really nice because it has spf in it to protect your skin from the sun and it work very well CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion this is for the night and really works well on my skin MARIO BADESCU - Mario Badescu Drying Lotion works really well sometimes on smaller/less noticeable pimples it doesn’t work but on more inflamed pimples work really well to bring them down and eventually they go away
CeraVe-AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
'Seriously Shine Free'? Think again.
FORMULA 10.0.6 - Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil Free Moisturizer When I first bought this moisturizer I had really high hopes that it would work for my skin. This was my first time trying any products from Formula 10.0.6. I have oily and acne prone skin that tends to be very sensitive to introducing new products. The first week or two using this moisturizer daily, my skin looked and felt great. This moisturizer felt lightweight, has a great scent and overall kept my skin feeling very smooth and hydrated. By the third week my skin felt very greasy and heavy almost immediately after applying this moisturizer I did some experiments and tried to use it by itself to test if it was in fact this product making my skin oily. Eventually I grew tired of the heaviness of this moisturizer after suffering days and days of breakouts and unmanageable oiliness. I switched to an Aveeno sensitive skin moisturizer and it's worked great on my skin. I will still try other Formula 10.0.6 products in the future, however this moisturizer will not be one of them..
FORMULA 10.0.6-Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil Free Moisturizer
💖BEST moisturizer for oily/acne prone skin☀️
Cetaphil - DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 This is 100% my favourite moisturizer for my skin and the only one I’ve ever used that’s been good for my acne! Some of my favourite things about this moisturizer is that is dosnt make my skin more oily, it has 30 spf, it dosnt irritate the skin, and to top it all off it is super affordable! Finding a good moisturizer has always been a challenge for me, for a couple months a just settled with not using one, but if you have acne and can’t find a moisturizer, I would highly recommend 💖
Cetaphil-DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
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