Tips from a derm for exercise induced acne
With a new year comes resolutions, many involving healthier lifestyles and exercise. So why let exercise induced acne hold you back from achieving these healthier choices. Exercising can cause excessive sweating-leading to increased oils, dirt, friction, and even bacteria on your skin leading to acne. This can manifest as facial or truncal acne (think backne), often known as acne mechanica or folliculitis. Cleansing properly is incredibly important for preventing exercise induced acne. It’s important to remove all makeup prior to working out. Gently shower with lukewarm water immediately after sweating. If a shower is not available, reach for a cleansing wipe. Clean, loose-fitting moisture wicking attire is key. This helps prevent friction and additional bacteria and sweat from dirty clothing. In addition to wiping down all gym equipment, don’t forget about the stuff that hits your skin regularly such as headphones, watches, and headbands. Most importantly, don’t forget sunscreen and gentle moisturizers. Favorite OTC products: Cleansers: PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum StrengthCeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser Wipes: Simple - Micellar Make-Up Remover WipesLA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Clarifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes Treatments: LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne TreatmentDIFFERIN - 0.1% Adapalene Acne Treatment Gel Pump
Acne scars, blackhead, whitehead treatment
DIFFERIN - 0.1% Adapalene Acne Treatment Gel Pump I have been using this for a month and look how my face brightened and my scars and skin is hydrated. My eyes are also not as dull and my crows feet is pretty much gone. My skin is less textured and my white and blackheads are disappearing.
How I got clear skin.
It’s been a couple months but I was able to get clear skin. All of the sudden I got really bad hormonal acne so my derm put me on spirolactone. While also going on Retin A. I used benzoyl peroxide in the morning and the gentle cleanser at night with the RetinA. Here are the products I used: DIFFERIN - 0.1% Adapalene Acne Treatment Gel Pump CeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream I still have scars but I am still using the RetinA prescribed to me. Hopefully most of them will go away! Anyone who is going through this right now you WILL be okay and I know how painful it can be but you WILL get through it. You just have to ask for help when you need it. Our acne does not define us.
My favorite cleansers
I’ve tried so manny cleansers in my skin journey, but these are the ones I absolutely love, I’ve kind of stuck with the one brand because I’m slow to trust other products!😂 ￼My favorite one at the moment is CeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser I love this product because it cleared up my active acne and it really cleans your face! I have also noticed that my blackheads are starting to clear up and be less noticeable! ￼My second favorite is the CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser this one is a better than I thought it would be when i first got it!😂 it’s really smooth and it made my face so soft! ￼The other two are ok, I use the CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser when I have dry skin. And the CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin is good for when my face needs a break from the active ingredients the first two have! ￼Definitely would recommend all of them! There all really good!
anyone have any advice? :(
I’ve been struggling with this acne for so long :( it’s pus filled and very painful, and hormonal but they take forever to go away and it leaves scar although I don’t pick at it. the products I’ve been using are CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin and Cetaphil - Daily Facial Moisturizer for 3 months, day and night. I also used to use Dove - Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar r two months but I switch to theCeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser and I’ve only been doing that for about a week (only using the cerave SA cleanser in the mornings). I don’t use face masks or anything, these are the only products I used. My face gets oily at my T-zone but my cheeks get very dry so I barely barely use a tiny bit of aquaphor on them. Any suggestions of what I can do? Anything will help :(
My AM routine! 🧼 🧴
I start off my day by washing with PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength and I use warm water (not hot!) I use a clean, fresh wash rag to pat dry my face. I never use a hand towel because you never know how many germs sit on that towel! Next, I apply my TULA SKINCARE - Clear It Up Acne Clearing and Tone Correcting Gel and allow that to dry. It only takes about 30 seconds to dry & absorb on the face. I love how light and clean this gel feels on my face & the Tula brand has been wonderful to my skin! After the Tula gel, I apply my SKINCEUTICALS - Retexturing Activator Face Exfoliator I like this serum, although it does leave my face feeling kind of sticky. That doesn’t matter though because I apply moisturizer and SPF after this serum anyway! My moisturizer is OSEA - Blemish Balm I love this moisturizer! It smells amazing and when I apply it to my face, my face feels immediately refreshed. This is perfect for oily/acne prone skin! After my moisturizer, I like to use my pmd - pmd Clean Pro I turn on the facial warmer and gentle vibrations and just allow my face to relax and soak up all of that moisturizer. I don’t do this everyday because it’s time consuming BUT it is very relaxing!!! Lastly, my SPF is TULA SKINCARE - Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and so far I really like it. At first, I didn’t really care for it because it smells like sunscreen and it leaves a highlighter effect on the face. I’ve gotten used to it though and I love that it doesn’t leave a white cast on the face!! I’m open to suggestions or comments ⬇️ 💗
October vs. December
what I wanted to improve was acne and I ended up also removing my small wrinkles so I am very happy I am working on my remaining spots.The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel what I wanted to improve was acne and I ended up also removing my small wrinkles so I am very happy I am working on my remaining spots and when i use azelaic acid i dont use differin be careful with that.
Ulta & Marshall’s Hair & Skin Haul
What’s up my bargain basement bitches? Due to my recent unprecedented BREAKOUT on my damn chin/cheek/mustache area I decided it was time to use my Adult Money ™️ to purchase some new skin ~clearing~ items. Being that I work for the government, I am absolutely the furthest from raking in that dough, so bargains are v appealing to me. I’m an Ulta shopper, not sorry. I don’t give a dern about makeup and I find that Ulta has that good good, cruelty free, clean, & affordable skin care. Also fuck that elitist Sephora energy, my local Ulta has a salon in the back that I can only imagine is the equivalent of a set of Super Cuts side bangs. Featured in this haul: Ulta TULA SKINCARE - Keep It Clear Acne Foam Cleanser($34) TULA SKINCARE - The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser (free sample) LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne Treatment($30) COSRX - Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence on sale 50% off! ($12) Marshall’s Random ass Facial Steamer ($16) “ABSOLUTEHEAT” Pro Iron Series curling wand ($20) Golden Castor Oil with eyebrow/lash brushes ($7) AQUIS - Hair Towel Waffle Luxe Moody Gray($10) I have been using FIRST AID BEAUTY - FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serumand FIRST AID BEAUTY - FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid which are wonderful, especially the eye cream which completely blasted the dry patch near the corner of my eye that was there for MONTHS m, but I felt like tapering up a bit after introducing retinol for the first time about a month and a half ago. It is also likely that the breakout on my chin/cheeks is due to the retinol serum (I currently use 2-3x wk and don’t use any actives with it except for Mad Hippie - Triple C Night Creamwhich I’m prettty sure clogs the shit out of my pores but w/e). I will post a skin check-in tomorrow & eventually review these products after I work them into my routine. So far, so good! I will say the Tula SA cleanser had a super strong tea tree fragrance which isn’t a dealbreaker for me so much as a indicator of some powerful shit. Fingers crossed this gets the pesky comedones on my chin/upper lip to dissolve 🤓. In the meantime, comment below with your favorite sheet masks to use with the face steamer! I got it for my bf mostly, as well as an extraction toolkit because he likes to take things into his own hands with his skin and I respect that- so I got him some tools that can be sterilized & keep him from poking holes his face with my stolen embroidery needles.
A dermatologist’s recs for maskne 😷✨
Let’s talk maskne, the most common chief complaint I’m seeing these days. There are many different causes ranging from acne mechanica (acne caused by irritation/pressure from the masks) to actually being allergic to the mask material. Consider seeing a dermatologist if the following tips/products don’t seem to help: If possible wear a clean surgical mask daily however with PPE shortage, this may not be possible. I use a n95 + surgical mask at work and a breathable, cotton mask outside of work. Avoid unnecessary makeup, don’t forget sunscreen, and don’t skip out on moisturizing. Whether you have dry or oily skin, you still need moisturizer. Oily/combination skin: use a benzoyl peroxide cleanser, a gentle retinoid such as adapalene gel, and spot treatment with either BP or salicylic acid. Start slow and increase as tolerated. Dry/sensitive skin: use a gentle cleanser, gentle moisturizer, and if tolerated consider a spot treatment with either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Consider slowly adding a gentle retinoid like adapalene gel two to three times a week while using adequate moisturizer. What are your favorite types of masks/maskne treatments?
Simple - Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes These miceller makeup remover wipes are great for on the go cleansing in a work bag, gym bag or travel bags. They are good for all skin types especially sensitive skin. Simple skincare does not use alcohol, parabens, chemicals or animal derived ingredients. It contains minerals and plant extracts as well as vitamins B & E. They can be exfoliating if used with the right amount of pressure. They are a little rough for around the eyes and don’t remove makeup super well. You aren’t suppose to have to wash your face afterwards but I always do! They are good for on the go cleansing or a first cleanse. They must be used up or else they will dry out! They can be found at most drug stores and target.
Simple micellar wipes
Simple - Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes I have been using these makeup remover wipes for 2+ years now. They are formulated to remove impurities and makeup, while keeping skin hydrated. These were appealing to me because my skin is sensitive and they have no artificial perfumes or dyes and no harsh chemicals. I use these as my first step to remove any makeup or oils throughout the day. They are even good to bring to the gym or after a workout. While I wouldn’t fully rely on these removing all makeup, I don’t intend them to. I always double cleanse after this using an oil based cleanser and a gentle cleanser. I really like using these as a first step in my night routine or as a refresher throughout the day on non-makeup days. These are suitable for all skin types and include vitamins A and E & triple purified water for hydration. the wipes have a soft texture and are moisturizing. This product is also hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and pH balanced for even the most sensitive skin types. I would definitely recommend this product for the convenience to remove makeup and oils and helping your skin feel refreshed!
CUROLOGY TO THE RESCUE !!!
So my bff had really bad acne. Hormonal/oily combo + cystic. The worst.... 😭😭 I noticed in February her skin was looking really clear and I asked her what she was using/doing differently. She told me she uses the Curology 3 step system. I was not too thrilled when I heard 3 step system because I had tried other brands like that and it hasn’t worked out for my acne. But I gave it a shot. I signed up for there $5 “trial box” and took really in depth pictures of my acne for the dermatologists down at Curology to concoct me my very own serum to pair with their cleanser + moisturizer. After about 3 days I noticed my skin was clearer. So I was hooked and sad after the trial was over. For about $50 every 2 months they send you your 3 FULL SIZE PRODUCTS! That’s a pretty good deal knowing I’m getting customized skincare to my door ;) also I am from San Diego and this is a San Diego based company !!!! CUROLOGY IS DEF MAKING MY HOMETOWN PROUD 🙏🏻🤩💚 I would try this out if your loosing hope and have tried EVERYTHING. I incorporate the cleanser + moisturizer + acne serum with my toners, serums & face essences and they pair all beautifully! I will be uploading a video for my DAYTIME ROUTINE showing you my steps with Curology soon!! ❤️💕❤️💕
curology skin journey + what is my acne called?
trying out curology on acne with my eczema prone skin ⭐️ i have been trying out curology for the past week. i’ve always wanted to try it since the topicals that my dermatologist has given me recently haven’t helped my skin out at all. I’ve been so fed up with my skin and it really brings down my self-confidence. worst part of this whole thing is that I don’t know what type of acne I have, therefore I don’t know which products could help clear it. I was also really scared to try curology since I know that my skin is extremely dry. I was worried that curology would completely dry out my skin. however so far, my eczema hasn’t been as bad as I imagined it to be. review (so far): Curology - The Cleanser this cleanser is pretty gentle. It doesn’t foam up and it’s more like a jelly texture. Pretty similar to the Glossier. - Milky Jelly Cleanser . however, this does seem to dry out my skin. But this can be fixed with some ointment and moisturizer. I also cleanse twice a day which could be part of the reason why I’ve noticed that my skin has dried out so much. Curology - Curology formula now this curology formula seems to be helping quite a bit. Ever since I started using curology I have noticed the difference in my acne. I’m not sure exactly what it is but I believe that it brought down some bumps and pimples that I had previously. but of course I still do get breakouts which will hopefully start to minimize later on. Curology - The Moisturizer I know that chirology was made for mostly people with acne prone/oily skin. So I knew that the moisturizer will be a lot thinner than one that I would typically use. I don’t hate this moisturizer since it does slightly hydrate my skin. However it is not enough hydration for eczema prone skin. because of this I also have to use the CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin which i do highly recommend. i hope this helped any of you who are considering curology. i’ll keep you all updated and let you know if it works well or fails miserably. also, if you guys could maybe help on any products for my skin it would be greatly appreciated. thank you.
SAVE MY SKIN!!!
I’m 18 and my breakouts started happening when i used this one moisturizer. I stopped but it left a bunch of acne marks and continued multiple zits. I then used this serum for the acne but it also made my face break out. I stared researching skin care routines and started using Paulas Choice. Right now I only use a cleanser, toner, exfoliate (2 days a week), and then my morning sunscreen/night moisturizer that’s CereVe. I’ve been using this routine for about a month and i still don’t see a huge difference or clear skin. PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore Normalizing Cleanser PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore-Reducing Toner PAULA'S CHOICE - REGULAR STRENGTH DAILY SKIN CLEARING TREATMENT WITH 2.5% BENZOYL PEROXIDE CeraVe - Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 For Normal To Oily Skin CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
CeraVe-PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
I used to have the WORST acne on my forehead, along with a bunch of tiny bumps. I’ve been using curology for 2 years now, but I starts seeing insane results after 2 months :) CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin Curology - Curology formula
✨ Goodbye 10 yrs of forehead acne ✨
Ok now that I have your attention with that sailor moon gif ;) i'm here to give you my true and tried advice from my personal experience on how I got rid of my forehead acne/texture FOR GOOD! Buckle in 🤩 A quick lil background: I've dealt with acne for just about a decade now, ranging from cystic, nodules to hormonal to fungal. I used to have parched skin but after puberty I developed oily/combo/sensitive skin, mostly in my T Zone (gotta love hormones!) My reoccurring forehead acne was the result of a few causes, mainly how i took care of it (and bangs....oily gang you know how bangs are not in our favour lol) So here's how I finally fixed it and have maintained it! 1) I stopped washing my face with a cleanser in the morning. You heard me, i dropped that cold turkey like a toxic friendship! I just splash water a few times and i'm good to go :) The natural oils we build up overnight are surprisingly essential and act as a protective barrier, a natural moisture barrier if you will. So stripping it can cause sensitivity for many of us! Which leads me to my next point- 2) Moisturize! But not too much... If you're more oily-skinned like me, you probably already know that you're better off with a lighter moisturizer :) Although this one isn't totally light, it helps maintain a strong skin barrier for me so i only use a pea-sized amount: FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer (but you could also try the oil control one!) Using TO's Niacinamide beforehand also helps! 3) I cut out most simple carbs I know...it hurts my soul too. But no matter how good of a routine i had, i always redeveloped fungal acne which is due to yeast overgrowth. And frankly, those buggers love to feed on the sugar that's inside of our bodies as well. Plus is helps to stay health conscious! (dw i still cheat a bit, my sanity isn't all gone) 4) HYDRATE (ik cliche but necessary) Get your 8 cups of water/day ! 💦 💧 💦 5) Micellar wataaaa I no longer oil cleanse (as it broke me out horribly) so instead i use Lise Watier's - Supreme Micellar (5/5!) to gently wipe off everything before going in with CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser ~≈~ And those are my tricks of the trade! A few others i didn't include which have equally helped are eating whole foods, exercising and not picking my face. Hopefully these will help you out somehow and that you find these tips useful :') And a daily reminder that acne does not define you ♥️ you are more than your skin ♥️
CeraVe-Hydrating Facial Cleanser
A great cleansing foam
I’ve been using the Avène - Cleansing Foam for years now. It’s a beautiful, soft foam that is only for cleansing the skin without stripping it of any of it’s natural oils. All avene products are designed for sensitive skin, so they don’t contain any harsh ingredients. I highly reccomend this to anyone looking for a basic cleanser without any added flair. When I was struggling with acne, I turned to this cleansing foam to gently cleanse and calm my skin. It did just that. It helped tone down redness and over time, reduced acne. You can buy this for around $20 on amazon and it’s 100% worth it.
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