Adult acne update round 3
I have just finished my 2 month round of antibiotics, and boy was it rough but the look at my skin! Scarring isn’t great, but that can’t be tackled till acne is officially gone. I haven’t gotten any new cystic acne bumps and I’m using the same products NEOSTRATA - Foaming Glycolic Wash
So, it’s been now over two weeks and these are the fab 5 that have helped my skin SO much from all my “facemask-acne”. Yes, it’s taken a little while, but I am happy that my breakouts are almost completely gone (except for a very stubborn one near my mouth). Please note: I do NOT recommend any of these products for anyone with sensitive skin, except for the face spray!! Ok, let’s go product by product now: ￼NEOSTRATA - Foaming Glycolic Wash I LOVE this face wash! Everything from the super soft foam texture, the small amount you need, and the barely there scent is great about it. The 4 and not 5 stars?? If you overuse it (like I have 🤦🏻♀️) it’ll dry out your skin a bit. So, careful !! ￼MARIO BADESCU - Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater This little spray is everything to me. The main reason: it does NOT have any alcohol in it and therefore doesn’t dry my skin out. I like to use it as a “toner” in between my wash/treatments/moisturizer, but when I need a bit of hydration through the day, I just do a couple of sprays 😊 ￼Kate Somerville - Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment Ok, first things first: the one thing I CANNOT stand about this product is the smell 😩😩😩 It’s super strong and definitely not pleasant. However, when it comes to its effectiveness, I must say it’s great. My skin does feel clean, like I’ve taken away a thin layer of extra whatever was there (sorry lol, it’s hard to explain). It burns a bit on my breakouts, but it has helped reduce them too. Once again, another product NOT to be overdone, it’s a strong formula that contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which can be damaging to the skin when not used properly. PLEASE use at night only, and REMEMBER to use SPF during the day as well as minimum sun exposure for the sake of your skin staying healthy and getting the most benefit out of AHA’s!! ￼NEOSTRATA - Acne Clarifying Solution This solution right here is bomb! Yes, I said it. Has to be the best acne solution I’ve ever used. It does work great for my skin. I only dab a saturated cotton pad where I need it (breakouts mostly and oily parts of my face). It burns my breakouts, yes, I literally DO feel the burn lol, which it also means it’s working, right? 🤔 It’s also helped with my redness and the breakout bumps minimize noticeably! And last, but not least ￼MARIO BADESCU - Mario Badescu Drying Lotion Yes, another cult fave that I HAD to try myself lol. I think it’s effective and it does a good work by drying out breakouts (or anything that’s a pustule or such). My only complaint is that it takes a while to see the results. Maybe I was expecting it to be one of those “overnight miracle” products, but it just isn’t. It’s also recommended to be applied and left overnight, which I did, but in the morning my ugly little bumps were still there, just in the slow process of going away...
My face after a bit over a week
So, this is what I’m looking like after using all of these products RELIGIOUSLY, DAY and NIGHT (as per their own directions respectively). I honestly don’t know what else to do. My horrid facemask-breakouts have definitely improved, yes, but after a bit over a week I would expect them to be completely gone! Sadly, there’s still bits of them here and there, still visible AND some even painful 😥😪😭😩 Especially the one on the left side of my mouth keeps going and coming back. Some of the products I feel have helped me, but I guess not all of them are as effective... ￼NEOSTRATA - Foaming Glycolic Wash ￼MARIO BADESCU - Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater ￼NEOSTRATA - Acne Clarifying Solution ￼Kate Somerville - Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment ￼MARIO BADESCU - Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
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 .
Winter slugging 2.0 🐌❄️
In Canada winters are harsh and the Cerave products are hard to come by (always sold out in Montreal anyways) so I used to slug with just vaseline. It works fine, but I decided to upgrade after finding this baby at the drugstore. I was surprised to find the cerave baby line also had a ointment and skincare junkies seem to not have found the baby aisle just yet! CeraVe - Healing Ointment The ingredient list is a bit different from the regular one but it’s very similar. It contains: Ceramides that support healthy skin barrier ✨ Panthenol which is a humectant that has anti inflammatory properties 🧴 Hyaluronic Acid that helps the skin retain moisture 💧 Mineral oil & petroleum that are amazing occlusives 🚫 Since slugging with it a couple nights a week, my wind burns and sensitized skin is so much better (my skin can’t tolerate much actives and I sometimes push a bit too far). I try to use it the night before I wash my hair because it does travel. I also don’t usually cleanse in the morning but If I used petroleum the night before, I will use a gentle cleanser in the morning. I would not recommend slugging to someone with active acne or super oily skin. Petroleum is non comedogenic if you apply it on clean skin but it traps everything in the skin (the good and the bad) so if you produce alot of sebum or have severe acne, maybe it’s not for you. * I do NOT believe in « clean beauty » and couldn’t care less about your fear mongering about petroleum, mineral oil and all of the « harmful ingredients » you think is in this product so please don’t even bother. I will not get cancer from it, i’m fine thank you. ☠️
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+
My secret tips&hacks for your beach holiday!
Beach makeup base can be a huge struggle! Don't waste unnecessary time on it or keep worrying about it all the time! What we need is a smooth, clean, long-lasting, hydrated, and natural glowing beach makeup that lasts. I've been experimenting and here are my secret tips&hacks for all of you! 💓xoxo Tip 1: Never skip sunscreen!☀ Recommendation: elta md SKINCARE - UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 $48 Many people underrate the importance of wearing sunscreen. The right product not only protects you from sun damage, but it can also even out your skin tone. I'm using the EltaMD UV elements tinted sunscreen SPF 44. It is gentle and water-resistant. Sometimes I use this single product as a lightweight foundation and it's good to go! Also perfect under makeup. A little tip, remember to apply 1/4 teaspoon of the sunscreen (mostly around 3 pumps) on your face so that you can cover your skin equally and ensure SPF protection to work! Tip 2: Mix up tinted moisturizer and bronzer😻 Recommendation: NARS - Laguna Liquid Bronzer (SPF 15) $40 Try to mix a few drops of liquid or gel bronzer into your moisturizer before applying foundation. And then finish your base with the foundation over. It mutes the color a bit and avoids making your complexion seem too dark. I'm using Nars laguna liquid bronzer. I love how its subtle shimmer creates a healthy-looking glow! Check how it works on my skin. Tip 3: For foundation & concealer: less is more🤡 Recommendation: MAC - Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation $45.5 The last thing you need is heavy make-up and fragile formulas. Cream, gel, and liquid-based products are wiser choices. Don't be cakey! Use foundation and concealer as little as you can to create thin makeup. I highly recommend my secret foundation - MAC Pro Longwear nourishing waterproof foundation. It has an oil-free, watertight formula and the liquid texture is easy to be blended seamlessly onto your skin. I've worn this product to water parks, to beaches, to pool parties and my makeup stayed put the entire time!🙆🙆🙆
Hello skin care junkies! My name is Rosie and my skin needs more than a bit of help. Above is my most recent Skin Journey picture. My skin has always been sensitive, and my face is combo (oily cheeks, dryish everywhere else). Currently, my morning routine is rinse with lukewarm water, moisturize with BURT’S BEES - Daily Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, and then use CeraVe - Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 for Face with Zinc Oxide. Nighttime routine is wash with CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skinand then apply CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. This has helped my acne somewhat (am still working on not touching my face when stressed), but it’s skill there and so is my hyperpigmentation/acne scars. Furthermore, I’ve noticed that I frequently get razor burn/strawberry skin on my legs when I shave, and I do not know how to fix this. Please leave any comments for what you think may be helpful, I appreciate it all.
BURT’S BEES-Daily Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
La Roche-Posay Hydrating Cleanser
La Roche-Posay hydrating cleanser is an affordable hydrating cleanser. This cleanser is free of fragrances, oil, sulfates, and parabens. This cleanser is perfect for people with dry and sensitive skin. The key ingredients are Ceramide-3, Niacinamide, and Glycerine. Ceramides are naturally found in the skin and when used in skincare products help to retain moisture by restoring the skin’s barrier. Niacinamide is a B-vitamin that can minimize pores, protect against sun damage, treat hyperpigmentation, and treat acne. Glycerine is a humectant and aids in moisturizing the skin LRP can be used daily (morning and/or evening) to cleanse the skin by removing makeup oil, and dirt. To use this product, wet your face with warm water and massage the product gently into your skin. Rinse the product off thoroughly and gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel. I love using and recommending LRP hydrating cleanser as an inexpensive and gentle but effective cleanser that will leave your skin feeling clean and hydrated. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser
LA ROCHE-POSAY -Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser
Camping routine for acne prone skin 🏕
Desperate times call for desperate measures. I really love camping, but the risk of breaking out is so much higher for me when I’m camping and don’t have access to my full routine. I did a bunch of research before my latest trip on the necessities and ways to cut corners in my routine without doing any damage to my skin. This routine was based off of three things objectives: It needed to keep my acne at bay. I wanted it be simple and use the smallest amount of water as possible (we had to ration our big jug of water). I wanted to use as many drugstore products as possible because they are the easiest to replace if something were to break / go missing. My products: BIODERMA - Sensibio H2O Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water- amazing product and it helped take off all my makeup at night time. I opted for this over a cleansing balm in an attempt to conserve water. Benzagel - Acne Washhttps://benzagel.ca/product/acne-wash/ - I used this morning and night to help reduce chances of getting acne. I typically only use this at night, but this weekend I used it in both routines because 1) I could only fit one face wash and 2) I was really stressed about getting acne from my simplified routine and the extra bad food and drinks that we were having all weekend. Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer(fragrance free version) - My love for this moisturizer is very pure. It was kept my skin moisturized all day and night and it’s so affordable. A great choice for weekend trips. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50- I used this sunscreen on my face all weekend. It kept my skin dewy-looking and protected. It’s super lightweight and didn’t cause any break outs. Plus it’s a super travel-friendly (small) bottle. Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30- Loved using this sunscreen for my body, because it kept me protected from a sunburn, melts so easily into the skin and it also felt like it helped keep skin a little moisturized. Especially when I’m travelling light, I like products like this because it feels a little bit like a two-in-one moisturizer and spf. I wouldn’t suggest depending on this long term as a lotion, but in a pinch, I think it does the job. Plus it’s so affordable. The results: Skin was definitely not in the best shape when I got home (I used an acid toner to help with some texture and a vitamin c to help brighten) but my biggest relief is I had no pimples!! 🎉
Simplify your AM routine!!
I loooove skin care and find new products but when I sat down with a dermatologist in October and she asked I close my medicine cabinet full of (expensive) products and majorly simplify my routine. I reluctantly said I would try this and it’s been great for my skin, my wallet and getting out the door in the AM. The cleanser: LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Wash for Oily Skin is gentle on skin and leaves you feeling squeaky clean. Next I use 2 prescribed topical creams to help with acne and hyperpigmentation. Highly recommend working with a derm and being sure to have regular follow ups. TRUST the process! Then I use LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer UV SPF 30 which is hydrating and lightweight! It provides so much moisture and top with a sunscreen. I was recommended LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios 60 Face Sunscreen for Combination Skin SPF 60 This sunscreen goes on invisible and blends in well leaving no white cast but it is a chemical sunscreen. I found at times that this sunscreen would pill. Sunscreen is very important especially with one of my main skin concerns being hyperpigmentation/ dark spots.
LA ROCHE-POSAY -Anthelios 60 Face Sunscreen for Combination Skin SPF 60
Hi! After over a year of my skin thriving, it started to struggle recently (I haven’t left the house in a while and probably haven’t been drinking enough water). I thought it might be because of my moisture barrier and after doing some research I got CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion to help repair it. I have super sensitive skin and a lot of products burn or cause me to break out but I heard CeraVe was great for sensitive skin. I’ve been using this product for a few days now and it burns my skin and causes redness and irritation every time I put it on. And I’ve gotten some little bumps on my face since starting it. Does anybody know why? It also doesn’t feel moisturizing even though my skin isn’t super dry to begin with. I want to learn more about my sensitive skin but I cannot seem to find a pattern in products that work and don’t. My main skin concerns are sensitivity, redness, and large pores. I’m hoping you guys can help and recommend products. Thanks in advance! Btw the third picture is from before I started this product (no face makeup on). Products that have worked: Aveeno - Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser Eucerin - Redness Relief, Dermatological Skincare, Night Creme (I’ve been using this for years but it started burning slightly the last couple week so I decided to try something else) FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum LA ROCHE-POSAY - Serozinc Face Mist Simple - Kind to Skin Micellar Cleasing Water (and every other micellar water I’ve tried, I use this to cleanse in the mornings instead of washing my face) Products that surprisingly didn’t work: Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser (this product burned my skin and dried me out more than the clear complexions one, causing my skin to flake for the first time ever) GARNIER - SkinActive The Gentle Sulfate-Free Cleanser (burned my skin but less than other products have) The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (broke out my skin really badly - I tried to wait it out to see if it was just purging but it didn’t get better. It didn’t burn though) elta md SKINCARE - UV Shield Full-Body Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 (works on my body but I saw reviews that said it works for sensitive faces too... but it made me break out on my face) belif - The True Cream Aqua Bomb (burned my skin) Simple - Kind to Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash (burned my skin a bit but didn’t cause breakout or excessive dryness)
Eucerin- Redness Relief, Dermatological Skincare, Night Creme
MYTH: just wash your face
“just wash your face! just drink some water!” we’ve all heard it and seen it - advice that doesn’t help. But honestly, just washing your face IS NOT ENOUGH to treat acne, scarring, dry skin, or whatever problem you have. Washing your face for 30-60 seconds twice a day doesn’t give your skin enough time with active ingredients. you have to treat your issues, not just slap some soap on your face for a few seconds. Hopefully this isn’t news to you! everyone’s skin is different and there is no perfect answer or perfect product that is going to solve ALL your problems. Custom stuff like Curology - Curology formulacan help, but you can’t one step skincare. every basic routine has (and this is for oily skin like me, but same concept for all) 1) cleanser TATCHA - The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser 2) treatment REVOLUTION - Targeted Blemish Serum 2% Salicylic Acid 3) moisturizer dermalogica - Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15 4) protection Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 One product can make a huge difference but its not going to fulfill ALL of your skin’s needs!
dermalogica-Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15
Trending ArticlesSee All
The Importance of Finding Your Skin ConfidenceCherie creator @Chardeny shares how she found confidence through her skincare journey.Feb. 4
Dermotologist Advice You Don't Want To MissA roundup of the best tips from cherie's derm panel with Dr. Mina and Dr. Cula.Jan. 21
The Ultimate Valentine's Day Pamper/Gift GuideShow yourself (or your beaux) some love with these luxurious beauty picks.Feb. 12
My Mental Wellness Improved Through My Self AcceptanceWhen I was around 13 or 14 years old, I remember routinely taking one of my older sister’s black eyeliner pencils before school every morning. I’d arrive early so that I could slip away to the girl’s bathroom to apply a single black line to my eyelids. My parents didn’t allow me to wear any makeup at the time. Although this smudgy line on my eyelids didn’t make me look all that much different, I never felt comfortable at school without it. My teenage mind convinced myself that I needed some sort of cosmetic symbol in order to appropriately express my femininity. Up until that point in my life, society had told girls that looked like me - tall, Black, and with kinky hair - that we somehow weren’t as beautiful as the other girls. For far too long, I believed it too.Feb. 17