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OTC Epiduo Dupe Part 1
**Disclaimer: This post is not meant in place of medical advice. It's best to consult a dermatologist about skin concerns when possible. This is another long one, y'all. I've broken it up into two posts to allow adequate explanation, but please, PLEASE, stick around to read part 2. Failure to properly use the products mentioned can result in skin injury!! WHAT IS IT? For those who don't know, Epiduo is a topical acne medication available by prescription only. It's two active ingredients however, are available over the counter. Epiduo consists of a combination of 0.3% adapalene and 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. While you won't find adapalene in that high of a concetraion over the counter, the lower concentration (0.1%) can be just as effective with less irritation. Benzoyl peroxide however, can be found in varying concentrations from 2.5% to 10% with the lower concentrations also being as effective as the higher. HOW DOES IT WORK? For the sake of brevity I'll just give you a brief rundown here. Adapalene adjusts the rate of skin cell turnover to regulate the process. In the case of acne, skin cell turnover is in overdrive. That means new skin cells are being produced while old skin cells are not being discarded properly. These old skin cells, along with sebum and bacteria, clog pores. The regulation of skin cell turnover prevents accumulation of all that gunk thereby keeping pores from being clogged. Adapalene is also renowned for it's anti-aging benefits, but that's another post 😉 Benzoyl peroxide (sometimes abbreviated BPO) penetrates the skin and is metabolized into benzoic acid and oxygen. The oxygen free radicals kill anaerobic bacteria. For a more in-depth look at BPO, see my last post! Together these ingredients prevent clogged pores and limit bacterial growth, addressing two of the main causes of acne. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU? It means that your local drug store can supply you with everything you need to get started with an (almost) prescription strength acne treatment. Here are some adapalene products to consider: DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne Treatment CVS Health Adapalene Gel ACNE FREE - Adapalene Gel USP 15G proactiv - Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment And here are some BPO products: Neutrogena - On-the-Spot Acne Treatment Neutrogena - Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel ZAPZYT - Acne Treatment Gel LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Duo (+) *Stores like Walmart, Target, and several drug stores have their own brands of BPO spot treatments which are typically comparable to name brands at competitive prices. *Make sure to check the concentration of BPO. In this instance, the lower the better. Stay tuned to find out how to use this hack and to hear about my product picks explained.
Neutrogena- On-the-Spot Acne Treatment
Will Benzoyl Peroxide Clear Your Skin?
WHAT IS IT? Benzoyl peroxide (sometimes abbreviated BPO) is an organic peroxide compound known in skincare for it's acne fighting ability. It's mechanism of action is through it's sebostatic, comedolytic, and antibacterial properties, aided by it's lipophilic nature. it's also an anti-inflammatory. Sebostatic- reducing sebum Comedolytic- inhibits formation of comedones Antibacterial- destroys bacteria and/or suppresses it's growth Lipophilic- lipid soluble HOW DOES IT WORK? Buckle up kids, this is a little complicated. Because it's lipid soluble, BPO is able to deeply penetrate lipid layers between skin cells. It's metabolized mostly in the top layers of skin into benzoic acid and oxygen. Benzoic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (a type of chemical exfoliant) that as a result of reducing dead skin cells and sebum on the skin, lowers the skin's pH which inhibits fungal growth. The free oxygen radicals oxidize acne causing bacteria by disrupting their anaerobic (requiring the absence of oxygen) microbial cell membranes deep in pores where they live and multiply, thus killing them. This broad spectrum antimicrobial activity can continue for up to 48 hours, even when conditions for bacterial growth are optimal. In English, Please? Basically, your skin breaks BPO down into benzoic acid and oxygen. The benzoic acid exfoliates skin reducing sebum and creates an uninhabitable environment for fungi. Meanwhile, the oxygen is effective in killing bacteria and temporarily keeping it from growing back. This action reduces the population of bacteria on the skin resulting in a significantly reduced likelihood of the formation of more pimples. HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE Benzoyl peroxide is most effective in treating inflammatory acne (pustules) as opposed to comedonal acne (blackheads and whiteheads). But, as always, you must use BPO containing products properly, patiently, and persistently. Typically it's recommended to use BPO washes or topicals twice a day, but starting with less frequent use may save your skin from excess irritation. BPO can take 4-6 weeks of consistent use to take effect, but once acne is controlled you can reduce frequency of use in order to maintain your clear skin. LOOK OUT FOR: -allergic reaction -itching -peeling -reddened skin * Benzoyl peroxide will bleach hair and fabric like towels, pillow cases, and clothing. Pictured are my favorite BPO containing products, PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength and ZAPZYT - Acne Treatment Gel Though they have a high concentration of BPO (10%), I find that they are gentle enough for my skin (just not at the same time!). The amount of time BPO washes are allowed to remain on the skin before rinsing can increase efficacy, but also irritation. It's important to note that washes containing lower persentages of BPO can work just as well for many people while causing less irritation. Thanks for reading! 😘 And happy skincare hunting!
PanOxyl-Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength
Creating Your Skin Care Routine
Okay all you PYTs, this one's for you. You're young, you're beautiful, and you haven't thought much about taking care of your skin in the long run. That's okay, but it's time to adult now. I'm about to drop some knowledge on you. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (the AAD) here's how you can start your skin care journey: 1) Pay attention to your skin type and give your skin what it needs. If you have sensitive skin, use products formulated for sensitive skin, if you have dry skin use moisturizing products, and if you have oils skin use oil free or noncomedogenic products. 2) PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION. This is the most important part so Imma say it again 💁🏼♀️ PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION. Ultra violet radiation from the sun (or God forbid, a tanning bed) can lead to early skin aging and CANCER. To protect yourself, seek shade whenever possible, wear protective clothing, and use a broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen of an SPF of 30 or higher. THAT MEANS NO MORE TANNING ❌ That awesome tan you got from laying out all summer? Yeah, that's damaged skin. Without sun protection, UVA rays are able to penetrate the middle layer of skin (the dermis) and damage collagen fibers resulting in a build up of elastin which then contributes to wrinkles and leathery skin. But more on sun damage in a later post. Sun damage is not a joke 📢 take it from a redhead‼️ 3) Use a retinoid if possible. Retinoids have been dubbed "the gold standard of anti-aging" for a reason, y'all! Retinoids increase the rate of cellular turnover to exfoliate clogged pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines, essentially treating acne and wrinkles simultaneously 👏👏👏 It's recommended to start simple, meaning wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning and at night, use a moisturizer with SPF during the day (don't forget to reapply) and a retinoid at night. If you don't experience irritation with the retinoid, don't deviate from this routine for at least 2 months. That's a ball park of how long you will need to get comfortable with the retinoid. This routine is a great starting (or starting over) point because it allows you to get to know your skin and see what you'd like to address after the retinoid has taken effect. My personal advice is to find a retinoid that you love and build the rest of your skin care routine around it. Pictured is my favorite retinol cream Neutrogena - Rapid Wrinkle Regenerating Face Cream The brand Neutrogena is owned by Johnson&Johnson, which has over 20 years of research and development of retinol and over 20 retinol patents. This particular product was the subject of a clinical trial which resulted in ongoing improvement of wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation in patients throughout 1 year of nightly use. Unfortunately, I will have to revisit this AMAZING product in another post because of Cherie's character limit 😢 Stay tuned! And happy skincare hunting! ❤️
Neutrogena-Rapid Wrinkle Regenerating Face Cream
Will Salicylic Acid Clear Your Skin?
The short answer is maybe. Here's the long answer. First, let's find out what salicylic acid is. Salicylic acid is a lipid soluble beta hydroxy acid which has comedolytic (inhibits formation of comedones) and desmolytic (breaks the junctions between corneocyte cells in the stratum corneum) properties. How does it work? The molecular structure of salicylic acid is what makes it lipid soluble, allowing it to penetrate the lipid layers between skin cells and dissolve debris in pores. This is how it's able to prevent the formation of comedones (blackheads and whitehead). Furthermore, salicylic acid breaks down the "glue" that holds corneocyte cells together, resulting in the softening and sloughing off of the very top layer of skin cells from the top layer of skin known as the stratum corneum. This is known as exfoliation. Exfoliation helps prevents accumulation of dead skin cells, sebum, makeup, etc. In plain English, it gets down deep into your skin, clears out your pores, and keeps all that gunk from getting back into you pores by not allowing it to build up on your skin. So to answer the title question, if blackheads and whiteheads are an issue for you, yes, salicylic acid may be a great ingredient to incorporate into your skincare routine. NOW, HERE'S THE CATCH. Salicylic acid can absolutely help you on your way to clear skin, BUT you need to use it properly, patiently, and persistently. How to use it: READ AND FOLLOW PRODUCT DIRECTIONS first and foremost to make sure you are properly using each product. Also, consider patch testing the product before putting it on the affected are. If using in wash form, it may help to leave it on your skin for a couple minutes to let the salicylic acid be in contact with your skin longer, then wash off completely. If using in a spot treatment, tread lightly until you know how your skin will react. you also definitely need to makes sure you keep your skin moisturized as salicylic acid can be very drying. And as always, use sunscreen every day. Failure to properly use products containing salicylic acid may result in skin injury!!! How long to use it: Providing it's well tolerated, it's important to give salicylic acid time to work. Trying a product for a week and giving up is common, but salicylic acid can take up to 6 weeks to give you the full result. 6 WEEKS. So if you find a product that you tolerate well, give it time, sis. Be patient. For best results be persistent, trust the process, and don't get discouraged. Taking a "before" picture will help you monitor your progress. Look out for: -allergic reaction -tingling -itching -peeling *make sure to talk to your doctor before using salicylic acid during pregnancy Lastly, the product pictured is Zapzyt, my all time favorite salicylic acid acne wash. It's fragrance free and very gentle on my sensitive skin. You can expect to pay no more than $10 USD and it lasts for months. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk 📢😂 and happy skincare hunting!
The Routine that Cleared my Skin
Here's the bottom line up front because this is gonna be a long one, guys 😂 In the AM: -Zapzyt Salicylic Acid Face Wash -Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Cream -CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin -Coppertone - Defend & Care Oil Free Sunscreen Face Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 In the PM: - - Hadalabo Gokujun Cleansing Oil 200ml -Neutrogena - Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser -PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength -Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Cream -CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream For Normal To Dry Skin -Neutrogena - Rapid Wrinkle Regenerating Face Cream *I have sensitive, dry skin *I don't use the wahses with active ingredients every day anymore, only when necessary to avoid excess irritation *Neutrogena cleanser-1 star for fragrance *I use a gel cream and then a moisturizing cream because the latter is more occlusive *the sunscreen is chemical, but if I experience irritation at any point in the routine I use a mineral one instead Okay! Now that's out of the way, let me say I've had acne most of my 24 years of life. Sometimes it was okay (like the first picture) and sometimes it was much, much worse. I covered my acne with makeup everyday, which never completely concealed it, and actually contributed to it. Two months ago I decided to switch my focus from makeup to skincare. On a budget, of course 💁🏼♀️ Fast forward to now (the second picture was actually about a week ago 😬) and I cannot believe the transformation. My skin hasn't been this clear since before puberty, y'all 😂 I wish I was joking. It seemed like every pore was clogged, every part of my face had active acne most of the time, and now only a few stubborn blackheads remain and my skin texture is buttery smooth. I know this is not the sexiest routine, and the products are not new or exciting, but these ingredients are tried and true. I did list these products with some apprehension though. I feel that they need explanation before use. If you are using some of these ingredients for the first time (or using them togyfor the first time) you need to exercise caution. Seriously. Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and especially retinoids can be extremely irritating on their own, let alone in the same routine. That irritation can actually exacerbate acne and other skin conditions. Proper use, patience, and persistence are really key here. For example, it took almost the entire 2 months of this routine to work up to using retinol every night. So if you're interested in a specific product, why I use it, HOW I use it, and how it worked for me, I'll make separate posts to address those questions specifically. I've had a lot of fun putting this routine together and watching my skin improve, and Lord knows I've learned a lot in the process. I hope this is useful to someone, happy skincare hunting! ❤️
PanOxyl-Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum Strength