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HELP!! What actives should I be using?
I’m really struggling to figure out which actives I should be using... which means I’m not sticking to any one in particular, just jumping around from product to product whenever I feel like it. I know I need to be consistent, I just don’t know which one(s) to do. What would be the best to use/combine? Should I use one type in the AM with sunscreen and another at night? Currently I’m using - Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil to remove makeup CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin as face wash DERMA•E - All Sport Performance Face Sunscreen SPF 30 as sunscreen and I recently switched to CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion from the CeraVe cream in the tub. I also have CeraVe - Renewing SA Lotionbut I’m hesitant to use it with my other actives. Any advice is appreciated, I’m really struggling 🥺
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.
Updated fungal/hormonal acne routine
Hey guys! On my last post, i was still struggling with fungal acne and hormonal acne (and also just normal acne) despite having a pretty good routine. I have made some switches and over several months i've gotten it much better. still not perfect, still breakout occasionally and still have a lil texture. but overall. much better First slide - night routine The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser great first oil based cleanser, that's all LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser super basic water based 2nd cleanse. i have oily ish skin but with a double cleanse i prefer a non foaming cleanser. this rinses without residue and is very gentle. i also like the Cetaphil - Gentle Skin Cleanser but it's just a bit less fun Every other day or 2, i use the ZAPZYT - Acne Wash Cleanser . this is the product that SAVED my hormonal acne. if i go too long without it i get cysts on my jaw. it also nearly cleared any texture. however, i used it every night for a bit and i think it kinda burnt my cheeks so be careful. also. idk what it is but i used to use the COSRX - BHA Blackhead Power Liquid for my sa treatment, and it did HALF of what the zapzyt does and didn't help my hormonal acne despite being a leave-on opposed to wash-off. next i mix the CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion and a few drops of squalane oil. any one works. this is great because i used to mix TO niacinamide serum with the cerave daily moisturizing lotion but the cerave pm is easier and helps more with texture for whatever reason. a couple drops of squalane gives me that moisture boost i need despite having oily skin. and lastly is will sometimes "slug" using good ol Vaseline. def helps retain moisture. Second slide - Morning Routine super basic, gets the job done LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion + sometimes squalane and finally DRMTLGY - Broad Spectrum SPF 45 THIS SUNSCREEN IS AMAZING. I've heard it's a dupe for the eltamd, you can find it on amazon for 20 bucks and it's a combination sunscreen. ALSO. i have always gotten super oily throughout the day nothing has ever helped. niacinamide, powder, more moisturizing, no. literally nothing. but THIS. it must be the zinc oxide in the sunscreen. but anyways i don't get oily for like 6 or 7 hours now and im much less oily even then. i also occasionally use the The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution for deep exfoliation That is my updated routine, still tweaking, might try out the LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin after zapzyt so i can match brands lolol. but yes. please reach out w questions or anything else!
Healing acne and leftover scarring
In high school, I never had problematic skin. It wasn’t until I became an adult that acne presented itself and it was everywhere. My forehead, chin, cheeks, neck, etc. I felt really ugly and would put makeup on to hide everything. I never left the house unless I had a full face. As silly as it sounds, it does put a toll on your mental health and self worth. After years of trying these products that promised me the world, I decided that I was going to go back to the basics and I started using 3 products. Yes, just 3 products. I used Cerave hydrating facial cleanser, zapzyt acne treatment gel and cerave daily moisturizing lotion. I really started to notice a huge difference with my acne cleaning up. From there, I slowly added active ingredients like the ordinary’s niacinamide and zinc as well as Sunday Riley’s Luna to help with my scarring as well as supergoop’s sunscreen. My skin is not perfect, but it has come a long way.
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