🌟 Acne 101: My Favorite OTC Acne Products✨

clairebeccaclairebecca
Sep. 14
There are so many new skincare ingredients on the market geared towards fighting acne. Don’t get me wrong, I love trying the newest “it” product just as much as the next skincare enthusiast, but sometimes what works best are the tried and true staples. 
Most of us have been given prescriptions or recommendations from a dermatologist at some point in our lives. Some of these prescriptions and OTC dermatologist recommendations are really unpleasant and take awhile to get used to despite their efficacy, while others are a little more forgiving. 
Here are 2 of my favorite over the counter acne products that I still use in my skincare routine and how to get the most out of them!
Stridex Salicylic Acid Pads
How to Use
I use these pads like a toner, using them at night 2-3 times a week when I’m having an acne flare-up. I let my skin completely dry after washing before using 1 pad for my whole face. Once the product dries I follow up with a good moisturizer. 
I use these pads like a toner at night 2-3 times a week when I’m having an acne flare-up. I let my skin completely dry after washing before using 1 pad for my whole face. Once the product dries I follow up with a good moisturizer. 
If you have another acne topical you use, such as a prescription from the dermatologist or a serum, you can use them together, however I recommend using just the pads when first starting out to acclimate your skin and make sure you don’t experience any irritation. Some people can use these once a day, while others with sensitive and dry skin like myself, can only handle it a few times a week.
Tip: these are also great for body acne! I have used these on my back when I get pimples. I especially love them after workouts.
Differin (Adapalene .1%)
Adapalene is a retinoid that has been prescribed as a topical for many years now. It’s often one of the first acne prescriptions dermatologists go to for persistent acne that doesn’t respond to quick fixes like the Stridex pads formerly mentioned. 
In recent years it was approved for over the counter use and can be found at drugstores. While it’s a wonderful acne-fighting product, it requires some know-how to get all of its benefits!
How to Use
Adapelene works best with long-term use and often results can take a few weeks to be noticable. It can cause irritation at first and especially if you don’t start out slowly. It may also cause purging. Use it as you would any serum or topical, after your toner and before your moisturizer and always at night!
Tip: Start out using it 2-3x a week and always with a good moisturizer. Once you’ve guaged your skin’s tolerance you can use it on dry skin directly after cleansing, but this isn’t necessary nor is it recommended for sensitive skin and when you’re first starting to use it.
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