Here’s how to take care of oily acne-prone skin☺
Most of us acne patients suffer from oily skin. Excess sebum produced by our skin may clog pores which eventually leads to acne. In this post, I’d like to share my top tricks in controlling my oily acne-prone skin and hopefully be able to help even at least one of you 🙈☺️ 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐎𝐬: 1. 𝐃𝐎 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐚 𝐝𝐚𝐲. This has always worked for me. Sometime before, I tried not washing my face in the AM and it just made me so much oilier during the day resulting in more breakouts. Importantly, remember to wash your face every after workout too. Sweat combined with sebum is a perfect recipe for acne and skin irritation. 𝟐. 𝐃𝐎 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐚 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡. Although salicylic acid cleanser helped tremendously in my teenage years, it isn’t necessarily beneficial for me now that my skin is more dehydrated and my skin barrier compromised. Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide cleansers may still help on days when you’re feeling extra oily but resist using it daily. Use a gentle foaming face wash from Vanicream, Hada Labo, Cerave. 𝟑. 𝐃𝐎 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐲. You can have oily skin and dehydrated skin at the same time. Because your face is not hydrated enough, your glands may overcompensate for the lack of moisture by producing more oils. Do not ever skip this step! Your best option is to use an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer like Paula’s Choice Clear Oil-Free Moisturizer, Neutrogena oil-free and hydroboost gel cream, and if you have rosacea too, use procure rosacare gel. 𝟒. 𝐃𝐎 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐮𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. SPF 30+ or up should always be worn especially for oily skin. Unprotected sun exposure can lead to more acne flare-ups. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide mineral sunscreens are your top options. Zinc doesn’t only protect skin but also helps calm irritated skin. My favorites are Elta MD physical and Purito Water, Clinique Broad Spectrum, .. If you like chemical sunscreen better, I highly recommend Eucerin and Sun BUm. 𝟓. 𝐃𝐎 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬. Keratolytic ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid that are available over-the-counter can be your best friends when used properly. It is important to note that when using an active, stick to a minimal skincare routine to reap the best results and use of one acne treatment at a time is a must, especially if you’re just starting out. If you have moderate to severe acne, I would go for Differin Adapalene gel or a retinoid such as Retin-A and Atralin. Retinoids may not only get rid of your acne but also heal and renew your skin in the deeper layers. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓𝐬: 𝟏. 𝐃𝐎𝐍'𝐓 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫-𝐞𝐱𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞. Over-exfoliating is probably something we’re all once obsessed with. Unfortunately, this habit can only lead us to a damaged skin barrier thus, compromising our skin’s own ability to heal itself. It’s best to limit the use of exfoliating ingredients twice a week when starting or one exfoliating acid/active at a time once a day after your skin has adjusted. 𝟐. 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞. I say it all the time, fragrance in skincare is BAD and does nothing good for you. The use of fragrance in cosmeceutical products is unregulated and companies are not required to disclose all components used in their products. The formulation may have a lot of unknown toxic chemicals that can be harmful to you. Without knowing and often initially not externally evident, fragrance can irritate your skin deep down, cause toxic hormonal effects, and may even cause cancer. Fragrance is a NO-NO for everyone and most especially for acne-prone people or those with other skin diseases. I have suffered the consequences of my bad choices myself. Do yourself a favor and ditch your fragrance-containing products too. 𝟑. 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐡𝐨𝐥-𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬. Certain types of alcohol such as ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, and alcohol denat. are extremely drying and irritating especially to acne-prone skin. 𝟒. 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐮𝐩. Always make sure you wash away all makeup and accumulated dirt on the face before you sleep. 𝟓. 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐲 𝐩𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐬. Change your pillowcases frequently. I always make sure I sleep on new ones every week. 𝟔. 𝐃𝐎𝐍’𝐓 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞. Picking at your acne can only add dirt and germs to your skin and may cause more issues. Frequently wash your hands if you’re an absent-minded face rubber or cover the pimples with acne patches. 𝐌𝐲 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐀𝐌 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞 (𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞-𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐞) 𝐂𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐫 - VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser or CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skinor HADALABO - Deep Moisturizing Whip Foam 𝐇𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫 - Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Cream or The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 𝐌𝐨𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐫+ 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 - sun bum - Face Lotion SPF 50 𝐏𝐌 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞: 𝐂𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐇𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫 - Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Cream or Pyunkang Yul - Essence Toner 𝐌𝐨𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐫 - PROcure - Rosacare Gel 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭: janssen - Retino-A 0.05% Tretinoin Cream
Pyunkang Yul- Essence Toner
Tretinoin week 1
So far I’ve now applied my tretinoin cream 0.025% 3 times I started November 2nd. I have done it basically every 2 days so I applied Monday the 2nd, then Thursday the 5th, then again on Sunday the 8th. I’m planning on keeping up with this routine for the next week, then i will switch to every other night and so on, so far I haven’t noticed many side effects. I still use the same products VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser VANICREAM - Moisturizing Skin Cream sun bum - Face Lotion SPF 50 I apply the mighty patches occasionally on really bad pimples on nights im not using tretinoin. I honestly don’t really like the vanicream moisturizer, I don’t like how thick it is it seems difficult to spread it across my face without feeling like I have to rub it in or force it to glide. It also makes my face look pretty oily. The only think I actually like it about it is that it hasn’t caused any irritation to my skin which was expected. If anyone has any recommendations for a good moisturizer to use with tretinoin preferably fragrance free I would love your suggestions! I also wanted to possibly starting using the VANICREAM - Z-Bar Medicated Cleansing Bar for my body (I get mild acne on my shoulders and sometimes on my chest or bottom 🤦🏻♀️) I also heard good things about it for your face to, does anyone recommend? I do like the sun bum - Face Lotion SPF 50 buttttttt it’s just not my favorite, the texture is okay but i feel like it leaves my face kind of red. I really would like to venture into a better one recommendations for a sunscreen would be much appreciated as well! 🙏 preferred to be fragrance free as well I’m still super scared for the purging stage, I’m hoping it turns around for me, the inflammation in my acne has gone down a bit but I’ve notice new breakouts on my chin and around my mouth also one on forehead but I have a feeling it’s due to my period that started this week as well as the copious amounts of candy I’ve been shoveling into my mouth since Halloween. 🤡 whoops. Whelp here’s to a better and healthier week!
sun bum-Face Lotion SPF 50
The $13 cleanser that saved my skin 🧼
2 years ago I found myself in a bit of a skin rut. We’ve all been there at some point and it’s the same frustrated feeling of trying to find what is causing it every time 😓 I had acne, dry patches, white heads, black heads, texture, dullness - you name it. Putting on makeup was starting to become painful and my skin was reacting to everything! I started removing things from my skin care routine, one product at a time, to see what could be the culprit: overnight mask - gone..then the moisturizer, then the serum, then the toner. I waited two weeks in between each elimination and I only exfoliated with anything once every two weeks. I NEVER thought I would get down to my cleanser without my face getting even remotely better...but here we are! I had been using YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser for 4 months. For the first 4-6 weeks of that, my skin was lovely. Fresh and plump and acne-free. I had seen such massive improvements in my skin at the beginning and I thought it couldnt be my cleanser causing all of this. I ditched it anyways just in case and started using Vanicream and I have never looked back 🙏🏻👏🏻 My skin was so much better in just under 2 days of starting the Vanicream. The YTTP cleanser was just way too harsh and dry for me to use over time. Say what you want about Susan Yara but I’m so grateful one of her videos popped up on my suggested !. She was talking about how hard it is to fix your skin barrier once you’ve used harsh cleansers and products. She recommended starting with this ultra gentle but also ultra effective cleanser VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser It’s creamy, foamy, gentle but also leaves your skin feeling super clean. It doesn’t leave any residue or feeling of dryness or tightness.. it doesn’t smell any particular way or have any harsh dyes or soaps in it...and it’s $12.99!! on amazon.ca. I would be willing to pay 4 X that because it’s excellent quality and it really works. I’ve been using it as step #2 in my double-cleanse routine for years now and my skin has never went back to that dry, irritated place ☺️
VANICREAM-Gentle Facial Cleanser
Spironolactone Journey - Week 1
So after visiting my dermatologist and explaining my acne troubles and all, my derm decided it would be best to put me on Spironolactone for hormonal acne, as well as an azelaic acid, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide mixture. ⚠️⚠️⚠️ So as of lately, my routine HAS changed from my previous post about routines - which, also, if you have seen / read my previous routine post, please please PLEASE be cautious if you want to give it a try, for some people it works wonders, but for me it destroyed my skin. ⚠️⚠️⚠️ With that being said, here is my new routine with my dermatologist: AM: ☀️👄 1.5 tablets of Spironolactone (oral Rx) - same time every morning ☀️ VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser ☀️ Sulfacetamide Sodium lotion (Rx) (pretty sure this is temporary) ☀️ Azelaic acid mixture (with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide) (Rx only) - still waiting for this from the pharmacy...🥺 ☀️ VANICREAM - Moisturizing Skin Cream ☀️ KINSHIP - Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturzing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 OR Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50 OR Eucerin - Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 (SPF is a necessity no matter what, but its nice to have options) ——————————————————————————— PM: 🌙 PanOxyl - Acne Creamy Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 4% Daily Control 🌙 Sulfaceamide Sodium lotion (Rx only) 🌙 Azelaic acid mixture (Rx only) 🌙 VANICREAM - Moisturizing Skin Cream ——————————————————————————— ⏰ once a week - The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution- I haven’t gotten this yet, but my derm recommended it for the blackheads on my nose and chin, so I’ll give more on this later, being an exfoliating acid I’m sure this would also be good for texture irregularity, but we’ll see what happens. ——————————————————————————— Week 1 final thoughts: I have to admit, openly, I have the horrible habit of picking at my acne (as you can probably tell). Something I have pushed this week though is to spend less time in front a mirror or thinking about it, to prevent picking. I haven’t gotten the azelaic acid mix yet 🥺 ⚠️ I know Spironolactone doesn’t work overnight. It takes about 3 months to really start to show the effects. ——————————————————————————— As an informational piece: Sulfaceamide Sodium is a topical antibiotic which kills skin infections, this works well for acne, kind of like benzoyl peroxide. Azelaic acid, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid are all pregnancy safe. 🤰 However, Spironolactone is NOT. 🛑 Check out my other posts about Spironolactone for more info, if you’d like. ——————————————————————————— Since this a new journey for me, I’ll be updating every week or so with my results, so that I can also see the difference in my skin as time goes on (visual documentation for my derm too!) Wish me luck 💙🙏🏻🎃
Eucerin- Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30
perfect cleanser for sensitive skin ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
i actually started using this cleanser exactly a week ago in the mornings. my dermatologist recommended me this one to use in the mornings instead of just washing with water since i have sensitive skin. i do have combo (more on the oily side) skin and it’s been working great. this cleanser doesn’t leave my skin stripped at all but also doesn’t leave it feelings like it hasn’t been cleansed. i’d recommend this to anyone who wants to stay simple with their cleanser and don’t want to risk any irritation~ VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser use- the texture of this cleanser is definitely more milky. it doesn’t really foam up at all and just applies to the skin like gel. it’s really cooling and nonirritating because of it’s texture. despite it being milky, you don’t need a lot of it to feel like your skin is clean afterwards. it’s similar to the cerave hydrating cleanser but also different in a way. the cerave one really was terrible for my skin and always left my skin feeling a bit greasy? this cleanser leaves your skin plump and clean. ingredients- literally has no bad ingredients. no fragrance, alcohols, anything. the two ingredients that are good additions to the formula are glycerin and titanium dioxide. glycerin is known to moisturize your skin and repair your moisture barrier. titanium dioxide isn’t as common in cleansers and it’s actually a physical sunscreen. unlike a chemical sunscreen which absorbs UV light, physical sunscreen reflects it from the skin. skintype- this cleanser is honestly good for all skin. the formula has glycerin which is a plus for dry skin, i notice it’s just right for oily skin (like myself as well). most importantly, this cleanser is great for anyone with sensitive or irritated skin.
VANICREAM-Gentle Facial Cleanser
The Ultimate Anti-Pollution Routine
Air pollution isn’t just bad for your lungs but also for your skin. Because air pollution particles are so small, they can get stuck in our pores and cause all sorts of problems, like acne, skin sensitivity, dark spots, dehydrated skin, dull/uneven skin, and even premature wrinkles! Here is how I incorporate anti-pollution skincare into my routine: Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Every. Single. Day. You’ve heard it many times before, but SPF really is one of the most important skincare products you can use. It delivers sun protection and fights against pollution-generated free radicals, which can damage our skin’s DNA and accelerate the aging process! My favorite high-SPF sunscreens are theSupergoop! - Superscreen Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 PA+++ and theelta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 , both of which feel hydrating but not heavy on the skin. Add antioxidants to your routine. Antioxidants are another way to reduce the damage caused by free radicals and combat visible signs of aging. Popular antioxidant ingredients include vitamin C, retinol (vitamin A), niacinamide, and vitamin E. If you’re worried about irritating your skin, you can start with a less concentrated vitamin C serum, like the dear, klairs - Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop , which you can use in the morning (as long as you follow it with SPF). If you prefer to use vitamin C at night, try thePAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Booster , which has a higher concentration of vitamin C to protect your skin. For sensitive skin, I would recommend niacinamide, a widely tolerated antioxidant, like the Cos De BAHA - Niacinamide 10% Serum or The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% If you have dry skin, try rosehip seed oil: It has vitamin C, A, and E and locks in moisture. My favorite is The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil Make sure you’re effectively cleansing your skin. Of course, the best way to stop pollution from affecting your skin is to make sure you remove it from your face every day. Try double cleansing (using a cleansing oil first and then a water-based cleanser after) to gently but thoroughly cleanse your skin of any dirt and pollution that have built up on your skin throughout the day. If you’re new to double cleansing, I recommend trying a cleansing balm, like the FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm . It’s less messy than a liquid oil, and it’s really satisfying to see how the balm turns into an oil to remove makeup, sunscreen, dirt, and who knows what else from your face. Then follow up with a gentle water-based cleanser, like the Cerave Foaming Facial CleanserVANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser Do you use anti-pollution skincare products? What do you want to try next?
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
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