My Acne Fighting Skincare Routine
I’ve struggled with cystic breakouts for almost three years now (they started popping up when I was 22) and I’ve finally found a routine that works for me and my skin—unfortunately for my bank account, most of the products that actually work are on the pricey side. For me, I’ve noticed that chemical exfoliants perform the best for my skin. Since they contain harsh acids, I use them at night and make sure to use sunscreen every morning since they make your skin more sensitive to the sun. But since my skin is slightly sensitive and can be reactive, I’ve learned that hard way that I have to rotate in the heavy-duty ones to keep everything calm. After cleansing my skin, here are the nighttime products I use to fight acne: **In general, it’s better to go thinnest to thickest when layering skincare products** 1. Allies of Skin - Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum This serum has made the biggest difference in the overall smoothness and evenness of my skin. Another anti-aging serum, it’s powered by alpha hydroxy acids (mandelic, lactic and salicylic acids) which speed up cellular renewal and lighten dark spots, while a natural retinol alternative (bakuchiol) reduces multiple signs of aging. Like retinol, bakuchiol is great for smoothing the skin and is effective in reducing the appearance of acne - only it’s much more gentle and better for people with sensitive skin. 2. OLE HENRIKSEN - Invigorating Night Transformation Gel This product is designed to target the signs of aging, but its AHA complex (glycolic & lactic acids) has been a great chemical exfoliant for my acne-prone skin. In addition to targeting wrinkles, it acts as a solution for dark spots, dullness and unevenness. 3. C&C by Clean & Clear - Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength When there’s an active pimple on my face that’s super red and irritable, I always apply this powerful gel to help speed things up. This spot treatment contains 10% benzoyl peroxide and goes to work quickly by penetrating deep into the skin. All of these products can be drying, so I also make sure to mix in a hyaluronic acid serum and hydrating facial oil to keep everything balanced.
OLE HENRIKSEN-Invigorating Night Transformation Gel
Drugstore Surprise: Clean&Clear Spot Treatment
If you’re experiencing a breakout and want relief fast, then you NEED this product. This is the only skincare product that I still use from my high school days and love it because of how effective and affordable it is. This acne treatment gel is a maximum-strength acne spot treatment with 10% benzoyl peroxide and gets deep into the pores to clear out acne-causing bacteria and reduce the size and redness of existing pimples. It’s very strong so make sure you only use a little bit of it on the affected area - otherwise you could get some dryness or irritation. C&C by Clean & Clear - Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength
C&C by Clean & Clear-Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength
New to skincare and looking for suggestions
Hi all. I'm relatively new to this whole properly taking care of my skin thing. I have combination skin, uneven skin tone, large pores and redness/discolouration. I've recently incorporated these products: Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Creami think i'm going to switch this out to the regular skin, as i'm finding it really makes my face oily. I do, however, need the moisturizer mostly around/on my nose. Or for when my pimples dry out. C&C by Clean & Clear - Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strengthuse this mostly as a spot treatment. It dries my skin out a little bit, but i find it really helps flatten my pimples pretty quickly. I've only been using this product for a few days. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%literally just started using this today. As you can tell, i have MASSIVE pores. I have for as long as i can remember. Lately, it's really bothering me that my makeup sinks into my pores. I got a new pore primer today though and, so far, I'm impressed! Neutrogena - Pore Refining Cleanseronly been using this one for a few days. So far i'm pretty happy with it! Feels great on my skin and the scrub has been helping remove dry skin. I have also started using a salicylic acid acne treatment, for Clean & Clear. It's supposed to help remove blackheads. I have always been very nervous to use toners as I had bad luck with the Pro Activ system as a teen. This dries my skin out a bit, but i do find it helps reduce the oiliness throughout the day, especially at work when I have a full face of makeup on. I'm trying to give my skin as much of a break as possible when I'm not at work. I wake up really oily no matter what, but I'm wondering if this is just a regular thing for people? I hate it lmao I'm extremely self concious about my skin. I hate it and I have since i first got acne at age 10. It was so bad, I'm pretty sure my pores are also so big because they're probably partially acne scars. Any suggestions would be great!! I find my skin is a little sensitive, but i'm quickly getting used to the burning of the toner lol Thanks in advance :)
Neutrogena-Hydro Boost Gel-Cream
Go Drug Store Shopping With Me 💰💰✨
Affordable skin care for all skin types👇🏾 (I’ve tried all of these products✨) PanOxyl - Acne Creamy Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 4% Daily Control You can use this cleaner of your face,neck, & back! Benzoyl Peroxide is a staple in treating acne & this has 4%! It’s gentle on skin but effective! Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser My sensitive skin lovelies this is for you! I used this during my breakout time in early January (I was also pregnant). It’s also toted as a makeup remover. This left my skin cleansed without worries about breakouts✨ Neutrogena - Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser -Oily & Sensitive? This is for you! Just like it’s sister above it it gets the job done and perfect for that gentle cleanse! #Dickinson’s - Gentle Alcohol Free Toner[products] -Love witch hazel, but want a alcohol free version? This is for you! This is the new and improved Dickinsons witch hazel toner. Witch hazel gets a bad rap but honestly t’s great when formulated right! bliss - Clear Genius Clarifying Toner + Serum Want a multi-use product? This is for you ! This is great for toning and serum. I have had lazy days before and this is perfect! It has BHA, Witch Hazel, Niacinamide & Zinc! [FiveStars]DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel This is my HG acne treatment! I swear by Differin Gel. It’s a retinoid that has helped clear my acne and skin! (See previous reviews) RoC - Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Filler Fine lines & wrinkles? This is a combo of retinol and hyaluronic acid. You gets the skin clearing benefits and moisture all in one ! C&C by Clean & Clear - Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength Stubborn acne & blackheads? I used this YEARS ago. It helped my acne but warning it is drying. I used this as a spot treatment. CeraVe - Resurfacing Retinol Serum Acne & large pores? I just bought this recently and have been seeing if I see a difference between my Differin Gel and honestly they seem to work the same. If you are new to retinol this is for you! Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 This is my HG drugstore sunscreen. It’s gentle, doesn’t leave a white cast, & gives you a subtle glow. It’s also proven to brighten your skin complexion! Cetaphil - DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 Oily skin needing sunscreen protection? Before my skin turned combo this was my HG moisturizer
PanOxyl-Acne Creamy Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 4% Daily Control
The products that saved my skin ✨
I’ve always had clear skin growing up, but during the quarantine period (March-April) my skin had gotten REALLY bad and I couldn’t figure out why. After doing some research, I decided to strip down my routine to just a cleanser, acne treatment, moisturizer and sunscreen before re-adding serums. My skin is recovering well and I am so happy with the progress! COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser This cleanser is AMAZING. It smells a bit like tea tree oil but it is so gentle on the skin. My face is now SO SOFT! It’s a little pricey, but I only use a pea sized amount each time so it lasts quite a while. I will be a long time customer. C&C by Clean & Clear - Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength This benzoyl peroxide product was a life saver. I actually used the Persa-Gel 5, not 10; HOWEVER, I have read sources that say that 5% BP is just as effective as 10% and not as drying. I would apply this nightly, and I could notice a difference in just a few days. This stuff is strong and IT WORKS. I only use it as a spot treatment now when I see the beginning of new pimples, and I haven’t had any full ones form since using this product. CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion I found that it was too light for night time, but it’s a great light, no-fuss daily moisturizer that quickly absorbs and did not irritate my skin. Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50 For ~$15 this one is decent! It’s a water gel sunscreen, so it does make me look a little greasy at first but my skin feels hydrated. It might not be the best for those with suuuper sensitive skin, but it works for me for now. The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG This is a staple! I’ve been using it for about a year and I am totally happy going out without under-eye concealer. PHYSICIANS FORMULA - 24-Karat Gold Collagen Eye Cream I layer this on top of the Caffeine solution; it’s okay, there are probably better creams out there. The gold flecks are pretty cute though! COSRX - AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner Another okay product, this keeps my skin soft and smooth but not sure it does much in terms of clarifying. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Doesn’t minimize the look of my pores like I had hoped but it does help a lot with the oiliness in my T-zone! The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% I use this once a week — my dark spots do seem to be fading quickly but BEWARE! This product is very potent and stings a bit upon application. The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA A good chemical exfoliant! It is gentle, yet effective. I use it twice a week. The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil I use it nightly and I wake up with radiant, plump skin. Seems to help with pigmentation as well!
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Morning Routine! ✨
Hello Cherie 👋🏻 Figured my first post would be best as a morning routine post! I like to keep products at a minimum since I’ve found, through trial & error, that less is definitelyyyy more. 1. First, I wash my face with cold water No cleanser here; I think I do well enough with cleansing at night & find it dries out my ~already dry~ skin if I were to cleanse twice a day. 2. Clean&Clear Persa-gel 10 I’ve been using this for quite some time now on my cheeks & around my mouth to help with fighting acne. I think (🤷🏻♀️) it works ??¿¿ I mean, no acne soooo (🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️) 3. Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 50 for Sensitive Skin I JUST switched to this moisturizer as I had been using the chemical based version and since the switch I’ve been experiencing EXTREMELY dry skin. Don’t know if it’s the drastic change to hot weather or the switch from chemical to mineral based formula. Let me know what you think!
Neutrogena-Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50-Sensitive Skin
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