My skin is combination oily, however, I feel lucky that it is the same year round so I can continue using the same products. I discuss my acne story and skin type here. If you have time I’d love for you to check out the background story prior to jumping into my nighttime routine. I was fortunately able to end my lifelong battle with cystic acne this year after starting a new skincare routine. This is the first time that a routine has worked so well for me that my face has been clear, with absolutely no pimples, in over two months. I was so excited about this, that I felt the need to share with all of you! So, if you have oily skin like me, then you are in the right place! If you read my acne story, you’ve already seen this before and after image, however, if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, here’s a visual of why I’m so excited.
When it comes to skincare, finding a routine that works for your schedule and your skin is key. Taking care of your skin doesn’t need to be a full-time job. I now spend five minutes at night on my skincare routine, which is the least time that I have spent in my adult life, with the best results that I have ever had!
- Makeup Remover: I typically do not feel the need to use makeup remover on a day to day basis. My cleanser is able to remove my makeup. On nights when I wear a little more makeup, I remove my makeup with either Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes or baby oil. I know, if you’re reading this that you probably have dry skin and you’re probably thinking, WHY WOULD I PUT BABY OIL ON MY FACE??!? Not only is it cost effective, it’s gentle, removes makeup well, and has no pore cloggers. Just make sure to cleanse your face with a face wash after using baby oil.
- Cleanser : A quick wash with a facial cleanser works wonders. It removes the day’s dirt and oil, allowing the skin to breathe. To get even more out of your cleanser, consider one that is not stripping or over-drying. I use this ultra gentle cleanser from face reality. A mild & gentle, sulfate- and paraben-free cleansing gel. Excellent for the most sensitive skin types and anyone prone to eczema.
- Toner – I use this skin reset toner by Recoverie twice a day and it has a wonderful hydrating feeling to it. It also contains ingredients that help clear the skin. I’m sure you’ve noticed the theme is to keep the skin hydrated, while making sure that acne isn’t developing. Toner is a great step to add to your skincare routine to maintain clear and healthy skin. Traditionally, toners were used to restore your skin’s pH balance after cleansing. But today’s toners do that and so much more! During warm weather months, a skin toner can come in handy to combat breakouts caused from sweat, sunblock, and dirt clogging our pores (or a combo of all three).
- Eye Cream – After using the skin reset toner, I use this VIIcode Oxygen Eye Cream. In the past month that I’ve been using it, I have noticed how powerful this anti-aging eye treatment is to awaken the look of tired eyes. VIIcode Skin Care is a skincare company that specifically focuses on the skin around the eyes. Because of my allergies to everything, I’ve always had a bit of puff around my eyes. It’s something that I’ve gotten used to, sadly. However, with regular treatments of icing around the lower part of my eyes, and this VIIcode Oxygen Eye Cream, I have noticed that the puffiness went down drastically and that my dark circles are almost gone! I love that the eye cream contains natural ingredients like Elderberries (an anti-oxidant), Jojoba Oil (to hydrate the skin), and Evening Primrose (to boost blood circulation and remove wrinkles). I also I love how moisturizing this eye cream is, I hate when I put on an eye cream and it feels like my under eyes are completely dry a few minutes later. There is not any leftover residue when I wake up in the morning, which I’ve found with some other products. I make sure to use the eye cream above and below my eye for the best results.
- Serum – After applying the eye cream I use this 8% Mandelic Acid Serum, also by Face Reality. I hadn’t heard of Mandelic until going to the Clear Day Acne Clinic. I was surprised by how many amazing things that it does. Mandelic acid’s antibacterial properties are extremely helpful in treating acne. It helps to regulate sebum production and in turn decrease the occurrence of breakouts. Mandelic acid has even been shown to benefit those who suffer from cystic acne. It also helps to fade pigmentation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and brighten dull skin. I personally have noticed that it has been keeping my cystic acne away. When I do have pimples now (very infrequently), it’s little bumps, not deep and painful acne anymore.
- Moisturizer – A dab of moisturizer post-wash will protect skin and keep it soft and supple. Currently I’m using this Hydrabalance Hydrating Gel, it’s like your daily 8 glasses of water in just 2 pumps. It delivers an intense water drench without any of the weight. Hydrabalance is a water-based hydrator that can be safely used under Acne Med (next step). Along with antioxidant and antibacterial properties, it also helps to reduce oily shine. It may be used under sunscreen
- Acne Medicine- Last but not least, I think this Acne Medicine and the Mandelic changed my skin the most. I use a 10% benzoyl peroxide to combat my acne. I worked up to the 10%. Initially I used the 5% benzoyl peroxide until we were able to evaluate that my skin needed a little more. Benzoyl peroxide is an antimicrobial, which means it helps reduce the amount of acne-causing bacteria on the skin. Less bacteria leads to less breakouts. Benzoyl peroxide also helps keep the pores clear from blockages. It’s one of the most effective over-the-counter acne treatments available.
Here’s a little more information from my acne clinic. These could possibly be reasons why your current acne regimen isn’t working for you:
Why do acne products fail so miserably in getting it done?
- Many have pore-clogging ingredients in them. For example, the cream form of Retin-A is very pore-clogging and should never be given to an acne patient. But sadly, this happens every day.
- It takes a combination of the right products to affect acne. Just a retinoid by itself or a serum with salicylic in it is not enough.
- Different ingredients in acne products are used for different kinds of acne.
- Even companies that are attempting to customize regimens to account for different types of acne do not have strong enough products to get the job done.
- And almost all companies do not take skin adaptation to products (skin getting used to products) into account. If you are not coached in how to adjust the frequency of product use, you will not get rid of your acne.