Post # 1
Hi! After a particularly bad outbreak from some sunscreen while on vacation in Florida I decided to up my skincare game from basically nothing to…well…something. I have 4 months to go until the wedding and my hair and makeup trial next weekend which is unfortunate because I’m still recovering from the outbreak. I have combination skin, am prone to breakouts, and have tons of scarring because I also pick my face. Lots of issues going on! Anyway, these are the routines I’ve come up with so far:
Wash with water
Aveeno Radiance face cream with SPF 15
Wash with Neogen Green Tea foaming cleanser
Exfoliate with Neogen Green Tea biopeel pads 2x/week
Caudalie Vinoperfec serum
Cerave PM lotion
What I’m noticing is that my AM routine seems to be working great but the Cerave lotion leaves my face too tight at first and so then I’m adding some Kiehls on top of it to try to compensate and now I think it may be greasy. Does anyone have any advice for a good PM lotion that won’t break me out and is moisturizing enough? Also any feedback on the products I’m using or other things I should be doing???
Post # 2
I loveee aquabomb by belief (bought at Sephora or on amazon). It is very moisturizing and feels so good and light on my face. For breakouts I use Persa gel (or target off brand) which is 10% benzoyl peroxide. It can burn or dry your skin, and it can bleach your clothes 🙁 but it definitely works on breakouts for me.
Post # 3
ktrv927 : check out the SkincareAddiction page on reddit. They seriously helped me up my skincare routine so well! And they have options for every budget! They’ll suggest different ph level products and all kinds of things I knew nothing about before.
Post # 4
Girl! If you have acne prone skin you need to wash your face with a cleanser in the AM. My esthetician said that during the night your skin is healing itself while you sleep and bacteria and oil come out of your pores and sit on your skin. Cleansing your skin in the am to get rid of this before you apply any moisturizer or makeup prevents blackheads and acne.
Post # 5
Have you seen a dermatologist recently? They can probably recommend products perfectly suited for your skin as well as something to help with the scarring.
Post # 6
Shaving your face will help with scar healing, but it can make the area more prone to breakouts, so I recommend following it up with toner.
Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior is a really nice, light moisturizer. I am acne-prone and I use it at night only.
Also, do you wear foundation daily? Seems crazy, but I find that wearing a matte foundation daily seems to really prevent breakouts. If I stop wearing foundation, I find that I really have to be more vigilant about my skincare whereas if I wear it everyday, I’m pretty much good.
Post # 7
Maybe this isn’t specific enough, but the first step to good skin is to be properly hydrated. So make sure you’re drinking enough water!
Post # 8
I have oily skin, so I have to fully cleanse twice a day. I love Neogen and went through 2 bottles straight of their Green Tea foaming cleanser, but I’ve been using the blueberry one and I think I like it better.
I also use the Peter Thomas Roth 8% Glycolic Acid Toner after every wash before applying moisturizer.
The glycolic acid is good for resurfacing and scarring, HOWEVER, my skin is not sensitive and very used to it. I would recommend 2-3x a week if you’ve never used it before, and also to test it near your jaw where if you have a bad reaction to something so strong, it’s not front-and-center.
I use the Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum 30 PA+++ for Blemish-Prone Skin every day. I typically only use the Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Cloud Cream at night because it isn’t heavy.
Post # 9
Caudalie has some amazing moisturizers. Go get a few samples from Sephora and try them out. I also love Sunday Riley Good Genes for smoothing out my skin tone and texture.
Post # 10
My skin cleared up a bit when I started using a gentle chemical exfoliant twice daily (I’ve experimented and the best for me is a 2% solution of salicylic acid, but you can get something stronger). If your wash is too harsh, get a gentler one. Make sure it has no scent (this should be true of all your products). Also, my skin is unequivocally loads better when I don’t pick – keep working at quitting this.
Post # 11
Also, forgot to add. If you’re experimenting with new things, add one product at a time and wait a few days to make sure there’s no reaction. If you try lots of new products at once it could be too much for your skin, or you might react and not know which product is responsible.
Post # 12
lola5 : thanks for the tip!
ktrv927 : I had a huge breakout after using a different makeup and because I am a pimple popper as well I ended up with a skin infection. I had huge whiteheads popping up in the same areas over and over again and could not get them under control.
After trying everything – medicated washes and more natural therapies as well such as oil cleanses I eventually had 2 courses of antibiotics which got my skin under control enough to actually be able to start a proper skin care regime.
I now use a green tea cleanser at night, a sea spray toner, and an echinacea moisturiser.
Post # 13
Also I use a coconut based sun screen as I also have very sensitive skin.
Post # 14
If your skin is sensitive, make sure you patch test new products for 2-3 days before putting them all over your face.
also, if you wear makeup, make sure you clean your brushes regularly.
Post # 15
Paula’s choice clear hydrating lotion is the best pm moisturizer I’ve ever used. I also have combination skin.