My skin care routine is sacred to me. I have suffered from comedonal acne since I was fourteen years old and let me tell you, it sucks! Fortunately enough, today I’m proud to say that I have healthy and clear skin for the first time since I was a teenager (YEII!). It took me a little over ten years of trial and error to develop a skin care routine that fit my needs and, since comedonal acne is often misinterpreted, I want to share this post hoping it can be helpful to some of you out there.
There’s a huge misconception about comedonal acne. I spent years thinking that I suffered from the “typical acne” caused by hormones, diet or bacteria. Well, I was wrong! What happens with comedonal acne is that the pores get obstructed easily, making it almost impossible for the skin to get rid of toxins and impurities. I remember using so many different “acne products” without ever getting results… And it wasn’t until I got medical diagnosis fifteen months ago (yes, it took me a little too long), that I was able to understand my skin condition and put together a skin care routine that finally took me out of the rabbit hole.
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My daily skin care routine is super simple and budget friendly. I’m one of those who think that when it comes to skin, especially acne prone, less is more. I only cover the basic necessities for my skin on a daily basis, and maybe once or twice a week I do extra stuff for it, like face masks or at home micro-needling.
That being said, let’s talk now about the products: every single product that’s part of my daily skin care routine needs to meet two requirements:
- Non-Comedogenic (because of my acne).
- Cruelty Free (personal belief).
Three of the products that I use are from an online company called Curology. Thanks to this company, I was able to identify my skin condition and got the right products to treat it. In case you are interested or want more info, here’s my referral link: https://share.curology.com/x/MxOR4m
Face Cleanser (Step One):
I use Curology’s face cleanser or 365 Everyday Value (whole foods brand – an excellent substitute for Cetaphil) in the morning and at nighttime. Both of these face cleansers are super gentle with the skin and effective. To maximize the benefits, I use an electric face brush. It helps removing dirt and death skin more efficiently through a gently exfoliation, and stimulates the skin cells through vibration. I got a Miasonic 2 for Christmas like three years ago and it has been my best friend since then. I remember a time when travelling on a one-week trip that I forgot my brush at home. My skin felt horrible the entire week – kind of like I had a layer of sand on top of it.
Also, if you haven’t done it yet, get yourself a set of face towels (here’s an excellent option: https://amzn.to/2WmzbMm). Towels are full of bacteria so, the last thing you want to do is drying your face with the same towel twice. I adopted this habit a over a year ago and it has made a big difference in my skin!
Facial Spray (Step Two):
Mario Badescu’s Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea facial spray is my favorite. I like to use it before my moisturizer – morning/nighttime- and throughout the day. Facial sprays provide excellent hydration without overloading the skin, so in my case, rather than applying moisturizer multiple times a day (which can clog my pores) I just use the spray on my face whenever is needed. There are multiple brands of facial sprays, each with different ingredients, so make sure you get the one that’s right for your skin. Initially I tried the rose water, which was good, but I switched to the Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea because it works better for acne prone skin.
Moisturizer (Step Three):
I use Curology’s moisturizer only in the morning. At nighttime I replace the moisturizer for a prescribed customized cream. Mine has: azelaic acid 4% (it’s an antibacterial that reduces redness, hyper pigmentation, and blocked pores), clindamycin 1% (it’s also an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) and niacinamide 4% (a form of vitamin B3 that fights inflammation and dark spots/post-acne marks). Keep in mind that this cream is medical prescribed and personalized for my skin so, you won’t find products with these ingredients at the drugstore. Curious fact: did you notice that my prescribed cream doesn’t contain any salicylic acid (the most common ingredient in products that treat typical acne)? That’s because my acne is caused by something that salicylic acid doesn’t treat. Now I know why I spent so many years using regular acne treatment products without any success.
Sunscreen (Step Four):
Finding a good sunscreen is hard! Besides the two previous requirements (non-comedogenic and cruelty free) the sunscreen that I use must be mineral and not chemical. If you want to learn a little more about the subject click here for a good article that explains it all. I looked everywhere for a sunscreen that met my three requirements and finally found it 😀 I got the 365 Everyday Value Face Mineral sunscreen (Whole foods brand) and I love it! It really protects my skin from the sun, it’s non greasy, it doesn’t clog my pores and it doesn’t leave white residue on my face. Downside: for now, you can find it only in retail, and I don’t even know if they sell it at every Whole Foods location.
That’s all! I hope this post can be helpful to you or some one you know.