Skincare Routine for Acne Prone Skin


Skincare Routine for Acne Prone Skin

My skincare routine has been a long time in the making. For one my skin has dramatically changed in the past few months, in a positive way. Simply because breakouts aren’t such a frequent occurrence as they used to be. Mainly because I’ve been taking a hormonal balancing supplement that I spoke about here. The main two ‘areas’ which I focus on now in my routine is scarring and preventing breakouts. So let’s move onto my skincare routine for acne prone skin.

Skincare for Acne Prone Skin

The basics

Face wash wise I tend to switch between either CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin or Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser. To be honest I love both. They both equally take off my makeup and any left over product extremely well. I also haven’t suffered from any adverse reactions to either. They don’t disrupt the top layer of my skin, like a lot of ‘acne’ targeted cleansers do and they’re both under £10. In the morning I will cleanse once, using one of the aforementioned face cleansers. Then in the evening I will cleanse twice, as I wear SPF 50 on my face daily, and then take off an residue around the eyes etc with micellar water.

Once I have got a ‘clean’ base I will go in with a bunch of different acids and toners. In the AM I will start off with using The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% , and begin massaging it into my skin using my jade facial roller. This product is a staple of mine and does help keep my breakouts at bay. I then use The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% along my jaw/chin area – where I breakout. Using this in conjunction with Niacinamide has helped improve my overall skin texture significantly.

The ‘Glow’

As a gal who loves a ‘glow’ I will use a few drops of St Moriz Radiant Glow Tanning Drops over my face. Then finish with a SPF 50, as I know full well that acids + the sun aren’t a good combo. SPF wise I love this La Roche-Posay one.

Skincare for Acne Prone Skin

In the PM I switch up my routine ever so slightly. After cleansing my skin I will go in and apply The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. Firstly I cannot fault the price point. At less than £7 for this strength it really is a bargain. I’ve paid £15 for a similar one that wasn’t this strong. This product has also helped reduce my scarring and pigmentation and is an integral part of my routine. Since it is an acid- use with caution, personally I wouldn’t use this during the day. As with a lot of acid’s they make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

I also have started using Core Clinicals Vitamin C + Retinol. I picked this up in TK Maxx as I was specifically on the lookout for a product with a high Vitamin C concentration. Vitamin C helps with pigmentation and collagen renewal, which is why I use this product specially for scarring and any ‘pitting’ which I’ve suffered from.

Despite using a bunch of different acids on my skin *touch wood* I haven’t suffered from any extreme dryness, sun damage or irritation. But I would definitely use them with caution if your skin is on the sensitive side.

Other mentionable products

If my skin has suffered from a breakout then I reach for 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Gel, annoyingly I have to bulk buy this whenever I’m fortunate enough to be in the US, as it’s not available in the UK. There are alternatives but you typically need a prescription for them. But this stuff is only $3.48, which is crazy how cheap and readily available it is. A little goes a long way with this gel though, as I will only pin point apply it to the ‘spot’.

Not necessarily a ‘product’ and something which I have briefly touched upon, is the Jade Facial Roller. I picked this up from my local crystal shop and use it twice daily. I find it helps with product application and also relives facial muscle tension. It’s my favourite part of my am/pm routine, the Jade is cooling and is amazing as a morning skin pick me up.

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