I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: you could fry an egg with the amount of oil my face produces. This means my skin does unpleasant things like shine, break down makeup, get congested, and just generally have large pores. The good side of this is that my face shines (yah for that oily glow), I look about four years younger and will continue to look younger because of my skin type (something I try to remember every time my skin breaks out), my skin is soft, and it isn’t dry. The few times I’ve over treated my skin and had to deal with dry skin made me thank the gods that I don’t have dry skin because I don’t know how people who have dry skin can deal with it. Putting makeup on when you have dry patches is incredibly hard and I salute everyone who does it.
Now all that being said, I semi-regularly visit dermatologists to deal with some of the problems my skin has (mostly the congested skin) and I changed my skin care on a dermatologist recommendation this past week and I’m hoping to see a big difference in a few weeks or so. Let’s get into it.
Morning: Just to be clear, not all of this was dermatologist recommended. Some of it is just my added products. But first I wash my face with a CeraVe Cleanser (switching between the foaming and hydrating, but my derm said I should really use the foaming). Next I use my jade face roller from Mount Lai to give myself a quick facial massage and just generally liven up my face (it even has a small side for getting underneath my eyes). Then I put on a topical antibiotic Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Lotion, followed by my Drunk Elephant Vitamin C Serum when I have the time (this really has been helping my face not scar), The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution and EGCG Serum for my puffy undereyes, my Drunk Elephant B-Hydra moisturizer and my Elta MD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47 sunscreen. After all of that I take a Minocyclin antibotic pill when I have food in my stomach. That’s it for my morning skincare :). My doctor also recommended that I pick up a Salicylic face wash to use on the mornings I didn’t use the Retin-A creme the night before but I’ll see how my skin handles the increase in Vitamin A first.
Nights: Here is where the magic is going to happen. First off, a couple hours after dinner I take another Minocyclin pill. Then I get the makeup off my face with Bioderma Micelluar Water, wash my face with that same CeraVe Cleanser, put on a pea sized amount of Retin-A (an increased concentration of Vitamin A from my Differin gel to clear up my congested skin) 2-3 times a week at first. I’m going with two times for two weeks, three times for three weeks, and then upping it from there. After that I put on my same B-Hydra Moisturzer and call it a day. On the nights I don’t use the Retin-A creme I use The Ordinary’s Buffet Serum and Glossier’s Super Pure Serum along with some Nexcare acne patches to keep me from picking at my skin.
And that’s about it folks! I’m really hopeful that the Retin-A will work for me this time around and not cause me too much trouble if I introduce things slowly and carefully. I’m also thinking of reading The Acne Answer by Marie Veronique via Glossier’s recommendation to see if I can get a handle on any hormonal stuff that may be going on. All and all, I’m really happy with this new skincare routine and think it will be more effective than the last regimen a dermatologist put me on (but then again, I did make an extra derm appointment on January 3rd to see if they had different recommendations/ solutions for the hormonal aspect of what I think is going on). More updates soon!