MY DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR MANAGING HORMONAL ACNE
NOTE: This post discusses skincare and health information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute or replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Those you who have been following my blog for a while know that I have struggled with hormonal acne over the last few years. While previously I’ve taken medication to treat acne, now I’m relying more on topical treatments since my acne and breakouts have stabilized. I wanted to share with you guys my daily skin care routine because I’ve found it’s worked pretty well for me. I've been using most of these products for 6 months to a year. However, keep in mind that we all have different skin types so what works for me might not work for you.
First image: Was taken in Nov 2016 prior to using this daily routine or taking prescribed medication, Second image: Was taken in August 2017 using a version of this routine and taking prescribed medication, Third image: Was taken in September 2018 using this routine and no longer taking prescribed medication.
Sometimes I feel like a teenage girl again using Clean & Clear, but hey it works for me! The main reason I use it is because it has 2% Salicylic Acid, which is the active ingredient used to treat and manage acne. According to Healthline, Salicylic Acid is best for treating blackheads and whiteheads.
After washing my face, I use a toner which also contains 2% Salicylic Acid in order to help fight my acne. What I will say is if you are using this toner for the first time in conjunction with a face wash containing Salicylic Acid, you might find yourself breaking out more than normal initially (at least that was my experience when I first started using the toner). My skin broke out in my T-zone area for a few days, however the breakouts quickly subsided.
In the morning I use this Vitamin C Serum. It’s something I’ve only incorporated into my routine within the last year. The main reason I started using a Vitamin C Serum is because it helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Lol, I know I’m only 27, but these last few year I’ve noticed that I’ve started getting forehead wrinkles! (Eek!) Another benefit of using a Vitamin C Serum in your skincare routine is that it can help with clearing up acne since it’s anti-inflammatory. I really love this Vitamin C Serum in particular because it has nice citrus smell and is easy to apply. (I also tried Drunk Elephant, but was not a huge fan since it smells a little funny and is very viscous.
I’ve been using Differin Gel for a while now to help with managing my acne. This product launched a few years ago and previously it was a product that required a prescription, however now is available over the counter. I’ve found it really effective and it’s nice to not have to go to the dermatologist or pay prescription prices!
I started using CeraVe because my sister used it. I love it because it is super hydrating! Sometimes my skin tends to get a little dry so I find this moisturizer is super effective. One of it’s ingredients is Hyaluronic Acid, which helps your skin retain moisture and feel hydrated. Another thing I love about this moisturizer is it’s fragrance free and very gentle if you have sensitive skin like me.
If you are using a Retinoid or taking any medication that might cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight, then it is really important to wear sunscreen. I generally use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunscreen because it works well for sensitive skin like mine. Also in general wearing sunscreen can help prevent sun damage to your skin :)
Hope y’all found this post helpful! Let me know if you have favorite products for managing acne!