Acne is a real issue. But it’s even worse when you have sensitive skin, get inflamed rashes and dry patches randomly. I started getting acne in the fourth grade when no one else had pimples yet. It was embarrassing when little girls would point them out on the playground, so my solution was to sit and try to scratch and pop them away. I thought doing this would make them less noticeable and ultimately make them disappear, but as we know, it causes scarring and giant red scabs, which is way more noticeable.
My acne got worse from then. In middle school, the glands in my neck were swollen for about a month. Initially, my mom and I brushed it off thinking I may have had a cold, but when the swelling never went down, we went to the doctor. He said it was from my acne; that my glands were overworking trying to filter the infection, being my acne, out. That was when I started my acne medications.
They prescribed me Clindamycin Phosphate 1% lotion and Tretinoin 0.05% cream. I was on these from the age of 12 until recently at the age of 20 when I realized they weren’t really helping anymore. They definitely helped back then, but it seemed my “adult acne” was too strong for the medication. I noticed while my glands weren’t swollen, but my acne was pretty bad again. Instead, I have found a skincare regimen that works for me.
Skin is definitely not a “one-size fits all”, so what I use may not work for you, but for some, it might! I have found breaking my regiment up to morning and night works best due to different types of products is best, so keep an eye out for the night-time skin regimen article! But this is dedicated to my morning routine.
Face cleanser: Oxy Face Wash
Most people expect something from Dermalogica or Kiehl’s here, but this cheap face wash packs a punch. It has 10% benzoyl peroxide, which is great for fighting acne. I have been using this for years, and I find that every time I veer away from this wash, my skin gets oily again. Don’t knock it until you try it!
Toner: Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner in Lavender
I put this in a small spray bottle and mist my face after each face wash. It’s my absolute favorite because as I’ve said, I have sensitive skin and the lavender is so soothing. Many of the products I use on my skin are harsh due to my acne, so using something that cools down my face is definitely ideal.
Acne Spot Treatment: Urban Skin Rx Acne Serum + Spot Treatment
I only use this if I have a big pimple, and it totally helps! I get this cystic pimple under my right eye every few months and normally nothing gets rid of it. And it doesn’t help that I mess with it, which causes it to get dark and bruised. I put this spot treatment on it twice in one day and the next morning it was significantly smaller. It was gone within two days, which is unheard of for this mean dude!
Skin texture and dark spots: The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
The directions say to apply morning and night, but I only apply this in the morning. I have noticed an improvement in all of my deep acne scarring and scarring that left uneven skin tone. It’s creamy and feels great to apply and doesn’t feel too thick.
Moisturizer: Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Gel Cream
I was skeptical of this product because I normally hate gel products, but the way this melts into the skin feels like a cream. This may seem a bit expensive, but you seriously only need the smallest amount. I had received a one-ounce sample and it lasted a few weeks!
I know a lot of people with acneic skin like to stay away from sunscreens and moisturizers due to oiliness, but you definitely shouldn’t! Because of all of those acne products we have to use, they cause our skin to dry out and overproduce oil, so replenishing moisture to our skin after directly drying it out will decrease this oil production.
Sunscreen: CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen Face Sheer Tint SPF 30
Use sunscreen! You will regret not doing so later, so may as well start now. This one has a tint, so there’s no white cast left, which I was having a problem with other brands. I don’t apply this directly after my moisturizer, I usually wait five minutes to about 30 minutes to just let everything I just put on sink into my skin and breathe.