Hi lovelies! After sharing 2 of my favorite new skin care products, I thought I should write a post on my skin care routine! I have acne prone skin; since I was 11 years old I have been getting terrible breakouts, although my skin is a hundred times better than it was when I was a teenager (thank god). I have been to many dermatologists, and had an ongoing battle with acne. It really started slowing down when I started seeing Dr. Gerstner and Dr. Kassimir in NYC. Both of these Dr.’s are amazing, and 2 of the best in New York. Although I follow my dermatologist’s regiment, I have altered it in a way that works best for me!
I start by washing my face with Cetaphil Daily Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. I then apply a small amount (the size of a dime) of Acanya gel, which my DR prescribed me (while you need a prescription for this medication, an alternative is Clearasil Stayclear Vanishing Acne- Acne Cream 1 Oz. It does not contain the Clindamycin Phosphate but it does contain Benzoyl Peroxide). Following that, I apply a drop of Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer to my face and neck. Every other morning I add 1 drop of Fresh Seaberry Moisturzing Face Oil (which I reviewed in my post “Two of my Favorite New Skin Care Products!“) to my moisturizer. On days that my face is not dry and flaky, I occasionally substitute the face oil for iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum (this product is great for scarring, red spots, anti-aging, and acne). I also apply Aquaphor healing ointment to my eyelids because the winter has made them really dry. (This is not just for morning it’s for any time I feel it’s necessary but 1-2 times a week I like to do a face mask, I got an amazing sample from Sephora; Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores.)
I start by removing my eye makeup with Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths, and then removing my face makeup with my Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes by Neutrogena. (It may seem a bit obsessive to use cleansing wipes before washing my face with a cleanser, but I wear a decent amount of makeup and it’s really important that all of it gets cleaned off to avoid clogged pores!) Following that, using my Dynamic Duo Face Brush (which I reviewed in my post “Two of my Favorite New Skin Care Products!“), I wash my face with a cleanser from my dermatologist, which is a Gly/Sal 5-2 Cleanser. This cleanser at skincarerx.com contains the same ingredients. I also apply Aquaphor healing ointment to my eyes almost every night unless they do not look dry. Now, here is where it gets a little annoying. Every 3 nights I alternate between products. On day 1– I use my Glycolic 20% Treatment Pads, which are from my dermatologist, but EssentialDermCare.com has this product with the same ingredients. I apply a pad and after 30-60 seconds I rinse it off. These Glycolic pads are great because they remove dirt from the surface of the skin so they keep your pores nice and clean! After, I apply 2-3 drops of iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum to my face and neck. On day 2- after washing my face I apply Tri-Retinol Complex from SkinMedica. On day 3- after washing my face I apply Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, and then spray my face with Sea Water from Susan Ciminelli. This product hydrates the skin and allows the face oil to saturate.
My routine is a lot of steps, but it works best for my skin. What works for me may not work for everyone though, so keep that in mind! My dermatologist’s directions were a lot more simple, and less steps. Her instructions were “use glycolic treatment pads every other night after using gly/sal 5-2 cleanser, and every other night use tri-retinol complex. Every morning after washing your face put a dab of acne gel and apply a drop of moisturizer to your face”. I added the other products because I noticed that some of my dermatologist’s products dried my skin and I needed oils and other products to even everything out! I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you have similar skin, I hope this helps! XO