Minttu Minttu
2 weeks ago

Ive got a lot of cystic acne and bad spots and nothing really helps my skin, what should i do?

Im a teenager and live in finland. Ive recently had trouble with cystic acne and ive tried a lot of products

AM - Everyday
1
SA Smoothing Cleanser CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser
2
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
3
Moisturising Lotion CeraVe - Moisturising Lotion
AM - Twice a week
1
Hyaluronic Acid Eye Gel Patch Mizon - Hyaluronic Acid Eye Gel Patch
PM - Everyday
1
SA Smoothing Cleanser CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser
2
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
3
Moisturising Lotion CeraVe - Moisturising Lotion
PM - Once a week
1
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
1
1
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Hi Mintu! Please-please stop the ordinary 30%+2% peel, it's way too strong for such a young skin and might make your skin more prone to inflammation. I'd also recommend to use the Cerave SA cleanser only once per day at max. Or even better switch to a regular gentle cleanser without anti-acne actives (like Cerave hydrating cleanser or something like this: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/neutrogena-ultra-gentle-hydrating-cleanser-creamy-formula (not sure if it's available in Finland). Instead (and instead the Ordinary 30% peel), you can add a salicylic acid product 2 times a week, for example: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/the-ordinary-salicylic-acid-2-anhydrous-solution-pore-clearing-serum. You can also use it as a spot treatment directly on the inflamed blemishes daily. You also definitely need a daily sunscreen (yeah. I know, even in Finland...) - you need to protect your skin from UVA light. It doesn't cause sun burn but makes post-acne spots darker. A few options: - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/la-roche-posay-anthelios-uvmune-400-invisible-fluid-fragrance-free-spf50 - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/garnier-ambre-solaire-anti-age-super-uv-face-protection-spf50-cream - https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/nivea-sun-uv-face-sensitive-soothing-uva-uvb-0-sticky-skin-feeling-sunscreen-protection-spf50 (or similar products - most importantly, you need a broad spectrum protection and SPF 30 or higher). In terms of a heavy weapon for fighting acne, consider using a retinoid, for example, a product like this: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/the-ordinary-advanced-granactive-retinoid-2-emulsion. Start using it 3 times per week for the first 2-3 weeks, and, if your skin is not getting irritated, you can slowly increase the frequency to every night.

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