2 years ago

Address pigmentation, spot acne and general health/wrinkle prevention

I have uneven skin tone with some hyperpigmentation around my mouth/under eyes. I get spot acne, especially on my chin, that seems to last forever.

I also have fine lines on my forehead that I would like to keep at bay. Generally my skin seems to be on the dry-er side, with the exception of the acne prone areas around my mouth/nose).

What adjustments should I make? Also I am in the market for a new night cream and cleanser. The CeraVe one is terrible at removing makeup.

AM - Everyday
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Kiehl's Since 1851 - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
C E Ferulic with 15% L-ascorbic acid Vitamin C serum SkinCeuticals - C E Ferulic with 15% L-ascorbic acid Vitamin C serum
Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 50+ La Roche-Posay - Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 50+
AM - Twice a week
Polishing Facial Exfoliant Grown Alchemist - Polishing Facial Exfoliant
PM - Everyday
Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule COSRX - Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule
Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream Fresh - Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream
Hydrating Facial Cleanser CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser
PM - Every other day
Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment Differin - Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment
PM - Once a week
Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask Alchimie Forever - Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask
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Hello there 👋! I would recommend you to stop the Grown Alchemist Polishing Exfoliant, it's a physical exfoliant and it's really is not suitable for skin with pigmentation issues (physical impact can make the pigmentation worse). It is also might be making your skin drier because of the essential oils it contains (and they are also not good for pigmentation).

But the great part is that you are already using a good sunscreen daily, and also adapalene is one of the most effective actives for helping both with acne and for ant-aging.

I would also switch your COSRX serum to a similar product, but with 4-6% niacinamide. For example:

- https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/numbuzin-no-3-skin-softening-serum

- https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/vichy-mineral-89-probiotic-fractions-recovery-serum-for-stressed-skin-with-4-niacinamide

For your night cream, you consider using a product with bakuchiol. It can an effect similar to retinoids, but is less irritating (also the effect is most likely smaller - there is not enough studies on it yet, but the data available looks promising still, especially if you are using it alongside an effective retinoid like adapalene). A few options:

- https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/dime-beauty-co-tbt-cream (this one also includes some extra linoleic acid which is great for skin barrier and might even help reduce pore clogging)

- https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/byoma-moisturising-rich-cream

- https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/dr-zenovia-skincare-aloe-vera-blemish-soothing-moisturizer