ayoushi ayoushi
2 months ago

help! i've a solid routine that's too expensive for me to sustain :( what do you think are some products that i can cut out?

i'm asking for genuine advice from someone knowledgeable out there...

over recent years i've realized just how isolating and brutal struggling with acne can be, especially when its often misdiagnosed by so-called 'professionals'. and stigmatized as too minor of a skin concern to receive help from a specialist. leaving you to yourself almost always to deal with your 'ugly' 'dirty' skin alone

{for those asking how i collected these products: pocket savings from the generous uncle since i was 12, stolen from sibling, many online coupons and waiting to seize the best price from various stores}

consistency is key... until

you run out and a repurchase = guilt for spending so much on ourselves, being broke at the cost of handling acne.

as you can see i use 10 products. as i skincare addict i found this to be normal but if you asked prepubescent me she would say 'that's too much!'- I understand that perspective and it hits me every time i reach the bottom of the jar, that my regimen may be unsustainable

and they are the 'affordable' brands! the audacity..

it got me wondering (or fantasizing if you like) if a miracle that addresses all skin concerns in 1 product really does exist

and if so,

what is the advantage of the 'many little bottles of an ingredient' skincare routine over just one product with multiple ingredients?

...and since this type of regimen only recently gained popularity after being perpetuated by companies like the Ordinary, followed by a chain of influencers with nice skin, could it be just as evil of a marketing strategy to fuel consumerism of selfcare products?

or is there empirical evidence to support this technique to be more effective for acne troubled skin?

sorry for the rant and thanks so much for getting this far, and i hope this benefits someone else as well

AM - Everyday
1
Normaderm Phytosolution Purifying Gel Face Wash Vichy - Normaderm Phytosolution Purifying Gel Face Wash
2
Marine Hyaluronics The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics
3
100% Plant-Derived Squalane The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
4
AM Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 25 Cerave - AM Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 25
5
Hydrance UV-Light Hydrating Emulsion SPF30 Moisturiser Avène - Hydrance UV-Light Hydrating Emulsion SPF30 Moisturiser
AM - Twice a week
1
Acne Pimple Master Patch COSRX - Acne Pimple Master Patch
PM - Everyday
1
Normaderm Phytosolution Purifying Gel Face Wash Vichy - Normaderm Phytosolution Purifying Gel Face Wash
2
Niacinamide Face Serum The Inkey List - Niacinamide Face Serum
3
Marine Hyaluronics The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics
4
100% Plant-Derived Squalane The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
5
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
6
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
PM - Every other day
1
Cream Cetraben - Cream
PM - Twice a week
1
Acne Pimple Master Patch COSRX - Acne Pimple Master Patch
1
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Thank you so much for being open and sharing your experience! It is a painful one, and unfortunately, it is common...

I hope this community can help.

Regarding your question on "on-ingredient" skincare vs "multi-active" one: there is no one clear cut answer, but one-ingredient-skincare isn't a scam. Some actives (and very potent ones) almost always need a "dedicated" formulation - a product where they play the main role, and everything else is there to ensure the delivery, stabilize them or add a bit of extra-benefit on a side. Retinoids, ascorbic acid, bezoyl peroxide are like that. Other actives are "less capricious" and can be included together with others (for example, niacinamide works great in moisturizers, while I haven't yet seen a moisturizer with a good concentration of ascorbic acid).

We'll create an example affordable (as much as possible) routine for you with RoutineWizard in a bit.

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Unfortunately, it's not possible to have only 1 miracle product in the routine. At a minimum, one needs a sunscreen, cleanser + moisturizer. To help with acne, you'd still need to use targeted treatments like azelaic acid & spot patches. We'd also recommend to try a retinoid. Still, the routine can be kept simple and budget-friendly (of course, this is a relative statement...). Here is an example routine - hoping this is helpful! https://whatsinmyjar.com/skincare-routines/public/7280

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