idullic idullic
3 months ago

sensitive, acne-prone, combination skin

hello everyone! so i just started this routine after months of ruining my skin with products that just didn't work. i'm mostly focused on reducing the redness and any irritation in my face, as i get very red in the apples of my cheeks. i get the occasional white head around my mouth/chin, as well as on my jaw and neck, and i'll sometimes get very bad, deep cystic acne but very rarely. is there anything else i should adjust or add to my routine?

AM - Everyday
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Hydrating Facial Cleanser CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser
2
Niacinamide Serum Good Molecules - Niacinamide Serum
3
Moisturising Lotion CeraVe - Moisturising Lotion
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Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Vanicream - Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
PM - Everyday
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Renewing SA Cleanser CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser
2
Niacinamide Serum Good Molecules - Niacinamide Serum
3
Moisturizing Cream CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream
4
Healing Ointment CeraVe - Healing Ointment
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This may sound crazy but zit patches are amazing. I put those on the second I feel a zit coming on and keep putting them on until it’s gone. I also get acne on my jaw and neck. I have been told by several dermatologists that it is usually hormonal acne. Maybe have your thyroid checked? That was what was wrong with mine. I also love doing an acid toner once or twice a week like the ordinary’s glycolic acid?

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i've had my thyroid checked and see an endocrinologist regularly bcs thyroid issues are hereditary in my family and so far everything is normal! also, what patches do you use? i've tried a bunch and none really seem to do it for me

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Skipping the morning cleanse, and using your currrent AM cleanser in the PM can help the skin barrier recover faster. Otherwise your routine looks very gentle, so I think it is about sticking to it now and giving your skin the time to recover. You could add a serum with oatmeal, but this is very optional, giving time is the most important (serum option: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/aveeno-face-calm-restore-triple-oat-serum)

Once your skin barrier is restored, you could consider trying a retinoid a few times a week to help with acne, but it's important to let your skin barrier heal first.

In the meantime, you can use spot treatments directly on the inflamed spots, smth fragrance-free but with Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. Hydrocolloidal patches as @amauc suggests can help as well (smth like this: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/starface-hydro-star-salicylic-acid).

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i've thought about skipping the morning cleanse, but i'm just worried about leaving the healing ointment on from the night before. does that need to be removed or is it okay for it to stay on the skin?

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The best zit stickers for deeper down pimples are the ones with "microdarts" which penetrate the skin. They feel a bit like velcro, not painful. Zitsticka do them and I found some on Amazon from a company called ilisya which have worked well for shortening the life of a pimple, especially if you use them as soon as you first detect one.

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