Hi! I’m comfortable to say I’m relatively familiar with skincare. I’ve been on and off with a dermatologist since I was in middle school (now in college). I used to have heavy cystic acne but over time it’s subsided with the occasional breakout. I’ve always struggled with black heads and now it’s black heads and white heads (that get infected due to a bad picking habit I have,, working on it lol).
I’d like to list out some products I used to use heavily/ why I stopped the past few years: Aczone (insurance wouldn’t cover), Epiduforte (skin was extremely sensitive), Tretinoin (was on it for over a year, never really felt like there was an improvement, also feel like it changed my skin from oily to dry,, way before this I was using Adapalene but never reacted ), pills (doxycycline- use when cystic breakout). There are other products I used but I was never consistent/ they were just really random. (Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid, BHA, AHA, etc)
I’ve currently really simplified my routine and to the point I still get pimples but there’s no intense breakouts. (I’ve only just added Vitamin C for dark spots about two weeks ago)
In terms of acne I’m really only concerned about my blackheads/ whiteheads. Also years of acne+ harsh products has really left me with dried out skin. I am open to trying previous products/ new as I’ve finally settled on a basic routine ( I want to give glycolic acid and tretinoin another try, but I higher tret percentage). If anyone could recommend anything to help with either my acne or skin hydration,, I’d really appreciate it! (I didn’t emphasize it as much but I would love super hydrated skin haha).