TGTG TGTG
2 weeks ago

Best products to reduce redness/acne/hyperpigmentation?

Main issues: redness, acne/texture, hyperpigmentation, dryness around mouth, large pores nose/chin. I feel like if I touch my face at all it gets a pimple!

Ideally would be able to simplify routine. I feel that the current products I'm using were a bit of a money grab from the dermatologist office (did not see doctor, just office lady). Thanks!

Nov 2022
AM - Everyday
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Hydrating Facial Cleanser CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser
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Serum 10 - Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum for Sensitive Skin SkinCeuticals - Serum 10 - Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum for Sensitive Skin
3
Blemish + Age Defense Serum SkinCeuticals - Blemish + Age Defense Serum
4
Phyto Corrective Gel SkinCeuticals - Phyto Corrective Gel
5
Sheer Mineral UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 SkinCeuticals - Sheer Mineral UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50
PM - Everyday
1
Hydrating Facial Cleanser CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser
2
Complexion Renewal Pads Zo Skin Health One Clinic MD - Complexion Renewal Pads Zo Skin Health
3
Blemish + Age Defense Serum SkinCeuticals - Blemish + Age Defense Serum
4
Discoloration Defense Serum SkinCeuticals - Discoloration Defense Serum
5
Phyto Corrective Gel SkinCeuticals - Phyto Corrective Gel
PM - Every other day
1
Retinol 0.3% Cream SkinCeuticals - Retinol 0.3% Cream
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Hi!😊

Not a bad routine, but indeed pricey. You could look into brands like The Ordinary, The Inkey List and some K-Beauty brands for more affordable serums.

I don't have much to say about your cleanser or sunscreen. However, I took a look at your actives.

Antioxidant vitamin C Serum for Sensitive Skin: Vitamin C is beneficial for PIH and acne. If you want to minimize irritation, it's probably wise to use your vitamin C and AHA/BHA at different moments. This is an interesting read if you want to figure out what would work best for you: https://theskincareedit.com/.amp/aha-bha-vitamin-c

Blemish + Age Defense Serum: Basically an AHA/BHA serum. Both exfoliate and help with acne. AHA can also help with PIH.

Phyto Corrective Gel: "Sodium hyaluronate is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid". It has some moisturizing ingredients, but it feels underwhelming. If you added this for (extra) hydration, you can find better Hyaluronic Acid serums.

Complexion Renewal Pads Zo Skin Health: Facial cleaning pads that also have AHA/BHA and some other exfoliating ingredients in them. Can definitely help with your concerns, but could be overkill with another AHA/BHA product in your routine already.

Retinol 0.3% Cream: Retinol can be helpful for acne. If it doesn't help, you might need something more potent. Either up the percentage or consult a professional for a prescription (unless you feel brave and want to try Adapelene 0.1% first).

I miss a moisturizer, unless that was the Phyto Corrective Gel job. If so, you can definitely find better for cheaper. Depending on your skin type, a lotion or cream is more suitable for you https://www.wederm.com/2021/04/26/lotion-vs-cream-vs-ointment-which-to-use-when/

Aside from your current actives you could look into Niacinamide too https://www.paulaschoice.nl/en/how-niacinamide-helps-your-skin

My advice would be to use the vitamin C in the morning alongside your cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. And to use your AHA/BHA in the evening and alternate with your Retinol to minimize irritation and dryness. If you feel like you want to do more on your Retinol nights, you could add a Niacinamide serum here 😉 https://www.healthline.com/health/niacinamide-and-retinol#safe-to-combine

Good luck on your skincare journey!

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Hello TGTG 👋

Very much agree with @MoonEclipse advice!

We've made an example routine for you with effective, but more affordable products here: https://whatsinmyjar.com/skincare-routines/public/8193

Overall, we'd say that it makes sense for you to focus on getting blemishes under control first, and then focusing on treating pigmentation. Still, the actives we included in the new routine help both with acne and pigmentation: Niacinamide, Retinol, Azelaic Acid.

Hope this helps!

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