What can I add to my routine to help prevent or reduce acne and scarring when I have sensitive skin?
I would definitely recommend to stop both the tea tree face wash & sudocream. These products are likely to irritate your skin and lead to more inflammation.
I'd suggest that you go for a very gentle routine for 2-4 weeks to restore your skin barrier and reduce sensitivity: https://whatsinmyjar.com/skincare-routines/public/3650.
Once your skin does not feel sensitive any more, you can start introducing actives that can help reduce acne & heal existing scars (retinoids & vitamin C). Your routine can look like this then: https://whatsinmyjar.com/skincare-routines/public/3651. If your skin tolerates it well, you can start applying the retinoid product (the indeed labs serum in the example routine) every night.
Hope this helps! Please be patient - it takes at least 6 weeks to start noticing real sustainable results with a consistent skincare routine.
Thank you so much for your comment! I knew the tea tree face wash was probably not a good one to use but seems to be the only thing not causing sensitivity just now as I got a chemical burn for another product. Although o never used to be able to use tea tree before without breaking out so it’s a bit strange. Will definitely stop the sudocream (to be honest I was clutching at straws lol). I’ll definitely give those routines a try over the next few months. Thank you for your advice! :)
Also is there any recommended alternative to the cerave vitamin c serum as I can’t seem to get in the uk?
Hi You actually can order the Cervae vit C on amazon: https://amzn.to/3GtpwpI. I have actually used this product during a period when my skin was quite sensitive, so I feel comfortable recommending it for sensitive skin despite quite a high concentration of vitamin C. I am a little worried that other products in similar concentration could get too irritating especially as you are starting a retinoid at the same time.
There are still a few alternatives:
Ahh thank you!