alicem alicem
3 months ago

New routine

Just started a new routine recently and now started gradually introducing retinol twice a week. Is there anything I should add or take out? Also I haven’t started with vitamin c as I’m wary of it causing breakouts or being irritating. I have sensitive skin with acne and clogged pores as well as some scarring.

AM - Everyday
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Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
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Protect 'N' Glow Triple Protect SPF30 Moisturiser Simple - Protect 'N' Glow Triple Protect SPF30 Moisturiser
AM - Every other day
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Vitamin C serum Lacura - Vitamin C serum
PM - Everyday
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Gentle Skin Cleanser Cetaphil - Gentle Skin Cleanser
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PM Facial Moisturising Lotion with Ceramides for Normal to Dry Skin CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturising Lotion with Ceramides for Normal to Dry Skin
PM - Twice a week
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Nightly Care Retinol Reface indeed laboratories - Nightly Care Retinol Reface
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Your routine seems like it properly covers skincare essentials. If the retinol isn’t causing you irritation, the vitamin c serum will likely be fine. But considering your sensitive skin, you might want to first build up your retinol tolerance. Until you’re certain which frequency works for you without any irritation, before adding the vitamin c serum. Just so you can be sure which product caused potential irritation. Considerations for sensitive skin: A form of vitamin c that’s generally well-tolerated by sensitive skin is tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. (Although the sodium ascorbyl phosphate in your daytime moisturiser is beneficial for acne.) Retinaldehyde is a step above retinol (closer to retinoic acid), more effective, yet minimal irritation. It’s great for sensitive skin. Hope all goes well! :)

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I’d also focus on building tolerance to retinol before introducing new actives - retinol would give you the most bang for your buck (in terms of skin benefits - helping with breakouts and helping prevent early aging). So I would hold off on vitamin C before you can use retinoid daily. You routine looks great to me - as RJ says, it covers all the essentials and hopefully your sensitive skin will tolerate it well. Now it’s all about consistency and patience! Best of luck and please keep us posted!

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