Since I incorporated Differin in my skincare routine back in November 2018, the products I focus on to use alongside it has changed. My approach in curating a new skincare routine was to use products with more minimal, and effective ingredients. I figured the less lengthy the INCI list is, the gentler it’ll be on my skin as I’m using prescriptions for the first time in a long time.
Looking back in late 2018 to early 2019, my routine itself wasn’t that minimal because I was rotating too many products in the first couple of months. Below is the general breakdown of my skincare routine in the first 3 months of using Differin and Aczone together. I share my must-have steps and a youtube demo featuring some of my favourite products. The ingredients lists are fairly minimal and none of them irritate my skin. They are alsoa good price point and I have repurchased some of them multiple times.
For reference, I’m 29, acne-prone, normal to dry.
1. Cleanse for 30 seconds. At first I used only water, then switched to a cleanser because I felt it helped reduce the flakes or dry patches I would experience. 3. Apply Hydrator on damp skin to prevent further water loss. 4. Apply thin layer of Aczone. 5. Moisturize, sometimes add an occlusive to intensify the moisture. 6. Apply a generous amount of sunsreen, I aim for 2mg/cm2.
NIGHTTIME: 1. Double Cleanse with an oil cleanser and low pH cleanser. 30 seconds each, I try not to go past 2 minutes. 2. Apply Hydrator on damp skin to prevent further water loss. 3. Apply thin layer of Differin. I added Aczone after 3ish weeks. 4. Apply Hydrator again because face would start feeling dry quickly from the Differin. 5. Moisturize with a mix of an occlusive (roughly a pea-size).
Hope you found this skincare routine helpful, especially if you don’t know where to start in your first 3 months of Differin use. This routine can also be applied to other Vitamin A prescriptions.
Here’s my updated skincare routine on products that I have used exclusively and consistently from July 2015 to almost a year. I needed to find products that would tackle the superficial breakouts I was experiencing on my chin, as well as the utter dehydration and tightness I constantly felt. I could not bare the thought of having cystic acne again, so this routine also had to be something that was preventative as well. My original go to routine (One Routine to Rule Them All) for intense breakouts was not hydrating enough for my skin, so I had to revamp my approach to a new skincare routine. The key to this was to find gentle, yet highly effective products, with a good ingredient list. I didn’t want to just turn to my local Shoppers Drug Mart and get over-the-counter products filled with benzoyl peroxide. I find products like those clear my face, but also make my skin thinner and weaker. Plus, my skin would become “addicted” to the medical ingredient, meaning if I wanted to keep up a clear face, I could never sway from it. I wanted to rebuild the strength of my skin, and slowly ween my way off of any intense treatments that I’d have to rely on.
Hey everyone! This post is about products I have purchased from the brand Pretty Organic Cosmetics, a small Canadian skincare brand created by two sisters; one is a dietitian, the other a make-up artist and aesthetician. One of the sisters had suffered eczema, and both were on a constant hunt for products that would not aggravate the sister’s sensitive skin. This proved to be a tough feat, for many brands they have looked at were filled with cheap, irritating ingredients and preservatives. The two sisters decided to take matters into their own hands and create an all-natural skincare line with minimal, organic, high quality ingredients.
There was a time I was at my wits end with my breakouts – my chin, in particular. It would NOT STOP breaking out. I would wake up with 1-5 new superificial, dinky, poppable pimples every day! I went off birth control a few months before, so my skin started to freak out. I decided to buy this pricy little thing when a friend of mine recommended it as a holy grail item for her that she has repurchased for the past couple of years. Is it worth the purchase? I’ll let you know.