I had pimples as early as grade school, worsened in high school and now, in my 20s, it's terrible more than ever. I don't just have ordinary acne but I have cystic acne - a lot of it. Some of my acne can't be seen but if you touch my face, you'll be able to feel the cystic acne that can be as big as almost a size of a 5 peso coin (not exaggerating). This acne dilemma is not only painful physically but also socially and emotionally. If you also have acne, I believe you would strongly agree with me. I have very oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin. In the middle of the day, I had to use two (yes that's 2) of the blue oil-absorbing sheets of a popular brand here in the Philippines. The amount of oil on my face is more than enough to make the blue oil-absorbing sheet turn completely transparent.
My face is also sensitive that I really have to be careful with the products that I use that's why I read the ingredients label of the products that I use not just for my skin but for my hair too.
Here are some of the ingredients that I avoid because my face reacts to them very badly.
found in shampoos, conditioners, cosmetics etc.
It irritates sensitive skin a lot.
a lot of commercially available face powders, foundation, concealer contain this skin irritant.
Mineral oil, dimethicone, petrolatum, paraffin
these are usually found in moisturizers and cosmetics.
These cause premature aging and can clog pores, can instantly give more acne especially if we have the same skin type!
SLS/SLES (sodium lauryl sulfate / sodium laureth sulfate)
ALS/ALES (ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate)
most shampoos contain this and could really irritate the skin (if you're getting body acne especially on your back and shoulders, this might be the culprit)
There are a lot more of ingredients to avoid
not just because of acne but also ones that can cause internal problems and even cancer.
I encourage you to read the label and start protecting yourself from these ingredients. Inform your family and friends too - you might just save their lives.
Now that you're informed about the ingredients to avoid, here are the products that I discovered that don't contain ingredients that make me breakout so bad.
The typical skin care regimen is cleanse, tone and moisturize but what about for people with acne-prone, oily and sensitive skin? My skin care regimen is influenced by Dan's regimen (see www.acne.org) but being emotionally and socially damaged because of acne, I really can't leave our house without any makeup on so I did some changes with respect to Dan's regimen.
What I do is precleanse, cleanse, tone, treat and moisturize.
I have to do this to remove traces of makeup and excess oil before I cleanse.
You may skip this part if you didn't or don't put makeup on.
I put about 2-3 pumps of Human Nature Sunflower Cleansing Oil onto my palm, massage it on my skin gently and wipe it off with facial tissue.
I use Human Nature Nourishing Facial Wash, it's an organic facial wash made for normal or sensitive skin.
It contains tomato extract which helps soothe and repair skin. This facial wash doesn't sting nor itch my skin.
I love the way it makes my skin feel squeaky clean without it feeling dry and without making my skin experience redness after too.
Before the next step, make sure your skin is already dry and make sure your face towel is clean. You may use a facial tissue for drying your skin or just have it air-dried.
To make sure that makeup has been really removed, I tone my skin with Human Nature Nourishing Toner to compliment with the facial wash.
What I also love about this toner is that it contains not only tomato extract, but also chamomile, lavender and rosemary that are perfect for treating inflamed acne.
If you put too much toner (like toning twice or more in a row), it gives a sticky feel so don't put too much! The toner sometimes stings but I think what was stung are some scars from acne. :o
5-10 minutes after toning (enough time for the toner to be absorbed by the skin), this is where Dan's regimen highlight comes in - 2.5% benzoyl peroxide.
I apply a generous amount of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide on the whole face to prevent and treat acne.
I use Benzac 2.5% and it can be bought in Mercury Drug stores or Watson's for around P650 if I'm not mistaken.
UPDATE: Benzac 2.5% and Benzac 5% now available for only P570 and P585, respectively, at The Donya Poorita MiniShop.
Moisturize/Moisturize with at least SPF 15
Wait for 15-20 minutes before applying your moisturizer.
This is the time you give your skin to absorb the benzoyl peroxide.
Also, applying the moisturizer earlier would make spreading it on the face hard - it's like tugging with your skin.
In the morning, I use Neutrogena Moisturizer with SPF 15 while before bedtime, I use Human Nature Night Moisturizing Cream with plant collagen.
It's just been around a week since I started this skin care regimen of mine and so far, I'm seeing good results. I took photos around my jaw line because that's where my worst acne are at right now.
As you can see, the small pimples were treated very fast while the size of the big ones are reduced. Acne marks and scars are left - that's another dilemma that I tackled temporarily at another post (click here to see). If you can't stand to go out of your house with those acne marks, you gotta read this post.
I'll update this post for more pictures, don't worry. I hope this skin regimen works for me for a very long time... and so for you too. Do you also have some acne stories to share? Any questions? Please do let us know!
UPDATE! (October 31, 2012)
I'm really sorry for the late update. My bad. :(
I took photos around my jawline after 6 weeks after this skin care regimen. In the 6 weeks that I have not updated, I still experienced breaking out (I'm not sure but it might be the purging stage) and had this little pimples around my jawline but not as worst as my before picture where there are really huge bumps. I patiently continued my regimen and little by little the small pimples dried out.
As you can see, compared to the before photo where I used to have very huge bumps (multiple cystic acne), what's left are a lot of pimple marks and a few of very little bumps. This is an awesome improvement for my skin condition. I am still wishing that this skin care regimen works for me for a very long time. After this acne issue, I'll be working on how to get rid of not only my acne marks but also the acne scars (the irritating pock marks!) which I will tackle in another post.
What do you think of my skin care regimen? Let me hear you out. Let's help each others' beauty shine through and win this battle against acne!
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