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If you've read any of my previous posts in Diet & Holistic Health, I am able to get my skin clear through strict nutrition, but moving around it is hard to keep up and after living in a polluted place when it was hard to eat the foods that fixed my skin I had bad inflammatory acne on my cheek (not even 'properly' active, but red and wouldn't go away).

I've found a routine that has had my skin completely clear for over a month now (including no key breakout period mid-cycle), so wanted to share.

Am using Azelaic Acid (Finacea until Skinoren is in stock) in the morning and Differin 0.1% in the evening and it improved my skin tone immediately and cleared up my skin gradually from the start. 

Eventually I plan to use Skinoren (20% Azelaic Acid) twice a day as it has been shown to be as effective as Differin and BP when used twice daily. 

I use Micellar water then wash with a very gentle cleanser (REN Rose) and only exfoliate with a cheap silicone Foreo style device. In the morning I use Micellar water and EltaMD suncream only. Have been moisturising after the Differin with La Roche-Posay Duo, but actually thinking to switch to a more gentle product even. Strangely Differin has not dried out my skin and I haven't noticed any negative effects from it as mentioned online.

My skin has been soft to touch since I started this and scars faded very quickly. I love that the Differin is clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and sun damage too!

I like not having to be so strict about my diet anymore. 

The next level up from this would be Duac + Differin used at different times of the day, but I only had mild-moderate.

Hope this helps someone!

Edited by Foodforthought

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I read somewhere that even though Finacea has 15% Azelaic acid, it's more effective than Skinoren 20% because of its gel formulation so it's absorbed better.

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16 hours ago, ColdCat said:

I read somewhere that even though Finacea has 15% Azelaic acid, it's more effective than Skinoren 20% because of its gel formulation so it's absorbed better.

Good tip! I thought the Skinoren was a gel also? I know that Finacea is not licenced for acne, but Skinoren is. Will do more research. Thank you for the info, it's super helpful!

The study was actually on Finacea I believe.

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Before and after pics. The before picture is obvious, the third picture is 2 weeks after focusing on diet and the middle picture (taken in different light) is after the topicals for 1.5 months. No make-up in any.

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