This is the first blog that I'm adding to give some useful tips for acne. I'm sorry it took so long to add a blog. So first off, here's my current routine: I wash my face with water in the morning. I exfoliate in the morning with a toothbrush dipped in some epsom salt and baking soda, but I only do this twice a week after I wash my face with water. I then apply Cerave moisturizing cream to my face. At night, I wash my face, usually with the Dove sensitive skin beauty bar, or sometimes just with a gentle, natural bar of soap. After washing, I put on a mask. The mask that I use depends on the day. On Mondays and Tuesdays, I put a mix of epsom salt and baking soda on my face with some water so it becomes more like a paste. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I put calamine lotion on my face. I leave the face masks on for 15 minutes and then wash them off, but I leave the calamine lotion on for as long as possible. Then on Fridays and Saturdays I just put epsom salt and water on my face. I don't put on a face mask on Sundays. Before bed, on a clean face, I apply my prescription product, Biacna. And that's it!! I'm about 90% clear, and I know that my routine will probably change, but for now my skin is happy.
Some tips that I have If anyone would like to try any of the aforementioned products:
- Biacna/Ziana is a prescription product. My dermatologist gave it to me. It's a combination of tretinoin and clindamycin phosphate, and it is extremely expensive. I believe it's around the 80-90 dollar price range, but the price may vary per location. You do get a lot of product, though. I personally wouldn't recommend it, the only reason I'm using it is because it isn't breaking me out and I hate wasting products. It doesn't seem to be helping my acne in any way, but hey! Results vary.
- The Cerave moisturizing cream is pretty cheap and available at Walmart or Target. It comes in a tub and has ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which are both good ingredients for acne. It has a thick consistency, so a little goes a long way. It has petroleum jelly in it, so beware if that breaks you out. Go for the lotion instead, it doesn't seem to have any petroleum jelly in it and is more lightweight.
- Baking soda does alter the pH of your skin, hence why I use a balancing moisturizer and only put it in my face masks twice a week.
- Calamine lotion is a very thrifty acne remedy, I bought it for a whopping $2.50 at the dollar store! If your skin dries easily, only use it as a spot treatment, otherwise you can spread it all over acne prone areas with a q-tip. I don't think daily use of it is a good idea, as it can give you a couple of itchy rashes with prolonged use. (Like I said, it's drying.)
- As always, test each product out on a small area of skin before using it. Everyone has unique skin, and what might work for me might make you break out, and I wouldn't want that! This is just my routine. You don't need to do the same thing.
As for my diet, I stopped eating a plant-based diet and moved to a low GI diet. This diet really has been one of the best things for my skin, but I can't say that I haven't slipped up and ate the odd corn or cookie. Nobody's perfect. I think anyone should try this diet for at least a few weeks. It's very simple and doesn't in any way feel like a diet. You never really feel restricted.
This is pretty much it for my current skincare regimen. As always, comments and constructive criticism are always appreciated. I hope this can help someone. Have a lovely day!