Ah, skin care. The bane of my existence. You probably know by now that I’ve had problem skin since I was a teenager. I blame genetics, hormones and lack of self-care in my earlier youth. Now that just means I have to work extra hard on my skin care routine to keep things clean and clear (see what I did there? 😉 ). I’ve tried a lot of products in my day, so I’m excited to finally share a complete skin care routine for mild adult acne that appears to be doing the trick. My skin has never felt or looked better, so there’s hope yet!
Cleansers & Toner
I’ve religiously used La Roche-Posay products for a few years now (see how their 3-step system saved my skin), specifically from the Effaclar line. I love these products because while they’re formulated for sensitive, acne-prone skin, they aren’t too harsh or drying. The soap-free gel cleanser is what I use in the morning, and the medicated cleanser is my go-to in the P.M. I also use the clarifying solution morning and night, sometimes even skipping my A.M. cleanser for just this if it’s a no-makeup day or I need a quick refresh before the gym. If I think that I’m over-doing it – sometimes I experience severe dryness around my mouth – I’ll drop back to using this once a day, usually at night after the medicated cleanser.
Creams & Moisturizer
After toning in the A.M., I always follow up with this Cetaphil eye cream. It’s so light, and my skin soaks it right up. I haven’t noticed any drastic improvement in under eye circles or anything, but my eye area is noticeably smoother and more hydrated. Then it’s time for moisturizer! I switched to a gel moisturizer from Clean & Clear a few months back – it’s the BEST. Gives my skin an instant boost of hydration, provides a bit of a cooling sensation (perfect for summer days!), and acts as the ultimate smoothing base for makeup.
One of the newer additions to my routine is a hydrating night cream. My skin has been on the drier side of things these days, so I like to try to add that moisture back in overnight. This cream from Cetaphil is really rich and creamy, but not so thick that I feel like Faye Dunaway circa Mommie Dearest with a heavy layer of product on before I go to sleep. I only use this a few times a week, however, as I noticed some really small bumps/breakouts along my jawline when using it everyday.
Mask & Other Treatments
The newest and most recent skin care product that I’ve started using is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clay Mask. I use this twice a week for only five minutes (per the instructions), and IT’S SO GOOD. My skin is noticeably smoother and more matte throughout the day after use. It also has helped to dry out and clear up some of my stubborn hormonal acne.
For lingering spots or *gasp* post-zit scabs (c’mon, we’re all human), I still swear by the Clean & Clear spot treatment. Been using it since high school, and it never fails me. Lastly, for an extra-strength treatment, I use Differin Gel once a week. At night, I apply it all over my face like I would a moisturizer and follow it up with the hydrating night cream. It’s helping to even out my skin tone and clear up old acne scarring.
Do you suffer from mild adult acne? What’s in your skin care routine?
Check out my former A.M. to P.M. skin care routine for more product suggestions!