Monday, February 28, 2011

Ten Anti-Aging Tips for Acne-Prone Skin

If your acne products are suddenly too harsh but that $100 jar of wrinkle cream is too heavy, you're not alone. Many women begin struggling with their skincare routine in their 30s and 40s when everything on the market seems wrong for their problem skin.  The secret to maintaining a clear complexion that looks plump, hydrated, and youthful is simple. Here are my top ten tips to fight the visible signs of aging on acne-prone skin:

1. Prevent irritation by gently removing makeup.
Instead of relying on drying toners or makeup remover wipes, start your cleansing routine with an oil-based makeup remover before your regular cleanser.  (Yes, I said oil.  No, they won't break you out.)  These products are applied to dry skin and turn white when massaged with wet fingers.  They rinse clean, removing every trace of makeup--including waterproof mascara.  My favorite is Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, which contains safflower oil and vitamin E.

2.  Skip the scrubs but boost your cleansing routine.
Rough exfoliants are kid stuff, so throw out any products containing little beads.  They inflame acne and increase redness.  Instead stick to thoroughly cleansing both morning and night with a mild, liquid cleanser like Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin.  And consider investing in a Clarisonic, which will guarantee a consistent, deep cleanse every time you're at the sink without forcing you to rough house with your face.  Proper cleansing removes dirt and build up on the skin, which will allow your other products to penetrate better.


3. Give your eyes and lips special treatment.
These delicate areas contain less oil and often show the first signs of aging, so choose products designed specifically for them and use them consistently. Prevent chapped lips morning and night by applying an occlusive petroleum-based product like Aquaphor--available at any drugstore.  And minimize wrinkles and dullness around the area by patting an eye cream with humectants on the orbital bone.  I recommend Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel, which contains calendula, cucumber, and sodium hyaluronate and is gentle enough for sensitive eyes.

4.  Multitask by using chemical exfoliants that fight blemishes and wrinkles.
Hyperkeratinization leads to enlarged pores, lack of radiance, acne, dryness, and wrinkles, so choose a product that can handle all these issues.  A good chemical exfoliant will dissolve the dead skin cells on the skin's surface that cause most complexion imperfections.  Your doctor can prescribe Retin-A, but many effective AHA products are available over-the-counter.

Note that chemical exfoliants are very strong and can cause flakiness, sun sensitivity, and dryness during initial use. When used improperly, they can cause serious irritation.  Do not mix with other exfoliants or acne products, and always wear an SPF during the daytime.   Always apply these products at night to dry, clean skin and discontinue use forty-eight hours before receiving any waxing services.

Peter Thomas Roth's Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel provides maximum results for aging, acne-prone clients when used appropriately.  I recommend using this product four or five times a week--only at night time.  You may only need to use this twice a week when introducing this into your nightly routine.

5. Incorporate a noncomedogenic peptide serum into your morning routine.
If you automatically think of thick creams that clog your pores when you think of anti-aging products, then you haven't met the latest generation of anti-aging products, which I am happy to report are perfect for acne-prone skin.  Peptides are amino acids that boost collagen and improve wrinkles, and the best serums are light and easily layered under any moisturizer.  I recommend the Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment, which combines their exclusive high-tech SNAP-8 neuropeptide with antioxidants like green tea, kinetin, and vitamin C for clinically proven results.

6.  Hydrate with water-binding humectants to reduce dehydration and restore the skin's barrier function.
Occlusive products will clog pores and asphyxiate skin, so choose light serums or gel-based hydrators that replenish moisture lost during cleansing with antioxidants and humectants.  I recommend MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Hydrating Gel, which contains green tea extract, licorice extract, hyaluronic acid, and Natural Moisturzing Factors in a lightweight delivery system.

7.  Don't skimp on sun protection.
Aging skin is more prone to scarring, age spots, and sagging, so prevent future damage with daily SPF.  Additionally, chemical exfoliants make skin more sensitive to the sun, so if you're using glycolic acid or Retin-A, now's not the time to skimp.  Look for the words broad spectrum, which protects against UVA and UVB damage, and remember to reapply every two to three hours.

8.  Change your foundation.
Mattifying liquids and mineral powders look cakey on aging skin and highlight the imperfections you're trying to camouflage.  The latest oil-free foundations take water-based to a new level by improving dehydration without clogging your pores.  Try Lancome Teint Miracle,which comes in a wide color range and is suitable for sensitive skin.

9. Minimize the appearance of redness by using a yellow loose powder.
Pressed powders look cakey and often contain irritating, comedogenic ingredients, so ditch them.  To keep your foundation in place all day, press a sheer loose powder into the skin.  Since distended capillaries, redness, and inflamed pimples are common on aging, acne-prone skin, I suggest using a product with a color-correcting properties like Bobbi Brown's loose powder in Pale Yellow--perfect on all skin tones.

10.  Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and managing your stress level can help you age gracefully more than any lotion or potion. 


So there you have my top ten tips for conquering wrinkles without breaking out.  What are your anti-aging tips for acne-prone skin?

84 comments:

  1. That is a real informative blog, which provide possible solutions for some of the most common problems suffered by people.
    anti-aging serum

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  2. Jayme, thank you for reading! Is there any subject you might want me to post on? I would like for this blog to be helpful to others, so I'm always open to feedback. We have some upcoming giveaways on this blog! Be sure to subscribe, so you don't miss anything!
    Fondly, Elizabeth

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  3. hi there,
    i am soooo happy i found your blog and this post in particluar.
    just a couple of questions -- at night would you use a moisturizer after the glycolic acid?
    do you think this regimen would be suitable for me? i get some cystic acne and have blackheads. i have sensitive skin and am starting to show signs of aging. i also have quite flakey skin, no matter what i do.
    one more thing-do you know of any alternative products to the md formualtions one? (it seems to be a little hard to find here in canada.
    thank you so much!

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  4. forgot to mention too that i think i'm allergic to salicylic acid0 i get a terrible reaction from it.

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  5. Thanks, Jay, for all your kind words!! I'm so glad you enjoyed my post. MD Formulations can be hard to find in the U.S. as well, and the name can be misleading because it's more of a liquid than a gel. If you're looking to dupe the MS Formulations product, Derma-E Hyaluronic Hydrating Mist, Oil-Free Moisturizer is very similar. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate Recovery Serum is another option. It sounds like you need to boost your cell turnover rate if congestion and flaky skin are both a concern. Lactic acid products are my favorite alternative to salicylic acid and will also bind water to the skin, but there are other chemical exfoliants that can banish the visible signs of aging (including adult acne). Niacinamide is also a great ingredient to look for to help combat your cystic acne. I would be more than happy to help you out more, so feel free to email me at powderedpeach@yahoo.com, so I can be of more assistance. =) Thanks for reading, and I hope you had a chance to check out some of the other posts that may be of interest to you. Feel free to leave any requests for future posts! Fondly, Elizabeth

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  6. Great post! Most "reviews" are paid advertisements through beauty magazines, and usually promote products that have the same effect as slathering crisco on your face. Thank you for addressing such an ignored issue- I'm so sick of wasting money on products that make my face look like an oil slick, and worse, highlights every crease.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment!! Your kind words mean a lot to me. I'm glad this was helpful. Fondly, Elizabeth

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  7. Hi Elizabeth! Just wanted to ask a question here... have you tried the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum? Would that be an option for a noncomedogenic peptide serum? Obviously this is something I would need to wait on until my Retin-A reactions start to go down, but have always loved Olay products and didn't know if you have tried this one out...

    Also - I've been using Bare Minerals Redness Remedy, which looks similar to the Bobbi Brown Loose Powder in Pale Yellow, and have loved it! It really does tone down any inflammation and redness I have around my cheeks and nose...

    I have been reading through all your posts, and really enjoy all this information! I especially love this article, as acne and anti-aging treatments are hard to balance, and I feel like there isn't a lot of well-researched data out there on the subject. :)

    Take care!

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    1. Hey Amanda,

      Olay has some of the best peptide serums available at the drugstore, and I actually have the Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum in my kit. I have not tried the Microsculpting Serum, but the ingredients are quite similar.

      Both of them contain niacinamide, which is my absolute favorite ingredient for acne-prone, aging skin. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient that is available in lots of products, and in some studies, it has produced even greater results than Clindamycin (a topical antibiotic only available by prescription.) However, the formula is critical because if it’s too heavy than it will defeat the purpose…and can cause more breakouts.

      I know you're probably just looking for a substitute for the Kinerase, but... The truth is that “non-comedogenic” is not a regulated term, so there’s really no way to determine if a product will break you out. There’s a list of ingredients that are known to cause more problems than others, but just because one ingredient causes breakouts doesn’t mean that a product that contains it will…and vice versa.

      Your best bet is to use your judgment about whether or not a product feels too heavy for your skin and don’t layer too many products at the same time. The Regenerist serums are intended for normal to dry skin, so for someone struggling with acne, they might be better suited as a substitute for a primer or moisturizer or layered under a multi-tasking product like a BB cream or tinted moisturizer. It’s difficult to judge the texture of a product when shopping at a drugstore, so I’m sorry I can’t give a more concrete answer on that one.

      I have personally always leaned towards the Regenerating serum because it comes in a fragrance free formula, which I’m sure you’ve seen me talk about on my blog. Otherwise my only concern with the Microsculpting Serum is the mica, which can irritate the follicle in sensitive individuals. (I have a very old post on this subject.) The mica will give you an instantly brighter appearance, which is a perk if your skin can handle it.

      That was really longwinded! OMG!

      Anyway, the Bare Minerals Redness Relief is an awesome product with loads of treatment
      ingredients that the Bobbi Brown powder doesn’t. I’m very impressed by some of the technology they’ve incorporated into a powder formula. That’s great that you’ve had such success with it!
      Thank you so much for your support! I can’t tell you how much it means to me. =)

      Please let me know if you have any requests for posts. I’m kind of a research junkie, but I like to post what people want to see. It also helps me know what information people are having trouble finding. More anti-aging posts coming soon!

      Fondly,
      Elizabeth

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  8. hello! thank you for this very interesting article. i came across this while doing some research on google for anti aging products for acne prone skin (mine). i have added you to my favorites. i have a question which i hope you can answer too: when a brand states that a product is "FOR ALL SKIN TYPES", does it mean it is OIL FREE?
    if i have acne prone skin with occasional breakouts, am i supposed to always use oil free products, or can i use those that are For All Skin Types? it is confusing to me.
    for example, you recommended the C8 Peptide by Kinerase.. is it oil free??

    thanks in advance for your help!
    michele

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    1. Hello Michele,

      Great question!

      The term "for all skin types" is not regulated by any government agency, so technically it could mean anything. In general, you will find that many cosmetics companies use this term to refer to a non-comedogenic product that contains dimethicone or non-clogging plant oils like macadamia nut oil. You should still read the ingredients list and use your judgment. Also feel the consistency. A serum that is labelled "for all skin types" could be a moisturizer for one person and too heavy to layer under another product.

      You will usually only see the term "for all skin types" on things like cleansers, toners, foundations, serums, and facial sunscreens. Check to make sure the product also addresses your specific concerns because it's never a good idea to use something you don't need on your skin.

      As a side note, "oil free" doesn't always mean oil free. Read the ingredients, and you'll find oils listed on a lot of "oil free" products...especially sunscreens. So irritating! To make things even more confusing, "oil" is not the only thing that can clog pores, so the term really doesn't have much impact on whether or not it's good for acne.

      Lastly, the Kinerase C8 Peptide serum in not oil free. The ingredients list has changed since I wrote this article. It contains sweet almond oil, which shouldn't cause many issues...but it may be too heavy for summer, especially layered under other products.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions. I hope this was helpful. Thank you for commenting!

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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  9. thank you for your reply, Elizabeth.
    so what you are saying is that even truly oil free products may not be good for acne prone skin,
    and NON oil free products may be good for acne prone skin???

    i dont understand then why did my dermatologist tell me to use an "OIL FREE MOISTURIZER" over my Clindamycin in the morning without getting into details? he vaguely said i could use clinique or cetaphil etc..so he didnt seem too concerned about lies on the labels..

    now i dont understand how am i supposed to choose my moisturizer :( i am not a dermatologist and i know nothing about "ingredients". arent we supposed to rely on what products state on their labels? how can they say "oil free" and not be oil free? is there no supervision??

    i bought a sample size of the Clarins Vital_Light Day Spf to test.. it isnt too light but not thick, and my skin drinks it. however i am worried it is the cause of my breakouts, i cant tell because it is not oil free.

    so are we supposed to just rely on the texture? if it is not thick = it is good for acne?

    thanks again..
    michele

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    1. Hey Michele,

      Generally speaking, most companies won't lie about their products because it's not good for business. Some do though. What you want to do when you're looking at a product is check the first third of an ingredients list for the word "oil." Don't worry about memorizing every ingredient out there.

      Some oils aren't bad for acne-prone skin, but unless your dermatologist says otherwise, I would stay with oil-free products. Most dermatologists agree that they're just not necessary.

      There is very little supervision of the cosmetics industry. The FDA only regulates those cosmetics that are also considered drugs, such as dandruff shampoos, sunscreen, acne medications, etc. They also have a very small list of ingredients that are banned for use in cosmetics. Otherwise it's mostly up to the cosmetics industry to regulate themeselves. It's a political issue that deserves some attention.

      Any product with sunscreen in it can be a real struggle when it comes to acne-prone skin. I have a post on it if you haven't already seen it. You could always try the Clarins on only one half of your face to see if you notice any difference.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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  11. i forgot to add that i did a little research and found that Acne Prone skin is not a "skin type" and that even a product labeled "for all skin types" may still not be meant for acne prone skin..

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    1. Hey Michele,

      You're absolutely correct that acne-prone skin is not a skin type. Acne can occur in all skin types, but it does require special treatment. Often gentler products are best to combine with medications because the skin can rapidly change from oily to dry.

      Thank you for sharing!

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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  12. hi Elizabeth, thanks a lot for your responses. i must say you made me SCRATCH MY HEAD. I found this website Cosdna.com which gives you the list of ingredients and their level of "comedogenicity". very interesting. it was mostly "interesting" to see that MOST products that say they are oil free do contain some oils as you stated, including my new sunscreen, Elta MD UV Shield SPF45 Oil Free. i was baffled. But they did write that the "comedogenicity" depends on the concentration of those oils. i also followed your advice about the MD formulations moisturizer and ordered it. it indeed almost doesnt contain any oils.
    thanks again!

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    1. Hey Michele,

      I'm glad I could be helpful. Hopefully it didn't cause too much stress for you!

      This subject is really tricky, and it's very easy to obsess over. The most comprehensive study on comedogenicity was not conducted particularly well, and the results are a bit unreliable. There is also a whole group of thickeners, which "technically" aren't considered oils though they serve the same basic purpose. I'm going to be posting something later on this week elaborating on this because it definitely isn't being addressed as often as it should.

      Thank you for sharing that website! Keep in touch!

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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    2. Hey Michele,

      Just wanted to let you know that the post is scheduled to go up this Thursday. It's taken me a bit longer than I realized, but I haven't forgotten. =)

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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    1. Hey Shaun,

      Thank you so much! Appreciate you taking the time to comment! =)

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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  14. Thank you for your help :)
    I'm only 28, I've heard that if you have vit K tablets it help lighten dark skin under the eyes?
    ATM I use clearisil clenser, then fragrance free make up wipes, then Total Effects Blemish Prone Moisteriser and (Garnier) Spot reducing/Toning cream.
    I still get a few (red) pimples, but I've noticed n the last couple of years I'm looking older (my face doesn't seem as full, my skin is patchy, I still get acne, I have some slight lines and my eyes are dark/a bit puffy, espcially if I'm stresed or don't get enough sleep).
    Would I need all of the products you have suggested? Are there similar products which are cheaper and avialable in Australia (I can get them on line if not). Thank you for your help. I would love to prevent my skin from ageing. x

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    1. Hey Blondie Snuggie,

      You absolutely do NOT have to use all (or any) of the products I suggested. They are only intended as examples of the types of products that fit each of the ten tips. These are just examples to help you get started with your skin care routine, and they're intended to be an alternative to the typical anti-aging articles that ignore acne-prone skin. I never intended for this to be considered a skin care routine that was set in stone, and some of the products have changed since I wrote this post. Please don't feel pressured to buy anything that's too expensive in your country. There is a ton of great skin care out there, and I don't play favorites. The Clarisonic and the Clinique Take The Day Off makeup remover are the only two products on here that I would defend over the competition, and once again, that's just my opinion.

      Unfortunately I don't know what all is available in Australia, but if you know what you're looking for in a product, you're ahead of the game anywhere you shop. Ignoring the products I listed, many of my tips are quite general. For example, I mention using a water-based foundation and yellow loose powder. As far as skin care, I suggest using a chemical exfoliant, peptide serum, hydrator, sunscreen, and using separate products for the needs of your eyes and lips. These are pretty readily available at drugstores, department stores, and online. The main point I wanted to make was to go for ingredients instead of fillers.

      From what you've described, it seems like you may need to change up moisturizers and add an exfoliant into your regimen. This is all speculation, so take my advice with a grain of salt... But at your age, these concerns may be a sign that it's time to switch up your moisturizer. You should see an immediate difference in your skin when you apply moisturizer and like the way it feels. That's really all a moisturizer does. I would suggest looking for something that contains hyaluronic acid and has a gel or whipped texture. And if you want to prevent breakouts and brighten your skin, a 5-8% glycolic acid serum can really help. Patch test anything you buy to make sure it's not too strong before using it all over the face.

      Vitamin K is often said to be helpful both topically and orally. It's dangerous though to take high doses of it, and the topical benefits are limited. It's a great ingredient to look for when buying an eye cream, but it's not a cure. Sadly, there really isn't one. Using an eye cream with retinol or Vitamin C can help, and you must prevent the problem from worsening by religiously wearing SPF and sunglasses.

      Hope this was helpful. Please let me know if I can answer anymore questions. Thank you so much for commenting! I feel like I sound super negative here, but I always want to be realistic with anyone who takes the time to read my blog. I'm not endorsed by anyone, and I would never want you to waste your money. =)

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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  15. hello elizabeth! i was wondering what you would recommend for cystic acne, i am 21 years old and i have always had cystic acne but it was only like one or two once a month but a few months ago it started to get worse and it has taken over my face, i am going to be in a wedding in a month and am trying to get my acne cleared up by then, can you please help me?!?!?!

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    1. Hey Maggie,
      If you’ve been experiencing this problem for some time, I would really suggest making an appointment with a dermatologist, who can help you treat acne and minimize the chances of scarring. I experienced cystic acne myself, and I know it’s very frustrating to buy products that just don’t deliver. Unfortunately OTC acne treatments are really best for mild acne, and they can’t penetrate deep enough to really give cystic acne the results you’re looking for. If you go to the dermatologist, you can get oral and topical treatments, which can get you clearer skin in 4-8 weeks. To speed up this process, a dermatologist can administer cortisone shots into inflamed lesions, which accelerates the healing process. If you can’t get an appointment soon enough, you can also get prescription acne medications from the clinic at Walgreens or from your primary care physician, but I don’t know that they could do the cortisone shots I mentioned.

      If you can’t get to the doctor fast enough, I would suggest using a product that contains a low strength of benzoyl peroxide sparingly all over the affected area about fifteen minutes after you cleanse at night. Since BP can be rather drying, I would eliminate any products that contain alcohol, menthol, and fragrance from your regimen and stick to mild products. It can also make you a bit sensitive to the sun, so avoid any unnecessary sun exposure and protect your skin daily with a non-comedogenic, oil-free SPF 15-30. Benzoyl peroxide cleansers can sometimes be tolerated better than leave-on products if your skin is quite sensitive but again…stick to a low dosage in these products too. If your skin has no response and is quite tough, you can add in a sulfur spot treatment during the day to the lesions to get maximum benefits from both medications. Most sulfur treatments contain either glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or resorcinol.

      Cleansing acne-prone skin can be rather irritating, so only gently cleanse your skin. Use tepid water and your fingers instead of hot water, washcloths, or buffing pads. Massage the cleanser in gently for about fifteen seconds, then rinse thoroughly by splashing the water on your skin and pat dry (don’t rub) with a towel you only use on your face and change regularly.
      Make sure that any skin care or cosmetics you’re using are labeled non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, water-based, or oil-free. Whenever you know you’ll be sweating or working out, you’ll want to be sure you thoroughly cleanse your skin beforehand, and if you can’t work out without makeup on, cleansing and reapplying is better than wearing whatever you had on earlier.

      If you’re consuming any supplements that contain potassium iodide or eating foods with a lot of iodine in them, that can also trigger breakouts. Many people find their cystic acne improves when they eliminate dairy from their diet, especially skim milk. This could be because of its high iodine content or the hormones naturally found in milk. More research needs to be done before we can really say though.

      Also if you use dryer sheets or fabric softener, they’ve got to go…at least on anything that touches your skin like pillowcases, sheets, towels, etc. Sorry. I know people love them, but they’re a major trigger.

      Good luck! I hope this was helpful. Please stay in touch and let us know what you decide to do. If you have any other questions, I’ll do my best to answer them to the best of my ability. Again, I think the dermatologist is the best option, but if you need help finding the OTC products I also mentioned, I'll be happy to suggest a few. Thank you for your time! =)
      Fondly, Elizabeth

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  17. Like everyone before me has mentioned, thank you for opening up a discussion on acne and anti aging. I have two questions - I use Acanya in the morning and Retin A at night for my acne, which is mostly the chin and jawline area. Will serums work if placed on top of the Acanya? Which is best? And what type of moisturizer should I use at night with the Retin A, and should it be placed on before of after the Retin A application? Thanks so much for your help

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    1. Hello Stacy,

      You're so kind! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and comment! When I wrote this post, I had no idea I would get such a positive response to it, so it's nice to see that there are other people out there interested in this topic.

      My advice for people using topical medications is a little bit different than what I would suggest for someone who finds that typical anti-aging regimens tend to cause breakouts.

      If you haven't already seen my post on Retin-A, check out "Retin-A: Is it the miracle treatment your adult acne needs?" because there's a lot of information and comments people have left that may be of use to you. (There should be a link on the right side of the blog to it, or you can use the search box to find it.) Some of the products I mention are a bit outdated, but the general information is still there.

      I probably wouldn't recommend using a serum with the Acanya because in my experience, benzoyl peroxide doesn't play well with others and doesn’t let many active ingredients through. Using these photosensitizing medications makes sun protection your top priority, and I've found that layering too many products can reduce the efficacy of sunscreen when layered over medications. Also if you wear makeup, it can start pilling, which is just not a good look.

      Since you’re using so many medicated products, you’re probably going to want a hydrator with SPF instead of a serum. What I would do is keep things simple until your acne is clear, then work on adding in one new product at a time. If you wanted, you could use a serum as your nighttime moisturizer, as long as it leaves your skin comfortable. You would apply it after the Retin-A, but make sure it doesn’t contain any active ingredients like AHAs, BHAs, or Vitamin C because these will be very irritating. The reason I suggest serums in this post is because I find they are lighter and have better ingredients, which makes them ideal for oily skin. Oily skin doesn’t need fillers. It just needs nutrients, and a lot of oil-free moisturizers are loaded with a bunch of oil substitutes and no antioxidants, peptides, or other ingredients that can actually do something.

      Just pay attention to what your skin is telling you and try to get the best quality ingredients you can in the most lightweight vehicle possible. Since you’re exposing your skin to a variety of medications, I would also suggest finding a brand that you like and just sticking to one product range for now. That way, you know they’ve been tested together, and if you have any problems, you can contact the company to answer any questions. Mixing brands gets a lot of women into trouble. I would highly recommend DDF, but Cera Ve and La Roche-Posay also make some excellent products you could use with medications. Whatever you choose to use, look for the words "oil-free", "water-based", "non-comedogenic", "non-acnegenic", or "will not clog pores" on the label. I would stick with the products that are for sensitive skin and find something that doesn’t sting or feel heavy. Whatever you choose, just be consistent, and try not to switch products too much.

      I hope this was helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I’m not a doctor, but I love talking about skin care with people that are interested. Keep in touch! I’d love to know what you end up using. =)

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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  18. I didn't see anything on here about benzoyl peroxide. Is that considered a chemical exfoliant? Thanks so much for the abundance of helpful information.

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    1. Hello Sarah,

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! You are so kind!

      The reason I didn't include anything about benzoyl peroxide in these tips is because many adult acne sufferers cannot tolerate this ingredient very well. It's an extremely potent anti-acne ingredient, which disinfects rather than exfoliates. However, many people do find that while using BP, they do not need to exfoliate with a separate product or cannot tolerate chemical exfoliants.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions! =)

      Fondly, Elizabeth

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  19. Hi! First I wanted to say that I am loving your blog, which I just found :) I have had acne since I was 11 years old (36 now). I was on accutane as a teenager, retin-a, tetracycline, birth control etc. etc. I've been using pro-activ for about two years and it has helped A LOT. I do still break out but not as bad. But now I'm noticing that my skin around my eyes looks old and dry and dull, while around my nose and mouth the skin is super oily. How can I treat oily and dry without causing more breakouts OR looking like an old goat! :) Thanks!

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  20. Wow - you are amazing! Thank you so much for your blog!! I am 33 and recently my skin has changed - I started breaking out like crazy on my back (probably a lot due to stress and hormone changes) and also minor breakouts on my face (which I never used to have). I have just started using all the suggestions in this blog and my skin already feels so great! Thank you so much! I have two questions though if you have time to answer:

    1) I substituted the Peter Roth foaming face wash to Olay gentle foaming face wash for normal/sensitive skin (I read you recommended this in another post and I wanted to try something cheaper first). I also of course got the Clinique Take Off The Day. I noticed my skin is a little tight though after using both, and I read in another one of your posts that you should not feel tightening. Should I be using a different cleanser? (I have combination skin). And what would you suggest for getting rid of the breakouts on the back?
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    1. Your skin should not feel tight. I have found with that cleanser I often have to make sure I use cool enough water and rinse well. If I accidentally use hot water, the product gets stronger. I also find that when used with the Clinique product, I use less of the PTR cleanser than the instructions recommend. It gets stronger depending on how much you use. If that doesn't help, it may be too strong for your skin type or the water in your area does not make it necessary to use such a strong surfactant.

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  22. Thank you so much for all of your advice, it has been helping my skin quite a bit! One issue I still have is powder. I tried the Bobby Brown and it still makes me break out along with every other powder I have ever tried. Is there an alternative for getting a matte look? I don't like looking like I rubbed a stick of butter on my face, but I also don't like breaking out. Thanks again!

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    1. Maybe you should compile a list of the powders you've tried and compare the ingredients. It could be that talc or corn starch does not agree with your skin, and you could patch test some alternatives. Also make sure that you are soaking up the oil with powder-free blotting papers throughout the day instead of touching up to soak up the excess oil. I would reassess your skin care routine. You may need a lighter moisturizer or foaming cleanser if you're not adequately balancing oil and water morning and evening. You can also keep alcohol-free toner pads with you to freshen your skin midday before reapplying. Lastly, I would consider your applicators as a potential problem. Some people prefer antibacterial brushes to prevent the growth of bacteria on the bristles.

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  24. Hi! I just found your blog. I am 40 and NEVER struggled with acne as a teen. I always took great care of my skin with Mary Kay from age 15. Then, in my early 30's, I changed to Olay products. I moved to a desert climate and about 3 years ago, my skin started to freak out. So, I have dabbled with Retin-a and hated it. I then changed to Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Night and Healthy Skin Enhancer w/retinol for day. Now, I have added in Lancome Mousse Radiance cleanser, Tonique Radiance toner, Genefique serum night and day, Rapid Wrinkle, Lancome night cream, Bienfait Multi-Vital lotion spf 30, plus Healthy Skin Enhancer as my foundation. I think the retinol at night is mixing with the serum and night cream and I am over loading my skin. My pores are larger, I have black heads, white heads, breakouts on my chin and jaw line. I used to have gorgeous skin and now I am covering up blemishes with concealer and powder, i just spent $300 at the Lancome counter and don't want to return everything. Should I eliminate my retinol products and just use the Lancome regime for a while? I have tried the Tiente Miracle foundation and its pretty decent. Maybe my skin is dehydrated with all of the retinol products. Help!

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    1. It sounds like the products you're using are too rich for your oil and water balance. You also may need to try a different type of chemical exfoliant that you can adjust for your therapeutic needs. Retinol is hard to tweak, but glycolic acid has a wide range. There are some great options available that will address dry skin without using a separate moisturizer. (I'm also a big believer in Paula's Choice BHA products, which are the only decent ones aside from Philosophy.) These work well for preventing acne breakouts. If you want to hydrate the skin, look for humectants like hyaluronic acid or sodium PCA. These will hold onto water. It sounds like you have a lot of products in your routine, so I always recommend patch testing and using the minimum needed before adding in any extras. When your skincare feels heavy, it's too much.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! You're right that we all wish for clear skin, but there are worthwhile things to strive for that are more obtainable than perfection. I just want everyone to feel confident, so they can show the world what they have to offer. :)

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      I focus on the technology consumers should look for when shopping and provide examples available that meet my criteria for easy reference. I am not paid for any recommendations I make, and I am extremely concerned with the way my readers interpret my suggestions because, like many acne sufferers, I have spent too much money on bad products.

      I believe there are many excellent skin care products available that will work just as effectively as any I have mentioned. Unlike other bloggers, I do not base my suggestions on my personal experiences and provide testimonials. I center my posts around my professional training and scientific research, but I test every product before mentioning it on my blog.

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