A Dermatologist Anti-Aging Skincare Routine For Acne-Prone Skin

Gentle cleanser in the morning.

“In the morning, I never want to put anything too harsh on my skin as I don’t want to strip the skin of its natural oils. Since I cleanse my skin in the evenings, the next morning I just want to gently remove any oil and dead skin cells that accumulated overnight. I always find that this particular cleanser is super gentle and doesn’t have harsh ingredients, such as AHAs or BHAs, yet it still cleanses very effectively. I also like that it’s gel-based.”

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An acne-friendly vitamin C.

“Vitamin C protects against free radical damage from environmental stressors, which causes collagen & elastin breakdown, resulting in fine lines as well as hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. Vitamin C also helps to brighten my complexion. Certain formulations of Vitamin C serums are oil-based or contain a high concentration of emollient ingredients that can clog pores while phloretin is noncomedogenic and more gentle for acne prone skin.”

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She uses a serum to target brown spots.

“Next up is SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense which contains topical tranexamic acid, kojic acid, and niacinamide to break up the brown patches of melasma.”

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She uses a light moisturizer/SPF hybrid for the day.

“This moisturizer is oil-free and noncomedogenic. It doesn’t contain thick occlusive (aka non-breathable) agents, which can lead to clogged pores. The formula is also very light-weight and non-greasy so on dry skin days, you can apply it more frequently without causing breakouts. It’s a 2-in-1 formula (moisturizer + SPF) so by doing double duty, you don’t have to layer on another product that has potential to clog pores in acne-prone skin.”

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She uses a more active, exfoliating cleanser at night.

“At night, I cleanse with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Deep-Cleansing Foaming Cream Cleanser which contains both salicylic acid and alphahydroxy acids to clear pores, prevent acne and increase the shedding of dead skin cells. This is essentially a mild chemical exfoliation–I tend to avoid physical exfoliations which contains beads or physical particles that can cause micro-tears in the skin.”

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Source: Womenshealthmag