Things have improved greatly since my last skincare post. The main thing I did, and I recommend this to anyone having an acne flair-up, was to pare my routine to the bare essentials. I went back to my standbys from summer, Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask and CeraVe PM, and used pretty much nothing else for a couple weeks. Once the new breakouts stopped and my skin was healing, I felt comfortable slowly adding back in one product at a time. Around this time, my dermatologist prescribed me Erythromycin, an antibiotic. Thankfully, this doesn’t break me out like the dreaded Clindamycin, but I’m not sure it has improved anything as of yet either. I’ll be trying the lotion version of this soon though, because the gel is extremely drying, and it balls up on my skin whenever I put products on top of it. After the antibiotic, I use Aromatica Rose Absolute First Serum. I looooove the scent of this. It’s a strong, but very natural pure rose scent. I’m not sure if this does anything for the skin other than add another layer of moisture, but I’m happily using it every day. I’ll follow this up with the CeraVe PM, and I’ve recently started using the Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream again. I was using this for a few weeks in December/January, but I thought it might be causing congestion in my forehead. I’m trying it out again now, but in case I find that it actually does break me out, I’ve repurchased the Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen. The only other product I occasionally use in the morning is the Be The Skin Non-Stimulus Face Polisher. For a few weeks, my skin would be so extremely dry in the morning, the entire area around my mouth and nose would be covered in flakes (so sexy). The Face Polisher does an excellent job of gently sloughing away dead skin and prepping it for cleansing and the rest of my routine.
The past couple months of trial and error have been frustrating, but also enlightening. I’m continuing to learn what does and doesn’t work for my skin, and it’s comforting to know that there are a few products out there that I can 100% rely on.