the acne-prone skin menu
A while ago, I wrote a post about my go-to routine for dehydrated skin... And today I bring you my routine for acne-prone and sensitive skin (no astringent or drying anything here).
This menu has been saving my skin lately because it's been acting really stupid:
After makeup is already off, I started by cleansing with the beautiful Purifying Cleanser by Tata Harper, which I'd kind of been avoiding for ages because I was scared it would dry out my skin too much - but feat not! It's a kind of jelly texture (very similar to the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which I spoke of here) but, when you spread it out on damp (not wet!) skin, it turns into a very light oil that is quickly removed with water without a single trace of product (unlike the Oskia, which I feel demands a cloth and still leaves a very subtle film). It's fresh but not alcohol/astringent-fresh, just a nice clean and peaceful freshness. I recommend it to every single person with acne-prone, combination and oily skin types, specially at night. It is a bit like the REN ClearCalm Cleansing Clay (which I spoke of here) but more fresh and purifying - a bit better in my book, but if you're in a budget the REN one is also amazing.
Afterwards, if it's really nasty, I apply a light layer of the Aésop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque which I loove. It's a clay mask that is suuuper lightweight and gentle, perfectly okay for sensitive skin types, without any stripping or discomfort with a wonderful result.
I take it off with warm water and a facial cloth and spritz a bit of my Queen of Hungary mist by Omorovicza as a calming and hydrating toner.
Next step is retinol, and the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil is THE BEST! It's probably my pick of the bunch, if it came to that. It's amazeballs for healing pimples and their scars and spots while hydrating (and being anti-aging - win win win). I've spoken of it here and I'm still madly in love with it.
I let the Luna oil sink in for a while and then apply one pump or so of the Pai Perfect Balance Blemish Serum - a relatively recent launch that is just so delicious. I haven't been using it for enough time to consider it perfect but it has been helping me so much!! It has copaiba, zinc and hyaluronic acid, helps control sebum production without any kind of mattifying effect and actually helps hydrate and balance the skin. Great for sensitive skin types.
Before the moisturiser though, I still apply a second oil (I do love an oil sandwich), the Yüli Skincare ME Skin Fuel - described by the brand as "food for your skin, specially for blemish-prone and oily skins). It's an antioxidant powerhouse really with some really good lightweight lipids inbetween and it's absorbed really quickly by the skin - no greasy feeling at all. Again, it helps with excessive oil production and it also helps the skin heal, so great for acne.
To finish this off, I apply the Mizon Bee Venom Calming Fresh Cream, a gel-cream that is super nourishing and calming while being super lightweight and fresh (so quickly absorbed, not clogging at all, but still hydrating enough for skins that are super dehydrated like mine). It has been working wonders with me and it's spectacular when you have angry pimples.
And that's about it! (This is actually a really pricey routine now that I see it all together, but I do trust these products 100%. If you would like a low-cost version of this post though, let me know in the comments and I will do.)
Have you tried any of these? Are you an acne sufferer like me? What are your fave products?