Way back in 2014 (that seems so crazy long ago!) I did a post on my skincare routine for sensitive, acne-prone skin. I thought it was about time to do an update 🙂 As I am getting older, my skin is changing. I’m finding it much drier, and my breakouts are more hormonal, which means that there’s not a lot that topical treatments can do (more on that later). Nearly three years later, some of my skincare products are the same, some I have since stopped using, and I’ve also introduced a few new products. I sometimes find it difficult to get information about products that are fragrance-free or good for sensitive skin, so I hope this helps others out there!
In my previous post, I mentioned that I used Lid-Care Towelettes to remove my eye-makeup. I have sensitive eyes and had a hard time finding an eye makeup remover that wouldn’t sting and irritate them. Lid-Care Towelettes are specifically made for cleaning your eyelids, are fragrance-free, pre-moistened and individually wrapped. Sadly, my Lawton’s stopped carrying these, and living in a small town with limited shopping options, I have not been using these as much because they are so hard to find. I am basically using my trusty Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin (Fragrance-free) to remove all my makeup, including eye makeup, now. Although Bioderma is normally available in most drugstore chains, none of my local drugstores carry it, so whenever I travel anywhere I stash 2-3 bottles of this stuff in my luggage on the trip home!
I still use the super soft, square, Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads with it. You can checkout my post on how they’re a dupe for the Shiseido Facial Cotton pads.
I’m still using a Clarisonic. Last year, my original Clarisonc Mia that I’d had for years finally died, and I decided to try switching to the Foreo Luna. If you’re curious, you can check out my post on why I decided to go back to the Clarisonic. I do have a new facial cleanser. I have been reading a lot about the benefits of Glycolic Acid, and decided to try the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash. Available at Sephora, “This oil-free antiaging cleanser contains a gentle form of glycolic acid along with pro vitamin B5 and allantoin to help soften and exfoliate the skin. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging while clarifying the skin and smoothing out rough texture.”
This is such a gentle cleanser/exfoliator for sensitive skin. I don’t find that my face feels tight and dry after I use it.
I have also really gotten into the skincare brand Algenist. I’ve loved all of the Sephora samples I’ve tried and find that this high-end brand doesn’t irritate my skin. I decided to throw a toner into my skincare routine, and have recently picked up the Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner. Billed as an “alcohol- and oil-free toner that replenishes and balances skin…This hydrating toner combines alguronic acid with witch hazel and chamomile to tone and soothe skin gently, creating a complexion that appears revitalized, brightened, and softened.”
I am not currently using any prescription, topical acne treatment. I found that the prescription Dalacin T topical antibiotic (clindamycin 1% in isopropyl alcohol 50%) that I had been using was just drying out my skin. Most of my face was perfectly clear. I’m only experiencing acne breakouts along the jawline, which apparently are nearly 100% hormonal. Right now I am researching potential options for treating hormonal acne, including Spironolactone. I am going to discuss some options with my Doctor and will update you!
Finally, the biggest change in my skincare routine is that I have seriously upped my moisturizing game. As I get closer to 40 (yikes!) I am becoming more and more conscious of needing to keep my skin hydrated. I have redeemed numerous Sephora points on the Algenist moisturizers, and finally splurged on a full-sized Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Alguronic Acid. I love this luxurious, fragrance-free moisturizer.
So that’s it for my daily skincare routine. I hope this information was helpful, and if you have any questions for me, feel free to leave them in the comment section below. Also, I have recently made an effort to utilize Instagram more, and post more regularly there, and I would genuinely love it if you followed me. You can find me @Nerdylibrariangirl.
Thanks so much for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤