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Skincare Routine for Sensitive Acne-Prone Skin

My skincare routine for sensitive/blemish prone skin

My skincare routine for sensitive/blemish prone skin

I just want to start by saying that if you are having skin issues, particularly acne, I would recommend seeing a professional dermatologist. They can assess you individually and provide you with prescription strength treatments that are unavailable over-the-counter. Seeing a dermatologist helped me tremendously.

This is my current evening skincare routine. I hope this post helps you if you are struggling with similar skin concerns. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below and I will be happy to provide more information.

Step 1: Eye Makeup Removal

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

This is what the individually wrapped towelette looks like

I have VERY sensitive eyes and had a hard time finding an eye makeup remover that wouldn’t sting and irritate the skin around my eyes. Then I discovered these Lid-Care Towelettes. They are specifically made for cleaning your eyelids and are fragrance-free and non-irritating. I love that they are pre-moistened and individually wrapped: Great for travel! A box of 30 is $12.99 CAD. I get mine at Lawton’s Drugs, but they are also available at Wal-Mart and well.ca.

Step 2: Makeup Removal

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin (Fragrance-free)

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin (Fragrance-free)

I started using Bioderma about 8 months ago and I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin. Miceller water, according to this cosmetic scientist, contains micelles or spherical liquid crystals that “vastly reduce the irritancy of some detergents”. This gentle cleanser removes every trace of makeup but doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry. Although Bioderma is available in most drugstore chains, none of my local drugstores carry it (the perils of small town living). I order it online through Murale or pick op a bottle when I’m traveling. Its $21.95 CAD.

I use the square Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads with it. You may want to checkout my post on how they’re a dupe for the Shiseido Facial Cotton pads.

Step 3: Cleansing

Adasept Antibacterial Skin Cleanser and the Clarasonic Mia

Adasept Antibacterial Skin Cleanser and the Clarasonic Mia

My dermatologist recommended using an antibacterial cleanser, Tersaseptic, which I used for years but has been discontinued. My pharmacist told me about Adasept, which has the exact same active ingredient, Triclosan 0.5%. Adasept is a “gentle sudsing soapless formula for acne”. I buy mine at Lawton’s Drugs. Rexall also carries it and its available online through well.ca: the 500 ml size is $22.89 and the  250ml size is $12.29 CAD.

I use it with the Clarasonic Mia. The Clarasoinc is an investment at $150 CAD, but I’ve had mine for 10 years and use it every night, dropped it a bunch of times, travel with it, and it just keeps on going! It deep cleans my pores (I get almost zero blackheads) yet its very gentle. I can’t recommend this enough. I use the “sensitive” head and replace it about every 6 months. Replacement heads are $31 CAD.

Step 4: Topical Acne Treatment

Clindets pads clindamycin 1% available with prescription only

Clindets pads clindamycin 1% available with prescription only

As I mentioned, I really recommend a prescription strength treatment for acne-prone skin. There are many different types and your skin may not respond to certain treatments, so a doctor can work with you trying different things until you find something that works for you. For example, my skin did not react well to Retinoid cream which severely irritated it and caused redness, and worst of all didn’t improve the acne. My skin responds better to a topical antibiotic. I initially used erythromycin, but eventually my skin stopped responding to that (which can happen) so we switched to clindamycin. The individually wrapped Clindets pads have been working amazingly well. I apply twice daily. The treatment is covered by my insurance.

UPDATE: I’ve been unable to get Clindets, as there seems to be a distribution issue. My pharmacist is filling my prescription with Dalacin T. It’s a topical antibiotic clindamycin 1% in isopropyl alcohol 50% in a bottle with a rollerball on top (VS pre-moistened pads). It is working as well as Clindets.

Step 5: Moisturize

Complex 15 Moisturizer

Complex 15 Moisturizer

Complex 15 was recommended by my dermatologist. Its water-based and fragrance-free.  There is a smaller 100ml size labelled “Daily Face Cream”  and a larger 300ml size labelled “Body Lotion”. Both are $9.99 CAD and I cannot for the life of me find any difference between the two, so I just buy the “body lotion” and use it on my face. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through well.ca. You may also want to see my post on Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin.

Step 6: Spot Treatment as Needed

Adasept Benzoyl Peroxide Gel USP 5%

Adasept Benzoyl Peroxide Gel USP 5%

If I feel a blemish coming on, I will use the Adasept Gel as a spot-treatment. When I wake up the next morning, its usually completely gone. It is amazing! I buy mine at Lawton’s Drugs and its available online through well.ca for $13.3 CAD. I only need to use a tiny amount of this so a little bottle lasts months.

Once a week: Exfoliate

Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant

Use a gentle enzyme exfoliator once a week to remove dead skin cells

Its important to exfoliate dead skin cells regularly to help combat acne. I prefer a gentler enzyme-based exfoliator to a physical exfoliator (products with grains or beads which can actually irritate skin more). There are lots to choose from. I’m currently using the Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant which uses papain, the fruit enzyme from papaya, to dissolve dead skin cells. I got it at a spa when I had a facial and I think it was around $35 CAD. I apply it to clean skin on a Saturday or a Sunday morning and leave it on for 10 minutes.

Morning Skincare Routine
In the mornings, I wash my face with just water, use my Clindets pad, and then moisturize with Complex 15.

This is what’s been currently working for me. Hope this  helps!

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Lipstick Addict Tag!

lipstick addict tagI’ve seen a bunch of YouTubers doing the “Lipstick Addict” tag lately. Nobody tagged me specifically, but I really liked this tag and I’ve never done one before and I thought it would be fun. I’m especially excited to tag some other bloggers. So let’s get started…

1. Favorite Lip Balm

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant – Fragrance Free

The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (Fragrance Free) works great as a lip balm, especially in winter when your lips get really dry. I put it on at night before bed.

2. Best Eye-Catching Red

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

I had the hardest time finding a red lipstick that suited me. I have very pink undertones and a lot of pink in my lips. Every red I tried would look hot pink or fushia on me. The first time I went into a MAC store (after swatching literally every red lipstick in Sephora) it was in search of a red. Dubonnet is the first MAC lipstick I ever bought and still the only red lipstick I own. Its a very intense, more blue than orange red, with a bit of a brown undertone. If you have fair, cool-toned skin this would be a good red to get.

3. Best Luxury Brand

Chanel Coco Shine in Parfait

Chanel Coco Shine in “Parfait”

I only have a few lipsticks from luxury brands (Tom Ford, Burberry, NARS) but my Chanel lipsticks are the ones I enjoy the most. I have Rouge Coco in “Mademoiselle” and Rouge Coco Shine in “Bel-Ami” which I have already blogged about, and this one, Rouge Coco Shine in “Parfait” which is the yummiest pink. I love the scent of Chanel lipsticks!

4. Best Drugstore Brand

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Adore" & Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in "Fig Jam"

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Adore” (top swatch) & Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in “Fig Jam” (bottom swatch)

My favourite drugstore brand is definitely Revlon, and the Kissable Balm Stains and the Lip Butters are tied for best Revlon lip product. I have a couple of the Balm Stains and I like ‘Adore” the best. I think its similar to MAC’s Dubonnet in that it’s a slightly blue-toned, slightly brownish red. I have a lot of the Lip Butters (I was a little obsessed there for a while) and “Fig Jam”, a deep reddish brown, is my favourite.

5. Best MAC

MAC "Modesty" lipstick

MAC “Modesty” lipstick

This was a difficult one. How do you pick just one favourite MAC lipstick??? I went with one of my favs that doesn’t get mentioned a lot but I think is just an amazing shade, “Modesty”, a neutral, nude pink. Its such a natural, wearable shade.

6. Most Disappointing

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Liar"

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in “Liar”

A few other people who have done this tag have listed the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick as their most disappointing. I was so excited about this line. Just look at the beautiful hammered gunmetal tube! I was loving the UD Naked palettes and then along comes a UD lipstick line full of wearable, nude shades. But, sadly, I am just not in love with this formula. Too thick, too creamy, too opaque. Its not the kind of texture that applies easily or smoothly and it has a dull, almost matte finish. When I’m wearing it, it just feels “blah”.

7. Lip liner yes or no?
YES! I love lipliners. MAC are my favourite, and I have posts on my favourite drugstore lipliners if you’re interested: Annabelle and Milani.

8. Best Gloss
Its a tie between Rimmel Stay Glossy in “Non-Stop Glamour” and the NYX Butter Glosses. Check out my posts for pics & swatches 🙂

9. Something Extra

Quo Lipstick from Shoppers Drug Mart

Quo Lipstick from Shoppers Drug Mart

If you haven’t tried anything from Shoppers Drug Mart’s line, Quo, you might want to give one of their lipsticks a go. I picked this one up last summer. I don’t know if the shade had a name; it only says “6” on the bottom of the tube. I really enjoyed this sheer lipstick in a pretty peachy-pink. It had no scent or taste and felt really hydrating and smooth on my lips and cost less than $10.00 CAD.

That’s all for my Lipstick Addict tag. Now I am tagging:

Tanja Holland
Melissa Raymond
Deana (Zoeebella)
Cat (Live Life Love Lipstick)
The Fabulous Nerd
Stephania (Amuleta Beauty)
Jasmin Charlotte Lifestyle
Living Disrobed
Vanessa (Say Hello To Gorgeous)
Christina (A Casual Beauty)
A Beauty Obsession

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Shiseido Facial Cotton Dupe

Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads

Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads

Do you love the Shiseido Facial Cotton pads, but don’t exactly love the price? Me too. But once you feel the soft yet indestructible fluffiness of them, you don’t want to touch any other cotton pad to your face ever again.

Until…I heard Youtuber LisaLisaD1 mention the Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads and how they are remarkably similar to the Shiseido. I found them at my local Shoppers Drug Mart. Right away I thought the shape, size, and feel of the packaging was just like the Shiseido. They also both have exactly 165 pads in three “stacks”. When I opened the Quo and compared the individual pads, they are the exact same shape, size, and thickness.

LEFT: Shiseido Facial Cotton RIGHT: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

LEFT: Shiseido Facial Cotton RIGHT: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

TOP: Shiseido Facial Cotton BOTTOM: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

TOP: Shiseido Facial Cotton BOTTOM: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

The Quo feels just as soft as the Shiseido. When I was using one to remove my makeup it held up as well too; it didn’t start to disintegrate. I cannot imagine that these two products aren’t manufactured in the same factory. Especially since even the packaging is identical.

The Shiseido Facial Cotton is $11.00 CAD. The Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads are $7.00 CAD. Quo is only carried by Shoppers Drugmart and Murale, but the square Luxury Cotton Facial Pads don’t seem to be available to order online.

Have you tried the Quo cotton pads? Do you think they are a dupe for the Shiseido?

Thanks for stopping by ❤

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