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A few months ago I wrote about my acne journey. I briefly talked about the products I used, but I didn’t go into much detail. I figured that because its been one year since I had my first dermatologist appointment now would be a good time to discuss the products I use more thoroughly. Two products I use are prescriptions (three if you count the medication I take) and two can be found at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Meijer, or wherever you shop.
*Disclosure: I only recommend products I use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. Consult a doctor or dermatologist before using any of the products discussed here*
When I was first prescribed Tretinoin, Aczone, and Aldactone, I went online and read as much as I could. I was particularly interested in other people’s experiences. I had to remind myself that everyone else’s experiences are different, so if it took me longer to see results, that was okay. So if you are here because you were recently prescribed any of the above products, I’m telling you this now: your experience might be completely different than mine, and that’s perfectly fine.
I’ll start with my routine. As you’ll see, it’s fairly simple:
Morning: I wash my face with the Cetaphil Pro Oil Removing Foam wash. I then use the Aczone (it’s a topical cream, and is 7.5%), and I finish by using the Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer with SPF 30. This is also when I take my Aldactone.
Night: Again, I wash my face with the Cetaphil Pro Oil Removing Foam wash. I then use the Tretinoin (this is also a topical gel, and is 0.025%), and like the morning, I finish by using the Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer.
Now onto the nitty gritty: how I feel about the products. I’ll start with the Aldactone. This product was the one I was most excited about. It’s helped get my oil under control and as a result, I haven’t gotten a cystic breakout in about 6 months. I have little to no side effects.
Next, my favorite product: Tretinoin. Tretinoin belongs to a class of medication called retinoids, so it is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots in addition to acne. I love this product so much!! It helps acne dry up so fast. Seriously, any pimples that are beginning to pop up or that are still forming get dried up overnight. It’s my holy grail. I use a pea-sized amount (trust me, you don’t need more than that) on my entire face. It can cause some dryness and peeling if I use it too much, so I’ve learned that less is more. I also mix it with my moisturizer if my skin is on the drier side.
Last but not least is Aczone. Unlike Tretinoin, this is not a retinoid. It treats both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. I use a pea-sized amount on my entire face. I don’t think it dries up my acne as much as Tretinoin does, but I do think it helps any pimples I have not be so red and irritated. I haven’t experienced any dryness at all since I started using this.
One product I didn’t mention earlier that is also a part of my routine is glycolic acid pads. These gently exfoliate, moisturize, and assist in the removal of oils and residue on my skin. I love these as well. I started using them about 3 months ago and they have helped the texture of my skin as well as the appearance of my pores.
Most of the products I’ve talked about above require a prescription. The Cetaphil products I use, however, don’t require one. I’ll link them below. As I mentioned in my previous post from a few months ago, I tried dozens of products that I thought would help my skin. It wasn’t until I went to the dermatologist that I began to see results. I know this might not be a solution for everyone, but if it is possible for you to see a dermatologist, I highly recommend it. It has completely changed my life.
Cetaphil Pro Oil Removing Foam wash:
Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer with SPF 30: