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For The guy with oily skin!
Bad skin is probably one of the most “debilitating” issues I’ve ever dealt with. Debilitating because, when I was younger sometimes I’d stay in and avoid hanging out with friends or going to social gatherings simply because I would be embarrassed of the zits on my face. Around the age of 15, my “T zone” became awfully oily and the pores on my nose enlarged and became clogged. I’ve had to deal with facials and treatments for blackheads/pimples ever since. I tried every single commercial and over the counter medicine, from Clean & Clear to a 2 year subscription of Proactive that would clean my bank account every so often, but my face, not so much.
“I’d stay in and avoid hanging out with friends or going to social gatherings simply because I would be embarrassed of the zits on my face …”
It definitely was worse during my teenage years but I still have not been able to eradicate my acne completely. So at the beginning of the year I decided to take the bull by the horns and finally booked an appointment with a dermatologist. According to Dr. Thomas over at Physicians Regional Hospital I definitely have mild adult acne. So long story short, she put together a morning and night skin care routine for me to follow! Some of these products are prescriptions (will specify), the rest you can easily find at Wal-Mart, CVS etc.
Step 1: PanOxyl Face Wash
I have tried so many face-washes for so many years and every single one has always irritated my skin and made me break out even more. PanOxyl is literally the most gentle foaming-wash out there, at least for someone like me with oily-sensitive skin.
So all i do with this one is wet my face, apply acne wash and gently massage area for 2 minutes, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry because excessive drying of the skin may occur. They recommend you start once a day then work your way up to two to three times daily, I only do morning and night.
Step 2: Tretinoin Cream
You’re gonna follow the face wash with the Tretinoin Cream (Prescription only)
I use my fingertips to apply a small amount of medication (about the size of a pea) in a thin layer on visible zits and pimples. Tretinoin decreases the number and severity of acne pimples and promotes quick healing of pimples that do develop.
step 3: Moisturizer
The last step but definitely not least, after the Tretinoin has dried for a few minutes, applying the CeraVe moisturizer. I know it states PM on the label but that is just a marketing strategy, it can be used any time really.
Step 1: face wash again!
Rise and shine! Same deal as when you use it at night, apply wash and gently massage area for 2 minutes, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
Step 2: Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Lotion
After you’ve dried your face, apply a small amount of Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Lotion (prescription only) (about the size of a pea) in a thin layer on visible zits and pimples. This one takes more of a gentle approach but it serves the same purpose as the Tretinoin Cream you use at night.
Step 3: Sunscreen
Before you leave your house in the morning, make sure you apply your favorite facial sunscreen, trust me, even if its not sunny you still need that extra protection, specially after getting rid of dead skin cells and all that cleansing your skin will be more sensible to sun rays.