Whats your morning/night facial routine?
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I am skeptical to try tretinoin/retinol creams as they are quite harsh, and I am still breastfeeding and planning on getting pregnant again in the next 6 months. I will definitely look into The Ordinary's niacinamide/zinc serum and azelaic acid gel though. I too love the line and its affordable pricing. Thanks for the suggestions!peanutz wrote: ↑Jun 8th, 2018 3:18 am@lemmiwinks Have you tried The Ordinary's 10% azelaic acid gel? I tried it for its purported anti-inflammatory effects but it's actually a treatment that is more designed for acne or rosacea. It is really cheap...I think it was like $7 for a small tube; I believe there are some azelaic acid creams sold on Amazon as well but I don't know their quality or country of origin.
This is an interesting blogger's review of this ingredient (I haven't reviewed the studies but it's an interesting read):
The Ordinary also has a cheap, light niacinamide/zinc serum ($7ish) which supposedly can help regulate sebum production (i.e. help some people reduce acne/blemishes), and also help to lighten hyperpigmentation.
So I know you weren't asking for suggestions specifically, but I think it would be pretty risk-free to try using the niacinamide/zinc serum twice daily after cleansing, and azelaic acid gel afterwards once daily in the morning. If they don't work you can return them as long as they are at least still 50% full. I don't work for The Abnormal Beauty Company (DECIEM) but I like this line's simplicity and economical pricing.
Then, thirdly...have you tried any (prescription) tretinoin gel or creams? Using a gradual application schedule--only at night--can further help to prevent acne and if you have a private drug plan, it should pick up most of the tab in which case I heard good things about the Retin-A microgel (0.04% to start...my friend uses the 0.1%.) The generic ones (like my Stieva-A) are very cheap regardless, and they can also stimulate collagen synthesis i.e. prevent wrinkle formation which is what we use it for.
I am reading conflicting reports about marula oil being non-comedogenic...or comedogenic! So it may be contributing to your acne.