Blemishes and Congestion
Is you suffer from congestion and blemishes without full-blown active acne, your routine will differ slightly from acne-prone skin. This routine focuses on reducing inflammation with salicylic acid while using azelaic acid to brighten the skin and reduce redness caused from breakouts. The main type of products to look out for here are noncomedogenics (say goodbye to coconut oil and shea butter).
- What to use in the morning: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($9.90) will help restore the skin barrier with other benefits including including brightened skin tone, pores appearing minimised, and improving dullness.
- What to use in the evening: Salicylic Acid 2% Solution ($8.80), Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% ($13.90) acts as an effective antioxidant and helps to brighten and even skin tone while helping with the appearance of blemishes. And 100% Plant-Derived Squalane ($13.90).
- Twice per week: AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution ($14.30). This 10-minute facial helps to clear pore congestion, offers deep exfoliation, and fights the appearance of blemishes. However, this shouldn't be used on sensitive or peeling skin. Best of all, it's bright red and resembles the vampire facial!