Hey everyone, this is how I deal with acne/breakouts/blemishes etc. It’s something to think about and to discuss with your doctor for minor to major acne. I break-out like once a month (wonder why…) and have the occasional zit due to lack of sleep.
- Adapalene Gel (generic form of Differin): This generic form is really inexpensive with most insurance plans. This is a retinoid gel (Vitamin A derivative) which helps turn over new skin cells. It has both exfoliating and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Clearasil Benzoyl Peroxide: Adapalene & benzoyl peroxide are even more effective when they work together! (Galderma, the producer of Differin, makes a name-brand drug which is adaplene + benzoyl peroxide). Benzoyl Peroxide kills bacteria, clears pores, & turns over new skin cells. 2.5-10% Benzoyl Peroxide gels are pretty much equally effective.
- Clindamycin: This is an antibiotic which kills anaerobic bacteria (yucky things that don’t use oxygen). Its also cheap as a generic. For the best results, apply 3-5 minutes after adapalene gel.
The beauty of all this is that these 3 drugs work best together! Also, this retinoid isn’t as harsh on the skin as Retin-A. Using Benzoyl Peroxide at 2-5% is also easy on the skin, and clindamycin is tame.
With any medication (over-the-counter or prescription), it’s best to use it consistently and on moisturized skin. I use my acne-fighting-regime after using a night cream.
Skincare is so cool!!!