Acne at any age sucks but having acne-prone skin in your thirties is the pits. Plus, you’re having to deal with the early signs of aging at the same time. So, do you target the acne or do you use products whose main objective is to fight aging skin? Thankfully, science-based skincare companies like Paula’s Choice and Deciem have many products that target both acne and anti-ageing skin. Hallelujah! I’ll cover the four main active ingredients you need in order to achieve lovely acne-free skin.
My skin was an absolute mess before I created a skincare regime that worked to balance my skin and keep it happy. I tried everything. Prescription oral antibiotics and creams, Proactive, natural skincare, the oil method; you name it and I’ve tried it. I wrecked my skin (and my self-confidence) in the process and I was desperate to find a skincare line that actually worked and wasn’t based on BS marketing and new age gobbledygook. It wasn’t until I started doing some serious research on the internet that I finally found a bevy of skin ingredients that were proven to work for my skin concerns. I had nothing to lose. I was at my wit’s end but I now felt like I could make knowledgable decisions about what to put on my skin.
So, what the heck do you need to balance out that acne-prone skin and keep it healthy and happy, while targeting the signs of aging? A good BHA, niacinamide, a retinol product, and azelaic acid are great multitasking products that help balance our moody skin and fight the signs of ageing.
BHA And Its Wonders
BHA or beta hydroxy/salicylic acid is a leave-on, oil soluble exfoliant that gets rid of surface dead skin cells AND unglues all the gunk inside your pores. It’s perfect for acne-prone skin that is also prone to clogged pores and blackheads. BHA is also anti-inflammatory, so it’s great for sensitive skin. Does it have anti-aging properties? I’m glad you asked! BHA also helps diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, evens out skin texture, and can keep your skin from looking dull. My all time favourite BHA is Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel because it soothes and lightly hydrates my skin, while getting rid of clogged pores and bumps. I use it twice a day but if you’re new to BHA, go slow. Start using it every other night for a few weeks, then every night, and slowly incorporate it twice a day when your skin has adjusted.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
My skin can’t get enough of this life-changing ingredient. It’s in my toner, in my serum, and eye treatment. It’s a glorious multi-tasker! It helps minimize my pores, evens out my skin texture, fights fine lines and wrinkles, and lightly hydrates my skin. Yay! You can use niacinamide in multiple products without worrying if it will sensitize your skin, and it works well with AHA/BHA, vitamin C and retinol. It makes friends with everyone. I am currently using The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum and loving it. I also use Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Toner, which contains niacinamide among its cocktail of skin-loving ingredients, and Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Firming Line Minimizer on my smile lines and around my eyes. Obsessed with both products.
Retinol (Vitamin A)
Retinols are skin whisperers. Incorporating a retinol to your routine will result in a dramatic improvement to the skin’s texture and firmness. They also help minimize the look of pores and pesky bumps. Moreover, retinol products work in tandem with other active ingredients like BHA and niacinamide, helping them perform even better than just by their lonesome. Remember, start slow and always wear spf 30 or higher when incorporating active ingredients into your routine. My two favourite retinol serums are The Ordinary’s 1% Retinol in Squalene and Paula’s Choice Retinol 1% Booster. Both are great for acne-prone skin.
Azelaic Acid (dicarboxylic acid)
My 2017 holy grail has got to be The Ordinary’s Azelaic Acid 10% Suspension. I will never be without it! Azelaic Acid is both an antioxidant and a very gentle acid. It’s great for both rosacea and acne prone skin as it helps to clear bumps and reduce swelling for both skin concerns. It’s also great at decreasing follicular plugging, which is just a fancy way of saying that it keeps your pores clear. Finally, azelaic acid works on pesky hyper-pigmentation and brightens the skin. Winning!
So, start implementing these phenomenal ingredients in your skincare basket and enjoy the results! Your skin will thank you. If you have any mores questions or want to learn more about these fab skincare brands, check out The Ordinary And Deciem Chat Room. Fabulous information and awesome people sharing their favourite product recommendations. I’m a moderator there, so drop by and say hi 👋🏼
PS: Stay tuned for part 2 of the series where I tackle hydration.
Much love Xx