Skin Care Knowledge: Acne Regime

A few months ago I paid a visit to St. Luke's Roosevelt - Skin of Color Center for a facial skin check. Whether you have good skin or not so good skin, there is nothing wrong in getting it checked out and making sure you are doing the right things and using the right products. Bring your bag of products with you to the derm too.

Put it this way, you can read all the magazines you want to try to figure out what works for you, but nothing is better than a custom consultation with a derm. Plus more than likely a monthly medical insurance fee comes out of your paycheck - so use it. I will say that the free Skin Physical at Sephora is just as good or even better - at least they won't shove prescriptions down your throat (which was my experience at the derm).

Below are a list of products and instructions from the Acne Regime worksheet I got from the derm:


Mornings - Wash face with water and a mild facial cleanser. Examples: Cetaphil; purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash; Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser; Neutrogena One Step Gentle Cleanser; Ambi Even and Clear Foaming Cleanser. Do not use harsh sponges or scrubs, your won hands are preferable.

Apply a moisturizer with sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). Make sure it's mom-comedogenic (does not clog pores). Examples: Cetaphic Facial Moisturizer SPF 15; Purpose Moisture Lotion SPF 15; Purpose Redness Reducing Moisturizer SPF 30; Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF 15; Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 30; Neutrogena Healthy Skin SPF 15; Ambi Even and Clear Daily Moisturizer SPF 30.

Evenings - Wash face with water and a mild facial cleanser as in the morning.

KC's 2 Cents: I have been using Biore products and found it to work wonderfully. Specifically the Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser and the Toner. As a night cream I use Clean and Clear's Advantage Moisturizer...it works for me and keeps my skin smooth.