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Finding a skin-care routine that helps clear acne can leave anyone feeling helpless — especially when stubborn breakouts just keep coming back. And if you’re still dealing with it long after high school, you’re not alone. The rate of adult acne is rising and treating flare-ups can be pricey at best and painful at worst. And yet, for a skin-care concern so common (it affects 50 million Americans annually), there’s still a stigma attached to it — for many, it continues to be a source of shame and embarrassment. To fight that mindset, we asked three people with acne-prone skin to share their unique stories, from dealing with judgment to searching for their most effective routine. Ahead, read the honest accounts of the founder of Peace Out Skincare (whose own personal experience inspires his products), a dermatologist with a genetic history of acne and scarring, and a beauty influencer who has learned to accept her skin as it is. Nazhaya Barcelona, Beauty InfluencerDuring her sophomore year of college, Nazhaya Barcelona, now a beauty influencer with an Instagram account dedicated to embracing acne, started experiencing breakouts unlike anything she had ever seen. “I’ve always had flare-ups in my life — I’ve never had acne acne, but I had little pimples here and there — but I noticed that my face was doing something it never did,” she says. “When people get acne they think you just need to use the right skin-care products and it’ll go away, but I learned, since it’s been three years now, that that’s not the case.”Barcelona did find some success with tretinoin, a prescription-strength retinoid that kickstarts cellular turnover. “It removes layers of my skin from the surface, because I have a lot of pigmentation and hardened layers of dead skin that I feel like my acne is under,” she says. “I was using that continuously because I was really excited [about the results], and my skin was doing well.” After finally getting to a place where her skin was clear, she stopped using it — and then, like clockwork, her acne came back. This time, she began to look at her health and diet. She reduced her dairy intake, cut out certain foods, upped her hydration, and even sought out different types of birth control — but nothing helped.Then, during her junior year of college, she decided to shift her mindset about her acne-prone skin. “Nothing’s working, so I have to accept it,” she says. “I just have to love it and live with it.” Since that turning point, she’s become vocal within the skin-positivity movement, using The Acne Aesthetic to share and celebrate her unfiltered acne journey. “I value the impact I’m having on young women, who see me living confidently with imperfect skin,” she says. “The more urgently I try to clear my skin, the less influence I have on girls who are dealing with insecurities and imperfections.” Reaching this point of peace with her acne has allowed her a sense of gratitude that extends beyond just her skin, as well. “When you’re desperate to get rid of it, it becomes obsessive and you don’t learn to love yourself — you’re too busy trying to fix yourself,” she explains. “ [This new perspective] allows me to be happy with myself right now.” Enrico Frezza, Founder of Peace Out SkincareWhen Enrico Frezza first began experiencing breakouts in his early teens, it did a number on his self-esteem. “It got so bad that a couple people called me ‘pizza face’,” he says. “You rely on your peers’ acceptance, so being called names and seeing my skin just breaking out all over…I didn’t want anybody to see me.” Frezza would stay home if he was dealing with a particularly bad breakout, and only felt comfortable around his family. “They were like, ‘It’s fine, you’re in your teens, it’ll clear up’,” he recounts. Eventually, he started using prescription acne medication which, for a while, did the trick. But then the acne returned.After that, Frezza went on the hunt for something new. A second round of medication wasn’t an option — even though it cleared up his acne, he says the side effects were rough. He endured nosebleeds and cracked lips, and would wake up feeling like his dry, irritated skin was on fire. So he tried everything else — red light, blue light, chemical peels, expensive creams and spot treatments, the works — in hopes that it would improve his acne. Even though Frezza’s breakouts got relatively better with age, they still weighed on his mental health. “Even two or three pimples made me insecure,” he says. “I would do anything to get rid of the bumps.”Ultimately, he was looking for a holy grail: something that could shrink a pimple fast. While in a drugstore one day, searching for just that, he wandered over to the wound-healing section. “I found hydrocolloid dressing, which is used for wound care, and the package said it absorbs fluids, reduces bumpiness, and speeds wound-healing with special material,” he says. He decided to try it on top of a salicylic acid peel — and it worked. He found that it was the fastest way to treat a breakout, and at 25, Frezza started Peace Out Skincare and launched the brand’s very first product, salicylic acid-infused acne dots.These days, Frezza says his relationship with his skin is a “rollercoaster.” But there’s a silver lining: Every new concern, be it a blackhead or a dark spot, serves as inspiration. “All of our products are connected to something I struggled with, or something that bothered me,” he says. “That’s what helps develop all of our products.” Not surprisingly, his new product, Peace Out Acne Serum (which just launched at Sephora today), is also rooted in his own experience: a lightweight treatment serum that targets acne and prevents future breakouts with 2% salicylic acid (and a mix of powerful active ingredients) that, for once, doesn’t dry skin out.Peace Out SkincareSalicylic Acid Acne Treatment Serum$34.00BUY Dr. Liza Moore, DermatologistWhile stress and diet are often linked to acne, genetics are a lesser-known factor. For Liza Moore, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in McLean, VA, her mother’s history of acne and subsequent scarring guided her to seek treatment early. “She was very active about taking me to the dermatologist early,” says Dr. Moore. “I ended up, just like most people, trying topicals and antibiotics which kind of helped, but [my skin still] wasn’t very clear.” She did a course of acne medication derived from vitamin A when she was 13, which helped — but as is common with young people, fluctuating hormones eventually brought the acne back. After that, Dr. Moore did a second round when she was 17, which did the trick. Now, she only gets the occasional pimple.Still, having acne was a challenge in her teens. “I was quieter and more socially awkward, because my acne was the first thing that people saw,” she says. “For me, the worst thing is the stigma that comes with acne for a lot of people, which is people think you’re dirty — like you’re not washing your face.” Various people, including her mom’s friends, would suggest she use certain face washes — when really, that wasn’t the issue. “In reality, I was probably over-washing because I had acne,” she says. If anything, it did more harm than good.After spending years in and out of dermatology offices, it’s not exactly surprising that Dr. Moore would eventually become a dermatologist herself. It puts her in a position where she can advocate on behalf of her patients, so she can offer others similarly clear skin. “I could identify with acne patients because I’ve been there,” she says. “I saw three dermatologists before someone would give me [prescription medication] — now, I work hard at making sure people see results.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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“My skin-care routine is important to me and not something I’m willing to put on hold for the pandemic,” is how one Refinery29 reader recently described her skin-care spending habits during COVID-19. Many of us would probably agree. Our stay-closer-to-home life has had us spending more time slathering on — and soothing ourselves with — masks, serums, and moisturizers. (Constantly seeing our faces reflected back to us on Zoom might also have something to do with it.)But if there’s one group of people who didn’t need a pandemic to push them towards consistent skin-care routines, it’s dermatologists. “I’m a creature of habit,” says Renée Beach, MD, a Toronto-based derm. “I do my routines despite my surroundings, so not much has changed for me during quarantine.” The good news is that even if you have totally ignored your complexion care in the past, now is a great time to start. And that doesn’t mean making an extreme commitment either; a derm-approved skin-care routine is, almost by definition, simple. No fussy extra steps — just science-based ingredients. To help you figure out where to start, we asked five of Canada’s top dermatologists to share the products and approach they stick to day in, day out. Renée Beach, MDToronto-based dermatologistSkin Type: “I have combination skin, so I get dry and develop eczema on my cheeks and neck, but can get greasy over my forehead, nose, and chin. I also pigment very easily after acne or an eczema flareup. The summer sun leaves me tanned on my forehead and chin, even with sunscreen.”Morning Routine: “I rotate among products, but the general process usually starts with a double cleanse. I like Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar followed by Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water because they both are gentle and without fragrance. Then, I alternate among serums that are thin and play nicely under sunscreen, depending on what particular issue I want to focus on. For maintenance, I use antioxidant serums such as SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF and Vivier Radiance Serum; when I want more pigment-evening action, I use SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense. I finish with sunscreen; I like Vichy Idéal Soleil Sport [not available in US] or La Roche-Posay Anthelios because they rub in well and disappear into my skin tone.”Evening Routine: “I firmly believe that a clean face and sleep are the most critical elements of the routine. I’ll start with cleansing similar to the morning, or sometimes change it up with alpha-hydroxy acids, like the SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel. I then use lotion — La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra is a favorite — and rotate among thicker serums, like SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier or Vichy Minéral 89, or a prescription retinoid. If needed for acne prevention, I’ll use 1-2% salicylic acid by prescription or a gel like Neostrata’s or Clinique’s. After this, I aim for a minimum of six hours of sleep — not enough, I know! — ideally on my back to avoid ‘pillow face,’ the creases that form from the bed linens.”Tip for the Times: “Try to maintain your sleep patterns even if you may not be going out to work in the morning. Using great products won’t matter if the body isn’t getting sufficient sleep and a chance to repair.” Frances Jang, MDMedical director of Skinworks/Dermapure clinics in VancouverSkin Type: “I’m Asian, so I have a skin type that us dermatologists call a type four, which means that we seldom burn and tan very easily. I have a background of eczema, which is very common in Chinese people. And, I’m in my 60s, so I worry about the ‘saggy baggies’ just like everyone else.”Morning Routine: “I wash with an exfoliating cleanser. I like SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel; I find lactic acid gentle for my age and my sensitive skin. Then I’ll apply a topical vitamin C and E, which are antioxidants that will help to neutralize free radicals — it makes a difference to actually apply them on our skin as opposed to eating them. They also make sunscreen a little bit more effective, so that’s why I like to put mine on in the morning. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is a great product, but it’s a little bit like gold; you’ll only want to use a couple drops.“There’s been a lot of debate around some of the components in chemical sunscreens. As far as we’re concerned as dermatologists, at this present time, chemical sunscreens are fine, but there’s been some rumblings. I also tend to have very sensitive eyes, so I find if I use mineral micronized titanium dioxide, which is a mineral sunscreen, it works well for me. You’re supposed to use about half a teaspoon for your full face. I’ll give it five minutes and go do my hair or put on earrings, then I’ll rub it in more. I currently use SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair. I also love Neutrogena sunscreens, especially the sheer one.”Evening Routine: “I barely even wash my face. I jump in the shower and use water. I might do the bar soap over my face, but I’m not rigorous about it. Then I’ll use two pumps of TNS Essential Serum by SkinMedica on my face and neck. It’s made from human growth factors, which I like because they’re well tolerated by older, more sensitive skin. Then, I like a topical non-prescription retinol. I use one by a guy in Beverly Hills who’s been around for a long time practicing dermatology, named Zein Obagi. His products are very efficacious. I use the weakest concentration because I’m pretty dry.”Tip for the Times: “I do think the skin is a reflection of how healthy we are. I exercise and eat healthy — I make my own kefir and drink it every morning — and I think it all reflects in your skin.” Lisa Kellett, MDDermatologist at DLK on Avenue in TorontoSkin Type: “I’m of Irish descent, so there’s a little bit of rosacea. My main concern is always sun protection.”Morning Routine: “There should be scientific evidence–based medicine for whatever you’re using on your skin. I usually just splash with tepid water in the morning — we know that you increase absorption if you put something on wet skin — then apply vitamin C serum. It mops up free radicals that can be damaging and it’s good for brown spots. Usually, you’re looking for 20% or higher in terms of concentration, so I compound my own; it’s called Clear Clinical. Then I wait about 15 minutes before applying sunscreen. I like an alcohol-based sunscreen that looks like water. I don’t like anything too greasy because I put it on my face, neck, chest, and backs of hands, so it needs to feel like nothing and not get on my clothes. At the drugstore, you can look for something that sprays on clear.”Evening Routine: “Besides sunscreen, an exfoliating cleanser is one of the best ways to get your skin looking better because it gets rid of dead skin cells. I use Clear Clinical’s Gel Cleanser every night, but I tell my patients they can look for a gel-based exfoliating cleanser with beads at the drugstore. After that, I apply a 1% retinol, because it’s one of the only things that has been shown to effectively cause a regeneration of collagen. Then I apply Latisse for eyelash growth.”Tip for the Times: “Keep it simple. During quarantine, people have been using things in their bathrooms like masks and peel pads that they haven’t had a chance to use before. But if something is working and it’s effective and it’s not irritating you, then sometimes it’s better to just stay the course.” Shannon Humphrey, MDMedical director at Carruthers & Humphrey in VancouverSkin Type: “I have very fair skin. It’s quite thin, on the dry side, and reactive, so if I use products that are too harsh, the chances of me having dryness, redness, burning, or peeling are higher than the average person. It also means that as I age, fine lines will be more visible than someone with thicker or oilier skin.”Morning Routine: “I have four kids, and I start seeing patients at 7 a.m. I need to get out the door, so I try to keep it simple. I really like SkinBetter Refresh Oxygen Infusion Wash or SkinCeuticals Simply Clean because they remove my overnight products, but I find them both gentle enough. I use an antioxidant, either SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, which I believe is the gold standard topical antioxidant, or Alto Defense Serum by SkinBetter, an evidence-based cosmeceutical company that’s just making inroads in Canada.“After that, I switch to my hydration products. I use the SkinBetter Trio, which is a skin barrier-restoring moisturizer, and SkinBetter Lines, which is an advanced topical hyaluronic acid that is actually designed to be rubbed directly into areas where there are lines, but I smear it all over my face. For eyes, SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex has an excellent occlusive texture that allows the skin barrier to keep water in, which smooths fine crinkles. And finally, of course, sun protection. I like the La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV. It’s quite light, but it’s only an SPF 20 so I consider it an urban screen; it wouldn’t be suitable for going to the beach. I’ll often layer it in combination with Colorescience Sunforgettable, a mineral-based SPF 50 that’s dusted on top.”Evening Routine: “This is the time that I really take a moment for indulgence and self-care. I don’t use all the same product lines morning and night — I want to benefit from the actives in different lines. I cleanse with the same cleanser I use in the morning, and then my most active product is the TNS Essential Serum by SkinMedica. If a patient says, ‘I can only do one thing morning and night and I want to know it has science to back it up,’ I’ll often pick the TNS Essential because it has a dual-chamber [pump] that gives both growth factors for collagen stimulation and also antioxidants. I slather that on my face and neck, then I use my same eye cream. For a moisturizer, I use SkinMedica Dermal Repair and HA5, a hyaluronic acid serum. I put a dollop of both into my hand, mix them up, and spread them on. And then I use a retinol; currently, I’m using SkinMedica’s 0.25% retinol.”Tip for the Times: “We all have a little more time now, so we can add in areas like the body that may be the first thing to be dropped in hurried life.” Sonya Abdulla, MDDermatologist at Dermatology on Bloor in TorontoSkin Type: “Oily but sensitive. I have challenges with acne and being shiny throughout the day, but I also have to be really careful with what I use because I tend to react to different ingredients.”Morning Routine: “I have a 7-month-old son, so by the end of day, I like to keep it simple and go to bed. That means my morning routine is where I spend time layering products. Typically, I use SkinCeuticals Simply Clean to wash on a daily basis. I’ll use my Clarisonic once or twice a week; I don’t tolerate it more often than that. And twice a week, on different days, I’ll use the Vichy Double Glow Peel on my face, neck, and chest [editor’s note: Dr. Abdulla is a consultant medical expert to Vichy]. I put it on when I walk in the shower, then do everything else, and emulsify with my cleanser at the end of my shower.Once I’m out, I use SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, an antioxidant serum, on my face, neck, chest, and back of hands. It’s my favorite thing for skin luminosity and pigment — If I don’t use it, I notice a difference. I follow it up with Discoloration Defense from the same line for its tranexamic acid. I’ve tried different tranexamic acids — it’s the new kid on the block for treating melasma — but I had trouble with acne. I need light hydration so that I don’t break out with my sunscreen layered in too, so I actually don’t use moisturizer in the morning. Instead, I use SkinCeuticals Retexturizing Activator serum, then H.A. Intensifier serum.On my eyes I use SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel followed by NeoCutis Lumière Eye Cream. It took me a long time to find sunscreen that I liked, and for me, it’s the SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 50, which I usually wear on my face, neck, and back of hands. I wanted to find a physical block to fight pigmentation, and because I’m spending more time in front of a computer than ever, blocking blue light was also a priority. I’m more olive, so I wanted to find something that worked with my skin tone and didn’t make me break out.”Evening Routine: “If I’m wearing makeup, I’ll cleanse with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel using warm water and my hands. Your hands are good tools to massage, and when you’re using a cleanser with active ingredients like AHAs and BHAs, they can already be a bit irritating, so if you’re sensitive like me, you want to make sure you’re not using face cloths, sponges, or Clarisonics to break down the skin barrier. Otherwise, I’ll just wipe down my face and neck with Bioderma Sébium Micellar Water. Then I will do the Vichy Minéral 89 and finish off with SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5. I find that having Minéral 89 on before helps slow the penetration of the retinol, so it’s not as irritating. I usually do it on my face nightly, and my neck and chest twice a week, and I try to do my hands, too.”Tip for the Times: “Quarantine has been a time for experimenting with new skin-care routines, and patience has to be key when we’re trying something new. Give it at least a month. Especially when we are at home with fewer things to occupy our time, we have a tendency to switch gears more quickly, which can just lead to more irritation.”At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. This story was originally published on Refinery29 Canada.Like what you see? 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