a combo girlies clear skin routine - patience/consistency is key!

Skin Type: Combination
Hormonal Acne
Dark Spots

USA, East Coast


skin: combo, oily T-zone + dry/acne prone cheeks. hormonal/cystic acne on cheeks. forehead breaks out if oil not dealt with.

disclaimer: what works for me might not work for you. please see a derm. and/or study your skin type/how it reacts to products for best results.

in the AM, clean with cold water first. "cleansing" toner can be swapped with micellar water in a pinch. heavier moisturizer during dry/cold season. aim for oil-free moistrizer to reduce oil production (there are some exceptions)! in PM, oil cleanser used BEFORE reg. foaming cleanser if sunscreeen and/or makeup. not sure why skinsort wont let me change the order :')

exfoliation + sunscreen a MUST for dark spots! exfoliation in general just helps with so much. just make sure NOT to overdo it and damage skin barrier. (i have done this.)

NOTE: differin + bp + BHA aren't always used together - on need basis. my skin is tough and mostly used to it, but abusing all three WILL dry out skin. my rule is differin OR BHA, but ALWAYS bp! pay attention to skin needs.

if using all three or skin showing signs of dehydration, slugging with aquaphor after PM moisturizer prevents dryness + redness!

Morning Routine 🌻

6 steps

COSRX Propolis Synergy Toner

Step 1 -   Toner

new addition, always swapping toners to see when one will click with me. used via cotton pad after splashing with cold water, then a bit more patted on from hands.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Step 2 -   Essence

a main stay for skin texture, skin healing, and protecting barrier. my skin drinks this stuff up. make sure to use immediately after toner as it needs some moisture to work best.

Dr. Song 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Advanced Acne Gel

Step 3 -   Facial Treatment

always used in hormonal acne spots, only a dime sized amount

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream

Step 4 -   General Moisturizer

Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula)

Step 5 -   Sunscreen

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy

Step 6 -   Body Lotion

for lips. big jar because i am the true aquaphor lover

Evening Routine 🌙

9 steps

innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser

Step 1 -   Face Cleanser

my favorite of all cleansers i've tried. good for very basic cleansing / as a follow up to my cleansing oil! leaves skin feeling smooth

Aromatica Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil

Step 2 -   Face Cleanser

(used before regular cleanser)

Peach Slices Acne Exfoliating Toner

Step 3 -   Toner

recent switch from Paula's Choice to Peach Slices due to cost. no side effects thus far! working quite well. in general BHA takes some patience for results.

COSRX Propolis Synergy Toner

Step 4 -   Toner

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Step 5 -   Essence

Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment

Step 6 -   Serum

acne prevention as recommended by my derm. used on same spots with BP as an EPIDUO dupe. i purged horribly for a few months but the pain is worth it - skin is much clearer now!

Dr. Song 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Advanced Acne Gel

Step 7 -   Facial Treatment

wait for it to mostly dry before using gel cream - will sting a bit otherwise. should wait maybe 1-2 minutes. nothing bad but p uncomfortable

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream

Step 8 -   General Moisturizer

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy

Step 9 -   Body Lotion

for lips + slugging on face IF dehydration/dryness is noticed. can usually tell because my face stings after exfoliating/bp/differin. will help soothe face. not sure if it helps clear my skin but i've never had issues with it.