My posts on my Differin Routine are my most popular posts on my blog. They get views daily and are also my most popular pins on Pinterest. Crazy! It has been almost 8 months since I started my Differin routine and a few things have changed since the start. I’ve switched up my products a little bit and learned some lessons along the way. Differin ended up working so well for me and if I can help someone else make it work for them I’ll be one happy camper!
I still only use my Differin at night (which is recommended). My nightly routine hasn’t really changed that much. But I did change my face wash. It turns out the one that I mentioned at first had a mild concentration of salicylic acid (a Differin no-no). I have no idea how I missed that minor detail! Now I’m using CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and it works like a charm! I use it both in the morning and at night, just using my hands to scrub it on.
I still use the Boscia Makeup Breakup cleansing oil to take off my face makeup and the Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover to get my eye make up off. Both of these things have become my go-to products and I seriously don’t think I could live without them!
I’m still switching up my eye cream to find the best one for me, so I won’t bother mentioning it here. But if you have any eye cream suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments. I love trying out new products.
So the routine now goes like this:
Put my hair in a crazy looking bun on the top of my head
Take off eye makeup
Take off face makeup
Lightly scrub face with face wash and pat dry
Gently put on eye cream
Apply a pea sized (or less!) amount of Differin to my face avoiding my eyes and mouth
After the Differin is dry, apply moisturizer
and thats it! Simple, right?!
Tips, Tricks and Takeaways
Way back in March when my face was seriously so bad I took a picture to send to my mom and sister. They didn’t believe me and I needed them to see the proof. I’ve been hunting for the pictures in everyones messages to post a good before and after shot, but couldn’t find it. But trust me when I tell it was bad. Now it’s better. 100% better. I get about 4 pimples around that time of the month, but thats about it.
My biggest tip is to try your best to avoid makeup when you’re going through the breakout process. I had the luxury of not having to work or really go out of my house when I was first trying Differin. I’ll admit- I couldn’t always bring myself to go makeup free. But I was sure to really make sure I got every bit off when I took my makeup off each night.
Don’t quit just because you’re breaking out really bad. This stuff takes time to work. But if you’re worried about how bad your face is looking, call a dermatologist.
AVOID your eyes, mouth, and nostrils. It really burns if it gets in a place where it doesn’t belong. And make sure to wash your hands with soap and water after applying!
Take your time to research the best face wash for you and make sure it doesn’t contain and salicylic acid. Part of me thinks my face wash mishap was the reason why I broke out so bad during the first few months.
Invest in a good sunscreen for your face and try to avoid the sun (I like this one) Sunburn+Differin=NO FUN
And while you’re buying sunscreen, grab a good moisturizer too! I love this one from Belif. It’s the only one that doesn’t make me break out.
I haven’t been exfoliating that much any more, but I still try to break out my Clarisonic and get myself extra clean at least twice a month. It helps to keep my skin from looking too dull.
If you’re breaking out really bad, try a little benzoyl peroxide. It takes some of the redness away and helps the acne to heal faster. But I don’t suggest using it more than a few days in a row. Keep in mind, my skin isn’t sensitive at all. So it doesn’t cause any irritation for me.
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Have you tried using Differin in you acne care routine yet? Did it work for you? Let me know in the comments!