Charlotte
Charlotte
,
36
Combination/Sensitive Skin
,
The Hamptons
Routine
“I began my blog, 15skincare.com, after 15 years of thinking I had normal, acne-prone skin. Now make-up free, I believe strongly in supporting your skin instead of fighting acne. Following the right ingredients gets you there.”
Routine
“I began my blog, 15skincare.com, after 15 years of thinking I had normal, acne-prone skin. Now make-up free, I believe strongly in supporting your skin instead of fighting acne. Following the right ingredients gets you there.”
  • CeraVe-Hydrating Facial Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin
    STEP
    1
    AM + PM. This is a holy grail cleanser! It's capable of bringing skin from chaos to calm + clear. The ceramides in it help repair our skin barrier, a root cause of a lot of skin woes - including acne, aging, + dry skin. It's my go-to anytime product testing sends my skin into a tailspin. In my experience, cleansers are very overlooked when it comes to causing acne. Don't expect fluffy foam or equate bubbles with a good cleanser. That's a skincare myth. Squeaky clean skin is low key holding you back from clear skin. (I'm proof!) What you want instead is balanced skin oil levels. You'll be paid back with calmer, less oily, better hydrated, and more stable skin.
  • Alteya Organics-Rosa Damascena 100% Pure Organic Bulgarian Rose Water
    STEP
    2
    alteya organics rosa damascena 100% pure organic bulgarian rose water
    AM + PM. I specifically love rosa damascena since this rose helps with acne. Rose water, in general, helps with ph balancing, hydration, oil balancing, skin-calming (anti-redness), improves skin quality, promotes skin cell turnover (healing + anti-aging), + provides antioxidants. Helluva mouthful, I know! It's subtle + easy to miss its benefits. You'll see it with extended use. Spritz + leave or pat it in. You can technically use a cotton round, but in my opinion, it doesn't work well with rose water. The flower industry uses a lot of pesticides, so for a distilled flower, I want it to be organic. (FYI - Rose can cause a skin reaction for some people. If it does for you, avoid it!)
  • Vichy-Idéal Soleil Solar Protective Water - Hydrating With Hyaluronic Acid
    STEP
    3
    vichy idéal soleil solar protective water - hydrating with hyaluronic acid
    AM Routine. Can Reapply. This is the only sunscreen I've found, so far, that I can use daily + will not break me out. It is a bit hard to find in the US, but it's fantastic! It offers UVA + UVB protection. It feels light on the skin, no oily sheen, + has zero white cast. It also doesn't cause stinging or irritated red eyes. A bottle of this lasts a loooong time.
  • Timeless Skin Care-100% Pure Squalane Oil
    STEP
    4
    timeless skin care 100% pure squalane oil
    PM Routine. (Final PM Step) Squalane is olive-derived. It protects, calms, provides antioxidants, + hydrates your skin by preventing water loss. It's got a growing following. The wrong oil may clog sensitive skin (coconut), but the right oil will rock your world (squalane - don't confuse with squalene, with an e). Your acid mantle, aka oil barrier (aka oil on your skin), is your skin's 1st line of defense against irritants + bad bacteria. Love it, support it, make it your friend + it will pay back in balanced oil production, better hydration, + happier skin.
  • COSRX-Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
    STEP
    5
    AM +/or PM. If you're dealing with new, red post-acne healing spots, add this guy to your regimen (after Step 2). Snail mucin speeds up skin turnover + healing. It's how our delicate little snail buddies are able to quickly heal after crossing rough surfaces. Google "The Klog" and "snail mucin" to hear how it's gently collected.
  • Tuel-Clear It Blemish Control Gel
    STEP
    6
    tuel clear it blemish control gel
    Best for PM. You've never experienced a mind-blowing acne treatment, till you've tried this one. It's gold. Hormonal acne? Done. Cystic acne? Done. Generic acne? Done. No dryness, no flaking/peeling skin. A little goes a long way. A lot just uses up more than you need. Keep the cap on or it can dry out. The truly scent-free sulfur formulation fights bacteria, calms skin, and gently exfoliates by loosening up a clogged pore. Added lemon oil is said to calm + brighten (even skin tone). A bottle lasts 3-6mos, depending on usage. (FYI - Some people can react poorly to citrus - if that's you, avoid! Others, like me, do fine but can't use in high amounts - red skin means too much + need to wash off. If you don't know, start low + go slow.)
  • Naturopathica-Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel
    STEP
    7
    naturopathica pumpkin purifying enzyme peel
    Quit old school physical exfoliation + come join the enzyme exfoliation cult following. There's a reason we're switching. Enzyme exfoliation is incredibly gentle + doesn't mess with your skin barrier like exfoliating tools or abrasive (gritty) cleansers do. It removes dead cells while letting your skin keep its natural defenses against acne + irritation. Pumpkin is an antioxidant + serves as a super gentle retinol substitute. The herbs in this help combat bacteria. It'll leave your skin looking hydrated + glowy while serving as an effective, but gentle acne help. Yes, this smells like pumpkin pie. (FYI - Cinnamon or lavender can cause a reaction for some people. If you see that, avoid it!) Use as a spot treatment or an overall mask to combat dull skin or an impending breakout. Either way, let sit for 10-15mins + then wash off. Pro Tip: Don't exfoliate more than once a week - you'll see much better skin results! I typically only exfoliate once or twice a month. Trust fall. You'll love how your skin responds.
Commented 4 months ago
Thank you, this routine was very enlightening. I have a question about the Squalane Oil. Have you tried the same oil from Biossance or The Ordinary? I'm interested in introducing this to my routine, but not sure if price point equates to differing quality.
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Commented 3 months ago
Haven't tried those! Price is likely due to branding and rainforest certification on the Biossance end. The Ordinary doesn't say where theirs is sourced from. Both Biossance and The Ordinary use sugar cane derived squalane. Sugar cane was said to be one source of the Amazon fires, though often linked with biofuel.
Commented 4 months ago
This is great! Feels like I've added a few more products to look into after seeing your routine. Curious if you use any retinol or tret, and what your stance is on them?
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Commented 4 months ago
Hope they help! Nope, do not use retinol/tret. Currently, no stance on them.
Commented 4 months ago
Wow! Do you know where in the US I can purchase the Vichy sunscreen?
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Commented 4 months ago
Found a Portuguese company that ships here + put it on the blog! Still using the bottle I got a year ago.
Commented 4 months ago
Learned a lot. Thanks to you, I'm going to get the Cerave cleanser on my next Target run :)
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Commented 4 months ago
So awesome! I hope you like it. :)
Commented 4 months ago
What a well-written routine! Thanks for thorough descriptions and tips per respective product. I was always skeptical about CaraVe brand, but now you convinced me. lol
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Commented 4 months ago
I was, too! haha But this cleaner really impressed me. Some CeraVe cleansers have SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), which is too strong a cleansing agent for my skin type. FYI if you explore the brand.
Commented 4 months ago
this is so helpful, i'm going to share the link with my friends! is the snail mucin for active acne or more for fading acne scars? thank you :)
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Commented 4 months ago
Ohh that means a lot! I hope it might help you guys. 😊 Snail mucin is both a moisturizer + a healer. You can use this one's texture as a serum during the day to help soothe active acne. I find snail mucin most visibly helps right as acne subsides or ends. It quickens the healing time + fades post-acne redness. Said to help with dark spots (hyperpigmentation), but haven't tested that.
Commented 4 months ago
You have me sold on the Vichy – now just gotta find a place to purchase it 😍 Do you double cleanse or have an oil cleanser that you like?
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Commented 4 months ago
There's a few places that do. Tracked down one + put it on my blog, if you need help! Nature Republic's Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil works. Confused why, though. It has a lot of mineral oil, which I thought broke me out. Have heard there's different grades of mineral oil... Dunno!
Commented 4 months ago
Thank you for the detailed explanations. I found them very helpful. Loved your blog too! How did you figure out what kind of skin type you *actually* have?
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Commented 4 months ago
Oh, that’s awesome! For sure, happy to try to clarify. Wrote a couple blog posts on how I figured it out. I think you’re asking what sensitive skin acne looks like + what signs to look for? In my experience, it can look just like regular acne. It can be cystic (under the skin), little red dots, regular medium-sized pimples, or whiteheads. Some indicators can be pimples along the hairline, in front of your ear, along the back part of your jawline (towards ear, especially underside of jaw), bacne along center of your shoulders + down spine, or breakouts around the mouth – especially if above lip or a vague line from lip edge to chin. All of these are drip lines – shampoo, conditioner, + toothpaste. The telltale sign is how rapidly your skin clears + remains clear when you remove a product with a troublesome ingredient. I find the timeline is often 3-4 days. That is from angry breakout to clearly subsiding towards even skin by just removing the product. Lmk if I misunderstood + didn’t answer your Q!
Commented 4 months ago
Yes, this certainly helps a lot. For me, I often find I develop pimples and acne along my jaw and around my lip area. I thought because of this my skin might be oily or acne-prone, but when I use products specifically for that skin type, I find the rest of my face feels dry... in fact, I may have sensitive/dry skin!
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Commented 4 months ago
A lot to unpack here. Here's my best guess! - You probably have combination skin type. - The new dryness is temporary + product caused. It’s a marker that too much oil was removed from your skin. Dryness should stop when product is stopped. Try gentler options. You could try this routine’s cleanser, if you need one. - Jaw might be hormonal acne. (b/c you lack the pimple drip-line in front of ear.) Try Kala Health MSM Skin Facial Gel. Use as a moisturizer; can use just on jaw, if you like. Won’t dry out skin, but will regulate oil + provide calming. It’s a non-scented sulfur. All the benefits, no smell. - Lip area: 1) If breakouts are only below the lip, try MSM Facial Gel first. 2) Do you use a lip product that has coconut oil or shea? If yes, pause it + see if skin clears. 3) Try switching to an SLS free toothpaste + see if skin clears. 4) If you use a fluoride mouthwash, try pausing. Do the removals one at a time for about 4/5 days, each one. If a removal makes your skin clearer, you likely found a troublesome ingredient for you + sit more in the sensitive skin camp.
Commented 4 months ago
Charlotte, you are the best! Thank you for the detailed explanation. I'll try all the tips you listed. 💕 I looked up the Kala Health MSM Skin Facial Gel, will purchase it.
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Commented 4 months ago
Of course!! Happy to. I so hope they'll help! You might well be like me and land more in the sensitive camp since traditional acne products sound like they were too strong. See what happens when you try this gentler route! Rooting for you!!
Commented 4 months ago
A question about the blemish gel -- is this for the entire face or as a spot treatment? It sounds super promising.
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Commented 4 months ago
Spot treatment! It applies easily, so could spread it across a troublesome zone, if you like. It only really needs a thin amount over the blemish. Targeted use is more efficient!
Commented 4 months ago
Thank you! I'll look into this. I love finding great brands and products that I wouldn't have otherwise found at generic places like Sephora or Nordstrom 😂
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Commented 4 months ago
Me, too! Can be hard to find them!
Commented 4 months ago
WOW! Thanks so much for sharing--I have the same skin type so it was interesting to see your choice of toner and exfoliation. I also visited your blog and LOVE your recommendations & resources.
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Commented 4 months ago
Ohhh That means so much! Thank you!! I just love sharing with others. I spent so many years stumbling in the dark; skin's become fascinating to me. haha With time, the blog will be further built out. If there's something you'd like to see, let me know! I always love hearing. To be honest, I think of rosewater as more of an essence (antioxidant + skin benefits) though it can be used as a toner (as it balances skin pH post washing). I listed it as a toner here, so if someone paired it with their preferred cleanser they would still get pH + oil balancing help (cleansers can mess with both).
Commented 4 months ago
WOW! Thanks so much for sharing--I have the same skin type so it was interesting to see your choice of toner and exfoliation. I also visited your blog and LOVE your recommendations & resources.
Commented 4 months ago
Thank you for this gem! Super helpful, I'm saving like all the products ☺️ one question I have is whether you are using retinol, tret, or any other "anti-aging" products. What is your stance on those especially given your sensitive skin?
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Commented 4 months ago
I'm so happy you're finding it helpful! I don't have experience with retinol + tret, so can't speak on that, yet. Check out Bondenavant. She does have experience in this + speaks about it. For anti-aging, I've used Vitamin C, Niacinimide, snail mucin, aloe, Korean ginseng, rosewater, antioxidants, and currently exploring peptides. Basically, things that provide skin fuel, combat free radicals, or encourage your skin to not slow down. I also don't shy away from face oils with bases like squalane or sunflower seed oil. Helps hold in moisture! I am currently seeing smile lines suddenly appear at eyes, so will be looking more into anti-aging over this course of this year. Consider me half-baked in the anti-aging dpt, till then! (FYI - some people with sensitive skin can't use rosewater or aloe, but I can.)
Commented 4 months ago
Thank you! Please do keep us updated on what you end up using for eyes -- I'm also looking for a great anti-aging eye cream and it'd be interesting to see what you arrive at. :)
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Commented 4 months ago
Will be some months before I find an answer. Certainly write about it on the blog.