My Skin Care Routine

Over the last year I've been working with the dermatologist I work for on a personalized skin care regimen that it best for me. As we started putting together a plan I gave her my top three concerns: 1. adult acne, 2. sensitive skin, 3. aging (I turned 36 this month). Through trial and error we came up with a routine that works for me!


//2// Aczone 7.5% gel. Aczone is a prescription topical acne medication that works well on inflammation.

//4// Beauty Pie Ultralight Daily SPF 30 Broad Spectrum SunscreenSunscreen is a must every day even if I'm not going to working inside all day. This product is a great primer for makeup too!

//7// Spironolactone 50mg-100mg. Spironolactone is a prescription medication on the market that can be used for many different things, including as a non-antibiotic oral acne medication. I usually stick with 50mg daily unless I'm having a noticeable flare. With flares I'll take 100mg for 1-2 weeks or until it's under control. 


//1// Panoxyl 4% Wash. Panoxyl is formulated with 4% benzoyl peroxide to kill acne-causing bacteria, but is still gentle enough that it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. It can also be used on the chest and back for acne breakouts. If you use this one make sure you use an older towel and pillow case. Benzoyl peroxide will bleach fabrics!

//2// SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum. This product can be used twice daily, but I only use it once daily due to my sensitive skin. It helps correct the appearance of hyperpigmentation and prevents the appearance of new spots while visibly balancing the appearance of your skin tone (great for melasma and sun damage).

//3// Vanicream Moisturizing Lotion or Cream. If I feel my skin is extra thirsty I'll switch from the lotion to the heavier cream. I always use the cream to moisturize my body other than my face.

//4// Altreno 0.5% lotion. This is a prescription Retin-A product that not only helps with acne, but also fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots and rough spots caused by sun damage.

//5// Beauty Pie Super Moisture Lip Balm

The key to any skin care routine is that it has to be personal. What works for one person may not work for another. For me, it was getting my acne under control and being kind to my skin by using gentle products (such as the Vanicream line). What does your skin care routine look like?


  1. My daughter is having a break out on her forehead and needs something for that! I take spironolactone too, for hair growth.

  2. I get tretinoin to put on at night and it makes the BIGGEST difference in resolving breakouts. And honestly, I think I prefer Cetaphil to the sulfur wash I was prescribed. And I really do like BeautyCounter products here and there.

  3. this is so great! I have a few products I use more so at night, but I should get some sort of AM routine! xo, Biana

  4. Ugh so complicated for me. I would love to have a more simple routine, but I just have become accustomed to certain products. I do get facials which really do help. I LOVE Cetaphil though. It gently cleanses my face.