Serums are an essential part in any skin care regimen. Your skin type will determine which serum is best for you and how often you should use it. Oily, acneic skin especially needs to use serums that have exfoliating, anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Vitamin A, Mandelic, Lactic and Glycolic Acid.
Acne prone skin sheds skin cells up to 5x more than a normal skin type so it is essential to use serums that can penetrate deep into the folicle and slow the shedding process.
If you have never used these type of serums before you need to start off using them every other day Click To Tweet for the first 2 weeks and allow your skin to get acclimated to the ingredients. Skin can become red and sensitive if used too much too soon, so it is best to adhere to this timeline.
Vitamin A works best when combined with an antibacterial agent for acne and a lightening agent for hyperpigmentation. Mandelic Acid is a much gentler exfoliating agent than Vitamin A and can be used alone to treat acne, hyperpigmentation, and photo-aging at a slower rate, which does not cause reactive hyperpigmentation.
Skin that is olive or brown gets a lot of darker pigmentation after it is traumatized in anyway such as a cut, pimple or cyst. To treat this we first need to treat the inflammation and bring that down with ice and cleansers with Benzoyl Peroxide (temporarily). Then once we address that, we can move on to specific serums best for your condition and level of sensitivity.
Serum should be used after cleansing and toning, when skin is clear of makeup, oil and debris. Don’t skip the toning step as the astringent quality of a toner clarifies and preps skin to maximize the benefits of any serum. Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, you can use serum morning and night.
Rejuvenating serums should be used at night to benefit from skin’s natural, nightly repair schedule, but they can be used in the morning as well. When using a serum with vitamin A, skin may be more sensitive to the sun.
Extra care should be taken to protect skin from UV exposure such as SPF15 or higher. Click To Tweet
While serums generally create micro-exfoliation that can cause initial flaking, that doesn’t mean skin is dry. This is the natural process of cell renewal. Serums often contain ingredients that help skin retain moisture so an additional moisturizer may be unnecessary, especially in the case of acne prone skin. If you opt for a moisturizer, apply it after the serum has dried.
Do you use serums in your daily routine? How are they working for you?