Nighttime Skincare Routine

I’ve struggled with adult acne since I was about 20, and I’m now 34.  It’s been a long, annoying struggle of mine. Finally my skin is clear and I think I have found a way to keep it that way.

I tried Proactiv in my 20s with no luck, and again a few years ago with the same non results. My acne comes and goes, but there have been times where it has been horrible! I finally went to see a dermatologist this past year and I think that a combination of things he gave me and a better overall skincare regimen is what made positive changes for me.

For one thing, I hadn’t realized how absolutely important it was to remove my makeup at night. I also wasn’t really taking care of my skin other than just using a face wash in the morning. Recently I’ve made some changes and I’m very happy with the way my skin looks and feels.

Before doing ANYTHING, I make sure to start with clean hands. I don’t want to add whatever germs and bacteria that may be lurking on my hands to my face that I’m trying to cleanse.

Here is my nighttime skincare routine:

I always first remove my makeup with my Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm. It’s so important to remove your makeup because not only does It allow your skin to breathe, but wearing your makeup overnight can also increase signs of aging. I’m not into looking any older than I have to!

I love the product because I massage t into my face and it breaks up all the makeup. Then I rinse it was warm water and keep my face wet.

The next thing I do is cleanse my face with Neutrogena Acne Control and my Clarisonic Mia 2. I bought the Clarisonic because I had seen some really good reviews online and I was desperate to find something to make my skin look better. I’m very happy with it because it exfoliates while cleansing, doing a much better job than my hands alone could do. Even though I double cleanse by first using the cleansing balm, I can always see that the Clarisonic remove even more makeup that was left behind.

I then use Adapoline gel which was prescribed to me by my dermatologist. It’s very gentle and doesn’t irritate my skin or dry it out. I’d actually like to try skipping this step to see if it’s necessary now that my skin is clear, but I’m honestly afraid of breaking out again.

Before bed, after the cream has settled into my skin, I apply moisturizer and eye serum. I’ve been using Clinique Dramatically Different Moistutizing Gel, and Estée Lauder advanced night eye serum. I had gotten a sample of the eye serum snd liked how it felt on my undereyes, so I’ve stuck with this product. I’m open to trying others, but it’s what I’ve got for now.

One thing I would like to add to my routine is a toner. I’ve been waiting for to restock the Ordinary glucolic acid toner, but I haven’t been in luck yet.

I am beyond happy that my face has cleared up so well and I’m hoping to continue keeping it clear. I may need to change up my skincare routine from time to time, but for now this is working. Fingers crossed!


These before pictures were taken when my acne was at its absolute worse this early spring. I was on one treatment from my derm that was clearly not working!!

This After picture is from a few weeks ago. Obviously I’m wearing makeup, but as you can see, there is really only one spot that is blemished. I still have some scarring, so I love to wear full coverage foundation


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