Affordable Acne Routine: Bumper Guide

I talked about my terrible teenage skincare routine before (check it out here if you want all the gory details). I have oily acne-prone and dehydration-prone skin, and that skincare routine made everything so much worse. It took me about 15 years to figure out a good skincare routine (we didn’t have as much skincare info on the internet back …

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Food, Diet and Acne: The Science (with video)

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You’ve probably seen hundreds of these sorts of videos and infographics giving you lists of foods to stop eating to cure your acne. Is there any truth to this? Are all these foods actually giving us acne? Here’s a deep dive into the science behind food and acne. A quick warning: I’ve had a lot of requests for this topic, …

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Sneaky Marketing? The Inkey List Succinic Acid Acne Treatment

The Inkey List Succinic Acid Acne Treatment

The Inkey List are a brand that I generally quite like (well not anymore, now that I’ve seen their response to me raising this issue, and some of their other practices). They’re probably the main competitor to The Ordinary, which I also quite like. Both brands have lots of products, and many of them work well on my skin. They’re …

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Busting Retinoid Skincare Myths (with Video)

Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives, and they’re some of the most popular ingredients in skincare. They’re anti-aging, anti-pigmentation and anti-acne, plus their effectiveness is backed by lots of studies. But like everything else in skincare, there are lots of myths and half-truths about how they work and how you’re meant to use them. Here’s the video on YouTube – keep scrolling for …

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How to Squeeze a Pimple Safely (Jakarta X Beauty collab video)

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This video is sponsored by Female Daily Network. In July this year I was invited to Jakarta X Beauty, a 3 day beauty event run by Female Daily Network. In 2019, there were talks from over 80 speakers! I did two: one on hyperpigmentation with Kae (@kaepratiwi), and one on acne with Dr Arini Astasari Widodo (@dermatologistjakarta). One of the things Dr …

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Bioderma Sebium for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin: Science and Review (Video)

Bioderma Sebium Science

This video was sponsored by Bioderma. Bioderma are one of my favourite “sciencey” brands. Not only do they use science-backed ingredients, but they also conduct their own skin research in association with research institutes and dermatologists, and it’s been published in some pretty prestigious peer-reviewed journals (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Journal of the European Academy …

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My Routine for Starting on Tretinoin (Retin-A) Cream (with video)

My Routine for Starting on Tretinoin (Retin-A) Cream

I recently started using a prescription tretinoin cream, a generic version of Retin-A. Tretinoin is probably THE most popular and evidence-supported prescription retinoid (vitamin A derivative), and works as an acne treatment, for anti-aging, and a generous handful of other skin issues. I’ve had a lot of requests for advice and tutorials on how to start on retinoids, how to stop peeling, and what sort of routine to use while on them, so I can finally talk about it with first-hand experience and way too much detail!

My Routine for Starting on Tretinoin (Retin-A) Cream

Here’s the video version – keep scrolling for the blog post!

What is tretinoin?

Tretinoin, also known as retinoic acid, is an active form of vitamin A. It’s sometimes called all-trans-retinoic acid to distinguish it from isotretinoin (13-cis-retinoic acid), which is the active ingredient in the highly effective acne medication Accutane. Vitamin A derivatives (retinoids) are one of the most studied categories of skin actives, since they work really well to fix a range of things including acne, pigmentation and aging.

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