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It wasn’t until my mid-twenties when I started getting acne. I had managed to make it through my teen years with just a pimple or blemish here and there but no major breakouts. Flash forward several years and my 20’s and 30’s have brought hormonal breakouts on my chin and lower part of my face. I recently started using Dr. Zenovia Skincare, a dermatologist-developed line specifically formulated to target hormonal acne and aging.
This line was created by Dr. Zenovia, a dermatologist based in Newport Beach, Calif. All products are cruelty-free, gluten-free, paraben-free and are formulated for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Keep reading to see how I’m incorporating this line into my clear skin routine>>
The first step in my routine is using the Bakuchiol Hydrating Cleanser to cleanse skin. This ph-balancing cleanser is best for dry and combo skin types. This gentle cleanser does an amazing job at removing makeup and impurities. My skin feels clean yet hydrated and has quickly become one of my favorite cleansers. It contains bakuchiol, which is a retinol-alternative that supports collagen production. It also contains REG-ulate 360 Complex, an exclusive blend of resveratrol, vitamin E, green tea and plant derivatives to restore the appearance of skin.
After cleansing, I apply the Vitamin C Brightening Toner which is rich in antioxidants to tone and revitalize the skin. This toner is excellent for all skin types and not only helps to clear pores but targets dull and uneven skin. It feels so nice on skin and I truly believe it has made a difference in helping to brighten my skin and keep it clear.
To keep my skin hydrated, I apply the Peptide+ Ceramide Repairing Moisturizer which is a rich cream. I typically use this moisturizer at night since it’s on the heavier side and it provides some serious moisturization. Key benefits include a peptide complex that firms and tones the skin, which is must needed in your mid-thirties. Trust me. It is also packed with moisture-barrier reinforcing ceramides.
Prior to applying moisturizer in the evenings, I like to apply the Inflam-Aging Night Repair Treatment to my face. This serum features the exclusive REG-ulate 360 Complex, hyaluronic acid and antioxidant blend to deliver some serious skin benefits. This is lightweight and absorbs into skin quickly and is perfect to pair with the moisturizer. My skin feels and looks smooth!
Another product I apply just before bed is the Retinol Recovery Eye Cream. This creamy eye treatment not only targets fine lines but dark circles and puffiness as well. I had been seeing more fine lines around my eyes (haven’t we all) and this came at the perfect time. It’s non-greasy and super moisturizing! This has helped decrease puffiness, has provided some much-needed moisture to the dry skin around my eyes and has softened those pesky lines.
To target hormonal acne, I’ve been incorporating products from the Clear Complexion collection into my daily skin routine.
The Aloe Vera Blemish Soothing Moisturizer is hand down one of my favorite products from the entire line. Formulated for combo/ oily skin, this moisturizer soothes the skin while hydrating. It’s lightweight and absolutely perfect for daily use.
The moisturizer the REG-ulate360 Complex to balance skin, vitamin A & C-rich aloe vera to sooth skin along with smoothing squalane. It’s very gentle and perfect for sensitive skin, especially if acne prone. It has decreased breakouts and has even prevented hormonal acne breakouts. 100% would re-purchase!
Another product from this collection that I have been loving is the 10% Glycolic Acne Control Peel Pads. Each pad is saturated with a blend of exfoliating glycolic acid and salicylic acids to diminish blemishes. I use these sporadically, mainly when I have a breakout. My skin can be sensitive to salicylic acid so I try not to use to often. When I do use them, I notice such a huge difference! There is a slight tingle but my skin starts to look more clear and I truly believe in their effectiveness.
For those unfortunate pimples and blemishes that pop up, the 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment has been extremely effective in eradicating them quickly. I simply spot this on top of the pimple and it starts working immediately and clears up the zit within just a day or two. Even though it is highly concentrated, my sensitive skin has not had any adverse reactions.
Overall, I am extremely impressed with this line and how effective it has been to keep my skin clear. The products are on the pricier side but THEY WORK. If you struggle from hormonal acne and aging, I highly recommend trying this collection.
Dr. Zenovia hormonal skincare line is available at Sephora.
Watch my full skincare routine using Dr. Zenovia products below:
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