- Jade-Ashley Thomas, 25, is a senior associate, subscription marketing at Insider. She volunteered to have her skin care routine from Dr. Roberta Del Campo, a dermatologist based in Miami, Florida.
- Jade’s greatest concern for skin care is pale acne and dark spots on her face.
- Del Campo told Insider that the sequential use of hydroxy acids from her face washer and toner could irritate the skin, so it would be better to swap for something gentler.
- Del Campo also said she could use vitamin C in the morning but not at night.
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Jade-Ashley Thomas, Senior Associate, Subscription Marketing at Insider, bravely volunteered to have her skin care routine from Miami-based dermatologist Dr. To roast Roberta Del Campo.
As a 25-year-old with dry skin, Jade’s biggest skin care problem is light acne and dark spots on her face.
Del Campo reviewed her routine from steps to product ingredients, telling Insiders everything she’s doing right and which products to drop.
Jade starts her morning with an acne wash, but Del Campo says she can drop it for something a little gentler
To start her day, Jade said she washes her face with La Roche Acne Treatment Gel for acne washing.
Since she was finishing the laundry with Botanic Tree Glycolic Acid Toner with Rose Water + Witch, Del Campo told Insider to swap the La Roche cleaner for something gentler.
Both products contain hydroxy acids that are designed to smooth, brighten, and tighten your skin by turning skin cells over faster. However, if you use too many you can rid your skin of important oils and even cause irritation or burns.
“Using hydroxy acids at the same time can be too irritating,” said Del Campo. “It can remove natural oils and, if there is inflammation, worsen the dark spots.”
If she changes her face wash, she can keep her toner
Jade usually followed her face wash with her toner after she patted herself dry.
Del Campo said if she swaps her cleanser for something more basic that doesn’t contain hydroxy acids, Jade can still use her toner to remove the last traces of morning grime or dead skin that clogs her pores.
The vitamin E serum has to work
After tinting, Jade Truskin’s vitamin C, E, and hyaluronic acid solution are applied using a jade roller that has been sitting in the refrigerator all night as the final step to moisturize her face.
While vitamin C serums are a great way to protect your skin from damage and UV rays, and hyaluronic acid is a humectant that helps keep your skin hydrated, the vitamin E in Truskin serum can actually cause more acne.
“For acne-prone skin, even mild vitamin E oil can be comedogenic (block pores) so it can make acne-prone skin worse,” said Del Campo. “I recommend vitamin C with ferulic acid or hyaluronic acid instead, but not vitamin E.”
Ferulic acid can protect your skin from UV damage while preventing premature aging.
Vitamin C can stay in the morning, but not at night
While Del Campo says vitamin C can be good in the morning as an antioxidant that protects your skin from free radicals that cause premature aging, using it at night doesn’t help much for jade.
“Vitamin C can also be stopped at night and replaced by retinol, as it works best as a topical antioxidant during the day,” said Del Campo. “If you add a mild retinol 2-3 times a week at night, you can build collagen and keep the skin strong and resilient.”
Retinoids is an umbrella term that describes products that increase your vitamin A production – the most common forms are retinol and adapalene. They work by turning your skin cells around faster, preventing premature aging, and helping with acne.
Del Campo suggests adding sun protection
Since UV damage can cause premature aging even inside a car window, Del Campo strongly recommends that Jade’s final step be a sunscreen, be it mineral or chemical.
“I recommend adding a sunscreen to prevent dark spots from getting darker when exposed to the sun (even sunlight through a car window can make it worse),” Del Campo told Insider.
The Rose Oil Collagen Serum and the Jade Roller can all remain
At night, Jade likes to apply the PearlEssence Overnight Recovery Serum rose oil collagen after cleansing and toning.
Collagen serums are said to fight premature aging, plump up your skin, and keep it overall youthful and hydrated. Del Campo said jade could keep this and the jade roller she uses for the application.
Instead of Palmer’s cocoa butter, Del Campo suggests a lighter weight moisturizer to help reduce clogged pores
As the last step of the night, Jade uses a little Palmer’s Cocoa Butter to add moisture. Del Campo said this can be a bit heavy on the skin of the face and can cause clogged pores, so using something lighter could be beneficial in acne prevention.
“I recommend switching to a gentle deep cleanser like Cerave or Cetaphil, and I’d rather use a ceramide-based moisturizer like Cerave PM that is actually more moisturizing and doesn’t block pores,” said Del Campo.
Overall, Del Campo cut down a number of jade products that contained hydroxy acid and products that tend to cause clogged pores like vitamin E or heavy moisturizers.
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