A letter from one of our readers:
Q: Hi, I am 22 years old with dry, acne prone skin. I have uneven skin tone thanks to acne redness and PIH. I also have a lot of redness on my nose, particular in the crease and on the sides. It may be rosacea, though there is no acne like bumps. The pores on my nose look very clogged, kind of look like blackheads. I also have visible pores across my cheeks.
My face becomes very tight after cleansing and toning, with tiny white flakes of skin appearing- this also occurs a few hours after applying makeup.
I am looking for products that will help with my uneven skin tone, redness on my nose, PIH, clogged pores and dryness. My acne has slowed down a lot since I started using a 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, though has not totally stopped. I also use a 2% BHA (I have tested this and it comes to PH of 4.5, which I worry may be too high to be effective, though I am only using paper PH testers).
I use a AHA. I’m not sure what percentage it is however I have tested it and it sits at 4/4.5 PH and glycolic acid is the 3rd ingredient. I use twice a week or so. I also use a homemade vitamin c serum (mix of LAA, water and glycerin) at PH of around 3 with 15%. I use a clarisonic once a day with no irritation. I also wait 20/30 minutes before applying BHA, AHA and vit C for the PH.
Which peel would you recommend for me? I would like something that can still work with my current routine and help my facial redness and PIH.