The most frustrating aspect of using prescription skin care medications is preventing negative reactions. The other major concern is determining which skincare products you can use and the order in which to use them. No matter which medication your doctor prescribed, you still need a great skincare routine as usual.
What to Use, What Not to Use, and When to Apply Prescription Skin Care
Below you will find a step-by-step guide on how to maintain your regular skincare routine and incorporate your prescription skin care product.
Step 1: Use only gentle water-soluble cleansers. Regardless of the medications you apply, everyone first needs to use a gentle water-soluble cleanser appropriate for their skin type. If the cleanser isn’t gentle, it will cause irritation, which will be exacerbated by the medication(s) you apply afterward.
Step 2: Use a great toner. Most toners are loaded with irritating ingredients. In one word: Ouch! Do not use any product that contains irritating ingredients, especially not toners with those types of ingredients. On the other hand, toners loaded with skin-repairing ingredients can create the optimal environment on your skin for the medication(s) you will be applying.
Step 3: Use an AHA or BHA exfoliant. Most people’s skin reaps incredible benefits from exfoliation. Sun damage, breakouts, wrinkles, blackheads, and skin texture improve significantly if you use a well-formulated BHA or AHA exfoliant. This is true even if used in combination with topical prescription medications. In almost every case, you can apply your exfoliant prior to your prescription medication.
Step 4: Apply a serum filled with antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients. Even if your skin has been damaged through years of neglect or exposure, the more ingredients of this kind that you give your skin, the better it will be. Plus, these kinds of ingredients are compatible with almost any topical prescription product.
Step 5: Apply your prescription product. This is the best place in your routine to apply your prescription skin care product, especially if it has a cream or lotion texture. If it’s a liquid, apply it after step 3.
Step 6-DAYTIME: Apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater every day. Protecting your skin from the sun not only prevents signs of aging, but also helps repair the skin and helps heal many skin disorders by reducing the underlying inflammation.
Step 6-NIGHTTIME: Apply a skin-repairing moisturizer and/or serum every night. Moisturizers and serums work effectively with almost any topical prescription; choose one or both based on your skin type and personal preferences, and apply it around the eyes, too.
Skin Care Isn’t Easy
Taking great care of your skin in this day and age complicated because what we know about skin today is far more comprehensive than ever before. However, the mysteries of how to keep skin healthy, problem-free, and young are becoming clearer every day. All the steps and tricks we’ve listed here will help you take the best possible care of your skin, and avoid problems along the way.