I've found that the more products I include in my skincare routine, the worse my skin behaves. I keep it simple and my skin looks and feels better!
I used Finacea gel for 2 years and switched to Avar-e LS cream in late May. This contains both sodium sulfacetamide and colloidal sulfur, which stop the growth of bacteria on the skin. The sulfur also helps the skin shed old cells.
There was about a 2 week adjustment period where my skin went crazy, but I had discussed it with my dermatologist and knew it could happen. With any new/change in medication, if you're having a reaction or are unsure in any way, talk to your doctor and/or schedule a check up so he/she can make sure everything is ok.
- wash using goat milk soap, using it with the Clarisionic every two to three days.
- apply Avar-e LS cream on affected areas (cheeks & jawline)
- apply Vitamin E cream
- apply sunscreen on face & neck
I give each product a couple of minutes to absorb before applying the next.
Reapplications during the Day
- reapply sunscreen as needed
I like to use the California Baby sunscreen for my initial application and the Lavanila for reapplications. The Lavanila is more sheer than white, and absorbs faster on my skin. If you're worried about reapplications messing up your makeup, just touch it up. If you can't, well, better messy makeup than melanoma.
- remove makeup with olive oil / Vitamin E liquid mixture
- wash with goat milk soap
- apply Vitamin E cream
- apply Avar-e LS cream if needed (usually only if I'm having a flare up)
Sometimes I use Philosophy's Purity Made Simple One Step Facial Cleanser instead of the goat milk soap. A 3 oz bottle is $10, 8 oz is $20. I recently traded in 500 Sephora points for the Philosophy Box of Miracles, which contained this 2 oz bottle. The 5 oz Canus goat milk soap bar ranges from $2.39 to $2.79 at stores near me, but you can purchase it for as low as $1 if you shop around. It's also available in liquid; I use the liquid version as a bodywash for me and Ian. It's helped keep his eczema to a minimum.
When the really cold winter months set in, I also use the Oil Cleansing Method a couple of times a week. I use a mixture of castor, avocado, and apricot kernel oils. It helps keep my skin from feeling dry and flaky.
That's it. Simple, but it works for me.
Hope you've found this helpful, and thanks for looking!