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How long should a toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen be kept on the face?


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Published At June 17, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have a question about topical things. Currently, my skin routine is toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen in the morning after washing. Same thing in the evening or night without sunscreen. How long should I keep these things on my face, and is it okay to keep them on while sleeping? I am taking Doxycycline (one month left for a three-month prescription).

Thank you.


I appreciate that you have chosen icliniq.com for your medical needs.

I am here to give you the best care possible.

My advice:

Consult your specialist doctor, talk to them, and take medications after their consent.

  1. Start your skincare routine with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil cleanser or CeraVe (purified water), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, and Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate) cleanser if sensitive, photosensitive or dry skin type.
  2. Use a toner after cleansing.
  3. Not to be used regularly.
  4. Rose water can be used as a toner sometimes.
  5. After toner, use Hyaluronic acid serum or vitamin C serum, or Niacinamide serum (not to be used regularly) once in two weeks.
  6. Apply ceramide-based non-fragrant moisturizers like Cetaphil or Venusia Max ( Shea butter, Glycerine, Cocoa butter) cream.
  7. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors.
  8. Use a broad-spectrum/non-oily/non-greasy sunscreen of SPF 30 or 50.
  9. Can use Aha glow (purified water, acrylate copolymer, sodium laureth sulfate, aloe vera, polysorbate 80, sodium cocoyl, and apple amino acid) face wash twice weekly to exfoliate dead skin.
  10. At times you can wash your face with lukewarm or cool water alone or use a gentle cleanser, apply under-eye cream, use a night serum, and then use a hydrating fragrance-free moisturizer and cleanser the next morning.
  11. Use sun-protection measures.
  12. Take a tablet of Antoxid HC (Beta carotene 30 mg, Zinc sulfate monohydrate 27.5 mg, monohydrated selenium dioxide 0.2 mg, manganese 2 mg, copper 1 mg) once daily after dinner for 30 days.
  13. Drink plenty of water.
  14. Eat healthy and nutritious food.
  15. Eat a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin A for healthy skin.
  16. Eat spinach, broccoli, lemon, oranges, berries, pineapple, kiwi, papaya, carrots, mangoes, watermelon, Avocado, etc.
  17. Get Adequate sleep.
  18. Avoid smoking or alcohol.
  19. Attach a clinical picture to assess skin type/tone/texture so can guide you further. Are there dark circles or saggy skin or wrinkles, or skin tanning?

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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you very much! I will take all of this into consideration and purchase what I do not already have. I will attach the latest pictures of my skin. I am on Novo-Doxycycline 100 mg (one per day).

Thank you.


Once more, thank you for allowing us to be of service to you.

We value the high level of confidence you have in us!

  1. Apply Nadifloxacin cream twice daily for 15 days.
  2. Take a tablet of Doxycycline 100 mg once a day after food for 14 days.
  3. Avoid direct sunlight while on Doxycycline as it is a photosensitive drug.

Do you have an oily skin type?

Do you use oily, greasy cosmetic products?

It was a pleasure to help you, and I am looking forward to helping you further with your medical needs.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav
Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav


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