Skin Diaries: our co-founder's routine to beat acne and wrinkles

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Skin Diaries: our co-founder's routine to beat acne and wrinkles
Skin Diaries: our co-founder's routine to beat acne and wrinkles

by Apostrophe, Skin Diaries

September 20th, 2019

Our Skin Diary series dives into the skincare routines and products of our Apostrophe team (and hopefully beyond!). For this entry we caught up with Ryan Hambley, our Head of Product (and Apostrophe co-founder). He keeps his routine lean and mean to fit in with his busy schedule. Read on to learn how he keeps zits and wrinkles at bay!

Age: 30

Skin type: Normal with an oily t-zone.

Skin concerns: I don’t breakout very often, but in general I aim to keep those breakouts from occurring and to prevent wrinkles now that I’m in my 30s.

Lifestyle: I try to exercise regularly so I used to get acne along the side of my face where I would get sweat on my headphones. Since switching to wireless earbuds, I don’t have that issue any more. I was doing a keto diet for a while, but I personally didn’t see any changes in my skin from that.

Location/climate/environmental concerns: I live in Berkeley, CA. Moderate temperatures and no environmental concerns.

My approach to skincare: Stick to the necessities + a few extra products for fun.


  • SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser ($47) → The acids in this cleanser help tackle the blackheads I get from my oily t-zone.
  • Skin Laundry Daily Moisturizer SPF 35 ($25) → Everyone needs SPF! My dad is a dermatologist so he made sure to train me well from a young age.


  • Apostrophe Tretinoin Formula($75) → Tretinoin helps prevent both acne and wrinkles – two birds with one stone and all that.
  • I only apply moisturizer in the evening if I’m sunburned to help with the healing process. I typically don’t feel the need to apply a moisturizer and I subscribe to if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it mentality.

On occasion I’ll throw on a face mask for fun ;) My favorite is the Ole Henrikson Cold Plunge™ Pore Mask ($36).

Have a skin routine that is killing the game? Share your secrets with us by filling out our Skin Diary form! We’ll take care of the rest!

Welcome to the fine print! Just so you know, this article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. It’s always best to talk to a doctor for that stuff.

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