Maskne - Please help!
I have combination acne-prone somewhat sensitive skin. My “maskne” has gotten horrible lately! My current skincare routine is: AM Cleanser - Good (Skin) Days - A New Leaf Cream Cleanser Toner - Benton - Aloe BHA Skin Toner Essence - NEOGENLAB - Real Rerment Micro Essence Serum - Beauty of Joseon - Calming Serum : Green Tea + Panthenol Moisturizer - dear, klairs - Fundamental Water Gel Cream SPF - Supergoop! - 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40 PM Oil cleanser - Then I met you - Living Cleansing Balm Cleanser Treatment (2x/week) - NEOGENLAB - Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Essence Pad Essence Serum Moisturizer Any advice would be appreciated! I’m not sure if any of my products are making it worse.
Maskne-friendly skincare products
Good (Skin) Days
Then I met you
Beauty of Joseon
Nov. 27, 2020
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Sorry but nooo👎🏾
I heard such great reviews about this matte sunscreen so I decided to give it a try. Well...it is not really meant for my gorgeous melanin complexion. It didn’t blend into my face well and left a whiteish film. The sunscreen even dried me out in some areas. For instance, on my cheeks. Although the texture of this sunscreen is soft and velvety it wasn’t good for my skin. With that being said I don’t recommend it for women who have darker skin tones. Supergoop! - 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40
I live where the sun shines virtually every day! Therefore, my routine is photo protective. From my morning Vitamin C + antioxidant serums, to my evening gentle acid exfoliants, I have built my skincare routine around anti-aging preventatives. I recently began working topical retinol at low % into my routine and get monthly Y:ag laser facials to stimulate and encourage collagen production. I’m about to turn 26, and I am very lucky to have plenty of collagen and few wrinkles. I spent a lot of my early 20s breaking the cardinal rules of anti-aging including smoking cigarettes (I’ve been nicotine free for over a year now!) and skipping SPF most days. I even had a brief bout of tanning booth addiction 😟 Now I use spf products as a daily routine. I was committed to Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 until a girl at Ulta recommended StriVectin - Full Screen SPF 30 Clear Finish which has a lower SPF and similar consistency as Unseen. I’ve also tried the Supergoop! - 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40AND Supergoop! - Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40, neither of which I was really crazy about. The gel/primer consistency of both Unseen Sunscreen and the Strivectin spf are more conducive to my skincare routine and they both sink into my skin without leaving a greasy feeling. Now that I have an office job and wfh, I’m spending about 10 hours/day staring at two huge computer monitors, so I think I’ll stick with the Strivectin screen that also includes Vitamins A, B, C, and Pro-Vitamin D (?) and claims for protect against UVA/UVB, Blue Light (computer screens), and pollution. It’s affordable, comfortable to wear, a little goes a long way, and performs well under makeup when I’m wearing it. The lower spf isn’t a problem for me because I’m not standing in direct sunlight or anything. I think if I had my previous job working outside everyday I’d want a higher spf. Another line of defense I like to fall back on are SPF tinted moisturizers. A while back I had tried the PÜR - 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 which is honestly such a dream. This is a photo of me wearing it on a midday walk. It’s low to medium coverage, buildable, hydrating, and stays put! I don’t have very oily skin or especially dry skin so I feel it is a happy medium for those with normal or combo skin types. By no means is it full coverage. I slap this on (using my fingers to apply) if I’m planning to go for a walk in the sunshine or on a hike, in addition to my base layer of SPF. Of course, the best preventative is keeping the sun off your face at all costs, so you’ll usually see me on the trails with one of my favorite floppy hats, or sometimes if I’m feeling jazzy - my Bluestone Sunshield (see a few posts back). Do you wear SPF every day? Have you made any lifestyle changes for the sake of beauty/anti-aging? Share your tips or thoughts below!
My Current Favourites!
These are some products I’ve been loving the past couple of months! These have become some of my favourite products and I would definitely repurchase them! A little bit about my skin type is that I have combination, dehydrated skin that is acne prone in the summer and in the winter/fall I have dry skin. Why I love these products (mini review): ⭐️ Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream is probably one of my favourite moisturizers! It feels so moisturizing! It’s thick but it doesn’t suffocate my skin. It absorbs nicely into the skin while also giving it such an amazing glow! ⭐️Sioris Time is Running Out Mist was so hydrating! I love how it made me my skin feel so soft and moisturized. I like how there is oil in this face mist cause it helps me cut down on steps when I’m in a rush. ⭐️OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Face Primer gives a skin a really nice glow! Makes my makeup look really fresh and dewy and even without makeup it makes my skin look brightened. ⭐️Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother Reparative makes my hair really smooth and soft! I have pretty dry, heat damaged hair so this helps to conditions my ends. ⭐️Missha Time Revolution Artemsia Treatment Essence is so great at calming my skin especially my breakouts!! I ⭐️Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner is good at exfoliating without stripping my skin. Its so refreshing to see a hydrating exfoliator so I know i’ll love this even when my skin is super dry. ⭐️bioderma Cicabio cream is great for my dry patches and works great eat repairing/healing my skin when its really senstiive. ⭐️ A'PIEU - Madecassoside Ampoule is so lightweight but it repairs and calms my skin down!
starting my skincare journey!
My first skincare journey post! I am finally taking steps to heal my acne, large pores, and dark spots. I am so glad I found this community and I’m happy to be a part of it! Here’s what I used tonight: I removed my makeup with BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil and followed up with LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser I then used the Benton - Aloe BHA Skin Toner I followed up with my favorite essence COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essenceand finished with CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin I also used Kiehl's - Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado Any skincare tips of product recommendations? Please leave them down below! ♥️
A struggling month
Since my progress post I’d figure I’d show that even those who have promoted they’ve healed their acne that it may and can be just for a moment, a month or a year and things can change in your life that could eventually alter your skin yet again. During the summer my skin was doing real good except the occasional monthly pimples from my period. However these past 2 months I’ve been breaking out along my jawline, chin, mouth and a little on the cheeks. It’s been pretty frustrating because I felt like I was me again and then boom I’m back to feeling insecure. I am currently testing new products to see a difference and changing/adding supplements and vitamins to help and will hope to update in a few months ! All I can say is that I am unemotional about this round of acne... and I think it helps to have a great support system to keep you positive because at the end of the day we are all beautiful no matter what may appear on our faces 😊 New products: COSRX - BHA Blackhead Power Liquid Helping with my pores and bringing my acne to surface Beauty of Joseon - Calming Serum : Green Tea + Panthenol Soothing my inflammatory acne YEOUTH - Retinol Serum with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera Really excited to finally add a retinol and this one is great- not $$$ and absorbs nicely (won’t see full effects until another 2-3 weeks) Apart from that my routine has stayed the same and the rest of my face is pretty clear!
🐌Snail Mucin, 🐝Propolis & 🍵Green Tea serums!
$17 each 1oz Beauty of Joseon is an affordable Korean skincare brand with a focus on clean ingredients & effective formulas paying homage to the 'Gyuhap Chongseo' 📜 The 'Gyuhap Chongseo' which is referred to as the encyclopedia of the Joseon Dynasty, was written by Yi Bingheogak, a female Silhak scholar born in 1809. The Joseon Dynasty ruled over a united Korean Peninsula for more than 500 years, from the fall of the Goryeo Dynasty in 1392 through the Japanese Occupation of 1910. In addition to various methods of housekeeping, methods of shaping eyebrows, cleansing for smooth skin & caring for hair were recorded in this book. People of the Joseon Dynasty regarded flashy adornment to be obscene & low class. As a result, women from noble families focused more on creating beautiful skin rather than on applying makeup. Now onto the serums! These are a great price at $17/1 oz Very natural, dye & fragrance free. Virtually odorless. Beauty of Joseon - Repair Serum : Ginseng+Snail Mucin 🐌 63.36% Korean ginseng water & 3.01% Snail Mucin This one & the Glow Serum tie for my favorite. My skin is so even & radiant! This is great for acne as well. It also contains Niacinamide, Matsutake mushroom extract & cacao seed extract. I think a great aspect of this serum is the triple punch of Hyaluronic treatments. It has Hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed Hyaluronic acid, & Sodium Hyaluronate. Sodium Hyaluronate, like hydrolyzed Hyaluronic acid, has a lower molecular weight than Hyaluronic acid, meaning it can be more easily absorbed into your skin, allowing your skin to accept the benefits deeper. It feels hydrating & nourishing. It absorbs very well & is not sticky or tacky. Beauty of Joseon - Glow Serum : Propolis+Niacinamide 🐝 59.94% Propolis extract & 2% Niacinamide This is the most hydrating of the bunch, & also the thickest texture of the 3. I don’t have a lot of experience with Propolis serums, but this was not sticky at all, It feels so lush while still being very lightweight & well absorbing. Propolis is resinous mixture that honey bees produce by mixing their saliva & beeswax with exudate (pollen, nectar & saps gathered from botanical sources) Therefore the chemical composition & nature of propolis depend on environmental conditions & harvested resources. Bees use it as a sealant for small unwanted open spaces in their hive. This serum also contains 2% Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, cacao seed extract, Tamanu oil, tea tree extract (not oil) & Chinaberry extract. Beauty of Joseon - Calming Serum : Green Tea + Panthenol 🍵 76.49% green tea water & 2% Panthenol Great for sensitive, oily or acne prone skin. This ties for second place with the Repair Serum as the most hydrating, but this one wins most lightweight texture & absorbs the quickest. Very soothing with Irish Moss algae & sugarcane +this one also contains Propolis. All 3 have cacao seed extract & Sodium Hyaluronate.
This is my one month update on my skin. I have been using tretinoin cream every 3 nights & and the clindamycin phosphate lotion morning and night. I then decided to change my skincare routine to a Korean & Japanese skincare, and I’m very happy I made the choice. On December 3rd I went to get a customized facial and my esthetician told me I have acne that is clogged pores underneath my skin, so she did a deep extraction and in another few weeks I’m going to get one more done just to make sure they are all out. FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm I was using the dhc deep cleaning oil but it was too thick for me so I switch to this and it is light and not stripping, good for a oil cleanse or a first cleanse TATCHA - The Rice Wash Skin-Softening Cleanser this cleanser is a nice hydrating cleanser and it does not strip my skin at all Krave - Kale-Lalu-yAHA I just started using this exfoliant but I really like it and I seen results right after I used it Krave - Great Barrier Relief this serum is another I just started using but I love it, and it have a nice smell to it Krave - The Beet Shield this sunscreen does not leave a white cast on my face, and I don’t feel greasy after PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster this products is helping me get rid of my acne marks that I have from my facial PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster I just love this! This is helping with my acne and dark marks dear, klairs - Fundamental Water Gel Cream I have to use a light weight moisturizer so it won’t clog my pores
Oily-Skin Friendly Water Cream for Autumn/Winter
Why hello Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream! Kindly sent to me by Wishtrend. Klairs is a brand that’s been on my radar but for some reason I haven’t tried any of their products until now. I applied to be a #WTBeautyTester for this product when I first laid eyes on the inkey list. It contains some of my favourite ingredients including 67.3% green tea water, panthenol, rice extract, centella, and mugwort. The claims are bang on. This is a lightweight yet nourishing gel cream. It’s easy to layer and absorbs quickly. I love the soft, runny texture - it has a liquid condensed milk consistency and applies like a dream! It’s super easy to spread, absorbs immediately, and sets to a slightly dewy finish with no stickiness. It wears comfortably as a stand alone moisturizer during the day, or applied in a generous layer to become a sleeping mask. I have very oily, acne-prone & sensitive skin due to retinoid use and have a hard time finding the right moisturizer since I can’t use anything with shea butter or rich emollients. I was a little worried the Ethylhexyl Palmitate would be comedogenic, but after a week of use, this did not clog my pores or trigger any breakouts. This did not cause any irritation and seemed to even out some redness. My skin felt softer, healthier, and more balanced. My only 2 critiques was that this can feel a touch too nourishing only when I layered thicker serums underneath during a hot, humid day. Also I would prefer this in a pump package since the runny texture can be hard to get out of the jar. Regardless, I am enjoying using this and will continue to use it year round since it is so easy to layer for a thicker occlusion during the colder months. **update, I have a few clogged pores while using this, it may just be from increased humidity in my area. I was only using this at night, but have stopped using this. I’ll likely revisit this cream when the summer ends. **new update: I have introduced this back into my nighttime routine for the past month since the weather is colder and it has been very helpful at improving my barrier health and keeping my skin balanced. Also have not experienced clogged pores or breakouts. I think this can definitely work for oily, acne prone skins in a dryer, colder climate.
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My Current PM Routine
I recently did my AM routine.... Guess it's time to do my PM routine. Keep in mind my routines do tend to change frequently due to me trying different products to review, but this is my current one. THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm (I have to double check, but I think it's fragrence free) So far I'm enjoying this one. I like the ease of the tube and the texture is nice to get off my makeup and sunscreen. I actually like this one better than Then I met you - Living Cleansing Balm (not Fragrence free) and it's cheaper. I still enjoy then I met you, but it's not in the tube and I like inkey's texture better. Krave - Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser (Fragrence free) I've been using this one for PM because I feel like my milky cleansers aren't strong enough to get off the balm (it probably is). It's still gentle, while still feeling cleansing. I will say there's been times where I don't get it fully off and then when I go into my next step, it still foams up and I have to go back in and REALLY make sure I got it off Hanskin - Hyaluron Skin Essence(I think it's fragrence free. Again I'd have to double check) I haven't used this one enough yet to make a review, but so far I like it. It's watery like a toner so that's how I've been using it. My go to is usually COSRX - Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence which I still use in the AM. I want to like Hanskin because I don't have a toner and wouldn't mind using this product in that place COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (Fragren free) I've already reviewed this one! Def a holy grail because it makes my skin feel plump and hydrated. If you can get around the idea of using snail slime, it is worth it! ETUDE - Soonjung Hydro Barrier Cream(Fragrence free) Another product too soon to review since it just recently joined my routine. It does leave a little shine while its waiting to sink in so if I keep it in my routine it would be for PM. So far my go to is CeraVe - Skin Renewing Night Cream and I'm curious to find a cream that is a little more complex in it's ingredients list THE inkey LIST - Rosehip Oil (Fragrence free) I've been using this for a few weeks now. It is nice for hydration, but it sits on my skin. I feel like it sits on my skin for a long time. If I'm going straight to bed, I feel like it gets on my pillow and hair making a oily mess. I like to use this if I know I have time before laying down
Hey y’all! Jumping on the trend, here is my day/night skincare routine MINUS treatments, because I simply could not fit them in!!! Morning: Cleanser Toner 3 serums 2 “eye” creams (I use Purito for my smile & forehead lines, inkey for my inner corner eye because it is super dry due to allergies) Water cream moisturizer Sunscreen Lip balm/salve Evening/Night: Cleansing balm Salicylic acid cleanser Toner 2 serums 2 “eye” creams Moisturizer Vaseline stick balm (dry eyes again) Lip balm/salve Treatments I use: THE inkey LIST - Succinic Acid Acne Treatment I use this as an acne spot treatment when I feel like I need it The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA I use this once a week as my chemical exfoliant THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum I use this once a week, currently working it Into my routine (on my second week) & over my moisturizer How am I doing? Any recommendations? Let me know below! PS- I like a huge routine because it makes me feel bougie. I know many of these are not necessary, but I like to use them regardless 😄
Minis that I loved 💘
Happy Mini Monday 👌🏾 These are some products that I actually loved and bought bigger sizes of: SOL de Janeiro - Brazilian Bum Bum Cream . Smells heavenly and leaves my skin so soft. This is costly, but its so worth it. HERBIVORE - Blue Tansy Mask . I’ve never finished a mini so fast. My skin felt so soft and clear after every use. I used this the recommended every other day and now that I have my new one I can use it every week. Nature Lab. - Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub Yes any texture can use a scalp scrub and I loved this one. I used it as a patch test on the middle (where my hair is most congested) and i can’t wait for my bigger size for my next wash day! @cosrx : snail mucinCOSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence . I still have the bigger size of this baby but Ulta sent me a sample size which I still love. NEOGENLAB - Real Rerment Micro Essence This baby one plenty of awards last year and I can see why. I actually use this one in the morning and the snail mucin essence at night. It’s way lighter and since I don’t use harsh ingredients I don’t need the buffer effect that I need at night. Have you tried any of these minis?
Gentle Am routine ✨
Alright, so this is my routine in the morning. Didn’t change it for winter weather yet and I don’t know if I will honestly. My morning routine contains a few actives but mostly trying to take care of my dehydrated combination skin. I only rinse my face with lukewarm water in the morning except if I “slugged” the night before. I will use sioris - Cleanse Me Softly Milk Cleanser as this is my current pm second cleanser. 🥛 Like my pm routine, I use both a first essence and a toner. My favorite steps even if they’re not 🌈 essentials 🌈 . In the am I use NEOGENLAB - Real Rerment Micro Essence (thx james welsh) and I have to say I love it. My skin drinks it right up and automatically calms any tightness I might feel on my skin. I then follow with I'm from - Rice Toner (again, james). I love that it contains niacinamide as I don’t like using it in high amounts (like in a serum) it’s also quite moisturizing for my combination skin. Really makes your skin glow. 🍚 I will then alternate the use of the The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% and PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster as my actives. On days I use the Vit C, I will use right after the toner and will follow with The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG . The caffeine solution was really working the first months but now my under eye doesnt seem to react as much to it... will probably not buy it again but the bottle last ages so I will finish it. ☕️ For the ascorbyl solution, it’s a really nice and gentle option. Will switch to straight L ascorbic acid serum when the ascorbyl is done though :) 🍋 If I use the azelaic acid, I will skip the vit C and apply the caffeine solution straight after toner. I will then put on the VERSED - DEW POINT Moisturizing Gel-Cream which is a super nice soothing gel moisturizer with really impressive ingredient list for a drugstore product. I will THEN apply the azelaic acid over it to prevent any irritation. 🌿 I will end the routine with the famous PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ . Do I really need to explain how awesome this product is ? 🌞**will discontinue use after I’m done with it. Any recommendations for a cruelty free spf available in Canada?*** If you have any recommendations to make it more “cold weather friendly” your suggestions are appreciated ❄️
Week 6 of Tretinoin + Progress
Looking back on my progress (Before and after) This is the end of my sixth week going on Spirinolactone (pills for hormonal acne that I take 1x a day) and Tretinoin. I purchased both treatments from Apostrophe, so they have been prescribed by a dermatologist. My Apostrophe cream formula is 0.025% Tretinoin and 4% Niacinimide. I have normal, but dehydrated skin. I’m looking to add more in as I adjust to treatment. My routine is as follows: AM HONEST - Gentle Gel Cleanser dear, klairs - Supple Preparation Unscented Facial Toner COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence HONEST - Hydrogel Cream PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ Supergoop! - Glow Stick SPF 50 (I use his to reapply SPF every 2 hours) PM DHC - Deep Cleansing Oil dear, klairs - Supple Preparation Unscented Facial Toner COSRX - Hydrium Centella Aqua Soothing Ampoule 40ml HONEST - Hydrogel Cream Apostrophe Tretinoin Formula CeraVe - Healing Ointment I can see my purging period slowly coming to a close. Whereas I got about (if we’re counting) 4 new bumps per day, I now get about 1 a day. And these ones disappear relatively quickly, so within 2 days max. The purging period is definitely the hardest because your skin is literally at its worst. All the congestion is coming to the surface. It’s really hard to lose sight of the progress you’ve made and feel like Tretinoin isn’t working so that’s why taking photos is important. So, I’ve chosen to show my progress from July 17 to today, September 3rd. This really gives me a glimmer of hope, as I was feeling pretty down while purging. Compared to others my progress is slow, because I slowly worked up to daily usage of Tretinoin. And every individual has a different experience with the purging period. For some it may last only 2 weeks or a month, and for others it may last 3-4 months. There’s no telling by looking at only other’s individual experiences how your experience will go. I really want to combat the hyperpigmentation left over from before and during the purging period (PIE and PIH). So once I’m sure my inflammatory acne is completely gone, I want to consider adding in another product to increase the speed at which my marks fade.
COSRX-Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
Week 5 of Tretinoin + BIG STORYTIME
The dreaded purging period! Sorry for the late post—this is my progress form last week—- This is the end of my fifth week going on Spirinolactone (pills for hormonal acne that I take 1x a day) and Tretinoin. Since last week, I have made some significant changes to my routine, for reasons to be told at the end of the post. I purchased both treatments from Apostrophe, so they have been prescribed by a dermatologist. My Apostrophe cream formula is 0.025% Tretinoin and 4% Niacinimide. I have normal, but dehydrated skin. I’m looking to add more in as I adjust to treatment. My routine is as follows: AM HONEST - Gentle Gel Cleanser dear, klairs - Supple Preparation Unscented Facial Toner COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence HONEST - Hydrogel Cream PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ Supergoop! - Glow Stick SPF 50 (I reapply with this spf every 2 hours) PM DHC - Deep Cleansing Oil HONEST - Gentle Gel Cleanser dear, klairs - Supple Preparation Unscented Facial Toner COSRX - Hydrium Centella Aqua Soothing Ampoule 40ml (for added hydration!) HONEST - Hydrogel Cream Apostrophe formula (using this after moisturizer so I can have a buffer between the tret and my skin) CeraVe - Healing Ointment The purging period, yeah that’s still happening 😩 Ok, so I was previously using the Aveeno spf. The white cast on this was horrendous, so I have been finding myself harshly rubbing the sunscreen in to get rid of the cast. And since I would reapply every two hours, I’d repeat this process frequently throughout the day. After a while, the consequences of harshly rubbing my face became obvious. For the past two weeks, my skin was ultra sensitive. My face stung while touching it. The Cerave hydrating cleanser and Cerave moisturizer for normal to dry skin would BURN. However, none of the other products I used burned. So, I ditched the Aveeno SPF, thanks to a very helpful commenter, and bought the Purito Centella Unscented Sunscreen and... white cast begone! I love to use the Supergoop glow stick to reapply because it leaves my face with a fresh glow. I no longer needed to rub my face so harshly. Yet only the Cerave cleanser and moisturizer still continued to sting. So, I switched my cleanser and moisturizer to Honest Beauty. I have used these products in the past, and loved them. I’ve never had a problem. So I used them, and no sting! I still have no idea why the Cerave cleanser and moisturizer continues to sting now. But for now, I’m halting use.
COSRX-Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
critique my skincare!
AM skincare routine: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser I just started using this two days ago because I felt my other cleanser was too stripping, so I don’t have any opinion on this besides the fact that it smells good! NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% I just started using this for my large ass pores and acne scars, it is super soothing and soft on the skin, but I haven’t noticed any difference in pore size or dark spots yet. HONEST - Hydrogel Cream I just recieved this, I ordered because it is oil free and I do seem to get fungal acne from using oils. I haven’t used yet, but I plan on using this as my daily moisturizer, but wanted opinions on it! elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 This can be a little too mattifying for me, but it gives me such an amazing glow when initially applied. I think I may have a sensitivity to silicones (dimethicone has been in like every product i use) & also is a mineral and chemical sunscreen which I just learned so I have ordered the purito comfy water spf to replace. PM skincare: Argan oil from the brand Cliganic to oil cleanse, I have been using their jojoba oil, but my skin kind of burned after I was done cleansing and I read that argan oil is a 0 on the comedogenic scale Cleanser: YTTP Cleanser again CLEAR SKIN Program - Bare Faced Moisturizer This is the moisturizer I have been using, if someone could please tell me what they think of the ingredients because I’m not great at knowing what is what yet. It looks beautiful on, probably because of the dimethicone but I am weary of it because I think dimethicone could be causing breakouts. I planned to replace this with the honest beauty moisturizer I spoke of earlier since that one is oil free and silicone free as well! **I use epiduo forte every other day right now, I’ve just started this as an acne treatment about 3 weeks ago and am slowly working my way up to be able to use it every day** I was using the ordinary’s peeling solution twice a week which I thought worked beautifully, but I am scared of overdoing it since epiduo is very drying to my skin as is. I also just order this Murad - Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum serum (travel size) to use as a spot treatment because it was on sale, and am excited since hydroquinone is so strong. Any input would be greatly appreciated!! ❤️ *I do not wear makeup and also mask acne is kicking my ass*
CLEAR SKIN Program-Bare Faced Moisturizer
Restarting my Acne Journey
Hi all! This is a little vulnerable for me: I usually never post or go outside without at least a bit of makeup. BUT! I’m restarting my efforts to fix my acne with a new routine, and I know there’s a lot of people who struggle with this. So, here’s my face! I’ve been using DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel for two weeks now and the purging is starting, so hopefully this is the worst it will get. I’m hoping with continued use to see some progress and to track it here! I have experienced stinging and some severe sensitivity while my skin gets used to it, but after two weeks the stinging is dying down. I’ve been dealing with hormonal/cystic acne for 10 years now, and believe it or not this is the best it’s been in years. I’ve slowly figured out what works for me, and wanted to share those tips. BUT, if I’ve learned anything in the past ten years about acne it’s that you need to listen to your own face: even if 1000% swear by something, if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for you. I have super oily skin, so if you have dry or combo, the listed routine will most likely not work. But for my oily pals, here’s the routine that’s improved my skin so far: Morning: FARMACY - Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser I love how calming and non-stripping this cleanser is, but it still manages to reduce my oil FARMACY - Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum with Acerola Cherry to target acne scarring Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 to protect from sun damage and irritation. I HAVE TO use a gel formula for moisturizers/sunscreens, or else I break out like crazy. That’s the number one issue I’ve figured out with my face. This one has a nice gel cream texture and is lightly moisturizing, but doesn’t turn me into an oil slick. Night: First cleanse/makeup removal with GOOD MOLECULES - Instant Cleansing Balm Second cleanse with FARMACY - Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser Apply pea sized drop of DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel If my skin is feeling good and non-irritated, I use LANEIGE - Special Care Water Sleeping Mask for just a bit of moisture overnight If my skin is feeling irritated/tight, I’ll use GOOD MOLECULES - Squalane Oil for a heavier hit of moisture. If my skin is REALLY irritated, I follow with Dr. Jart+ - Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Mist to try and calm my skin down So here we go! Hoping to see some improvements next month. Trying my best to be patient and consistent this time, which is the hardest but most important part. Thanks for reading, and good luck on your acne journey! #CherieCreator #acne #pimples #acnecare #cysticacne #hormonalacne
Dr. Jart+-Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Mist
NEW Naturium & Farmacy BHA comparison
Naturium and Farmacy were both gifted in PR. I have oily, dehydrated, acne prone sensitive skin at the moment. For full review on Farmacy’s BHA, check out my page. Here’s a comparison to Naturium’s new BHA ($20/4 oz) and which one I prefer! I have been using Naturium for nearly two weeks. The product is marketed toward all skin types, and claims to do exactly what a BHA does: exfoliates/clears pores, even tone, and smooth fine lines. My experience with this product so far is nice. It’s a more hydrating product, so my dehydrated skin loves it. It’s also alcohol free, oil free, and fragrance free, making this perfect for sensitive skin. The formula is relatively basic, which isn’t bad at all, considering the price! Since my skin is used to salicylic acid, I’ve used this daily since receiving it with no issues. I love to use SA in the morning after I cleanse, and this is the perfect toner step. If you normally tone after cleansing, I definitely recommend using this. My skin is left feeling balanced and it leaves no residue. My pores are noticeably better and I am less oily overall, thanks to the SA. Comparing this to Farmacy’s: Overall, both formulas work similarly, however for oily skin I am leaning more toward Farmacy. I find myself gravitating toward the formula more because it absorbs quicker, has more added benefits and feels more refreshing on my oily skin. If you prefer using SA at night or have drier skin, Naturium is a great option for the added moisture, plus it is more wallet friendly. I just prefer SA in the am, so I prefer what feels best for me during the day.
Brand spotlight: Neogen
▶️NEOGENLAB - Real Fresh Cleansing Stick Green Tea - winner of the 2017 Teen Vogue Acne Awards and deemed “one of the coolest creations to come out of Korea,” this travel friendly and all in one stick cleanser was formulated with 13 botanical oils to breakdown makeup, sunscreen, and cleanse your skin of all impurities. There are also natural green tea leaves imbedded in the cleansing stick to provide a gentle exfoliation to reveal brighter more even toned skin. I’ve tried stick cleansers in the past and while they were convenient for traveling, they always left a film on my skin and tight afterwards. I had the same reservations about this one but to my surprise, this left my skin feeling hydrated and fresh. I assume it’s because of the oils in the formula but I really enjoyed using this. It lathers nicely and cleanses my skin of everything. ▶️ NEOGENLAB - Real Rerment Micro Essence - one of my all time favorite essences. This hydrating and brightening essence is formulated with 93% naturally fermented ingredients as well as betaine, allantoin, sodium hyaluronate, adenosine, niacinamide, and various amino acids. I forgot how much I loved this essence. Used directly after cleansing, this watery first treatment essence quickly absorbs to restore hydration and prep my skin for the remainder of my routine without any stickiness. There’s also the plumping effect that this gives after 1-2 skins that I love so much. After consistent use, I can easily see my skin looking brighter and more even toned. This is probably one of the more hydrating FTE’s that I’ve tried. ▶️ NEOGENLAB - Real Ferment Micro Serum - the perfect companion for its essence counterpart. This viscous and creamy gel serum delivers a boost of nutrients and antioxidants to the skin with its elegant formula comprised of 61% fermented ingredients as well as niacinamide, adenosine, sodium hyaluronate, centella asiatica, hydrolyzed collagen, ascorbic acid, and vitamin e.This is very moisturizing and it leaves a bit of tacky and dewy finish once it’s absorbed. Upon application, you can see slightly plumper and brighter skin. It layers well with no pilling issues so regardless, you won’t even feel it once you’ve applied something else on top. Over time, I saw noticeably brighter skin that had that felt bouncier and firmer. ▶️NEOGENLAB - Neogen Dermalogy Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser - a 2 in 1 detoxifying mask and cleanser that eliminates excess sebum and blackheads while also cleansing the skin of makeup, dead skin cells, and clogged pores. This mask cleansers contains a ton of extracts, micro-particles of natural glacial marine soil, and colloidal clay from West Coast British Columbia, Canada. This has a creamy clay texture that easily spreads onto the skin. After a few minutes of application, the clay begins to foam on the skin to help draw impurities from the pores. Once the foaming has stopped, proceed to massage it into the skin and then rinse with water. I thought this was fun to use but using this everyday left my skin a bit dry. I preferred to use it every few days which was nice to help refresh my skin. ▶️NEOGENLAB - Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Spot Patch - these are your typical hydrocolloid acne patches that help absorb excess sebum and secretions from your breakouts while also protecting the area from dirt and bacteria. These come in two sizes which is great for different sized pimples. I always enjoy having acne patches on hand because they help prevent me from picking at my pimples. After I intentionally or accidentally pop my spots, these are great for reducing the size of them overnight.
NEOGENLAB-Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Spot Patch
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