How I finally beat my cystic acne
Before I go into my product recs, let me just say: NO PRODUCT WILL BE YOUR MAGIC CYSTIC ACNE CURE. Sooo many things went into my journey. Finally realizing I was allergic to dairy, getting an IUD, getting sleep, etc. These products are the ones that helped me take control of when the breakouts DID happen. Please put your physical and mental health first, and remember to love yourself AND your acne. Everyone gets them! PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator
Hydrating face creams
Sunscreens for acne
Redness face creams
Feb. 27, 2020
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Battle of the Sunscreens ☀️
I finally caved and jumped on the bandwagon of Asian sunscreens. After watching countless skinfluencer youtube videos and Instagram accounts, I decided to narrow it down to these 3. Not gonna lie, my first choice was actually the Purito and Dear,Klairs but ever since the scandal (just google Purito sunscreen scandal) I decided it's best to steer clear of them until the formulas are updated. Asian sunscreens are hot right now, and I have to be honest, I do not love our Western formulas. Therefore I'm totally hyped to give these a try after hearing rave reviews about these lightweight formulas. Which one should I try first? ￼ETUDE - Soon Jung Mild Defense Sun Cream ￼COSRX - Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++ ￼CANMAKE - Mermaid Skin Gel UV Sound off in the comments if you have any other suggestions that I am missing out on 💋 #cheriecreator
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found a serum that truly works!!💕🧡 StriVectin - Super-C Retinol Brighten & Correct Vitamin C Serum This product has made my skin feel more hydrated and my skin has been glowing ever since I started the product. This actually gave me instant results by the second day and I love it! The formula is super light weight, non-sticky and absorbs quick. It does have a light citrusy scent🍊.Although, I try to refrain from scented products for my face but this was an exception because this really worked for me. So if you’re looking for a serum to add to your skincare routine I would highly recommend this product! Texture: not to watery, just about right. Main active ingredient: retinol & vitamin C **copped 2 of these at Costco for 70 bucks total! They are on sale** 🌞AM skincare routine🌞 Face wash-COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser Toner-ESKINOL - Refreshing Facial Deep Cleanser with Pure Cucumber Extract Serum-StriVectin - Super-C Retinol Brighten & Correct Vitamin C Serum Moisturizer with spf-COSRX - Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++ 🌜PM skincare routine🌛 Face wash-COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser Toner-ESKINOL - Refreshing Facial Deep Cleanser with Pure Cucumber Extract Serum-StriVectin - Super-C Retinol Brighten & Correct Vitamin C Serum Moisturizer-TRADER JOE'S - Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer with Aloe & Green Tea Extracts Spot treatment-Clean&Clear - Advantage Acne Spot Treatment
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Now I have used a lot of different moisturiser and this COSRX - Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream 80ml is one of the best I have ever used. It’s so thick and creamy just the way I love it because I can feel it hydrating and nourishing my skin so much. I love love this moisturiser and I won’t be changing again! I just cannot replace this moisturiser or even look at a new one, for my dry sensitive skin this is it for me!. If your dry sensitive skin like myself I recommend you give this baby a try!. First expression/application Wow! Thick and creamy! Straight away I felt it and feel in love with it! Ingredients Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Ceramide NP, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sucrose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipropylene Glycol,Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, BeesWax, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Asiaticoside, Asiatic acid, Madecassic acid, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil Kindly, JPerez 💛
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Miracle acne healing cream!!💚💚
I have fair skin that is dry and acne prone, all of this means that not only do I suffer from acne I really get visible hyperpigmentation 😭. Therefore I am always on the look out for products that deal with acne that don’t lead to dark spots and products that help eliminate the dark spots when they appear. Cosrx is one of my favourite brand as it is affordable, they have a huge array of products and they are cruelty free. Cosrx is a Korean brand and centella asiatica (or tiger grass) is a widely popular ingredient in Asian Beaty products and it is the star ingredient in this cream. Centella is known for its soothing and healing properties and that is exactly what it does in this cream. What is it? This is a healing cream that can be put in active breakout to reduce the redness and help speed the healing. I also put it on healing marks to help speed the healing as well as reduce the likely hood that I will develop a dark spot. Texture: This is a thick white cream that you gently rub over a breakout. Effectiveness: This cream works sooooo well for me! It has drastically reduced the heal time for my breakouts. COSRX - Centella Blemish Cream I love this cream and I will definitely continue to use it!
centella asciatica + spironolactone = 🥰
it’s been a minute! here’s an update on my skin, picture on the left was taken during my peak worst skin of 2020 (June) and now (December). Between now and then, it’s been mainly credited to patience, attempting to pick my skin less, simplifying my routine, and a few amazing products that my skin just seems to really agree with. here’s my routine: Morning/Day: ￼Cetaphil - Gentle Skin Cleanser ￼ This amazing aloe / glycerine/ squalane moisturizer that I get from a local aesthetician. Linking here! It is SO light and doesn’t clog skin but moisturizers super well. I go thru this like crazy. 10/10 https://www.smartcosmeticstudio.com/shop/exzit-moisture ￼TULA SKINCARE - Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm ￼MARIO BADESCU - Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater ￼DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lippe Balm Night: Same routine but adding: ￼COSRX - Centella Blemish Cream I literally would be LOST without this product. I use it over moisturizer- it’s pretty thick and probably should be used as a spot treatment, but I cover my face lightly in it. I found it’s been amazing for acne scars, healing, lightening, and soothing redness. ￼Nexcare - Nexcare Acne Blemish Cover Amazing and so cheap on amazon Or... ￼PanOxyl - PM Overnight Spot Patches love these but a little more expensive. I have that on in my picture on the right! I’m also on 100mg/ day of Spironolactone for about 6mo as prescribed by my Dermatologist. I recommend this as an alternative if no over the counter products are helping, it took a while to start working but saves me from the horrible and painful under skin pimples which would probably be convering my face if I weren’t taking this! 🤍
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Hello everybody who has hearted my posts to see my skin care journey (: This is what my skin has been looking like still using all of the same products! The only thing I’ve added is a jade roller just because it’s sooooo relaxing lol. I do have acne scars and rosacea, but I’ve noticed my rosacea is reduced when I treat my skin well. Now remember I’m also 9 months Preggo and haven’t been eating the best 😬 Guilty I know, but my skin is looking so much healthier and glowier! I don’t have perfect skin, but I do see a huge improvement from what I’ve dealt with in the past. First I still use the THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm balm to remove my makeup. Oats are very calming for your skin and reduce redness so I love the way this feels when I double cleanse. Next I rinse that off well and go in with my LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser This stuff hasn’t broken me out once and I have very sensitive skin so I definitely recommend just trying it out for yourself. After I cleanse my skin I go in with my PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator as a toner. (Only use at night) This stuff is strong, but I find using it only at night helps more because I’m not adding so much to my face. This has helped reduce my pores and also clear some mild breakouts and redness on my face. Next I go in with my amazing oil I got of amazon Cos De BAHA - Azelaic Acid 10% Serum with Niacinamide Acne Scar Removal + Redness Relief Face Now this stuff is AMAZING. I apply this with the dropper every morning and night and it is a miracle worker!! I would rate this more than 5 stars. It helps calm your skin and also helps with breakouts, hyperpigmentation and so much more. After this step I use my Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer The reason I give it three stars is because it’s just your average basic moisturizer to me.. it works, but I’m sure there’s better moisturizers out there. For the price though it’s worth it if you want something easy. Next step after is always sunscreen in the morning! Never at night for me and I use GARNIER - Green Labs Pinea-C Brightening Serum Cream SPF 30 I only have been using this since December so I won’t give it five stars yet, but this is a good 3-1 face serum with spf! One thing I like is it doesn’t leave a white cast on me. Things I don’t like is how it has a lot of fragrance and it also can burn my eyes sometimes. If anyone has a better spf to try let me know (: That’s all I do for the morning and night time and then of course use my jade roller to feel relaxed. I do use my THE inkey LIST - Caffeine Eye Cream but I don’t see a difference on my under eyes. I’ll keep you all updated again soon ! ❤️
Update: my acne has reduced A LOT
I’ve been a bit MIA since my last post but here is the progress of my acne. If I were to pinpoint the main reasons why, then it’s these reasons: What I did wrong: - experimenting and using alot of different products. I was in a phase where I loved trying new products and my skin did not like that I was switching products all the time. - I did not spot test new products - overloaded my skin with many products. I don’t know who needs to hear this but a 10 step routine is NOT for acne prone skin. - drank little water each day - used harsh products without re-balancing my skin with soothing products - masked almost everyday What I did to improve it: - reduce the number of products going on my skin. I now use only a max of 3 products in the morning and 5 products at night. - drank 2 litres of water every day - used a soothing pH-balanced toner - used a GENTLE chemical exfoliant - used retinol regularly - masked only every 2-3 days Some products I use in my daily routine that really helped my skin: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator as an all-over exfoliant PAULA'S CHOICE - BHA 9 Treatment as a spot treatment The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% to fade acne scars Products that I use every 2-3 days that helped my skin: AZCLEAR - Medicated Lotion (mixed with Niacinamide) to fade acne scars DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream to bring out new baby skin ANDALOU NATURALS - CannaCell Glow Mask as a gentle exfoliating mask If you are going through something similar just know to take it SLOWLY. The skin is going through trauma and it is not an overnight success. If you have any questions I’m happy to answer.
A K-Beauty staple for acne-prone skin
How good is this dear, klairs - Midnight Blue Calming Cream ? I am on my third jar. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne breakouts you absolutely should having this soothing moisturizer on your radar. When you apply it there is a slight cooling sensation, which I view as the calming and soothing ingredients in action. The beautiful blue color comes from Guaiazulene, an extract from camomile oil with strong skin-calming properties. That is paired with one of my favorite ingredients for redness, Centella, along with ceramides and beeswax. I love the soothing comfort this provides to stressed out skin, but I do wish it was slightly more hydrating- for now I layer it under thicker creams or facial oils. For the price, I think this is worth it to anyone who deals with cystic acne or gets inflamed skin pretty often. If you only have the occasional pimple, this isn’t a must-buy product unless that occasional pimple is a volcano that’s huge, painful, and red. I give it four out of five stars because while I love it, I wish it was slightly more hydrating to my dry skin.
dear, klairs-Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Healing acne and leftover scarring
In high school, I never had problematic skin. It wasn’t until I became an adult that acne presented itself and it was everywhere. My forehead, chin, cheeks, neck, etc. I felt really ugly and would put makeup on to hide everything. I never left the house unless I had a full face. As silly as it sounds, it does put a toll on your mental health and self worth. After years of trying these products that promised me the world, I decided that I was going to go back to the basics and I started using 3 products. Yes, just 3 products. I used Cerave hydrating facial cleanser, zapzyt acne treatment gel and cerave daily moisturizing lotion. I really started to notice a huge difference with my acne cleaning up. From there, I slowly added active ingredients like the ordinary’s niacinamide and zinc as well as Sunday Riley’s Luna to help with my scarring as well as supergoop’s sunscreen. My skin is not perfect, but it has come a long way.
Acne Scar Cream/Balm
Was not expecting much from this cream but it has become one of my fav products!! It has incredibly healing/calming ingredients that I found to actually work. I’ve noticed a big difference in my scar redness day-to-day as well as overall scar appearance over time. My skin looks hydrated, soothed and soft— highly recommend as a nighttime moisturizer!
Dr. Jart+-Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Cream
acne-prone skincare routine!! 🧖🏼♀️
my current skin care routine for oily/acne prone skin 🧖🏼♀️ 1. softymo oil cleanser 2. dr. oracle a-thera cleansing foam 3. acwell ph balancing toner 4. good cera ceramide mist 5. paula’s choice 2% bha liquid exfoliant 6. klairs midnight blue claming cream 7. biore spf 50+ 5 ⭐️ PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator most definitely a HG right here!! has really diminished the look of pesky blackheads on my nose/cheeks and has helped with my textured skin. the travel size is $10 on amazon! 5 ⭐️ Bioré - UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ one of my favorite sunscreens!! goes on super light and easy, doesn’t leave a white cast, and stays on long over 2 hours. can be found on amazon for $14!!
Dr.Oracle-A-Thera Cleansing Foam
centella for redness in blemishes
this product by cosrx has been working SO well for me! Whenever I get a breakout/blemish my redness is what makes it stand out the most, and this product here really helps to soothe the inflammation and take down the redness significantly!! It is a very very thick texture, and it does leave a white cast on the skin- so I only use this at night time. It also has a strong scent- but it doesn’t irritate my skin. But regardless of those, it doesn’t effect my opinion because I know how well it works on my skin. It really has helped my blemishes heal so much faster (which is what it’s designed to do) and helps brighten up my hyperpigmentation significantly. I don’t think I could be without this product. And at the price of only $15? It’s absolutely worth every penny! I would and will tell everybody they need this product! Such a treasure to keep in your skincare collection.
COSRX-Centella Blemish Cream
CosRx x Style Korean Global
💊 Style Korean Global kindly gifted me the CosRx’s AC Collection. These products all contain CosRx’s skin soothing CentellAC-Rx complex consisting of madecassic acid, asiaticoside, and asciatic acid. This collection gently treats acne and calms redness while replenishing the skin barrier. I love that these products focus on healing rather than drying acne this line has really helped with soothing my redness and hormonal acne without drying my skin at all. CosRx is a brand that just continues to amaze me with their effective, non irritating, and reasonably priced products. (All products are cruelty free and those marked with a (V) are Vegan ) 💊From left to right: 💊 AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser is a daily, non stripping, sulfate free acne cleanser containing the calming CentallAC-Rx Complex just a whisper of salicylic acid. 💊 (V) AC Collection Calming Liquid Mild is a gentle chemical exfoliant containing the CentellAC-Rx Complex well as gluconolactone, a gentle exfoliant similar to AHA. 💊(V) AC Collection Ultimate Spot Cream is an acne spot treatment containing the CentellAX-Rx Complex as well as soothing aloe leaf juice and calamine and antimicrobial zinc oxide. 💊 AC Collection Blemish Spot Healing Serum is a serum targeted at treating acne as well as residual redness and dark spots. This serum contains CentellAC-Rx Complex as well as barrier replenishing ceramides, brightening niacinamide, collagen stimulating EGF, and antioxidant rich propolis. 💊AC Collection Lightweight Soothing Moisturizer is an oil free, lightweight moisturizer containing (sorry if I’m getting redundant) the CentellAC-Rx Complex along with antioxidant rich propolis, green tea, and aloe leaf juice, brightening niacinamide and zinc PCA, as well as a small dose of AHAs and BHAs to manage acne and keep the skin looking bright and clear. 💊 (V) AC Collection Master Pimple Patch a healing acne patch using antimicrobial and soothing patch that uses hydrocolloidal dress to soothe and draw impurities out of acne.
COSRX- AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser
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