Curology vs The Ordinary! Which is better?!
Curology - Curology formula This is the first photo! Did wonders for my skin it was the best it had ever been since I started getting acne in middle school. Curology literally saved my skin, it was clear and great! (Over a year later) The second photo:/ I decided to stop using curology around 2 months ago and start using ordinary products. I decided to do this because I wanted to see if the ordinary could do the same thing as curology and maybe make my skin even better. This wasn’t because curology was bad or anything It was just something I wanted to test. I was pretty confident in my skin so I didn’t think it would be bad. I saw on social media how great it was so I figured why not? ... After slowly introducing ordinary products into my skincare routine to ( i used both ordinary and curology products together) I could see that my skin was breaking out more when I introduced the ordinary products. I didn’t think much of it cause I knew that my skin was just purging from the new products. After about 2 months of using both curology and ordinary products I decided to just try ordinary products because my skin was breaking out a lot and I felt that the ordinary would help it. (I think should’ve stuck with curology but this was just my curiosity about the product). ... (Now) I am on week 6 of using all ordinary products and this is what my skin looks like (photo 2) and I’m not happy with the results:/The first couple weeks I knew I would be purging, my skin was at its worst a couple weeks ago (week 3). But I figured that by now or next week my skin would be clear( the only reason I felt that my skin would be pretty much clear by now or next week was because while using curology all my acne was gonna by week 7). So I’m still trying to figure out if I wanna continue to use the ordinary products for a couple more weeks before I give up because it’s not giving me the results I want. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I don’t really know how to rate this because obviously it hasn’t worked for my skin very well but I’m not sure if it’s because my skin needs more time to adjust (it has been 6 weeks so...). I think that this product works great for some people but for me definitely not. Right from the start of using it, it broke me out and then once I only used this line of products it made my skin terrible. I also used The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Which didn’t do much in the 6weeks I used it. I did feel like it helped my acne a little. Overall I really did wish this line of products would help my acne and make my skin clear like curology but that wasn’t the case. This product line is definitely not for my skin. I’ll write out my skin care routine comparisons in my next post!
Curology or Differin for persistent acne?
So I’ve had acne since I was 13 (I’m now 24). When you’ve dealt with an issue like acne for over a decade, you try a whooole lot of different products. These two are my top picks for persistent acne, and I’ll give you a spoiler: Curology comes out on top. Differin gel was previously available only by prescription. The active ingredient is .1% adapalene, a retinoid that works by speeding up cell turnover. Basically, it’s more difficult for pores to get clogged and develop into acne. The texture is a thin gel that absorbs very quickly. It does take some time to work, since it’s a retinoid—you really need to use it consistently for at least 12 weeks to see improvements, and your skin may purge. I used Differin gel for several years, and it cleared my acne to a far better degree than the products I had been using before (proactiv). On the other hand, Curology is a telemedicine service that matches you with a medical provider. You upload pictures of your skin, fill out a questionnaire, and you get prescribed a custom cream with three ingredients, some of which are prescription. Mine is 1% clindamycin, 9% azelaic acid, and .018% tretinoin. While Differin served me well for a good while, Curology has been helping my skin over the last year in a whole new way. I’ll be honest: it hasn’t been easy. My first Curology prescription completely cleared my skin—I’m talking clearest it’s been in a decade—and then my acne came back worse than ever. The bright side is, with Curology, you can contact your provider at any time and they can adjust your formula. I did that, and my provider also prescribed me two months of oral antibiotics to help my breakout clear up faster. They helped immensely, and I’m hopeful that my skin journey is headed in the right direction, though it takes time. Currently, Curology isn’t available in all 50 states, while Differin is. If you’re struggling with acne, my #1 recommendation is Curology because it’s customized to your skin needs and it can be adjusted over time. If Curology isn’t available to you, Differin is also a solid product with proven results. Differin is $30 for a tube that lasts about 3 months, and Curology is $20/month, which is more than worth it to me. Have you used either product? How has it worked for you?
Video montage of YESs and NOs ❤️
Hey guys!! I know I’ve been a little bit MIA on here. For those of you that don’t know, I work in a covid ICU. Work life and personal life have taken it’s toll the last few months and I needed a break. But I do plan to start posting more content, so thank you for being so patient with me and I look forward to making more videos and posting more recommendations for you all! I’m going to link the products below (only of the ones that I’d recommend). You’ll hear No’s throughout the video, and I’ll leave those out, because in my opinion they are not worth even trying. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you all with answers ASAP!! dermalogica - Precleanse Cleansing Oil LA ROCHE-POSAY - Lipikar Wash Ap+ Gentle Foaming Moisturizing Wash Curology - Curology formula VICHY - LiftActiv Specialist Peptide-C Anti-Aging Ampoules #Timiuu - Silicone Face Cleanser and Massage Brush[products]#[FiveStars] #Medicine Mama’s Apothecary - Ultra Beauty Balm[products]#[FiveStars] #Sahi Cosmetics - Mystic Primer + Serum[products]#[FiveStars] Mad Hippie - Antioxidant Facial Oil
Mad Hippie-Antioxidant Facial Oil
my skincare routine for fungal acne!
here are some of my homy grails for clearing up fungal acne!! makeup removal GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover fungal acne safe !!affordable and effective cleanser ETUDE - SoonJung pH6.5 Whip Cleanser ETUDE - SoonJung pH6.5 Whip Cleanser this is a fungal acne safe whipped cleanser that is super gentle!! doesn’t irritate any active break outs toner ( optional ) NATURIUM - Hyaluronic Acid Essence 2% a light weight fungal acne safe toner that adds plumpness to the skin without messing with other products serum NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% affordable and effective niacinamide serum that reduces redness and irritation! and its fungal acne safe! treatment ( most important) Curology - Curology formula this right here is the money maker!! this is super effective for fungal acne! make sure your formulation includes zinc pyrithione moisturizer NATURIUM - Marine Hyaluronic Water Cream NATURIUM - Marine Hyaluronic Water Cream although this isn’t fungal acne safe ( polysorbate) its only has one non fa safe ingredient but its super low on the list so its not likely to give you a break out. and its a lightweight gel cream oil The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane affordable and moisturizing! squalane oil is fungal acne safe! sunscreen FACE HALO - MISSHA All-Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++ affordable light weight sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast. its fa safe but is VERY fragrant comment below your favorite fungal acne products!!! like and save xo melanie
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Squalane
✔️Results! Let's get rid of Hyperpigmentation! ✨
If you know me for my Acne journey, you know I managed to leave my hormonal acne at bay. For few weeks I've been focusing on my Acne scars (dark spots) or Hyperpigmentation. For my Indian/brown skin it is inevitable to take care of my Post inflammatory Hyperpigmentation as it tends to get worse with time and sun exposure. The key to start with gettind rid of hyperpigmentation is Sunscreen. Mostly an SPF 30+. It is very important to calm those Melanocytes (cells that produce Melanin) and stop/reduce inter-cell transfer of melanin once it's produced. ✨This can be done with the help of these ingredients : 1. Niacinamide - Brightens skin, reduces Inter-transfer of melanin, Calms melanocytes 2. Alpha Arbutin - Brightening agent, stops excessive melanin production 3. L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) - Brightens and lightens dark spots 4. Azelaic acid - Brightens, gently exfoliates and calms Melanocytes 5. AHAs and Retinol - Increase cell turnover and exfoliate skin for brightening of hyperpigmentation. These all are my current favorites and are absolutely effective. Their formulation is so good I have been able to enjoy using them. ✨AM routine : 1. PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore-Reducing Toner 2. ( I use this to prevent further breakouts, and I experienced slight brightening with this as well) NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% 3. @naturium Alpha Arbutin 1% essence NATURIUM - Alpha Arbutin Essence 1% 4. @naturium Super serum plus on alternate days NATURIUM - Vitamin C Super Serum Plus 5. @naturium Azelaic acid 10% serum NATURIUM - Azelaic Topical Acid 10% 6.NATURIUM - Alpha Arbutin Serum 2% 7. @leegeehaam Royal Propolis vitam amploule 8. @sundayriley Tidal enzyme water cream ( This has Alpha arbutin and some other brightening ingredients) SUNDAY RILEY - Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream I mix @cosmedix L-Ascorbic acid powder COSMEDIX - Pure Mixing Crystals Vitamin C Powder with this cream and apply. It works amazing!! Or @sundayriley C.E.O vitamin C rich cream SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream 9. @tula protect +glow SPF 30 TULA SKINCARE - Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30 10. (When I'm heading out) Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ✨ PM routine : 1. @naturium BHA toner 2. @naturium Alpha arbutin 1% essence 3. @naturium Alpha arbutin 2% serum 4. @curology Formula (This has Azelaic acid 8% and Niacinamide 4%) Curology - Curology formula 5. @sundayriley A+ Retinol serum (Two-three nights per week) SUNDAY RILEY - A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum 6. (Once or twice a week instead of Retinol and Curology formula) The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution / SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment 6. I keep changing my night moisturizer, I use a gel/light moisturizer.
SUNDAY RILEY-A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum
How I cleared my Acne - My AM and PM routine
Swipe left !! 🔙 So, my Hormonal acne is almost cleared up and I'm so excited to share with you how I cleared my acne as well as what products worked amazing for that! As shown in pictures six months back I had painful, bleeding cystic acne that flared up because of PCOS (Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). I managed to leave them at bay now, leaving me focused on just the acne scars which are also faded a lot! I believe whoever has hormonal acne, or breakouts in general this routine will for you! So here's my morning and nighttime routine for past six months ( some products are added recently but they're helping me in maintaining my skin Acne-free) AM - @fresh Soy cleanserfresh - Soy Makeup Removing Face Wash @innisfree Panthenol 10 tonerinnisfree - Truecare Panthenol 10 Moisture Skin @naturium Hyaluronic acid essence 2% NATURIUM - Hyaluronic Acid Essence 2% @Tula Pro-Glycolic PH resurfacing tonerTULA SKINCARE - Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner Alternate day (replacing AHA/ @tula toner) - @naturium Vitamin C Super serum plusNATURIUM - Vitamin C Super Serum Plus @theordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% @naturium Niacinamide 12% + Zinc 2% NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% @sundayriley C.E.O Vitamin C rich hydration cream SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream @Tula Protect + Glow Daily sunscreen gel broad spectrum SPF 30TULA SKINCARE - Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PM - @curology Cleanser (I don't wear makeup but I used @elemis cleansing balm to remove my sunscreen as first cleanse) Curology - The Cleanser @naturium Hyaluronic acid essence 2% NATURIUM - Hyaluronic Acid Essence 2% @naturium Niacinamide 12% + Zinc 2%NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% @curology Custom formula - (This contains Niacinamide 4% + Clindamycin 1% + Azaleic acid 4% | For anyone who doesn't want or can't try curology, use @theordinary Azaleic acid suspension 10% + @naturium Niacinamide 12% + Zinc 2% serum.) Curology - Curology formula Two nights in a week (replacing @curology formula) - @sundayriley A+ Retinoid serum / @theordinary Granactive retinoid 2% emulsionSUNDAY RILEY - A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum This is my detailed routine and I really want to root for Azaleic acid as an ingredient as it helped me with my acne as well as (PIH)dark spots at the same time. Azaleic acid is such a great all rounder and no brainer when it comes to treating Acne and lightening/fading dark spots. Quick overlook of it's benefits- - Anti-microbial (hence kills acne causing bacteria) - Anti-inflammatory (reduces redness and look of blemishes) -Gently exfoliates skin (Unlike potent AHA but gives similar exfoliation) - Reduces skin texture and textural irregularities - Lightens and brightens dark spots, PIH, melasma by slowing down melanin production - Works well with almost all actives including AHA/BHA, Vitamin C, Retinols - Isn't photosensitive meaning you can use it in the morning as well as at night. Which product/ingredient you like the most? ⭐
SUNDAY RILEY-A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum
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