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
Top 5 January Favorites
Hey ya’ll in today’s mini post we’re talking about my top 5 favorite products of January 2021! First up is the Curology - The Moisturizer which comes in a set with theCurology - The Cleanser for $10. If you don’t listen to my podcast (search ‘Beauty Talk’ wherever you listen) then you wouldn’t know that I’ve been trying Curology for the last month (review coming on Friday). The moisturizer has glycerin and Hylaronic acid which are super hydrating ingredients. I love the lightweight texture that still keeps me moisturized. Hands down never going back to cream moisturizer after this!! Next is theLA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios Dermo-Kids Lotion SPF50 that costs $20 for 6.76 fl oz. It’s a bit greasy, but it makes my skin soft and glowy while also keeping it healthy. Even during lockdown it’s really important to wear sunscreen every single day. Next up is theOSEA - Sea Vitamin Boost which costs $38 for 3.4 fl oz. I was gifted this product by Cherie after I won Cherie Pick, and it’s the only good mist I’ve found. It’s alcohol and fragrance free, has algae and seaweed extract for hydration, and pomegranate extract for brightening. I know I don’t talk a lot about makeup, but I have two makeup picks. First is theNYX - Butter Gloss which costs $5 for .27 fl oz. My good friend @t_l_t bought it for me, and it’s non sticky, and has an early 2000s shimmer effect. Finally is one of my holigrail products that continues to impress me, theL'ORÉAL - Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara which costs $9 for .28 fl oz. This is THE MOST lengthening and clump free mascara I’ve ever used and I loveee ittt. That’s it for this post please cheer for this post if you liked it, comment your favorite product from this month, and follow me to join the family and for similar content. -Mae
LA ROCHE-POSAY -Anthelios Dermo-Kids Lotion SPF50
Free Samples in 2020 – Which Ones I’ll Be Purchasing!
Being a beauty-obsessed shopper in 2020 is hard. But free samples make it easier! With brands adding in more samples of their products than ever, shoppers can try snippets before purchasing the entire product. This psychologically-brilliant tactic is working for beauty brands, landing them more sales than ever. I think the reason free samples work so well is because: · Try before you buy, (the obvious) · Shoppers can purchase the full-size with confidence, resulting in fewer returns for the company · The risk-averse shoppers feel taken care of · Something about a gift triggers the human response of reciprocity (wanting to do something for them, like purchase more, once they have given you a gift) It’s truly a win-win. For context - My skin is oily, acne-prone, and also fighting anti-aging. A glorious trio. Here are some of my recent freebies from 2020 so far (going from left to right): ·The Curology Cleanser - o Very gentle o Lightweight o Made for all skin-types o Produced by leading dermatologists o You can purchase with a $40 bottle of customized formula for your skin-concerns, $40 covering a 2-month supply. The cleanser and moisturizer are the same for everyone, very gentle and neutral. Curology - The Cleanser · The Purlisse Matcha Green Tea Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal Mask – o This mask is magical o Your face feels so clean after o Smells delicious o I use 2-3 times per week for a nice, gentle exfoliation o The charcoal cleanses and visibly tightens pores o The tea calms your skin o The lemon brightens with vitamin C o The full-sized product is $35.00 with a 5-star rating presently pūrlisse - Matcha Green Tea + Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal Mask · 24K Gold Mineral Mud Mask from Ahava/Ulta – o Dead sea mud mask o LITERALLY GOLD (see picture for sample on my hand, didn’t want to waste much!) o It is very soft, and my face feels smoother after use o Some report breakouts afterward and there are mixed reviews o It leaves a glitter residue behind, unsure if some mistake that for the glow but I have experienced no breakouts o Full-sized product is $68.00 with a 3.2-star rating on Ulta AHAVA - 24K Gold Mineral Mud Mask · Herbivore Botanical’s Phoenix Oil – o I use this in the mornings, 2-3 drops o It is for dry skin but I have oily skin, feels great and very moisturizing o Works for sensitive skin, anti-aging, dryness o Very lightweight o Made using rosehip, omega oils, vitamin A, and sea buckthorn o Herbivore is probably my favorite skincare line (vegan, product is concentrated and goes a long way, lasts for 6 months+ if used slowly, their products WORK!) o Uses Alpha Lipoic Acid to add a natural glow to skin o Large bottle is $88.00, again, will last you 6-months to a year if you take your time o You could use one drop a day if you wanted o Color will vary (I have noticed with their Lapis Blue Tansy oil that it got greener over time. You can see from my Phoenix sample in the picture that it is more yellow, whereas on the website it is more orange. This is likely due to oxidation and the potency of the product may be decreasing slightly as it is exposed to air).HERBIVORE - Phoenix Rosehip Anti-Aging Face Oil for Dry Skin · Sunday Riley’s UFO Acne Treatment Oil – o 1.5% salicylic acid, to fight acne and breakouts o Clears pore congestion o Quite lightweight for an oil o Tea tree oil works great on my skin, with anti-fungal properties to fight bad bacteria o Vegan/fragrance/paraben-free o Emerald green in color o Full-sized product is $40.00 with 4.5-star ratings out of 34-reviews presently SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil · Eight Saint’s Bright Side – o A cleanser that utilizes antioxidants o Crème-based but not too heavy o Made using fruit and seed oils o The smell is citrusy and fruity o Intended for dry skin but I’ve experienced no issues with it (even though I have oily and acne-prone skin) o Full-sized product is $46.00 with 5-star ratings out of 17-reviews presently So!EIGHT SAINTS - Bright Side Out of these six, the four I would purchase the full-sized product of and recommend include: · The Purlisse Matcha Green Tea Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal Mask · 24K Gold Mineral Mud Mask from Ahava/Ulta · Herbivore Botanical’s Phoenix Oil · Sunday Riley’s UFO Acne Treatment Oil My all-time favorite out of that would have to be the phoenix oil by Herbivore. My second favorite is the matcha green tea. And honestly, I could live without the other four. That’s my hot take! I hope it helps you, beautiful queens!
AHAVA-24K Gold Mineral Mud Mask
My Curology Journey: First 2 Weeks!
Alrighty! So, I’ve been hearing so much buzz about Curology, and I’ve been looking to do a few things: 1) cut back on long-term costs with my skincare routine 2) simplify my skincare routine in general 3) use a stronger retinoid product and have a BOMB anti-aging formula (My skin type/needs: combo skin, dry in the winter, living in a dry environment, with occasional sensitivity to certain ingredients. Occasional, small amounts of acne, but mostly working to even skin tone, smooth texture and work against aging) With the reasons above to try it, plus a $5 sample for a trial bundle of the custom formula, zit spot treatment, cleanser, and rich moisturizer, how could I not?! Here’s my custom formula of active ingredients, based on my personal skincare needs: Niacinamide- 4% Tranexamic Acid- 5% Tretinoin- 0.005% Week 1: Curology - The Cleanser it’s up there with cerave hydrating cleanser. I dig the consistency. It’s great for your second cleanse! Curology - Curology formula I am awaiting the full trial period before considering 5 stars- so far no issues, only goodness from what I can tell! Curology - The Moisturizer nice add to the dry-skin moisturizing holster. Woohoo! *I double cleansed (as I do every day), because I wore makeup and SPF- I wanted to make sure my skin was clean and free of any product before applying the formula! *The first two applications, my skin was a bit tingly for about 10-15 minutes after applying the custom formula, but didn’t get red or feel irritated at all 👍🏼 phew! *I moisturized within less than 5 minutes after the formula settled in. I’ve heard that formulas can be drying at first, so I didn’t want to risk my skin getting dry and potentially more sensitive/ damaged *As directed, on nights where I used the custom formula, I did not use AHA/ BHA/ PHA, vitamin c, or even gentle serums. Kept it simple with just cleansers, the custom formula, and the rich moisturizer 👏🏼 *My skin felt really soft the morning after the first two uses, but towards the end of week 1 found my skin felt pretty dry. Week 2: *So far, adding in a tidbit of my FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream to mix with my custom formula, as my skin feels dry *Keeping it simple! *Pimple patches are going to WERK 👏🏼 honestly. Leave these babies on for 6-24 hours and I saw 5/6 pimples go away almost completely. Reordering the patches for SURE 👌🏼 I’ll be sharing weeks 3-4 together, where if there is a true purge period, I’m hoping it’ll come and go. Thanks everyone 🤘🏼💃🏼
Products I don’t like that caused me breakouts: CeraVe - SA Lotion For Rough & Bumpy Skin CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin PALMER'S - Cocoa Butter Formula Original Solid Formula (I can’t even rate this product I hate it) I didn’t really understand skin care back then (not saying I know everything about skin care now, but I know more now then I did a few months ago) so I was just using products from youtubers who recommend it. I was not trying to figure out my skin type and what I was trying to target, I was just using it for the sake of skincare. Now I’ll tell you why I don’t like these products personally, the Cerave over dried my skin (I already have dry skin) it just stripped my face of any natural oils. I don’t completely blame the products because i think I was also being too careless, like I would use it everyday and top it off with the Cerave moisturizer. My skin did not like this at all, I was also using cooking ingredients on my face like olive oil and coconut oil. The cocoa butter was just not it for me, and I thought I could never use oils on my face again but then I met OLIVIA CARE Bath & Beauty - Rosehip Oil Face Serum This was a game changer and I recently started using it and I love it❤️ Other products I used: Curology - Curology formula Curology - The Moisturizer were:Curology - The Cleanser The reason I have stopped using curology is because it’s a little too expensive, every month I was paying $59 (for two months). The products worked great for the short amount of time I was using them but I also didn’t want my skin to depend on it. I still use the cleanser and the moisturizer but not the prescription medicine. Products I love ❤️: OLIVIA CARE Bath & Beauty - Rosehip Oil Face Serum AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay Incredible BY NATURE - African Black Soap Curology - The Cleanser L'ORÉAL - Active Daily Moisture Face Lotion with SPF 15 JĀSON - JĀSON Tea Tree Oil I alternate between the curoloy cleanser and the black soap because the black soap can be little too stripping if you use it every day, and the curoloy a gentle cleanser. Thank you if you made it this far 😘
L'ORÉAL-Active Daily Moisture Face Lotion with SPF 15
Month 1 Curology & Differin- The Purge Is Real
I’ve always had acne, but at 21 I started getting hormonal acne on my cheeks, chin and jaw- super painful and red! I am currently experiencing a lot of purging after a month exactly on Curology & Differin due to doctor and friend recommendation. I also got my hormonal IUD (Kyleena) out on Friday (10/09?) and I feel like my acne has been hormonally linked more than anything. I started taking Sprintec hormonal BC so we’ll see how it goes. My first derm appointment is Nov 1st- not soon enough! I wasn’t exactly informed til about two weeks in that my skin would be worse, which was pretty shitty, but it is what it is. I’m at about week 5 1/2 and have found some products work better or worse for me. I have very sensitive skin- parts of my body are prone to eczema but my face is combo (oily/dry) and prone to acne (hormonal mostly). My routine: AM- Curology cleanser Curology moisturizer (it’s very light/gel) but more often now I use the TO moisturizer lately (for dry/sensitive skin) I use Micellar cleansing water with cotton pads during the day if I sweat or wear my mask 😷 then apply moisturizer again if my skin barrier looks dry- it usually does nowadays.. PM- Double cleanse with Curology cleanser or Alba SA Cleanser (gently exfoliates) when I need to exfoliate Curology moisturizer or TO moisturizer (usually TO) Curology formula every other night / Differin every other night (I never use together even though at first I was🤧)- I might decrease the use of these but idk what to do Curology moisturizer or TO moisturizer (sway toward this) Please give me tips or reassurance that I’m doing okay! Best of luck to any girlies or others💜 struggling with maskcne, cystic acne and hormonal acne.... I feel ya! 💘
alba BOTANICA- Acne Dote, Face & Body Scrub Oil-Free
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