My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 1 Week Results
Welcome to the first week of the 4th month! 👏🏻 Here are my results!
My Thoughts & Results 🙂
So the weather has been messing up my skin lately. It’s been extremely hot. Ugh, heat waveeeee. 🔥 I noticed that my skin was getting a lot oilier. Even my sunscreen which is oil-absorbing couldn’t tame the oil on my face. At least it didn’t dry my skin out. But, my skin has been a lot oilier, greasier due to the weather. Along with that comes with breakouts. *sigh* I haven’t increased my dose of tret. I’m still using it 1-2 times a week. There’s no way I can increase it at this point with the higher strength. It works on my acne and is very strong at the same time. The funny thing is that it’s strong only on certain parts of my face. For example, my cheeks and the sides of my mouth. Everywhere else seems to take tret just fine. I might have to find another way to use tret while keeping in mind where my sensitivities are. I’ll try something new next time. 🙂 At the moment, I don’t have that much acne. Just breakouts from purging from tret and breakouts from the annoying hot weather. No cystic acne. My skin looks pretty clear. The breakouts aren’t even that noticeable. It’s only noticeable to me because I see my face every day, lol. But it’s been going well. Hopefully it just gets better with time. I’m still able to use Vanicream, but I’m still hanging on hoping that it’s not going to break me out. This moisturizer has saved my skin big time. My skin heals so much better and faster while on tret. My skin burns and stings less. I’m really falling in love with this moisturizer. No breakouts? Not yet! Just not yet. Moisturized skin? Absolutely! Skin that looks healthy and glowy? LOVE! 🥰 I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll work out long term. It’s working way better than my other moisturizers. It protects my skin from dryness and irritation. Yay! I hope it keeps on working without causing any issues!
On to something else that I wanted to talk about…
Sunscreen over makeup?
I started wearing makeup again. I miss it so much! I love applying and wearing makeup. Always have. Taking a break is nice too, but I think it’s time to bring back makeup. The only makeup I really do wear is eye makeup and a bb cream. I love bb creams because they tend to smooth out the skin and contains SPF. With that in mind, it’s very difficult to apply sunscreen over makeup. It just swishes everything around and ruins the initial makeup application. Honestly, the only product (that contains SPF) I’ve noticed that doesn’t mess up makeup is a face powder. That’s what I used to use before. I stopped because I couldn’t find a powder that I liked since the one I was using was discontinued. So I moved on to bb creams for that reason. I just stuck to bb creams since. If it works, it works, right? Also, I don’t like traditional foundations. I never have. Tinted moisturizers? Never found one that I liked. They don’t give the skin much coverage anyways. What’s the point? I prefer a product that provides at least some coverage. Sunscreen sprays? They usually contain denatured alcohol. I find them too irritating on my skin. I love the idea though! Sunscreen sticks? They’re quite sticky, messy, and a bit too heavy on my skin. I’m still searching for a product that works on top of makeup, and it’s been a challenge finding something that works without ruining makeup. So this is what I did. I started off with what I had…
Remember Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40? I tried it again. This sunscreen is a gel sunscreen with a lightweight texture. It blends into the skin nicely (on clean skin). On top of makeup, it doesn’t work. It swishes makeup around. I stopped using it on top of my makeup after a single day, lol. I didn’t use it long enough to notice breakouts. But, I didn’t like the way it felt on my skin. It made my skin appear more oily and just sat on top of my skin. At least I didn’t get it in my eyes. It burned my eyes last time.
Another sunscreen I tried was my current sunscreen La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body & Face Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion. It worked better than Trader Joe’s. When reapplying over makeup, it’s difficult to get the same amount of sunscreen on the face, but I tried my best. Using La Roche-Posay wasn’t too bad. Since I didn’t have any flaky skin, it was much easier to reapply over makeup. All I did was dab the sunscreen all over my face and pat it into my skin. It helped to absorb excess oil too. After a few hours, my skin gets really oily, so the oil-control was very nice. My skin appeared less shiny after application. So the sunscreen application wasn’t perfect, but it was something I can live with right now until I find another way that’s best for me to reapply during the day.
It’s been a good week. I’m happy to see more improvements in my skin! Yay! I’ve been battling this for too long, and it looks like I’m finally going somewhere (for the billionth time, HA!). My skin definitely looks way better compared to when I started. Let’s keep hoping for the best! 🙏🏻 See everyone next week!
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