My Acne Journey: 5 Months + 3 Weeks
Hi everyone. 🙂 It’s been 5 months and 3 weeks on this acne journey. I can’t believe it’s been this long on this journey! I’m pushing forward each day!
So I took a 3 day break from my acne treatment this week. I tried to increase the dose and it all backfired, lol. In other words, I burned my face. During this break, I tried iUNIK Beta-Glucan Power Moisture Serum to hydrate and heal my skin. You can read about my experience by clicking on the link. From my experience with this product, I won’t be continuing on with it. It made my skin worse. It seems like my skin prefers a plain, bland, minimal skin care routine. I just went back to my normal daily skin care routine. On my rest days (if there’s any), I just leave my skin alone. I use nothing on my skin at night. By the end of the week, the breakouts shrunk in size. My skin felt less dry. I was very disappointed with the results I got from iUNIK. I’m never using it ever again. I can’t wait to finish it (on my body) and toss it out. I’m not sure how this product has positive reviews. It’s not worth the money. No wonder why I was breaking out so much back then. It was a combination of things plus this product and most likely other products.
After another week of using Olay Regenerist Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 Revitalizing Facial Cleanser. My skin doesn’t feel dry from using this facial cleanser anymore. My skin is finally used to it. But, I’m still on the look out for a new facial cleanser. Still.
I stopped using bha during the break, and I was using it 1-2 times a week, but I’ve bumped up my use of the product this week. I’m dealing with random blackheads popping up out of nowhere. I wonder if it has to do with my sunscreens. Some of them feel sticky, tacky, and overly moisturizing. My skin does not need that much moisture. Just enough. Reapplying sunscreen really leaves my skin feeling heavy sometimes. I’ll keep using bha and see what happens to my skin. Hopefully the blackheads are going to clear up. If not, I’ll have to find something else to get rid of these blackheads.
More products I tried this week!
Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30:
I still haven’t seen this product being sold anywhere. I still have 2 bottles of this sunscreen left. After I finished Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, I started using Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30. I have to use them up so they won’t go to waste. I’m only using this sunscreen indoors. It’s not sweat or water-proof. My experience using this sunscreen wasn’t that good. I’ve used it for many years because it was the only sunscreen product that didn’t clog my pores, moisturized my skin, and brightened it. I guess it wasn’t too bad of a product. At least it didn’t clog my pores and made my complexion more even. It contains glycine soja (soybean) seed extract to help fade acne marks and brighten the skin. I’m glad I found other sunscreens that provide better protection without clogging my pores. I was pretty committed to this sunscreen. Well, once I finish the last bottles of this product, it’s done. I have no choice anyways. I think it’s been discontinued. There’s also fragrance in this product. I found it pretty irritating to the skin and eyes. By the way, this is a chemical sunscreen. Hell yes! It burned my eyes. I wonder how I put up with that for so many years.
Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40:
I finished my first bottle of Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 this week. The texture of the sunscreen felt very silky smooth. That’s one thing about the sunscreen that I really liked. It smoothed over my skin easily and blends into the skin very well. This sunscreen, unfortunately, burned my eyes. I can’t use it near my eyes or the skin around my eyes. I used a mineral-based sunscreen instead for the eye area when using Trader Joe’s SPF 40. It also clogged my pores once again. I noticed a few clogged pores on my chin and 2 cysts (haven’t had these in a while!) after a few days of using it. The sunscreen does contain shea butter. Perhaps that is the culprit. So, the texture and consistency of the sunscreen is very lovely. It moisturizes and smooths out the skin. It works as a makeup primer due to it smoothing the skin out. Since it breaks me out, I won’t purchase another bottle after finishing my last one. I’m not going to use the rest on my face but my body.
Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Lotion SPF 15:
I finished (couldn’t get the rest out of the bottle) this sunscreen in August (read more on my skin care empties). It’s November. I noticed that I still had this SPF sitting around unused because I couldn’t cut open the bottle. Yes, that’s what I do to get every last drop out. With Eucerin’s packaging, they make it difficult to get to every last drop. Finally, I was able to cut open the bottle with much difficulty. Look what’s at the bottom of the bottle? Tons of product leftover. Sheesh! This would’ve been a waste if I had just tossed the sunscreen out after the pump couldn’t dispense any product out. This is one of those products that I would never purchase again. They need to change the packaging of the product. It sucks. It infuriates me knowing that products like this exist. Terrible product.
Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream & CeraVe Moisturizing Cream:
I stopped using Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream on my face a while ago. I’ve been trying to use it up and using it as an eye cream. My facial skin didn’t like the cream, but the skin around my eyes seems to love it. The cream is fragrance-free, non-irritating, and blends into the skin effortlessly. It smooths out the eye area too. I love it! I might bring it back into my skin care routine as an eye cream (not a face cream). Another product I attempted to use as an eye cream is the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. With this cream, it didn’t work out. The cream wouldn’t blend into my skin. I just didn’t like the way it felt on my eyes. It didn’t leave my skin feeling moisturized like the Eucerin cream. CeraVe seems to work better on body. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind and absorbs into the skin pretty quick. On my eyes, it’s another story.
What else am I doing??
I’ve been eating pretty healthy. You can check out on my update on my health goals right here. I’ve increased my intake of vegetables after that update, haha. I’ve seen an improvement in my skin too. I’ve had less breakouts and skin just looks so much better. So it’s not just skin care I’m doing. I don’t even use that many skin care products on my face anyways. I think it’s pretty ridiculous to just rely on skin care to have healthy skin. Skin health also comes from within. I’m happy to be back on track! Also, I stopped wearing face makeup most days of the week. I didn’t see the purpose anymore. I just wanted to let my skin be. Just take care of it and not have too many makeup products on it. It’s nice to see a makeupless face.
Moving on to 6 months! Has it been this long?? 🤯
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