3 Weeks With The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution + BP!

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The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

It’s the 3rd week using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. I’ve only used it once this week. This product really makes my skin glow. I love it for that, but I think it’s time for me to move on to other skin care products for my acne. This toner isn’t cutting it. As I said, it helps to brighten my skin. I just haven’t noticed a drastic difference in my acne. It helped to unclog some pores, but I think it has created more pimples. Every time I use it, I feel like I get new pimples (not from purging). My skin isn’t liking an ingredient or ingredients in this toner. I love liquid-based skin care products. I love that it’s affordable and feels very nice when applied to the skin. It helps to remove excess sebum and debris too when used with a cotton pad. This glycolic acid toner just isn’t working for me. I’m not going to drag it on using it when I don’t feel like it’s right for me. Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum seems to work better on my skin. It’s soft, gentle, and doesn’t clog my pores or irritate my skin. I’ll try this serum out by itself instead. It’s a higher percentage of glycolic acid, but it hasn’t caused my skin issues like The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. Maybe my skin just doesn’t like The Ordinary skin care products. They seem to work better on my body though! Just not my facial skin. It’s time to switch things up!

I added benzoyl peroxide in the 2nd week. I needed an acne product that’s anti-bacterial. Yes, I’m back to using benzoyl peroxide. I used it once during the first week. During the second week, I used it as often as possible. I’m still trying to transition my skin into using benzoyl peroxide. Currently using moisturizer first then applying benzoyl peroxide. The results have been pretty good. After this week, using it more often compared to the first week, my skin has improved drastically. My acne (mainly closed comedones) are not completely gone, but my skin has changed for the better. I’m getting results very quick. I wish I could use it in the morning to get faster results. It’s just too difficult to apply benzoyl peroxide, let it dry on the skin, and apply other skin care products afterwards in my morning routine. I don’t have the time to let it dry on the skin. I just can’t. Since I need an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial in the morning to help with acne, I started using Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid again. I know! It’s back! I don’t use it every morning. I’ve only used it twice this week. This has been working for me so much better. I might’ve been using too many salicylic acid products before (face wash and a leave-on product). This is working for me right now. Just a few times a week to help unclog pores and for its anti-bacterial properties. Let’s see what happens in the upcoming weeks!

I tried some moisturizing skin care products this week too!

My Thoughts on Moisturizers…

La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin:

This is a lightweight, mattifying moisturizer. It’s not the most moisturizing moisturizer. It moisturizes a little bit. It doesn’t keep the skin moisturized throughout the day. I’ve been using it for nearly a month now, and I’m not too impressed. It should work on my skin because I have oily skin. But, it’s not doing much for my skin. I need something that actually moisturizes my skin a little bit more. After I stopped using this moisturizer, I noticed some breakouts vanished. I wonder if it’s breaking me out? πŸ€” I’ll try it again when I’m ready.

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence:

I tried using Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Essence for extra moisture this week. I didn’t think it was moisturizing enough for my skin. It lightly hydrates the skin, but the hydration doesn’t last. My skin started to feel drier throughout the day. Honestly, I think it caused my skin to dry out more. I noticed more gunk in my pores too while using it. I stopped using it on my facial skin because of this.

Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence:

I wasn’t going to use the Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence on my skin again, but I have a few bottles of this left. I’ve been using it on my body to use it up. I thought I would try it again on my facial skin just to see if it’ll work or not. This essence (like the Snail Mucin Essence) ended up drying my skin out. I used the Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence on damp skin too. It just didn’t work. It made my skin look worse. I noticed my pores filling up too. Clogging my pores? I guess it doesn’t work on my skin. Back to using it on my body.

Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin:

I was in need of a moisturizer that moisturizes my skin that I started to use Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin again. This moisturizer left my skin feeling moisturized and soothed my skin. It helps with dryness and skin irritations. I stopped using my other moisturizers and just stuck with this one after trying the other moisturizers. I prefer to keep my routine as minimal as possible instead of using a bunch of moisturizers all at once, lol. And this moisturizer did a better job at moisturizing. I’m currently just using Vanicream (once again) as my moisturizer. I don’t use it every day though. Only when my skin needs to be moisturized. Hopefully it works this time around since I’m using benzoyl peroxide, which is helping a ton with my acne.

Catch up on what happened right here:

My Experience After 1 Week Using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution + Other Skin Care Updates

2 Weeks Using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. My Results!

A Break from Tret & What I’m Doing Now

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Tret Break Moisturizers

I just finished a month of tret. I thought I would be able to continue on with treatment. But that’s not the case. My skin is feeling worn out. It feels thinner. There’s a lot of dead skin stuck on my face. My skin is itchy even though I use moisturizers. Yes, more than one moisturizer! These are the best moisturizers I can get without causing breakouts. So, I think it’s time to take a break once again. I’m not sure when I’m going to use tret again. Maybe by the end of the week or next week. Or, I might even use it only 2-3 times a week. I don’t know yet. I’ll have to see how my skin is doing and if it’ll be able to tolerate tret. Right now, my overall skin condition looks pretty good. I have only a few pimples. They wouldn’t budge until I stopped using tret. Perhaps my skin was just over-exfoliated. That’s what it seems like.

This is what I’m doing right now while on my mini break. I’ve eliminated acids. This includes any ahas, bhas, and vitamin c. And you know what’s weird? My blackheads disappeared when I stopped using these products. I wonder if one of these products are causing the blackheads too (along with Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask, which I stopped using regularly). I love the Cosrx Rice Mask. It’s still in my skin care routine. I only use it when my skin is really dry or when I wear makeup. It helps to minimize flaky skin due to its awesome moisturizing properties. It’s the closest thing I can get to moisturized skin without breaking out in cystic acne. Using it once in a while doesn’t do any harm. So, back to the blackheads, I don’t have any anymore. Hmmmm!

Here are the products I’m using during this break. It’s mainly moisturizing skin care products to heal and hydrate my skin…

Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence:

It’s still a staple in my routine! This essence is such a life saver! Still, not the most moisturizing, but it hasn’t broken my out. Yay! I’m just very happy that I found it. With this essence, I don’t use it on damp skin. I tried it and had issues with it being too hydrating. I ended up with blackheads. Yeah, my skin doesn’t like too much moisture. It makes my skin worse even though I do enjoy the feeling of moisturized skin.

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence:

Next up, Cosrx Snail Essence has been working for me. Shockingly! I started using it twice a day, and it has improved the quality of my skin. It’s much more moisturizing compared to the Cosex Hydra Power Essence. But since I mix the two essences, it does wonders for my skin. I love them both! But the snail essence is really amazing stuff. I highly recommend it!

iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum:

I didn’t think I was going to use the iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum twice a day, but I had to. My skin was calling out for moisture, so I tried it. WOW, it worked! It left my skin even more moisturizing compared to the Cosrx Hydra Powder Essence and Cosrx Snail Essence. My skin feels so soft and looks brighter! And it hasn’t caused breakouts (yet). I hope it stays this way because this has been a game changer in my routine. I’m seeing results in terms of moisture.

Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum:

This is one of my favorite serums so far. It’s not that moisturizing (can feel drying on the skin), but it helps with skin texture and skin smoothness. My skin feels and looks softer when using it. It sinks into the skin nicely. There’s a lot of skin goodies in this product, which I love! Calms my skin when it’s red and hasn’t caused any breakouts. It’s been a little over a month now…

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel:

I’m not sure how I feel about Benton Aloe Gel. It’s not that moisturizing, can sting if skin is over-exfoliated, and doesn’t do much for the skin. It’s OK, since it doesn’t break me out. I guess I can just continue to use it. See how it goes. Who knows. I might see some changes in the future, lol.

Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap):

I’ve fallen in love with Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap). Once I stopped using the Cosrx Rice Mask, the breakouts diminished. So, it looks like Cosrx Birch Sap is working for me. It moisturizes (as much as it can, much better than my other hydrating/moisturizing products), leaves my skin looking smooth, and doesn’t clog my pores. I’m crossing my fingers that it doesn’t break me out because I would be devastated. It’s the only moisturizer that has worked, and I’ve tried a lot of skin care products. I really don’t feel like searching for a new moisturizer, haha!

Hopefully I can get back on tret soon. My acne has improved so much after so many years of trying to clear up my skin. That’s something I’m very happy about. Finally! πŸ™‚ But it hasn’t been a smooth journey. I’m just really happy and excited to see results. And hopefully continue to see results! 😊

⭐ If you missed out on my posts on moisturizers

Finding the Perfect Moisturizer & What I Use!

Update on My Moisturizers πŸ™‚

⭐ If you missed out on my previous experience with tret

My experience with tret the first week…

After 1 Month on Tret + Skin Care Routine. Here are My Results.

2 Months on Tret. My results. πŸ™‚

Taking a break from tret…

Back to tret! 1 Week Results & My Skin Care Routine. Did it work? πŸ€”

1 Month on Tret. My Results!

Update on My Moisturizers :)

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Moisturizers

Here’s an update on my moisturizers. Moisturizing my skin has helped so much with skin dryness, flaky skin, and just skin that looks aged. My skin looked so bad without moisturizing. I knew that I needed to moisturize my skin, but I couldn’t find a moisturizer or a set of moisturizers that worked on my skin. I have problematic skin. It’s genetics. I have very oily skin that’s easily clogs. So I’m battling to keep my skin pimple-free at the same time. It’s tough. Not easy at all when so many moisturizers are pore-clogging and just not suitable for my skin type. But here I am with a set of moisturizers that I use. I talked about them in my first moisturizer post. Now here’s an update on what I think about each product.

⭐ Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence

I still love this essence. It’s still not the most hydrating, but I still like it for what it is. It gives my skin some moisture, doesn’t break me out, and sits on my skin nicely. It’s a good option for people with oily skin. It doesn’t leave the skin looking shiny or greasy. It absorbs into the skin very well. I’ve been using this essence twice a day without any issues. It’s a staple in my routine now. Love it!

⭐ Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Unlike Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, I don’t use the Snail Mucin Essence every day. It’s too moisturizing on my skin. My skin starts to act up when I use it too often. This is something I use 1-2 times a week or when my skin feels drier than usual. Sometimes I use it in the morning if I need it, but I prefer to keep it at night.

⭐ Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel

Since my skin is getting a little bit more sensitive, I can feel this moisturizer burning my skin, lol. But I’m still using it, hah! It’s a nice soothing aloe gel (when it doesn’t sting the skin). It absorbs into the skin well and leaves it somewhat moisturized. The moisture doesn’t last long, but it’s something to use that doesn’t cause breakouts. The smell of the product is getting to me though. It has a weird scent to it that I’m not fond out.

⭐ Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask

The most moisturizing moisturizer I use is the Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask. I love how it leaves my skin moisturized. But did it leave my skin looking brighter? I’m not impressed with the brightness. I was hoping it’ll fade some acne marks, since it contains rice extract and niacinamide, but I haven’t seen much. It does a great job at keeping my dry skin moisturized. It does feel a little bit oily though. This moisturizer is not oil-free, by the way. It contains sunflower seed oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil. I can’t believe I’ve lasted this long using this product, lol.

⭐ Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap)

This is the latest moisturizer I added to my moisturizing routine. This is on par with Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask in terms of moisture. It leaves the skin so moisturized without making the skin look like a greasy mess. It also contains lemon peel and tea tree oil. I wish tea tree oil wasn’t at the end of the ingredient list. Tea tree oil is one of my favorite natural acne-fighting ingredients. It helps to tame my acne. I used to use a tea tree oil face wash that worked wonders for my skin for so many years. I miss it! But this moisturizer has done my skin good. I like it. πŸ™‚

I hope this was helpful. Thank you for reading. πŸ™‚

Finding the Perfect Moisturizer & What I Use!

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Moisturizers

I have trouble finding a good moisturizer for my skin type. It’s oily, but it’s also acne-prone. Finding a moisturizer that tames the oilies in my skin and doesn’t clog my pores isn’t an easy task. I see people slathering themselves in hydrating skin care products all the time, but I’m left here to suffer with dry skin that’s problematic at the same time. Yeah, I really want some of that moisture in my skin too (hehe), but it’s not as easy as it seems. So I’ve been on the search for a moisturizer for so many years and failing each time. A moisturizer works great for the first few days but ends up breaking me out by mid-week. It’s not fun. Sometimes the breakouts were so bad that I stopped using an actual moisturizer. Yes, moisturizing is important, but the experience can be disappointing when nothing ever works. So I’ve rounded up a list of hydrating essences and moisturizers that somehow managed to work on my skin (just a little bit) without causing my skin to erupt in cystic acne or closed comedones. I dread those suckers!! First, I started off with Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum to hydrate my skin but needed a more moisturizing product after noticing that it wasn’t giving my skin the proper moisture that it needs. This is what I use! Here they are!

β˜… Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence

This essence isn’t bad. It’s just not the most hydrating and can potentially dry the skin out. It needs moisture to keep the skin hydrated. I tried using it on my damp skin, but that didn’t work for me. I noticed blackheads on my face. But it seems to do just fine without applying it to damp skin. It works for what it is. And I know it doesn’t clog my pores. It’s just not that hydrating as the name of the product says. lol. I keep this essence around, since it’s not too bad, and it’s an affordable hyaluronic acid product.

β˜… Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

This essence has the potential to clog my pores, but that’s if I use it too often during the week. So I use it only a few times a week at night. I avoid using it during the day due to the stickiness of the product, and my skin is more oily during the day vs night. It’s more moisturizing compared to Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, so it does a better job at keeping my skin moisturized. It’s nice to keep it around just in case my skin feels drier than usual. It’s a lightweight essence that absorbs into the skin very quick even though it’s sticky. Try it, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

β˜… Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel

I stopped using Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel because it was burning my exfoliated skin. Since my skin is back to normal, I decided to include it in my routine. It’s not the most moisturizing product, but it doesn’t irritate or break me out. It’s also one of the products that contain Propolis that doesn’t clog my pores. All of the other Propolis skin care products I’ve used gave me acne. It may or may not be Propolis but the other ingredients in those particular products. This aloe gel feels soothing on the skin. It’s just not that moisturizing, and the moisture doesn’t last for too long. I prefer to use it in the morning instead of night. But sometimes I sneak it in at night when I need to soothe my skin or give it a little bit more moisture. It feels very nice on the skin.

β˜… Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask

Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask is the best out of the bunch that leaves the skin moisturized, especially for oily skin. It helped nourish my skin, kept it moisturized, and brightened my skin a bit. It’s weird. I have a on-and-off relationship with this moisturizer. I said I wouldn’t try it again (lol), but it was sitting there glaring at me. So I did. My skin was dry. l used it. haha. Let’s see how long the brightening effect lasts! BUT, I’m really in it for the moisture. Unfortunately, I can’t use this moisturizer too often, since it’s pretty moisturizing on my skin. I take a day or two off using this moisturizer when my skin gets too oily. Moisturizing is good but too much can also be bad.

What are your favorite moisturizers? What has worked for you? Share! πŸ™‚

An Update on Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence. Does it work?

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Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence

After I discontinued Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, I needed a moisturizer or something that hydrates my skin just a little bit. I just needed something to prevent my skin from drying out. I decided to give Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence another chance. Out of all of the moisturizers and hydrators that I have, I didn’t want to purchase a new one just yet. I didn’t know what I wanted to try next anyways, so I settled on what I have. It turned out to be Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence. I still have a couple of bottles of this essence left. So I’ve been using it for about a week already. Here are my thoughts and results!

This essence isn’t as sticky compared to the Snail Mucin Power Essence. It does have a sticky feeling to it when dispensed from the bottle, but it’s not too bad. The essence isn’t runny. It’s in between a liquid and gel. Feels soft in texture and smooth. I dispense about 1-2 pumps depending on how dry my skin is. I’m trying to aim for 2 pumps. Sometimes I think it’s a little too much. haha. But this essence absorbs into the skin very well. After it sinks into the skin, it feels like nothing was applied to the skin. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated, but it feels very lightweight at the same time. If you have very dry skin, this won’t keep the skin moisturized. It’s very much a lightweight hydrator. You might need something heavier.

Since I have issues with moisturizers, this is good enough for now. I can’t really complain because my skin looks awful without a moisturizer. It appears wrinkly and really dry. Ugh, I rather have this than nothing at all. But, it seems like it’s doing something for my skin. My skin doesn’t look super dry anymore, but I don’t think it’s the best hydrating product out there. Like I said, it’s very hard to complain about it, since I have trouble finding a good moisturizer for my skin type that’s picky and breaks out from everything. Maybe soon I’ll find a moisturizer that actually keeps my skin more moisturized and looking soft and supple. This is good enough for now.

As for breakouts, I was worried about getting clogged pores. I haven’t noticed any breakouts after 1 week of use. My skin looks pretty good. If it continues to work the way it is, this might become a staple in my skin care routine. So far, it’s not too bad. It’s much better than the Snail Mucin Power Essence. If you’re wondering, between the two, the Snail Mucin Power Essence is more moisturizing. I think that’s where the problem is for my skin. It’s just too moisturizing. So, the Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence seems to work better on my skin. I’m not too ecstatic about it, but my skin feels so much better using it. I just wish I could find something that provides more moisture. All is good so far.

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