The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1% Serum, Day 1

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The Ordinary Niacinamide Zinc Serum
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1% Serum

I have a new skin care product. I’ve read so many good reviews on The Ordinary Nicinamide 10% Zinc 1% Serum. I’m currently using Cos De BAHA Niacinamide 10% Serum. It’s been 1 month. I’ve always wanted to try The Ordinary’s. My current Niacinamide did a good job at moisturizing, but it did nothing for my oily skin. Here’s more about this product:


The Ordinary Niacinamide Zinc Serum
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1% Serum, Ingredients

I started using The Ordinary Nicinamide 10% Zinc 1% Serum this morning. As I was dispensing the serum into my palm, I noticed that it looks sticky. Once I applied it to my skin, it absorbed quickly and didn’t leave a sticky feeling behind. I will include this serum with my other serums. I just hope that it doesn’t clog my pores overtime, irritate my skin, or give me a bad breakout. We will see. I don’t want the same thing to happen again (Lily Ana Naturals Vitamin C Serum). It’s a risk to take. Let’s do it and hope for the best!

Have you used The Ordinary Nicinamide 10% Zinc 1% Serum before? Share your thoughts.

Love, Jen

Differin & BP 1 Month + 3 Weeks Results

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Acne.org BP Treatment Gel
Acne.org BP Treatment Gel

I decided to do a week by week update on my experience with Differin and BP. It would be nice to put my thoughts out there and simply share my experience with everyone. I’m verging on 2 months next week. I can’t believe it has been that long already. Unfortunately, Differin isn’t doing what it’s supposed to be doing. Perhaps I should change my experience to a BP Journey instead. But, I’ll stick to Differin & BP, so everyone would know that’s where I started (with Differin).

Up until now, I’ve been going through hell with my skin. I’m just going to admit it, it has made me feel terrible. During the summer, my skin was 100% clear. I had NO ISSUES whatsoever. That’s when I made a mistake using a vitamin c serum, and it clogged my pores all over my face. Anyone with acne-prone skin should NOT purchase this serum. Stay away from it! Honestly, I wore more makeup than ever. Coverage was just terrible. It’s literally impossible to cover lumps and bumps. Ugh. As of now, I’m happy to say that my skin has taken a major turn…

YES!! 😊😊😊

And it’s not because of Differin. I’ve said this sooo many times already. I will say it again. Differin DID NOT work for me. If you don’t see changes in your skin during the first month. Changes as in skin peeling, redness, soreness, and all of that stuff, TRY SOMETHING ELSE. That sounds like a terrible experience to go through with Differin, but that was what I experienced when I used Differin the first time around (when it was a prescription). Many people would say to pull through and wait it out, but Differin doesn’t work for everyone. It’ll be a waste of time sticking to something that doesn’t work for your skin. I know what it feels like to have acne-ridden skin. It’s not fun. It takes a toll on your self-esteem. Why? Because your outer appearance will affect your inner self-esteem.

One day, I decided to take the plunge and incorporate BP into my skin care routine ‘fully’. What I mean fully is that I use it all over my face. Not as a spot treatment. This is what I did in the summer when I had issues with clogged pores. I didn’t use any other skin care products. No sunblock either. I used it in the morning and at night. I slathered it on like no other. IT WORKED. I decided to take the risk again and try it once again. I may be regurgitating what I’m saying many times, but it comes to a point where there should be results. If it’s not working, move onto something else!

BP worked for me. Differin did not. Here’s a recap of my experience with BP:

During the first week, my skin dried up and peeled. I can see patches of skin drying up and coming off easily. Just like that, skin came off. I had to exfoliate my skin to remove the dead skin. My skin looked clearer and smoother afterwards. Awesome! During the second week, skin started to purge (initial breakout). I am still on the second week. I can tell that what I’m doing is working. My skin is less oily. Pores look smaller. Skin appears smoother. Everything just seems right.

Am I going to ditch Differin? I’m still on the fence. I don’t know yet. I’ve only been using it at night. What I do is let it dry on my skin. After that, I apply BP all over my facial skin. I’ve been using BP every night since. My skin doesn’t feel dry or cracked from BP anymore. I love washing BP off of my face in the morning for some reason. My skin improves each and every time.

There you go everyone. Differin? No. BP? Yes. Use what works for your skin. I’m on the way to clear skin (my previous state before being clogged). Stay tuned for my 2 month update next week. I hope this helped anyone struggling with acne right now. Hang in there! Cheers! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I’m here to help! 😊

Check out other posts on Differin + Skin Care Routine:

Update: Skin Care Routine

Update: Differin + BP

Differin 1.5 Months Results

Differin 1 Month Results

Differin Week 1 Results

Differin Week 2 Results

Love, Jen

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