My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 3 Weeks Results

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Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2 BHA Liquid Exfoliant

It’s a new week! ๐Ÿ™‚ My results!!

1 Week Update on Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid

It’s been 1 week using Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid. I started off using it in the morning only. Since I noticed a difference in my skin after a day of use, I started using it twice a day. Fortunately, without any issues. My skin didn’t dry out or become irritated. So after a single day of using the BHA, clogged pores were unclogging. Blemishes I didn’t know existed moved up to the surface. I had clogged pores this whole time? Who knew! Also, sebaceous filaments decreased, especially on my nose. That was my main problematic area for sebaceous filaments. By the end of the week, my skin looked clearer and smoother. I was incredibly shocked because I’ve been battling closed comedones, blackheads, and acne in general for so long. Adding the BHA Liquid was a good move. And it worked! But too bad Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid is pretty costly. It used to be affordable and just plain amazing (price and size), so I’m not sure if I’m going to stick to it if the price is this high. I might have to find another BHA product to use. But we’ll see what happens. My skin is looking pretty clear after adding BHA to my routine. I’m happy with the results so far!

Note: I’m only using this product a few times a week now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Trying AHA & Niacinamide…

I tried using an AHA product this week. It’s the Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum. It’s been a while since I’ve used this serum or an AHA skin care product. With this serum, I only used it at night. Only once this week. This is a glycolic acid serum (14%). It contains Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Green Tea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, and a few other ingredients. My experience using this serum didn’t go well the first time I tried it again. It didn’t really do anything for my skin. It’s a 14% glycolic acid product, but my skin doesn’t seem to care for it at all. I didn’t see any changes in my skin. Even though I used it only once this week, I remembered why I stopped using it in the first place. It feels like I’m applying water to my skin, and I never noticed any results using this serum in the past. It could just be this AHA product that doesn’t work on my skin. I’m not going to bother finding another one any time soon. I’ll stick to the BHA for now. It seems to be working so much better.

I also tried a product that contains niacinamide. It’s the SOME BY MI Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask. This product contains 5% niacinamide. I’m not big on niacinamide, but my skin has been very oily lately. It’s been a while since I’ve revisited this product, lol. The last time I used this sleeping mask it helped to control oil on my face (a little too drying from what I remember) and helped to brighten my complexion. The sleeping mask contains Niacinamide (as mentioned), Citrus Junos Fruit Extract (70.5%), Panthenol, Arbutin, and it even has Ascorbic Acid, ha! After a single day of using the sleeping mask, I noticed a brighter, more glowy complexion. But, after the third day, my skin started to get really dry. I mean so dry that my whole faced looked chapped. My face was cracking. I immediately stopped using it since I didn’t have a good moisturizer to use. I stopped using Vanicream around this time too thinking that SOME BY MI would be moisturizing. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I was so wrong. It’s extremely drying!!! Like it was before, haha. I wouldn’t recommend this sleeping mask if you have naturally dry skin. For me to continue to use this product, I would have to pair it with a good moisturizer to make it work.

What happened this week?

I’m still trying to figure out what works for my skin. I’ve removed a bunch of products too. I’m glad I did. I didn’t need that many products. I started to look back at the times when my skin was at its best. It was when I had a minimal skin care routine. Removing these skin care products was just a test to see how my skin would react. So far, it’s been going well. I really think it’s just a skin care addiction. LOL. For a few days I felt like I was missing something in my routine. Now, I know that I don’t actually need it, hahaha. So if you missed out on the skin care products I removed from my routine recently, check them out below!

Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

Benton Fermentation Essence

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

Melano CC Vitamin C Essence

Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum – I started using this serum again but stopped using it again this week. It’s a nice serum that soothes the skin, but it provides absolutely no long-lasting moisture. The product that was moisturizing my skin the whole time was Vanicream. I tried using the Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum as a lightweight hydrator/moisturizing product, but it just didn’t work. My skin became so dry after I applied it to my skin. I think this serum is only effective when paired with a moisturizer that actually moisturizes.

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence – I stopped using Cosrx Snail Essence for the same reason as Purito. It didn’t provide my skin that much hydration as I thought it did. It didn’t help protect or strengthen my skin either. My skin still felt dry while using it. Maybe I’ll add it back in the future. But I think I’m done with it for now. Hopefully this time, lol.

What I’m doing now. ๐Ÿงด

My face skin care routine has been simplified. I’m only using a cleanser (looking for a more moisturizing one for the winter), acne products (tret, bha), moisturizer, and sunscreen. That’s basically it. I’m thinking about adding benzoyl peroxide too since I had good results with it before. I’ve been using it as a spot treatment, but I’m thinking about an all-over treatment again. What I used to do. It worked too. My skin looks really good without an excess amount of products. Hopefully a minimal routine like this works because I am so sick and tired of getting breakouts. Let’s hope for the best and move on to another new week! Hello 4 MONTHS!! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ

My Acne Journey is right here if you missed out!

My Acne Journey: 1 Week Inโ€ฆ

My Acne Journey: 2 WEEKS!! 

My Acne Journey: 3 Weeks Results!

My Acne Journey: 4 Weeks Results!

My Acne Journey: 5 WEEKS IN!

My Acne Journey: 6 Weeks Resultsโ€ฆ

My Acne Journey: 7 Weeks Results

My Acne Journey: 2 MONTHS!! 

My Acne Journey: 2 Months + 1 Week Results!

My Acne Journey: 2 Months + 2 Weeks!

My Acne Journey: 2 Months + 3 Weeks Results!

My Acne Journey: 3 MONTHS!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 1 Week Results

My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 2 Weeks Results

My Acne Journey: 5 WEEKS IN!

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Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Here are my 5th week results! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

At the beginning of the week, I started off with what I was doing before, which is using tret and lactic acid every other day. Turns out that was way too much for my skin. I couldn’t handle the dryness and peeling skin any longer. My skin looked terrible with sunscreen on. It would cling to every dry patch and flaky skin at every corner of my face. It just didn’t look good, and it was impossible for me to go through the day like that. I just can’t. I have to see and talk to people. lol. By the end of the week, I stopped using tret and lactic acid on my skin. I took a break. No exfoliants. Nothing. Just moisturizing my skin. My skin improved for once this week! It was peeling, looking softer and smoother, and just overall brighter! So yeah, there’s such a thing as over-exfoliating. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Also, I ended up dropping some more skin care products from my routine. And guess what? My skin looked so much better without them. I think I may have been doing way too much. I wasn’t seeing results using a bunch of products either. Just a waste of time and money. My skin care routine has dialed down a ton, but I’m really liking it. It allows me to focus on letting my skin heal in its natural state (as much as possible) instead of having blobs of products on my face. I’ve also been trying to reapply sunscreen more often too. I did some updated reviews on Cetaphil mineral sunscreen products this week, don’t forget to check them out!

What I’m Using Right Now…

The sunscreen I’m still using is Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ Clear. I also have it in White. The White version is horrid. Don’t buy it. It doesn’t blend well into the skin and leaves a very noticeable white cast on the skin. I guess some people might like that type of look. I didn’t. I thought it was atrocious. It just looked terrible on my skin. Like white face paint. lol. The texture and consistency of the sunscreen is just like the Clear, but it just leaves an obvious white cast behind, doesn’t blend into the skin well, and dries out the skin a lot more. I’m currently looking for a better sunscreen. I like Canmake, but it dries my skin out when I reapply. I do wear moisturizer underneath and my skin still dries out after applying and reapplying the sunscreen. It gives the skin a dewy look but also feels like plastic silicone on the skin. Well, on my skin it does, lol. Also, I want a sunscreen that is water-resistant. It’s summer and sunscreen comes off much more easily during this time of the year. Canmake isn’t water-resistant.

So I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this sunscreen. Maybe I’ll keep using it. All I know is that it’s the only sunscreen that I have that doesn’t break me out. It might work better on days when it’s less sunny and when I’m not outdoors often. Because when using this sunscreen, I noticed that my face became a little tanner than usual. Hmmmmm. ๐Ÿค” I’ll be on the search for another sunscreen in the meantime.

So what products did I remove from my skin care routine??

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence:

It took me a while to see if I wanted to remove this product or not. Looking back, I used it for a few years, I think it’s been about 2-3 years already. Honestly, it hasn’t helped much with hydration. It hasn’t helped with fine lines and wrinkles either. I don’t think it really did anything significant. Absolutely nothing. So! I decided to stop using this product. I didn’t see the point anymore.

The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5:

Here’s to another serum that I saw ZERO results from. It’s not even hydrating. I don’t even know why I’m using it anymore. It’s pretty much a waste of time using it. It didn’t break me out or irritate my skin. It just felt like I was applying expensive water to my skin.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence:

I had a chance to try this essence again. It felt very lightweight and soothing on the skin. I didn’t use it long enough to see the full benefits of this product (if there’s any). I used it, stopped using it. I didn’t notice any breakouts this time. I didn’t think this essence was super moisturizing. It’s somewhat drying on the skin. I think I’m over it. Apparently I still have it, lol. That’s why I tried it again.

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream:

I started using this cream last week but decided to stop using it. I know, it’s way too soon. But, this is another product that I don’t need. What’s the point in using it when I have other exfoliants and retinol/retinoid products? Also, I think it’s too moisturizing on my skin as well. I didn’t think it was working for me. FYI, I’ve used this product before in the past. I guess I stopped using it for a reason.

RoC Line Smoothing Daily Cleansing Pads:

I loved these cleansing pads, and they do work to cleanse the skin. I’ve been using them whenever my skin starts to peel. I think this is a good product, but it’s another product that I don’t necessarily need in my life. And I don’t feel like wasting my money on it anymore. I feel like the dead skin cells on my face comes off naturally as I continue to moisturize my skin and let it heal. I’m not into cleansing pads or even scrubs right now. It’s not my thing at the current moment, so I decided not to buy it again when I’m done with it.

That’s all I changed and have done this week. I spent the week mostly re-evaluating my sun care products and how I’m applying them (how often too). I’ve been eliminating skin care products from left to right too. My skin is still adjusting to tret after 5 weeks. In all honesty, I feel like this acne journey shifted from using tret to lactic acid. The results I’m getting from lactic acid have been amazzziiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnng! โœจ

My Acne Experience:

My Acne Journey: 1 Week Inโ€ฆ

My Acne Journey: 2 WEEKS!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

My Acne Journey: 3 Weeks Results!

My Acne Journey: 4 Weeks Results!

3 Week Update on Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum!

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Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum

I just finished up 3 weeks on Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum! So close to heading into a month! So if you missed out on my updates on Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum, don’t forget to go check them out!

Starting Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum!

After 1 Week of Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum! My Results!

When I first started using Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum, I was very excited and had very high hopes. I really wanted this serum to improve my skin. I’ve used so many skin care products that I haven’t found something that’ll make a difference and change my skin for the better. After a night of using the serum, I noticed a change in my skin the next morning. My skin looked so much softer, smoother, and more refined. My pores looked smaller. This serum also helped with acne too. I had some skin purging going on. But after around 2 weeks, those pimples went away. This serum did help with blackheads at first, but I noticed that the effect was temporary. It didn’t truly help with blackheads on my nose in the end. I could still see them. But I really liked how Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum transformed the overall quality of my skin. It just looks so much more glowy and youthful. My skin is soooo smooth!!! ๐Ÿ˜

The first 2 weeks using this serum was pretty amazing. I fell in love with the product and the results that it gave me in that short amount of time. But after 3 weeks, the results plateaued. My skin still looked good as in it looked soft and smooth, but it didn’t do much for my acne anymore. I was hoping that it’ll help with acne maintenance due to its ability to exfoliate the skin. I just didn’t see improvements in my acne during the 3rd week. I was using it twice a day too, in the morning and at night. As I mentioned in my earlier updates, this glycolic acid serum is more on the gentle side. It says that it contains 14% glycolic acid, but it honestly doesn’t feel like it. I find this serum more moisturizing than drying. But that could just be my skin type. I have oily skin. Since it didn’t do much for my acne, I stopped using it twice a day and stuck to nights only. Eventually I stopped using it since I wasn’t seeing much results from this serum. I guess I decided to take a break from it. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it in my routine. Maybe use it a few times a week at night at most. We’ll see what happens…

An Update on PanOxyl Acne Foaming Face Wash! What I’m Using Now.

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PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash

Here’s an update on PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash! I’ve been using it for goodness knows how long. It feels like forever. It’s been my facial cleanser since last year. I’ve switched between the Acne Foaming Wash and Acne Creamy Wash. Between the two, my skin much prefers the Acne Foaming Wash. It’s that oily skin that I have. The Acne Foaming Wash isn’t drying at all on my skin (as of late), which is a good thing, but there’s more to this face wash that I want to talk about (keep reading!!). Meanwhile…the Acne Creamy Wash doesn’t do much for my skin. It’s too moisturizing for my skin type. I think it’s better for someone with dry or normal skin. I only used it when my skin felt super dry from my acne treatments. But, I haven’t had that problem lately. I stopped using it because I simply don’t need it. Plus it’s not doing anything for my skin. I need a facial cleanser that actually leaves my skin feeling clean. I have excess oil on my facial skin that needs to be removed. The Acne Creamy Wash wasn’t cutting it.

So I’ve been having second thoughts about PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash. After going through many tubes of this product, it looks like the 10% benzoyl peroxide in the product has very little to no effect on my acne. I love benzoyl peroxide. It’s amazing stuff for acne. I’ve used it for so many years on and off. But this face wash isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do. On the packaging it says that it’ll clear existing acne and helps to prevent new breakouts from forming. Nope, didn’t happen. Not for me at least. Treats acne on the face and the body. That didn’t happen either. Benzoyl peroxide is an effective ingredient for acne. I have a bottle of benzoyl peroxide gel that I use to spot treat my acne when necessary. It works. But this face wash did absolutely nothing for my acne. I tried leaving it on my skin for a few minutes too. I even tried leaving it on for 5 minutes. No results. It’s just like any other facial cleanser. It’s good at cleansing the skin, but it’s not good at treating acne. Well, it didn’t work on my acne-prone skin.

At the moment, I’m trying to finish up my PanOxyl facial cleansers (both of them, lol). In the meantime, I’m using Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser as my main cleanser. It’s all that I have that (I guess) works on my skin. Just for now, I mean. Even though it contains AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid, it hasn’t dried out my skin or irritate it. It’s a pretty moisturizing facial cleanser like it’s advertised as — a hydro boost exfoliating cleanser. Maybe my skin is just so oily that it can handle it. At the same time, it’s good at removing excess oil without drying my skin out. It hasn’t done much for my acne though. I find the AHAs in this product useless. It’s not left on my skin long enough just like how the benzoyl peroxide in PanOxyl facial cleansers isn’t left on my skin long enough to have any effect on my acne. It’s quite a disappointment. I wished it would have some positive effect on my skin. So I think I’m going to use this face wash until I find something else that’s better for my skin. It works for the time being.

Read more on PanOxyl Facial Cleansers and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser here:

PanOxyl Acne Creamy Wash (4%) vs Acne Foaming Wash (10%)

Review: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser

Trying Out Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel!

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Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel

I received a sample of Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel a while ago with one of my orders. The box came with 3 sample pieces. Each with an exfoliating treatment and an anti-aging neutralizer. What is this system supposed to do???

This is a two-step AHA/BHA anti-aging system. Each pad is pre-dosed with seven acids to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, pores, dull skin, uneven texture, shine, and blemishes. For dry, combination, normal, and oily skin. It is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and comes in a recyclable packaging.

The star ingredients in this product are glycolic acid (reduces visible signs of aging), salicylic acid (reduces clogged pores and supports natural collagen), and lactic acid (supports natural cell renewal).

Let’s look deeper into the ingredients…

The exfoliating treatment: The first two ingredients in the exfoliating treatment is Water and Alcohol Denature (SD Alcohol 40-B). Ouch! I’m not a fan of products with alcohol. They tend to irritate and dry my skin out! The exfoliating treatment also contains Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, and Salix Alba Willow Bark Extract. If you’re wondering what the seven exfoliating acids are in this product, that’s what they are! Glycolic Acid being at the top of the ingredient list. Alcohol is listed again at the end of the ingredient list. *sigh* That’s just too much. And it does contain fragrance (if you’re sensitive to fragrance).

The anti-aging neutralizer: It contains Sodium Bicarbonate along with anti-aging ingredients, such as Resveratrol, Retinol, Ascorbic Acid, Ubiquinone, Phospholipids, Adenosine, Tocopheryl Acetate. I can see why it’s called an ‘anti-aging’ neutralizer from the ingredients it contains!

The first step is a combination of AHAs and BHAs to exfoliate the skin. Treat the signs of aging and support cell renewal. The second step provides the skin with retinol and resveratrol to maximize anti-aging benefits. It helps to hydrate and smooth the skin for a more youthful appearance.

But did it work? Here’s my experience with the peel!

I was very excited about this product. Perhaps it could help get rid of breakouts and smooth out my skin. At least do something good! Well, let’s see if it does! So the product was very easy to use. All you have to do is massage (Step 1) the pad onto clean, dry skin until the pad is dry. Wait 2 minutes. Let the product sit and soak into the skin. Repeat with Step 2. The peel tingled my skin just a little bit, but it felt nice on the skin. It felt like it was doing something. It didn’t irritate my skin or turn it beet red. I noticed acne bumps shrinking in size when using the peel! I had a pimple on the side of my temple that became smaller when I applied the peel to it. I actually gave it special treatment by holding the peel on the pimple. Letting the product soak into that pimple. The product worked! It didn’t dry my skin out like I thought it would. Alcohol is listed as one of the first ingredients and listed again at the bottom of the list. Once again, my skin didn’t feel stripped or dehydrated after use.

From my experience, after finishing the samples, I think this is a good product for acne-prone skin. It’s gentle and effective. It made my skin look better afterwards and improved my acne on the spot. So this could work for those times when there’s a huge pimple that’s throbbing underneath the surface and you have somewhere important you have to be. It won’t get rid of the pimple right away, but it helps to reduce the swelling. So would I purchase the full-size product?? Unfortunately, this product is quite expensive. For the full-size product, it’s $88 for 30 treatments. In my opinion, I think it’s a good product. It exfoliates, helps with acne, and makes the skin look smoother, but I don’t think it’s worth that much. Especially for $88 (30 treatments only). That’s pretty much overpriced for what you get. There are other peels and acne treatments out there that are more affordable and also as effective as this peel. I won’t purchase the full-size product. This is what I’m using instead! Check out my experience on it here:

Starting Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum!

After 1 Week of Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum! My Results!

My Experience with Cosrx AHA BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

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