My Acne Journey: 4 Weeks Results!

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

It’s been quite a journey! I honestly can’t believe it’s the 4th week! Time just flew by! After 3 weeks, my skin is nearly clear! I’m only dealing with some odd pimples here there. Nothing major like cystic acne. Now I’m just battling tiny pimples, blackheads/sebaceous filaments, acne marks, and this darn oily skin! My skin looks pretty soft and smooth overall! Everything is going well so far! Just need to kick some of the other issues out of the way or at least keep them at bay! After 4 weeks, I’ve made more changes! Here are my thoughts and my experience!

My 4th Week Experience

The 4th week was a breeze since I’ve decreased my use of tret. I didn’t experience red, irritating, burning skin this week. All went pretty well. I said I was going to use tret 2-3 times a week, but it turns out that I could use it every other day. My moisture barrier is healthy. It’s not burning or red. It looks really good! So! Tret has helped my acne by a ton, but I decided to add a couple of exfoliants in my routine. They are The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA and a glycolic acid product. I haven’t talked much about this glycolic acid product, but I will soon.

I chose The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA because lactic acid is one of my favorite alpha hydroxy acids. It’s gentle and has worked for me before in the past. I once had a lactic acid serum that was super elegant in texture and delivered results. Too bad it’s been discontinued. πŸ˜” Since I’m using other The Ordinary skin care products that are working on my skin, I thought I would try The Ordinary’s lactic acid product (again, lol) too. I planned on using it 2 times a week, but my skin is tolerating it much better than I thought! What I’m doing is using it every other day along with tret. Now more on this lactic acid product that I’m speaking of!

Here’s my experience using The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA!

I didn’t know I wasn’t going to start using a lactic acid product. It just popped up out of the blue that I wanted to add one in. It’s because I’m not using tret every single day anymore, and my skin felt, looked really oily on the days off. My skin started to get clogged during those days off due to the amount of moisturizers I use plus how oily my skin is. I had to do something about it. With the lactic acid serum, I don’t apply it directly to my skin. Just not yet. I apply it after I apply my heaviest moisturizer. I know that’s sort of weird, but the lactic acid serum does a great job at absorbing excess oil from my skin and tames the shininess from the moisturizer I’m using. This also helps to prevent any skin irritation and breakouts from the excess oil. Amazingly this worked! I woke up the next morning with skin peeling off of my face in my acne-prone areas. I also had some new blemishes due to the exfoliation, but it’s doing exactly what tret does! I didn’t get any breakouts from the product itself either! Awesome!

The other product I’m using is RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream.

This product contains retinol, zinc gluconate, copper gluconate, shea butter, glycolic acid, ascorbic acid, and a bunch of other anti-aging ingredients. I’m only using this product 1-2 times a week. I tried using it separately from the lactic acid, but it didn’t yield good results. The product feels a little heavy on the skin and makes my skin appear oily. It’s a bit too moisturizing when applied to the skin on my particular skin type. It’s a little too much on my skin that’s all. That’s when I decided to use it in combination with lactic acid. Lactic acid is already gentle. My skin didn’t dry out from layering these two products together. I’m getting the benefits from the RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream and getting the exfoliation from the lactic acid at the same time. RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream helps to soften the skin. It exfoliates (sort of, haha) and makes my skin appear softer and smoother the next day. Honestly, I feel that it’s more moisturizing than exfoliating.

How about tret?

I’m still using it. Just not every single day (as I mentioned earlier). I don’t need to use it every day. I feel like using it every day doesn’t give me the results I like. It dries my skin out, leaves my skin feeling like it’s burning, and my skin feels and looks like it thins out when used too often. I prefer it when my skin appears more fuller and healthy rather than thin and gaunt. It’s really difficult to explain but more of tret doesn’t mean better or faster results. I’m just going to take tret for what it is right now. Maybe that’ll change in the next couple of weeks! But I’m really happy that I started to incorporate other products into my routine, especially lactic acid. It has done wonders for my skin in combination with tret within a single week. I could even say it’s helping a lot more with my acne than tret at the moment. My skin looks clearer and smoother after a day of using it! I’m really happy with the results so far! I can’t wait to see how much my skin will transform after the 5th week! SO EXCITED!! πŸ₯³

Coming up! Week 5! πŸ˜ƒ

If you missed out on my new acne/tret experience…

My Acne Journey: 1 Week In…

My Acne Journey: 2 WEEKS!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

My Acne Journey: 3 Weeks Results!

My Acne Journey: 3 Weeks Results!

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Son Bahyu Pure Horse Oil

It’s been 3 weeks on this acne journey! Remember to catch up on WEEK 1 and WEEK 2 if you haven’t yet! Now here’s my experience during the 3rd week!

What’s going on?? My results after 3 weeks!!

During the 3rd week, I had to change things up again. Using the sandwich method wasn’t yielding results like it did before. I started noticing some new breakouts (not from the medication unclogging my pores). They were new breakouts, since it seemed like tret stopped working due to having too much moisture in my skin or using too many moisturizers. My skin did appear more oily than usual too. *sigh* All of that moisture I needed to protect my skin from irritation, such as redness, dryness, stinging, and tons of peeling. Tret just wasn’t as strong compared to applying it directly to the skin anymore. I went on and started applying tret directly on my skin. This was my experience doing this…

It worked! The acne I developed disappeared. My skin peeled once again. My skin looked smoother and brighter. I loved the results, but it came along with other skin problems, such as dryness, irritation, redness, burning. I tried buffering the next day after a night of using tret directly on my skin. That went OK. I did that for two days but decided not to anymore. Using tret (buffered) wasn’t making any changes in my skin. I needed to use tret directly (unbuffered) on my skin to see results. SO! I went the rest of the week not using tret. I didn’t think I needed it. My skin was peeling, and I wanted my skin to heal. I also got really tired of having dead skin peeling/falling off of my face when talking to people. It was just embarrassing. The dryness made my skin look more aged too even when I’m moisturizing my skin a ton!

After giving my skin a break, my skin peeled and flakes disappeared. My skin actually looks healthy again. It’s so soft and smooth. I still have some problem areas, but my overall complexion looks pretty good. Much better than I expected (this time around of using tret). I also noticed that some of the clogged pores are unclogging while I just moisturize at night (skipping tret). Hmmm! Since this is working for me, I think I’m going to only use tret 2-3 times a week. Maybe just 2 times a week. I don’t think I need to peel my skin any more than that. My main goal isn’t anti-aging. It’ll be nice if it works for that too. But my goal is actually to maintain a clear complexion. I’m using tret mainly for my acne. So far, after 3 weeks, so good!

Since I’m applying tret directly to my skin 2-3 times a week now, this is what I’m doing.

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Moisturize a ton! πŸ’¦

Remember the skin care products I discontinued? If not, here they are again…

Skin Care Products I Stopped Using

Continued: Skin Care Products I Stopped Using

My Review on Coxir Ultra Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Oil + More Skin Care Products I Stopped Using!

I started applying them to my neck area and along my jawline, which are the areas that are prone to irritation from tret. Tret seems to migrate down to my neck area and cause major irritation, since that area of my skin tend to be more sensitive. Take note, I don’t even apply tret on those areas either. As I mentioned, tret just migrates down. To solve this issue, I heavily apply moisturizers to my neck and jawline first before I apply tret. I make sure I cover those areas evenly and thoroughly. Irritation from tret is so annoying. I can’t stand the itchiness. It’s possibly one of the worst feelings when it comes to using tret. I can deal with some sensitivity but when my skin gets super itchy and develops a rash…it’s annoying. I have to baby those areas a lot more to prevent myself from scratching them. I have to keep my nails short too to prevent scratching/itching my skin at night.

Other moisturizers that I picked up on using are…

Horse oil (it’s back! lol) and shea butter. Sometimes I use horse oil on my face, especially when my face is more sensitive than usual. I don’t use shea butter on my face but my neck area. It helps to seal in moisture and heal the skin. I don’t use horse oil that often. It’s oily (of course) and greasy. It’s a once a week type of thing. Any more than that, I’ll most likely breakout in acne. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream has helped too. I use the cream on my neck to prevent my skin from drying out and itchiness. Honestly, I just apply whatever moisturizers I have, lol. Anything and everything that moisturizes works. It’s a good thing that I know that I’m not wasting them but using them for something good!

There are other areas of my face I have to worry about too, such as my eye area and ears. Those are also sensitive areas of the face. I make sure I moisturize those sections of my face before applying tret as well.

That’s a wrap up for my 3 weeks experience and results! I hope this was helpful! Stay tuned for my 4 WEEKS experience! Coming up soon!

*If you missed out on the first two weeks, here they are once again!*

My Acne Journey: 1 Week In…

My Acne Journey: 2 WEEKS!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

I Stopped Using Horse Cream. What Happened?

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GUERISSON 9 Complex Cream

I decided to stop using horse cream this morning. This cream (GUERISSON 9 Complex Cream) has done wonders for my skin. It deeply moisturized, helped to minimize dry skin and flakes, strengthened my skin, made it look more vibrant and elastic, and simply made it look wonderous. I think it helped with fine lines and wrinkles as well! I noticed that my skin appeared more bouncy, glowy, and more plump! My skin looked softer and smoother while using this cream! I truly loved the results! All of that is great, and I wish I could continue to use the cream, but all good things must come to an end. Well, that applies to this cream. 😒 This is what happened…

After nearly 2 weeks of using this cream, I noticed clogged pores on my forehead and nose (t-zone area). I didn’t notice any breakouts anywhere else. So, they were mainly in my oily areas. I think this cream is making my skin more oily and sealing in that moisture that it’s providing including my natural sebum. Honestly, I think the problem is how this cream has too much of a silicone feel to it. It contains dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane (not once but twice!), and beeswax. Beeswax might’ve been a big issue. I don’t use any other skin care products with this ingredient (not that I know of) because it clogs my pores. It didn’t feel like the cream ever fully absorbed into my skin. It sat on my skin, so to speak. Yeah, I just took the risk and tried out the cream, lol. It also contains oils, such as Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, and Soybean Oil. And of course, horse fat/oil. So, it’s not a very oily skin-friendly product. Still, I went forth with the cream. hah.

So, the results were spectacular until my skin started to get bumpy. I’m just glad that the clogged pores aren’t all over my face. It’s just in a few spots. They should clear up after a few days of discontinuing the cream. Currently, since I’m not using it on my face anymore (very disappointed!!!), I’ll use the rest of the cream as an eye cream and neck cream, which was essentially what I was doing before. Wow, it was just too good to be true. 😭 Well! On to something that’s more suitable for my skin type!

Trying Horse Cream for the First Time. My Experience!

My Results After Using Horse Cream on My Face for a Night!

Tonight’s Results From Using Horse Cream.

Tonight’s Results From Using Horse Cream.

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GUERISSON 9 Complex Cream

My results were really good from last night. I was really ecstatic because of this. You can read more about my experience right here. So I just washed my face. My skin feels SO SOFT! I had dry skin and flakes that were easily removed due to how the cream moisturized my skin. It’s like it healed my skin from dryness. I love it! Also, I noticed that this cream prevents my sunscreen from drying my skin out or at least minimize the drying effect I get from it. My sunscreen contains mineral filters! They’re effective at protecting the skin from UVA and UVB rays, but I can’t stand the drying effect it has on my skin. It makes my skin look terrible, especially when my makeup dries my skin out too. That’s a double whammy! But this cream helps to reverse that dryness and flakiness that I experience. So, this cream did a great job at making my skin look nourished and hydrated during the day. Yay!

So, it looks like I like the cream and what it does to/for my skin. The results are very nice. But I’m just worried that it might break me out. After today, I noticed a single pimple on my forehead but that’s it. I didn’t see any other pimples anywhere. My skin is pretty much clear all over. I’m not sure if it’s from the cream or not. SO! I decided to go on and continue to use the cream. I also was able to increase my use of chemical exfoliants tonight to fight against breakouts in general plus that random pimple, haha! Since the cream is just so deeply moisturizing and nourishing. It’s such an amazing cream that seems to work. Well! I hope the pimple reduces in size tomorrow. My skin feels and looks healthy overall. It’s strengthening my moisture barrier. My face was burning a little bit from my acne treatments but not anymore. Now let’s see what’s going to happen tomorrow! Stay tuned for the next update!

If you missed out, here it is again!

Trying Horse Cream for the First Time. My Experience!

My Results After Using Horse Cream on My Face for a Night!

Come Unbox My New Moisturizer Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream With Me!! + My First Impression

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Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

I have a new moisturizer! πŸ˜ƒ It’s a product I have used before many moons ago, but I decided to give it another chance. My skin was feeling a little dry and needed a good moisturizer. My lightweight moisturizers weren’t doing it for my skin. So, with this moisturizer, it’s been YEARS since I’ve used it. Maybe it’ll be different this time around. I don’t know. We’ll see! So the moisturizer or face cream that I have is Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream. Now let’s learn more about it first…

So this face cream is formulated with antioxidants like vitamin e, coenzyme q10, beta-carotene to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It says in as little as 5 weeks, it reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles for softer, smoother looking skin. This cream is for sensitive skin, fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and non-comedogenic.

The product says it’s non-comedogenic. I don’t recall this cream breaking me out in the past. I think that’s why I thought I would give it another go. But let’s take a look at the ingredients. Here are the ingredients in this product!

Water, glycerin, ethylhexyl cocoate, hydrogenated coco-glycerides, stearyl alcohol, butylene glycol, cetyl alcohol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, glyceryl stearate citrate, octyldodecanol, tocopheryl acetate, ubiquinone, biotin, biosaccharide gum-1, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, zea mays (corn) oil, beta-carotene, tocopherol, 1,2-hexanediol, carbomer, sodium hydroxide, trisodium EDTA, dehydroacetic acid, phenoxyethanol.

It contains some ingredients that I usually can’t tolerate, such as caprylic/capric triglyceride, shea butter, and corn oil, but I decided to just give it a try anyways. I really needed a better moisturizer for my face. Once again, I can’t recall this cream breaking me out in the past. I can just hope that it’s the same as before. Makes me wonder why I stopped using it in the first place. There’s only one way to find out if it works or not and that is to try it!

The face cream comes in a 1.7 oz. jar (48 g). It’s a tiny jar. It comes sealed. YAY!! Ya know how much I love sealed skin care products. It’s fresh. It’s new. And I know I’m getting a brand new product!

Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

This is what the face cream looks like when the seal is removed. The product is yellow in color. It appears to be rich, thick, creamy, and buttery. It’s much, much different than what I’m used to or what I’ve been using on a daily basis. I really hope it doesn’t clog my pores. ha.

Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

My First Impression

This face cream is rich, thick, and creamy. It has a buttery texture to it. It feels much heavier and more dense than what I’m used to. I was very skeptical yet interested in this face cream all at the same time. I knew I needed something much richer, more moisturizing for my face. My lightweight moisturizers were just not cutting it for long-term. Yes, oily (and acne-prone) skin needs a good moisturizer too. It’s just really difficult to find one that gives it the moisture that it needs without causing breakouts and making it appear more oily. So, I loved how rich and thick the cream is. Also, I didn’t need to use a lot of product either to cover my whole face and neck area either. Just a little bit of product is needed and pat it into the skin. The face cream blends and absorbs well into the skin. It didn’t take much effort to get it to sink into the skin. Awesome! It leaves my skin highly, deeply moisturized. I just love it. It feels very nice on the skin. Also, it makes a really good eye cream. It leaves my eye area deeply moisturized. It’s more moisturizing compared to the eye creams that I have. So, I definitely fell in love with this face cream and how it made my skin feel right on the spot.

I’ve only used this face cream for 3 days. I used it in the morning and at night. I was going to use it only at night as my night cream since it felt heavier on the face, but I decided to use it in the morning too. My sunscreen tends to dry my face out. It absorbs all of the moisture from my skin. And ta-da! It worked in the morning wonderfully. My skin felt more soft, velvety, smooth, and just super moisturized. Works great underneath my sunscreen. Now my skin doesn’t feel extra dry anymore. Yay! My Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask couldn’t compete with this type of hydration. My skin actually feels moisturized and was left moisturized throughout the day with Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream. I mean, it does contain heavier, richer ingredients in it. It’s a heavier cream than what I usually use, so I’m not too surprised. But, with the Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream, the product doesn’t feel heavy as I thought it would. It feels lightweight on the skin. All I needed was a thin layer of the product to provide moisture to my skin.

I didn’t have any issues with this product within 3 days of use. The product didn’t ball up. It sat on my skin well and stayed in place. Absorbs into the skin well (as I mentioned earlier). It didn’t make my face look oily. Doesn’t leave a greasy film behind or feel sticky on my skin either. Not bad at all. Now let’s get into the acne. As for acne, it’s only been 3 days, but I haven’t experienced any breakouts from this face cream. I’ve only experienced a more hydrated, moisturized complexion. My skin looks softer, smoother, and just healthier looking overall. This is exactly what my skin needed when it lacked moisture! So it looks like it’s working for me so far. Wow, maybe I’ve found a face cream that works on my stubborn, annoying, breakout-prone skin. Some of the ingredients in this product are usually not compatible with my skin type. I usually get a ton of clog pores from them. But, you know, I don’t want to jinx myself. This face cream has been amazing within the first 3 days. I hope it works out in the end because I’m loving it sooooo farrr!! I hope it works! πŸ™‚

New update within a few weeks. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ€žπŸ»

Here are some old posts on moisturizers that I use. I’m still using some of the products. I’ll make an update soon enough. But enjoy my posts. I hope they’re helpful. 😊

Finding the Perfect Moisturizer & What I Use!

Update on My Moisturizers πŸ™‚

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