My Skin is CLEAR! :) What I’m Doing Now.
My skin is officially free from acne! And all thanks to BP! Wow, it worked so fast! 😍 But I haven’t given up on BP after being clear. I’m still using it to treat my acne, but I don’t have to use it too often anymore. I’m aiming for once a week at night or twice a week if my skin gets really oily. I think once a week is more than enough. 🤔 BP really dries the living hell out of my skin. After a day of using BP, my skin looks more dull, uneven, and crusty. The next day, it looks AMAZING!! The dead skin just comes off and my skin looks so fresh, bright, and new! The dryness from BP can be a good thing for my skin sometimes, since my skin gets more oily during the more humid, hot, summer months. ☀️ The weather has been hotter than usual. Along with using BP, I’ve made a few changes to my skin care routine. I know, AGAIN! I just can’t stop making changes. LOL. Since I’m focusing more on skin texture and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. I mean, I’ve already gotten my acne under control. Now let’s keep the positive changes rolling! I still have some acne marks that needs to be treated, but I’m not going to purchase any new products to fade them. None of them have worked on my skin anyways. That’ll just be a waste of money. So I decided to re-add some products I removed not so long ago, haha. I know, odd! I didn’t expect this to happen, but I started to miss using these products on my facial skin. They are…
Guess first! lol. Never mind, let’s goooooooooooooo! 🙌🏻
Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel:
All of a sudden I had the urge to use the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel again. I needed some more moisture in my skin. And I just out of nowhere started using this product again. I think I’m just hooked on it, lol. It feels cooling and soothing on my skin. Gives my skin lightweight, jelly moisture on my oily skin. It’s not the most moisturizing moisturizer, but it provides nice hydration to my skin right now. I’ll use it, but I’m still not sure if I’ll buy another tube of the product. I still have another unopened tube of this product by the way, lol. I’m so addicted to skin care products, hahaha! 😂 My skin is currently loving this aloe soothing gel.
Cos De BAHA MA Peptide Facial Toner:
I really like how this facial toner feels on my skin. It’s another gel-based product. Works perfectly on my oily skin. Just like the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, it doesn’t provide much moisture, but I like it for what it is. I like the anti-aging ingredients in this product too. I’m almost out of the product, so I thought I would use it on my facial skin instead. I’m tempted to purchase another bottle since it’s so affordable for the amount of product. But we’ll see. I hope it does wonderous things to my skin for the time being. I’ll just have to wait and see what happens after finishing the bottle.
The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% Ferulic Acid 3%:
I kind of missed that glow that I get from using The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% Alpha Arbutin 2% and The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% Ferulic Acid 3%. I decided to start using The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% Ferulic Acid 3% again. I decided NOT to use the Ascorbic Acid 8% Alpha Arbutin 2%. I wanted to see how my skin is going to react to just using the Resveratrol 3% Ferulic Acid 3% serum. I really like these ingredients and can’t seem to find another product with these ingredients that are affordable. So! Let’s see how it’ll go just using The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% Ferulic Acid 3% alone without the Ascorbic Acid serum! My face hasn’t turned orange yet. Maybe it’s the Ascorbic Acid that’s turning me into an oompa loompa. 🍊
Those are the 3 products I decided to reintroduce back into my skin care routine. I thought I would call it quits for good on these products, but it just felt like it was the right time to use them again. One night I just grabbed these products and used them on my face. The next morning, my skin was super glowy and pretty that I had to continue using them to see what happens. My skin has been looking good since. No problems so far. I haven’t experienced any breakouts from any of them (as of yet). I hope it stays this way. Besides skin care, I’m trying to eat healthy. Trying to get more vegetables into my diet. Drinking more water to keep my body hydrated. Everything has changed so much since the beginning of this year until now. Hope all goes well this summer and the rest of the year!
But there’s something else…
I started using tret again! Well, I still am once a week, but my dose has been increased! I’m using a higher concentration. I was bumped up to 0.1 for acne. 0.05 did absolutely nothing for my acne. I tried 0.1 before, and it was way too strong on my skin during that point in time. But, that was the past, this is now. Let’s give the 0.1 a try and see how my skin reacts. I’ve been using the 0.1 for about 2 days now. And you know what? My skin has been tolerating it pretty well. Much better than it did before. Here’s my 2 day experience using tret! What happened to my skin??
One night, I decided to use my tube of 0.1 tret. I had it. It was just sitting around unused because it was too strong for my skin at one point. Not anymore. I applied it to my skin. The product felt warm and smooth on my skin. It moved across my skin very nicely. I liked the way it felt on my skin. At the same time, I was petrified not knowing what would happen the next morning. When using tret, I used my moisturizing skin care products to prevent my skin from any dryness. There’s another product I started using again when I started using tret too. It’s the Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream. I needed a richer, heavier product to prevent my skin from drying out when on tret. This seemed to be the perfect choice. I took some of the cream and applied it to my face after applying tret and my lightweight moisturizers. Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream was the 4th product that I reintroduced to my skin care routine. 🙂
The next morning (after day 1), my skin felt warm. I can see red splotches on my face. They weren’t that bad. They were just a light pink/red color that eventually faded away. I decided to use tret again on the second night. My skin didn’t feel dry or irritated besides some redness that went away. I’m glad I went forth with the second night. Because the next day, I noticed a lot of peeling on my face. Also, I noticed some random breakouts that healed very fast! Am I purging? Hmmm! My skin looked really good besides my skin peeling off all over my face. I’m pretty excited to remove these dry, dead skin cells from my face! Wow, is tret really working for me this time? Because it seems like it! My skin is responding well. No major irritations besides some redness and skin peeling on the second day. Maybe I just needed to give my skin a break and move on to something stronger. Also, I’ve continued to use Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream in the morning too and at night to prevent my skin from drying out or if there’s any itchiness. My skin hasn’t been itchy while on tret. Some dryness hasn’t been bad either. All is going well. 👍🏻
SO! It looks like I’m back on my tret journey. AGAINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!! hahaha. I’m really excited this time because my skin is actually peeling like when I was using BP. The more dead skin my face sloughs off, the clearer my skin gets. It helps to prevent breakouts from living underneath the surface of the skin. Plus, it’s a bonus that it also helps to improve the quality of my skin. My skin looks really good right now. I’m not sure how long it’s going to take to achieve a near flawless (nothing is perfect!) complexion, but I’m really happy how things are going. I’ll make another update on my tret journey soon! See everyone there! I hope this post was helpful! Have a nice day! 😊
An Update on My Skin Care Routine!
Hey, I’m back! 😊
So I’ve been experimenting with my skin care products. Trying to see what works on my skin or not. For me, my top priority is acne. I’ve decided to start using benzoyl peroxide more consistently again. Applying it on my troubled areas, which is almost everywhere, haha. Along with benzoyl peroxide, I picked up using Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream again. What I’m doing is applying the face cream first then applying benzoyl peroxide afterwards. This should (hopefully) help prevent my skin from drying out. I started using Eucerin again because it’s one of the moisturizers/cream I have, and I didn’t want to purchase a new one. Let’s see if it helps to prevent my skin from drying out from BP first. But I’ve noticed that after using BP, my skin definitely looks so much cleaner and pores are smaller. It simply just works on my breakout-prone skin compared to retinoids. I’ve been trying to make retinoids work for a few years now. And the results have been mediocre/minimal results. All I know is that I was still breaking out while using tret. I needed to try something different to fight acne. I was getting really tired of the breakouts. With breakouts comes along with acne marks that take centuries to go away. I’m exaggerating a little bit, but the point is that they take forever to go away.
Vitamin C Products
I’ve moved my vitamin c serums/products to mornings only, since there’s no point on using them with BP. BP counteracts with vitamin c. I wasn’t seeing any major improvements when using vitamin c twice a day anyways. Currently, my favorite vitamin c product is Melano CC Vitamin C Essence. It’s the most portable and doesn’t break my skin out. It also absorbs into the skin very well. Leaves my skin feeling slightly moisturized without clogging my pores. As for results, I think I’ll just keep using it just because. I haven’t found a vitamin c product better than this one yet. The one from The Ordinary (Ascorbic Acid 8% Alpha Arbutin 2%) is too oily. It made me breakout when I tried using it in the morning. I can only use it at night but with limited use. If I use it too often, my skin starts to breakout. It’s awesome at moisturizing and improving skin texture but since I have oily skin, it’s a no-go. Also, it makes my skin appear darker. Maybe it oxidized on my skin. The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder hasn’t done much for my skin. I also dislike bringing it with me when travelling. I’m not going to purchase it again.
I haven’t talked about what I use to wash my face. I don’t use PanOxyl anymore. That brand never worked well on my skin. It was such a waste of time. I really wanted it to work, but it never did. My skin prefers BP directly and leaving it on overnight to take effect. I noticed a huge difference between using BP as a face wash and using it as a leave-on treatment. Leaving BP on my skin works soooo much better! So, I stopped using PanOxyl many months ago. I also stopped using Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Face Wash too. I found something better, more effective, and less expensive for everyday use. It’s similar to Trader Joe’s. I was really happy that I found something that was super affordable. It comes in a big bottle too. I don’t have it with me right now, but I can’t wait to share it with everyone. Stay tuned in my next post to see what the product is! 😊
Taking a break from chemical exfoliants
I’ve also taken a break from chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid, lactic acid, and mendalic acid. If you missed out on my posts on these products, check them out here:
I Used The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA Tonight! 🌛✨
1 Week Results: The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA
The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA. What I Think About It.
I haven’t made an update on these products, but it’s been more than a few months of using them, and they haven’t helped with my acne. Obviously, since I’m back to using benzoyl peroxide. I didn’t notice much improvement in my skin while using them. I still developed blemishes, blackheads, and cysts while using them. I wished they worked, but it is what it is. Since I’m taking a break from them, it doesn’t really matter at this point. I’ll just move forward with treating my skin with BP and see where it takes me. My skin needs a break from chemical exfoliants anyways. My skin is looks really flaky and needs to heal in the meantime.
Moisturizing my skin 🙂
I’m babying my skin and keeping it moisturized but not to the extreme. I’m mainly using Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream only at night when I use BP. The only moisturizers I can use are the lightweight gels without them breaking me out. It’s like my skin dislikes heavy creams and moisturizers. At this point, I’ve given up on using thicker, richer, moisturizing creams on my face or at least trying to find one that works. I haven’t had much luck finding a good one. Overall, my skin actually looks clearer this way too. You can check out some of my past reviews on moisturizers right here if you missed out on them…
Finding the Perfect Moisturizer & What I Use!
Update on My Moisturizers 🙂
Another Update on My Moisturizers. What I’m Using Now.
That’s what I’m doing or at least attempting to do, hahahaha. I hope everyone enjoyed this update. Once again, stick around for my update on my face wash… ✈️ More new updates to come!!