My Acne Journey: 6 MONTHS!!! πŸŽ‰

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Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50

It’s been 6 MONTHS on this acne journey! Even though I’ve been on this acne journey for 6 months, I’m going to be counting the days when I started to use tret daily (at least try to). I’m nearing 3 weeks soon! Today marks 19 DAYS!! I’ve decreased from the highest dose to the lowest so I can use it daily. I would stick to the highest dose, but I got tired of my skin peeling constantly. Peeling skin isn’t a bad thing, but while my skin was peeling, it didn’t help much with acne. There could be many possibilities why it didn’t work during that time. Maybe it’s because I was using that pore-clogging moisturizer (Vanicream Daily Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin). That’s one of the products that ruined my progress plus other skin care products that I don’t use anymore. It’s just cleanse, treat, and sunscreen for me. I think what else ruined my acne progress was my past vegan diet (here’s a new update!). My skin had a difficult time healing. Now, my skin heals quickly if there’s a wound. Thanks to the high quality protein from meat. πŸ– It was a combination of things in my life. Why not just use the high dose without a moisturizer now?? I honestly don’t feel like switching right now. I’m already using what works. Low dose of tret is definitely working. I can see visible results. It took time to get there, but it’s finally working. Patience is key at this point.

The Purge & Results.

My skin purged and peeled twice this week. I was pretty ecstatic about it because that’s a sign that tret is working for my acne. I could feel a thick layer of dead skin sitting on my face. It felt so gross, but it was extremely satisfying to remove by the end of the day, lol. Once the dead skin came off, I noticed breakouts. πŸ˜’ It sucks, but it’s bound to happen. Cell turnover and new skin cells. I’m not happy with the new breakouts but at least I know it’s doing something. So far, I’ve experienced 3 cysts that randomly popped up out of nowhere. They healed much faster instead of lingering on for weeks. I’ve also had smaller pimples. The pimples that have been living underneath my skin for several months end! I’ve been trying to zap them with other acne treatments like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to no avail. Now, they are finally out! I noticed some blackheads too. I made a mistake of extracting some of the blackheads and that pressure created red marks in my skin. Technically, I ripped my skin off. πŸ˜“ Note to self, don’t ever do this again even if it’s tempting. I thought the blackheads were from my sunscreen. It’s actually from the tret purge. The rest of the blackheads loosened up and fell out of my pores the next day (woohoo! but yuck?). Those red marks faded away at the end of the week too. Thankfully.

Most of the breakouts I experienced this week have healed on its own, except for one cyst, but it’s shrinking quickly. I noticed that cyst just a day ago, so that’s why it’s still hanging out on my face. Overall, my skin looks softer and smoother. It looks way better now (3 weeks) compared to when I started. It also looks better compared to when I was on the highest dose. I went through a short phase of irritation (burning, red/pink skin, some dryness). Now those signs of irritation have lessened quite a bit. There’s some irritation, but I can get by without problems arising. My skin is just peeling and unclogging pores now with every day use. I was applying my bb cream and was super impressed that my bb cream just glides over my skin smoothly. It looked sooo smooth! Like what my skin used to look like when it was fully clear! I’m very ecstatic with the results so far! Can’t wait to see further improvements within the next few weeks! By the way, I stopped using bha since I don’t need it right now. I’ll use it whenever my skin needs it. I don’t want to dry my skin out when I’m not using a moisturizer. All of a sudden I had the urge to look for one, but I haven’t found one that I think would suit my skin. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I’m still moisturizer-free.

Some products I love this week…

Blue Lizard Sunscreen Stick Sensitive:

This wasn’t the type of sunscreen for the summer, but it’s working for me in the winter. I’m not using it on my face. It contains shea butter, coconut oil, candelilla wax, sunflower seed oil, sunflower seed wax, castor oil, jojoba seed oil, and even cocoa butter. This sunscreen is a haven for clogged pores. So! I used it around my eyes, neck, and ears. It’s too heavy and oily for me for the back of the hands. I love using this product on my neck. It helps to moisturize and protect that part of my skin from harmful UV rays. Works great during the cooler, colder months!

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Face Sheer Tint:

I have so many good things to say about this sunscreen. I’m on my second tube, and I’m almost running low! Thank goodness I stocked up on this sunscreen. I can’t run out. I won’t. As long as it’s available. This sunscreen is tinted and makes it very easy to apply mineral sunscreen (usually leaves a white cast behind). This sunscreen just blends into the skin well, leaves the skin moisturized (hasn’t clogged my pores yet!), and makes my skin look super soft and dewy. It helps to brighten my skin too with niacinamide. The only thing I would change about this sunscreen so far would be the SPF. I still wish it was SPF 50+!!

Just finished up 6 months! πŸ₯³

My full acne journey from the beginning ’til now! πŸ‘‡πŸ»

My Acne Journey: 1 Week In…

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 Results…

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!! πŸ˜ƒ

My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 1 Week Results

My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 2 Weeks Results

My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 3 Week Results

My Acne Journey: 4 MONTHS!!

My Acne Journey: 4 Months + 1 Week Results.

My Acne Journey: 4.5 Months + Clear Skin!!

My Acne Journey: 4 Months + 3 Weeks! What I’m Doing to Maintain My Clear Skin. πŸ™‚

My Acne Journey: 5 MONTHS!!

My Acne Journey: 5 Months + 1 Week Results

My Acne Journey: 5.5 Months Results!

My Acne Journey: 5 Months + 3 Weeks

November Skin Care Empties πŸ¦ƒ

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Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence SPF 50

I didn’t have any empties last month (October). Here are my skin care empties for the month of November! If you missed out on my empties for August and September πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

SOME BY MI Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask:

I’ve been trying to finish my last jar of SOME BY MI Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask. I tried using it on my face and body. My experience using it on my face was not that good. The sleeping mask feels very drying on the skin. I could see the skin along my chin cracking. It’s not a good product if you have dry skin. I don’t. I have oily skin, and this sleeping mask dried my skin out like crazy. It helped to temporarily brighten my skin, but the brightening effect faded within a week. Maybe my skin just doesn’t like niacinamide in this product? I just know that it’s very drying and made my skin feel awful. With the rest of the product, I used it on my body and won’t repurchase ever again.

Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence Super Waterproof SPF 50+ PA++++:

This sunscreen is lightweight, blends into the skin easily, absorbs quick, has SPF 50+ PA++++, comes in a 110 mL bottle instead of something tiny like 40-50 mL (yes!!!), sweat-resistant, water-proof. Ah, how this sunscreen could’ve been perfect because I can overapply and my skin wouldn’t feel sticky or greasy. But, this sunscreen lists ‘ethanol’ as the second ingredient on the list. It smells like alcohol and dried my skin out and irritated it. I couldn’t believe how my skin looked so aged after using it at least once. Sun protection is important, but this product is not for me if it makes my skin look all wrinkly because of how drying and irritating it is. I won’t purchase again. By the way, I also tried it on my body and hands. It made my skin super itchy. I ended up with a bad rash and blisters.

Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop:

This vitamin c serum feels gentle on the skin. It contains 5% ascorbic acid. The serum didn’t irritate or burn my face. But I wasn’t a fan of the texture of the product. It’s on the oily side. As for fading acne marks, I didn’t see much results using this serum. It didn’t help to brighten my complexion either. Maybe the 5% concentration is just too low for my skin? All I know is that I didn’t see any results while using it. So I wasn’t able to use the whole bottle, the serum turned really orange. It oxidized. Hmmm, note to self, never purchase a vitamin c serum that claims to be formulated with stabilized vitamin c that comes in a clear, see-through bottle. It’s clearly not stabilized. It turned really orange, and I kept it in a dark, safe place. I had to toss the serum out. Not recommended.

Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30:

This is a moisturizer with sunscreen. It feels like a moisturizer. It’s thick, rich, and feels heavy on the skin. I have oily skin, so it felt very rich and heavy on my skin. It left my skin looking more shiny and greasy on the surface, but it helped to moisturize and soothed my skin. I don’t think this is a bad product. It’s just that, it’s only SPF 30, and I’m using another product that contains similar ingredients to the Vanicream that works better for me. This product works to moisturize and protect. It’s not something I need in my life right now. It was nice to try it out.

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint:

One of the products I finished this month that I really like! It contains ingredients like ceramides and niacinamide. The sunscreen moisturizes my skin and helps to brighten my skin up. I haven’t noticed any breakouts using it. I’m still keeping my eye out for any clogged pores just in case! Some things I would love to change about this product is to boost the SPF 30 to 50, make it water/sweat-resistant, and add more shades. The shade isn’t a perfect match for my skin. It does blend into the skin, but I wish it wasn’t too orangey. I wish it was a more natural-looking skin color. As for reapplication, it’s really easy to reapply sunscreen with this product. There’s no white cast. This sunscreen comes in a 1.7 fl. oz. (50 mL) tube. It would be nice if it was larger, especially for the price. It’s 13.99 where I am. It’s not super affordable compared to other sunscreens I have tried.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50:

I figured out that I still had a bottle of the SPF 50. I found it in my bag, lol. And it’s still usable and hasn’t expired yet. I didn’t use it on my face. It’s not the type of product for my facial skin. So I used it on my hands instead. The sunscreen absorbed into my skin very well and quickly. The fragrance was awful. I didn’t like it at all. Since I didn’t use it on my face, I didn’t have to worry about the alcohol content in this product. I used this sunscreen up and threw it out. I won’t repurchase. I hope this is the last Neutrogena Hydro Boost sunscreen that I have, haha!

August Skin Care Empties! 🧴

September Skin Care Empties 😎

Review: Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50

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Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50

I’ve been itching to try this sunscreen due to good reviews and the fact that it has a 5 star ultra UVA rating of PPD 54! Someone, anyone, please take this sunscreen to a lab and see if the SPF and UVA rating is accurate. I really want to know! This sunscreen contains photostable UV filters including the world’s most advanced filter Tinosorb A2B. It claims to be fast absorbing, non-sticky, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, water-resistant, cruelty-free, coral-friendly, vegan, and feels like a moisturizer! I’ve been using it for 1 month. Here are my thoughts on this sunscreen after a month of using it!

My Experience with Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50:

Texture & Application

This product is a cream. It’s soft and blends into the skin easily. It just vanishes into the skin and leaves the skin feeling very moisturized. It’s a hybrid sunscreen and doesn’t leave a white cast behind. This is an alcohol-free sunscreen. Yes! I’ve been searching for a sunscreen that’s high UVB and UVA and is alcohol-free! This one meets that criteria. I didn’t have any issues applying this product to the skin. I used it on my bare skin, and it went on just fine. It didn’t pill or ball up. The application was good. I love that it’s moisturizing. It moisturizes the eye area very well too. But be careful not to get the product into the eyes. It’ll burn. It’s fragrance free, but it has a smell to it. It has a chemical smell that lingers on for a while but doesn’t last all day. Thank goodness! The sunscreen is water resistant and stays in place.

Non-sticky. Is it?

This was an issue that I had with this sunscreen. I thought it felt sticky on my skin with reapplication. The first application is OK (not the best, just OK), but as I continue to reapply, my skin starts to feel sticky, shiny, and oily. It feels like I have product sitting on top of my skin. Technically, yes, I have product sitting on top of my skin, but it would be nice if it was a little less tacky and sticky. My hair tends to stick to my face while using this sunscreen too. I prefer to use it once (due to the stickiness) and reapply with my other sunscreens instead to avoid this problem. I can’t see myself reapplying with this sunscreen throughout the day. It’s way too much trouble and feels awful on the skin. My eyes would burn with reapplication.

Did it clog my pores??

I didn’t get any breakouts from this product, but it is on the moisturizing side. Too much moisture leads to an increase in sebaceous filaments for me. I’ll report back if I see any breakouts with continued use.

Final Thoughts

I love that this product is high UVB and UVA. What a dream come true! I feel like I’ve been using inferior sunscreen products compared to this one by looking at the stats. SPF 50 and PPD of 54? ALCOHOL FREE?? Yes!! Sign me up! I didn’t have major issues with this sunscreen besides the product being sticky and some eye burning (if it gets into the eyes). Otherwise, my experience with this sunscreen went pretty well. It’s moisturizing. No moisturizer is needed when using this sunscreen. It’s moisturizing enough. It also comes in a 100 mL bottle. It was super affordable too. How is this possible? There’s so many sunscreen options nowadays. I really despise sunscreens that come in tiny little bottles with high price tags. Using sunscreen properly is very important to get the protection specified on the bottle. A small bottle of sunscreen isn’t going to last too long, and it’s just a waste of money, in my opinion. I tend to go through bottles of sunscreen rather quickly. This sunscreen seems to fit almost all bullet points that are important to me. It’s alcohol-free, water-resistant, fragrance-free, larger bottle for the face (100 mL), moisturizing, hasn’t clogged my pores (as I know of yet), and it’s SPF 50 with PPD of 54. I’ve decided to keep using it since it’s working on my skin. I’m still on my first bottle. Trying my best to use it as often as possible and when I’m exposed to prolong periods of sun exposure. I’m glad I stumbled upon it. I just hope my skin doesn’t start reacting negatively to it. So far, so good. πŸ‘πŸ»

The product was not sealed upon opening. It comes in a flip cap bottle.

Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50

This is what the sunscreen looks like.

Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50

Review: Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray with Hyaluronic Acid + Humectants

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Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50 Spray

I have another sunscreen from Eucerin. It’s the Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray with Hyaluronic Acid + Humectants. It’s the sunscreen spray instead of the lotion. More about this sunscreen: It’s formulated with 5 antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and humectants for an immediate long-lasting hydrating effect. It’s lightweight and non-greasy. Has a dry-touch finish that leaves no visible residue. It’s a non-alcoholic lotion spray, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), hypoallergenic, suitable for sensitive skin, suitable for daily use, formulated for all skin tones. It’s free of fragrance, dyes, parabens, PABA, phthalates, oxybenzone, and octinoxate. Water-resistant (up to 80 minutes) and sweat-resistant. I’ve been using this product for at least a month now. Here are my thoughts and experience on it.

My Experience with Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray with Hyaluronic Acid + Humectants:

Texture & Application

This sunscreen comes in a spray bottle (60 oz. / 170 g.). The nozzle is very easy to use. To use the sunscreen spray, twist the nozzle until there’s an opening then press down. To close the spray, turn the nozzle until the opening is hidden. I didn’t have any issues with the product getting stuck. I really liked the packaging of this product. When dispensed from the bottle, the texture of this sunscreen is lightweight and bubbly. It has a nice cold, cooling, soothing feeling when sprayed on the skin. The sunscreen is white, but it doesn’t leave a white cast or residue behind. Once rubbed into the skin, it blends into the skin well, but it leaves the skin feeling very greasy. I love that this sunscreen is alcohol-free. One of the reasons why I wanted to try it out in the first place. Unfortunately, this sunscreen burned my eyes and skin. I noticed a tingly sensation on my skin when applied to the skin. So my use of this sunscreen didn’t last for too long. I had to stop using it due to irritation. I ended up using the rest of the sunscreen on my body instead. I think it works better as a body sunscreen rather than a facial sunscreen.

It’s hydrating.

It’s a hydrating and moisturizing sunscreen, but I thought it was too greasy on my skin. I’ve used plenty of greasy sunscreens and this one takes the cake. Besides the burning, I couldn’t deal with the greasiness of the product. It feels uncomfortable on the skin.

It stinks.

The spray is fragrance-free, but it does have smell to it. The smell is very strong (sunscreen/chemical smell) that irritated my skin and eyes. Even though I use it on my body, I didn’t enjoy using it on my body. The smell of the sunscreen is just so strong that it gets into my eyes. I get teary and spend the rest of the day with bloodshot eyes.

Did it clog my pores?

It’s greasy, but I didn’t notice any clogged pores (surprisingly). But, I didn’t use it for long. My skin and eyes became irritated pretty quick. I use it on my body and haven’t had any breakouts. I don’t have acne on my body though.

Final Thoughts

I finally had the chance to try out the Eucerin sunscreens (especially the spray). I’ve been wanting to try it out for the longest time! Too bad, so sad. The sunscreen spray didn’t live up to my expectations and some of its claims like being non-greasy, having a dry-touch (no it didn’t), for sensitive skin (I don’t have sensitive skin, and it burned my skin). I thought the sunscreen was very irritating, and I didn’t enjoy using it. I would think it would be more gentle on the skin due to how lightweight it is on the skin. It feels like bubbles! Also, it contains hyaluronic acid and humectants to soothe the skin. Nope, I was betrayed. My facial skin and eyes didn’t like it one bit. My experience using it on my body was different, but is it worth it? In my opinion, no. I wasn’t impressed with this sunscreen spray for the face or the body. Thought I had found a good alcohol-free sunscreen spray. I guess not. I won’t purchase again.

On the left, the Eucerin SPF 50 Lotion. On the right, the Eucerin SPF 50 Spray. I’ve already finished the lotion. For a full review on the lotion, go here.

Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50

My Acne Journey: 5 Months + 1 Week Results

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Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2 BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Here are my results after 5 months + 1 week!!

I stopped using a moisturizer and benzoyl peroxide this week. I couldn’t even use benzoyl peroxide all over my face anyways. Only as a spot treatment when necessary. This is what happened when I stopped using a moisturizer…

My skin cleared up! Remember those blemishes that kept on reappearing? They’re gone. It felt weird not using a moisturizer at first, but since my skin felt and looked cleaner without one, I got used to it. As I mentioned in my previous post, I never really used a moisturizer before in the past. It’s because my skin can’t handle all of that excess moisture. It comes to a point where it retaliates and blemishes pops up due to having too much moisture in the skin. I’m glad to have dropped Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin from my routine. This moisturizer only lasted for a month (sometimes a month and a half, lol). I’ve always thought it had a sticky texture to it when dispensed from the bottle. I don’t have to deal with that stuff anymore or pay for it. It’s done. I tried it, and it didn’t work out. I’m not looking for a new moisturizer right now or any time soon. My skin just doesn’t need one. It’s doing way better without one.

As for benzoyl peroxide, it doesn’t seem like I need to use it as an all-over acne treatment anymore. Honestly, I’m happy that I don’t have to. If I don’t need to, I’m not going to. I’m still using benzoyl peroxide as a spot treatment when necessary. I love it for that purpose because it works to kill zits fast. I had a pimple on my chin, applied a little bit of benzoyl peroxide to the pimple, woke up the next morning with a zitless chin. Benzoyl peroxide works, so it’s good to keep it around. Since I’m not using benzoyl peroxide anymore (as an all-over acne treatment), I started using tret slowly and eventually moved up to every day. I was going to use it every other day, but my skin is tolerating it pretty well without a moisturizer. Actually, much better than I thought. How?!! I don’t know! It just is! Less products, less irritation? It seems like it! I’m not experiencing any burning, itchy skin, or dry skin. Tret smooths over my skin and absorbs easily. I feel like I’m starting all over with tret once again! I noticed some blemishes popping up, and I’m sure it’s from ‘purging’. At the same time, my overall complexion looks glowy and so much smoother than before. The results so far are very pretty. I can’t wait to see what the results will be within a few weeks. Since I’m using tret every day, I decided to hold off using bha. I didn’t want to aggravate my skin even further and just stick to a single acne treatment. I’m hoping to re-add it whenever my skin is ready.

Am I truly moisturizer free??

Yes and no. I use sunscreens that provide some moisture to my skin in the morning. They’re actually sunscreens, not moisturizer with sunscreen. Sunscreens I’m using are La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100, CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint, and Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50 (new to my routine, reviewing coming up soon!!). These sunscreen products help to moisturize my skin in the morning (which is more than enough moisture, no need for an extra moisturizing product) and protect my skin from sun damage. La Roche-Posay SPF 100 is my favorite out of the three. It’s lightweight, moisturizing, and I love how it blends (or melts) into my skin. I haven’t had any breakouts from using it at all. The only problem I have with it is that I can’t use it near my eyes. It burns. I like the texture of the sunscreen. CeraVe is moisturizing too. It’s tinted and blends into the skin effortlessly while not leaving a white cast behind. It makes life easier for reapplication. It contains niacinamide that helps to brighten my skin. My skin likes this product. Altruist is rather new to me right now. I’ve only been using it for a week. It’s the stickiest out of the bunch, but it’s so easy to apply. It’s a cream that blends into the skin. I haven’t had any issues with it yet. I may have some soon. It’s only been a week of using it so look forward for a full review on it coming up soon! With all of these sunscreens, I can’t imagine using a moisturizer underneath any of them. My skin is oily. The sunscreens are moisturizing already. That’s just adding more unnecessary moisture to my already oily skin.

I didn’t think my no moisturizer week would go this well. I’m sooo happy that I stopped using moisturizer (Vanicream). It did nothing for my skin. It just clogged my pores and wasted my time and money. I guess some people (like me) just don’t need a moisturizer. My skin is doing fine without it.

I did a review on my current face wash ~ Olay Regenerist Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 Revitalizing Facial Cleanser πŸ‘ˆπŸ» Read!!

Here’s the rest of my acne journey! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

My Acne Journey: 1 Week In…

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 Results…

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!! πŸ˜ƒ

My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 1 Week Results

My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 2 Weeks Results

My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 3 Week Results

My Acne Journey: 4 MONTHS!!

My Acne Journey: 4 Months + 1 Week Results.

My Acne Journey: 4.5 Months + Clear Skin!!

My Acne Journey: 4 Months + 3 Weeks! What I’m Doing to Maintain My Clear Skin. πŸ™‚

My Acne Journey: 5 MONTHS!!

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