Thankful

These photos are taken with my Mac PhotoBooth; hence, the quality isn’t the best.

However, these pictures still show the bumpiness off my skin due to inflamed acne. Here is my progress:

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See what I mean? The lighting isn’t perfect but it still manages to capture the bumps/inflammation.

So in the last photo (which was taken like 5 minutes ago) my skin still has few whiteheads, not a lot. If anything, the texture has gotten much better, and I am left with dark pigmentation scars. If you have an recommendation for dark spot treatment, please let me know! I’ve tried lemon, but it’s way too acidic for my skin. Baking soda didn’t do much for me. Manuka honey did nothing. Vitamin C might’ve helped a little… I’ve also ordered Skin Apotheke Ubtan Scrub which has been raved by beauty guru EpicBeautyGuide and customer reviews, but it hasn’t done much for me.

Living Nature: Balancing Line

Having acne is exhausting.. Searching for the perfect product that matches and heals your skin is truly a mission.

I don’t know how much more money I need to pour to find the perfect product/line for my skin.

Recently, I purchased Living Nature’s Balancing line from http://www.SaffronRouge.com

I purchased the purifying cleanser, hydrating toner, balancing day lotion, and balancing night gel. 

First off, my skin type is oily/combination, and Living Nature’s balancing line is supposed to be ideal for people with this skin condition. The first week of using this line wasn’t too bad. However, the more I continue to use these products, the more I find that my skin is dehydrated and becoming tighter/drier. 

I let the company know about this adverse effect, but their only advice was for me to try their vitalising line……. With each product ranging from $30-40, I found their response a bit rude..

I will have an updated photo with my skin. I feel let down and disappointed (again) from yet another skin care line that failed to deliver.

Dr. Alkaitis For Acne

I should’ve written a review for Dr. Alkaitis much earlier.

The ingredients for this line is natural, organic, pure, whatever. 

It may work for people with normal or dry skin, but for people with acne-prone skin, I would NOT recommend this line. 

You won’t get a fully clean feeling from the cleanser, the toner and soothing gel smells like alcohol, the oil (which was raved as “liquid gold” did absolutely nothing for my skin, and the day and night cream were too greasy and smelled terrible.

I feel that the line will cater much better towards mature skin.

I appreciate the brand’s effort to using clean ingredients; however, it was a total miss for me.

The Dreadful Acne Photos (viewers discretion advised)

These photos are from 2 weeks ago. Since then, I had a detox peel by an esthetician in Los Angeles. My face was scarred from extractions for 3 days after, and it took a whole week for the raw skin to recover. After all that pain, I’m not sure if it did much for my skin.

From the pictures, there are tons of clogged pores, scars, whiteheads, and some cystic acne. 

Products I’ve been using:

  • Desert Essence Jojoba Oil as sunscreen remover

  • PCA perfecting sunscreen

  • Dr Alkaitis Face Wash

  • NuSkin Enhancer (as moisturizer) 

I will update with progress photos, after there is a bit more progress.

Feel free to leave any advice or comments down below.

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Pilot

Stats:

  • Female
  • Asian
  • Skin type: oily/combination/acne-prone/sensitive = pretty much the worst
  • Age: 22, but will be 23 this month

Background:

Not that I ever had “perfect” skin, but my skin was blemish free for quite awhile. It was the calm before the storm since I started getting pretty bad acne out of nowhere. I’m not talking about 1-2 zits here and there, there are COUNTLESS numbers of clogged pores, whiteheads, and a few cystic acne. These are only around my jaw and chin, which means it is HORMONE or STRESS related. This has been going on for 3-4 months, and it is not going away.

I’ve tried a ton of different skin care brands/products: Atomy (korean), Dessert Essence, The Face Shop (korean), Dr. Skin, Gold List Organic View, NuSkin, raw honey, extra virgin olive oil, aspirin mask, Origins, PCA etc..

I’ve also gone to so-called skin care experts and estheticians for extraction/peels..

Nothing seems to work. I am leaning towards something more organic/holistic, and ordered the Dr. Alkaitis travel kit. I have read such great things about the line, but I’m scared to get my hopes up because there is always that chance that it might not work for me.

Eating Habits/Lifestyle:

I eat pretty clean. I lost 40 pounds (it took a little over a year), but within that year I developed a  healthy and balanced eating habit. Yes I will have that occasional french fries or cookie or cake, but I have moderate self control when it comes to bad food. I’ve cut dairy, and cut down a lot on caffeine. I also drink about 2 liters of water a day, eat fruits and vegetables regularly, and exercise 3-4 times a week. I get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

Also, I do not smoke cigarettes, and I cut down on alcohol ( a lot, mainly cause of social smoking).

Stress:

I do believe my acne is stress related. I was stressed out over a lot of things in my life… :(

Purpose of this blog:

This is a skin progress blog. I will write about products that worked for me, products that didn’t; ingredients to avoid, ingredients to look for. I want to learn about skin in this journey. If I can help readers with their skin issues, then it would be great, but this is mainly for me.

Reminder to myself: post before pictures.