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


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).


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.

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