Having to deal with my sensitive skin has led me to a never ending quest to find the best product the suits my skincare needs.
I have only been conscious of my skin when I started having a lot of pimples on my face at the age of 26. That’s because I never had an acne problem growing up. I was lazy in taking care of my skin because washing with water alone had kept my skin “perfect” all these years.
I have tried several products that were meant for sensitive skin; though some of them may have worked really well, a lot of times… as simple as a trial and error would end up me having an acne breakout that can last for a month or so.
Going to a derm clinic was my easy way out when having pimple breakouts… but let’s be honest, a busy mom like me won’t always have the time to go to derm clinics on a regular basis.
Aside from learning how to put on makeup, removing the makeup, and cleansing my face afterwards… my issue on having a breakout is the tendency to switch from one skincare product to another (in a snap). When a product no longer works its magic on me, I simply buy a new one and start hoping it’ll work. Let’s also add the fact that my lifestyle isn’t the healthiest, so to speak. (For those who don’t know, I work better at night, preferably midnight.) Another factor would be the makeup brands that caused allergic reaction on my face.
Sometimes, switching to new skincare product helps… most times, it’s a disaster in the making. LOL! Kidding aside, this maybe the reason why my pimples/pimple marks aren’t saying bye-bye to my face just yet.
I may have used too many products in the hopes of achieving to bring back the “perfect” skin I once have, and yes, I am still hoping these acne scars would soon disappear (permanently).
Among the products I have religiously used, I ended up having a three-step skincare routine, which was suggested by my dear friend Rika.
She asked me what products I have at home so she can give me tips on how to help me lighten the acne scars, and to hopefully stop the breakout.
I told her that I already received my samples from Simple Skincare PH [Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water, Kind to Skin Hydrating Moisturiser, and Kind to Skin Dual Effect Eye Make-up Remover (not in the picture)] on the third week of October, and that I am currently using ONLY the Cathy Doll Acne Solution Serum and Foam Cleanser that I bought from 7 Eleven.
So Rika asked me to follow these three steps:
- Wash my face with Cathy Doll Acne Solution Serum and Foam Cleanser.
- Use the Simple Skincare: Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water as a toner.
- To finish, use the Simple Skincare: Kind to Skin Hydrating Moisturiser.
As mentioned, I bought this Cathy Doll Acne Solution Serum and Foam Cleanser from 7 Eleven and it only costs P 29.00. It helped dry out the pimples on my cheeks and chin, but the marks remain visible during the times that I used only this.
I am on my second sachet already. I love how gentle it is on my skin, and that there’s no sting whenever I am using it. There was a product I tried before that my face was feeling inflamed, and that I had to put on Aloe Vera soothing gel to calm my skin.
The first time I used the Simple Skincare: Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water, I was surprised that it has no odd smell. It’s also nice to know that Simple Skincare does not use harmful chemicals, and artificial scents on their products. The Micellar Cleansing Water was also gentle on my skin, and I didn’t feel my face getting dry after using it. I guess you know what I mean when I say some toners dry our skin that sometimes peeling is very visible after use. I love how this has been a good substitute to cleanse my face as soon as I get home, especially if there’s someone else using the bathroom.
To finish the routine, I use the Simple Skincare:Kind to Skin Hydrating Moisturiser. The name is actually self explanatory. It helps keep my skin hydrated. Whenever I am using this, I always feel like I have achieved a subtle “Korean Glass Skin” glow. The downside, my face becomes super oily after 6 hours. That’s why I sometimes skip this part if I have to go out of the house.
I have followed this three-step routine for two to three weeks, morning and evening (I lost count, to be honest), and knowing how impatient I was… I just had to buy another product that can give me quicker results. The routine was working fine, and it definitely lightened my pimple marks on the cheeks; but the acne on my chin wasn’t cooperating.
So I had to alter my routine as soon as I received my order from Beauty Cauldron PH. I ordered their famous serum called, Draught of Peace.
This serum was highly recommended by Rika, and Chell since it helped both of them to reduce the pimples and to lighten pimple marks on their skin. Chell even said that the effect can be felt overnight.
As per Rika’s advice, I should stop using the moisturizer for now, and start using the serum as the final step of my three-step skincare routine.
It has been two weeks since I have followed my new routine. Chell was correct when she said that the effects of the serum can be felt/recognized overnight. The pimples on my chin “calmed” and that I was able to pull off a good makeup look on the event I went to since the pimple marks lightened better than the last routine.
The pimples on my cheeks healed, but the ones on my chin still kept coming back for some reason. The only time it stopped was when I had my free Diamond Peel at The Zen Institute 13th Anniversary party. I’ll have the details about that on a different blog post, so watch out for it.
Though the result I was aiming for didn’t happen in an instant, following this/these routine/s have somehow helped me in taking better care of my skin.
I always forget that I am not getting any younger, and that I should be watchful of my activities (including the food that I eat) to avoid having to go through this acne problem again.
The routine is working, it wasn’t just as fast as I thought it would. I also considered seeking a dermatologist’s advise to better understand what really is happening to my face.
I apologize in advance if you reach this part of this blog hoping to get a “clear face” photo of me saying “Yes, it happened in 7 days!” or that “I achieved having a perfect skin after 1 month“.
No, my face is still a work in progress.
Please also add the fact that I go to events that require putting makeup on, or come home late and not get any rest because I have to prepare for my son as he goes to school the following day; as well as days that I have no sleep at all because being a mom is a full-time commitment. (Not complaining, I love what I do.) These are just some of the factors that could slow down the process of my goal to having a beautiful skin.
I just wanted to share this routine because it might work for you, and it may give you an idea on how to come up with your very own skincare routine.
I hope you learned a thing or two from what I’ve written. In case you have a routine of your own, please share it on the comment box.
If you also have another suggestion that I can try to finally get rid of my pimple marks (fast), please let me know in the comment box too. Thank you!
That’s all for me today. Xoxo, Sab!