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Week 2!

So It's been 2 weeks now, so I figured I'd give a quick update. This is going to be quick because I don't have much news at this point. I did have a brief slip up with my skincare, and I had a night where I got lazy and didn't do my whole routine. As a result I got a few extra pimples than I normally do but they were located primarily in the area where I typically break out (mostly chin and jawline). But I'm back at my routine and I haven't had any misteps since.

In terms of the acne scarring again I'm not seeing significant visible results on the old scars and marks. Results that I have seen/felt as of now are:

- Less redness in the scarred areas, so most of my post acne marks are clearing up

- Overall my skin feels a lot smoother in the scarred areas

Of course when you are dealing with scarring its going to take time to really see results. Normally by this point if I hadn't seen results I'd be inclined to give up on a routine, but I'm trying to really stick with it (it apparently takes 2-3 months for a skincare routine to really work or something right?) I've been paying close attention to the right side of my face since those marks aren't as dark or widespread to begin with. I anticipate I'd see faster results there because of that.

Also another note with the tea tree moisturizer: the packaging says that it controls oil. I personally haven't noticed significant results with that, so if anyone was planning on buying it for that purpose I wouldn't. I do like the moisturizer though. I'm thinking once I am satisfied with my results from the dark spot corrector I'll switch to using that moisturizer at night (since there's no SPF) and use a different moisturizer during the day.

So this ended up not being a quick update, but I do feel like I need to make a quick clarification. Since I'm trying to do this blog in the interest of full disclosure so that others can make informed choices, I should have probably specified earlier that my acne is 100% genetic. My mom, dad, and older sister all suffered from acne (and for the most part still do). So I'm focusing of really getting my skin to a manageable place, since due to my genes I will probably never have naturally 100% perfect skin.

So I'm not sure if it has officially been a week yet, but a few of you have been asking for an update so I will give it to you! I have made some edits to my skincare routine and they are as follows:

- I've switched my moisturizer to The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Moisturizer. I am also mixing a drop of lemon oil into the moisturizer prior to applying it to my face. This is to help with oil control and I've also heard it can be effective in fading acne scars potentially?

- I'm using baby wipes to pre-cleanse my face. This is mostly for make up removal, so I know that my skin is clean before I go to bed

So far I'm happy with my skin care routine, but I haven't noticed any major results yet. I'm happy with the routine though because I haven't had any adverse reactions to the products or anything like that. I definitely plan on keeping up with everything. I have notice though that I am still getting modest breakouts (maybe a few new pimples at a time at least a couple of times this past week, so nothing too bad). I think that part of this can be attributed to the fact that my skin has gone through the ringer over the past couple of months. Up until this past March I was using harsher products that contained BP, then my skin had a reaction to my old cleanser and I had to switch off of all acne products. Now I'm back on acne products so I think my skin is still adjusting to all the changes. Some of the product reviews for the overnight peel I'm using said that it caused breakouts, so this is something I'm monitoring for. It does contain vitamin c though, which I've found is actually helping heal my breakouts faster. But there aren't any ingredients in the peel that prevent breakouts, which I think s important to note.

I switched my moisturizer mostly because I wasn't happy with aveeno. I felt it was causing my face to be excessively oily. I'm using the tea tree moisturizer now, which I feel like it's helping in that area (especially with the lemon oil added to it). As for the BB cream I discussed in a previous post, I think it will be fine for the summer. I'm also still using it since it contains SPF and my moisturizer does not. I'm undecided though whether or not I'll repurchase it though.

As for the mattifying products, I've found the finishing spray works best if you still use a pressed powder over your foundation. That way it sets both, which means both will last longer. Yesterday I was able to wear my makeup from around 11:30-7 pm and I only had to blot a few times (it was humid out yesterday and I spent quite a bit of time walking outside, that's mostly why). I haven't really tried wearing my make up without the primer yet, so I'm not really sure still if it actually prevents oil production.

Hello! So I will be doing an overall skincare update later on this week. But I wanted to share with you guys my thoughts on the BB cream I've been using as well as two other cosmetic products I purchased this weekend. I will warn that I'm definitely still doing a lot of experimenting with these products so I'm not 100% sure if I would recommend them yet, but this is my sort of initial thoughts on the products. I have a feeling this post is going to be incredibly long and detailed, so my apologies in advance!

The products I'll be discussing are:

- Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream for Combo/Oily skin ($12.99)

- NYX Shine Killer Foundation Base ($12.99)

- NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray ($7.99)

BB cream- I'd describe this product as somewhere between a foundation and a tinted moisturizer in formulation. It's feels pretty light on your skin and the coverage is decent. My dark marks still show through a little though. If you're looking for full coverage you'll still need a concealer. I was able to wear it for about 2-3 hours by itself before oil started to shine through. It didn't feel as gross on my face though when I started to get oily as a regular foundation does IMO. The color blended in pretty nicely for me. It's not like other BB creams where it starts out white, then blends. It's already the skin tone color to start. I personally tried it with moisturizer under it and I liked the results better without moisturizer, but depending on your skin type you will probably need to do some experimenting. Other pros are that it contains SPF 20 and you can find it at most major stores. Some cons are the price, it's not super expensive but there definitely are cheaper foundations out there. Also my biggest gripe is the packaging! the product is packaged in a squeeze tube and it sits on it's cap. Unfortunately gravity causes it to leak into the cap, so it's a little messy when you first open it.

NYX base and spray- I just bought these a few days ago so I've only used them once and I used them at the same time. The base is a clear mattifying cream. A little bit goes a long way, so you don't need to put a ton of it on. The one thing I noticed though is that I think you need to wait for a good couple of minutes for it to absorb into your skin before applying your makeup over it. The package unfortunately lacked directions in this area. The spray is a makeup setting spray. You spray it on your face to set your makeup (quite self explanatory). Overall when I used both of these products I didn't get super amazing results. I feel like I was able to keep my makeup on my face longer though (probably closer to 5 or 6 hours). Also, the only place I've ever seen NYX brand cosmetics is Ulta. So if you don't have a store near you, you might have to order online. Also the prices on these could potentially be a con depending on how much you're willing to spend on cosmetics.

Overall- Like I said earlier, I'm still experimenting with them to see if different usage variations make a difference in how long I can wear them. For example, when I tested all three together today I used moisturizer under the mattifying base. So I'm not sure if the oil that still came through was a result of the moisturizer or if the product just doesn't work well. I'd also like to try the base and spray with a different foundation to see if that makes a difference and possibly the base by itself. I know these initial reactions don't really tell you much since they are kind of lukewarm, but I'll keep you guys posted in a few days on how I feel about them after I've had a chance to play around with them a little more. Also, if you happen to have used these products and have any thoughts on them feel free to share your results in the comments section!

So I'll start by sharing my initial thoughts on the Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Overnight Peel (I'll just be calling it "overnight peel" since the name is quite long. The product cost me $16.99 at Ulta. It's a little pricier than I'd normally go, but it's also cheaper than other products like Bio Oil or Mederma. It's a pretty common drugstore brand, so I'm sure you can find it at places like Target, Walgreens, CVS, etc if you don't have an Ulta store near you.

The package claims that the product is a glycolic peel that will fade dark spots, even skin tone, brighten skin, and smooth texture. So it's supposed to help with age spots, acne marks, etc. The product does contain AHA, so it's recommended you use a sunblock with it.

So based on my first use I can tell you that it seems pretty gentle. It didn't burn my skin or sting when I applied it. It did feel a little dry, but I think that's more the nature of the product and not a reaction to it. The one thing that I think should be clarified (and maybe I'm just dumb and I didn't understand the definition of "peel") but this isn't a mask. You don't actually "peel" this off. You apply it to your face, leave it on overnight, and wash it off the next morning. I'd describe it more as a gel or serum. So I guess I don't really know what a "peel" is. It said that it might cause irritation, but so far I haven't experienced any (but that could change). Also as a last note the product did seem to have a nice smell to it.

My initial reaction is that I like the product. Of course how I really feel about it will be dictated by whether I experience any results, which I can't say quite yet. I'll keep everyone posted on how it goes!

Hello! I've recently discovered the forums and also the blog feature on here. I've recently started a new skincare routine and I'd like to use the blog to track my progress. I figured that others might benefit from hearing how things are going and how I feel about the products I'm using. I'll give you a little background on my skin since as we all know, not everyone's skin is the same and so what works for me might not work for you.

Skin type: Oily. Hands down I have oily skin. By the end of the day just about every part of my face has a layer of oil. My forehead seems to be the worst spot for oil. I'm pretty acne prone, but I wouldn't say I have a severe case of acne. Lately I've been breaking out mostly on my chin and cheeks (the left more than the right since I sleep on that side), but I also get a few occasionally on my forehead. Very rarely on my temples, nose (with the exception of blackheads), or upper lip. Overall I feel like the texture of my skin is pretty smooth, but I do have a lot of scarring/post acne marks on my cheeks. That is sort of my biggest point of insecurity and I'd love to be able to fade those so they are less noticeable.

Current topical routine:

Morning- 1) Neutrogena Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser 2) Burt's Bees Naturals Acne Solutions Toner 3) Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 4) (optional) Garnier Oil Control BB cream

Night- 1 and 2) Same Cleanser and Toner as above 3) Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Overnight Peel

Other important info:

- I try to lead a healthy lifestyle (eat well, exercise, etc) but I haven't made any changes to my diet and exercise with skincare in mind

- I don't really have super sensitive skin, but I recently had a bad experience with a particular face cleanser that dried my skin up severely and left me extremely red, flaky, and itchy. It was so bad that I had to completely switch my skincare to cetaphil face wash and moisturizer (even then it still really burned whenever I put on the moisturizers, so that should give you an idea of how that experience was). This has really prompted me to think more about what is in the products I use. So I'm on a natural product kick right now (I've also switched other products, like my shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, etc if anyone is interested in how those products are going I'm more than happy to share!)

So I'm considering yesterday "Day One" since I'm looking mostly to focus on the progress of the Dark Spot corrector and I used that last night. The box says that you can begin noticing results in four weeks. I'm personally going to be skeptical and give it until the end of the summer. Based on online reviews I read some people noticed results in less time, others didn't notice results at all. So I guess we'll see how things work out for me!

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