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DAY ??? I quit counting.



I think it's pointless to continue counting if I'm not on the same regimen anymore.

I'm in a transition phase with my skincare routine at the moment. Let me summarize what happened between February and now, July.

After the whole previous organic apple cider/olive oil regimen on DAY 205 in February didn't work out for my skin in the long run, I gave up and bought Neutrogena's Visibly Clear line, which consisted of

Visibly Clear 2in1 Wash and Mask

Visibly Clear Gentle Exfoliating Wash

Visibly Clear Stress Control Daily Scrub

Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control 3in1 Cleansing Lotion

The only two I regularly used was the Scrub and the Wash/Mask, which worked wonders for my skin and helped clear up acne. I would use the scrub in the shower, which felt amazing- it has a menthol cooling sensation, and felt more like a cream cleanser with microbeads. I'd slowly massage it into my skin for about 15 seconds and wash out, pat dry my face, and apply the mask immediately after. The mask is a white clay mask and also had that same refreshing feel when applied to my face. I'd rinse it off after about 2 minutes. After showering, my face would look and feel amazing.

As for the exfoliating wash and cleansing lotion (toner), the wash felt more like a harsh scrub and the cleansing lotion irritated my skin and dried it out.

I decided to go for these given that these products have a combination of alpha hydroxy acid; more specifically glycolic acid (AHA) and salycylic acid (BHA). AHA and BHA are both chemical skin exfoliants that help get rid of dead or unnecessary skin. AHA is great for overall skin renewal, but BHA is great for acne because it interacts with oil better and helps break up pore clogging.

I got back from the UK last week and brought the products with me, but I'm running low on them. I needed to find the US equivalent to these Neutrogena products. I only wanted the scrub and the 2in1 wash/mask. I found the scrub under the US name Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Clear Scrub. Same ingredients, different name. Unfortunately, the 2in1 Wash in the US has benzoyl peroxide as the acne treatment, and not salicylic acid. My skin is severely allergic/reactive to BP, so I couldn't use it. However, I started searching for a cream cleanser with acne fighting properties, since it is gentle to skin but also treats acne. I found it in Oil Free Acne Stress Congrol Power Cream Wash. The US products have AHA and BHA. I'm hoping that these two products can help my skin.

I've recently been using the remainder of my scrub and wash/mask from the UK and my skin has cleared up considerably after neglecting it for a few weeks. I made two changes to my skincare, which was using Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion at night, and my La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 60 sunscreen in the morning. I figured it was time to take a gentle yet effective way of combating my acne with drugstore products. Retin-A, though effective, was harsh and had wrecked my skin completely to the point that the damage was far worse than just having acne; I ended up with sensitive, dry and peeling skin that took 2-3 months to heal. I had to end up taking care of the dryness and sensitivity before I could really return to using acne products.

I didn't have a consistent skincare routine for the past few weeks because I'd been moving and traveling in the UK, leaving me too busy, but after returning to the US and settling down, my new routine is as follows:


Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash

La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 XL sunscreen/Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF 30 after I run out of Anthelios


Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Clear Scrub

Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

Makeup: Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation

If I'm wearing makeup, my PM routine will replace the scrub with a cleansing oil. At the moment I'm finishing up Shu Uemura Skin Purifier, then will use my sample of Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, and then I'll move to my full size Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil White.

To be honest this routine seems a little bit harsh on the skin already, but I'm hoping that the hot humid weather and Cetaphil will make up for the harshness of the already gentle (but acne-fighting) skincare products. I guess we'll see.


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