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8/21/11 products review

happily after

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I figured I want to document some products I have used.

Moisturizer:

Cetaphil cream

Greasy feeling, just sit on top up my skin, doesn't help flakiness very much, however I do not think it breaks me out. I have two cats and now it is kind of allergy time for me, because this cream it so greasy that cat hairs would stick on my face, every time I applied it, I sneeze like crazy. doesn't burn my dry skin.

Cetaphil lotion

Greasy feeling, just sit on top up my skin, doesn't help flakiness very much, once I used it on my boyfriend's dry skin face, even he was saying it is too oily. I used it when I first used differin, due to I wasn't using differin correctly, my face not only was very dry but was raw and hurt that time. This lotion burned if I applied under such skin condition.

Aqua urea lotion

helped my flaky at the beginning but after a while it sting my face and made it even more dry and flaky. very sticky and heavy. made my skin coarse.

Clinique yellow lotion gel

Pretty light but not moisturizing enough. it has a light menthol feeling. runs out pretty quickly. don't remember if that breaks me out.

Clinque antioxidant lotion for combination skin

pretty light but not moisturizing. even tho it is light but would make face oily 5 mins after application.breaks me out.

CeraVe cream

drys to a matte finish. contains a lot of silica in it. balls on me every now and then. feels moisturizing but actually not. just sit on top of skin. do not help with flakiness. breaks me out. will burn somehow if face is dry (not raw).

Embryolisee lait cream

drys to a satin finish. feels moisturizing but not help with flakiness. somewhat lighter than cetaphil. I tried this on my BF's dry face and he did not say and complain anything. I think this breaks me out.

Vanicream

Used it for twice until now. so far so good. feels very sticky at the beginning but once it set, the finish is matte and smooth. will test out for longer time and update.

Treatment

philosophy help me retinol (only at night)

my skin will look more even every time I used it. but I donno the retinol percentage of it. long ingredient list. not very sure if this is breaking me out. maybe it is helping to purge out the micro comedones.

BP (neutrogena 2.5%, clearasil 5%)

totally drys my skin. feels tight and unconformable after application. I have tried Dan's regime before and totally didn't like it. use for spot treat. causing free radicals. don feel it really helps with spots but simply drys my skin. there was no overnight improvement of the spot. I just would use it because it's allegedly killing acne bacteria.

Alpha hydrox dry skin lotion

Totally stings no matter how I use it. greasy. dry my skin but help with the acne. I tried use it as spot treatment but there was no overnight improvement of the spot.

Tretinoin cream Generic 0.05%

Currently using this. will stick to it in hope that it will control my acne and comedones. 7/23/11 was my first day of using this. I kinda wanted to start it very slow, until "I feel my skin can handle", I tried to apply it every night or every other night (primary). If I get too flaky, I will simply stop it for a couple of days until "I feel" I am able to handle it again. Being very flaky is not totally due to this, I am also using BP as spot treat. the worse flaky normally happens on my spot treated area since I would also pop pimples or comedones.

Suncreen

Shiseido Ultimate sun cream spf 55

drys matte, pretty light, I liked it but it's hard to remove. goes well under makeup. I think it made me more blackhead. expensive for such small bottle

Sofina - Perfect UV (UV cut milk Extra Block) SPF 50 + PA +++

watery consistency, light, matte, I liked it. goes will under makeup. hard to remove. kinda dried my skin

Elta UV Physical SPF 41

tinted, darker than my skin tone, grainy feeling. skin feel tight after applied. matte. ok product. ok under makeup

Elta UV Clear SPF 46

Balls up on my badly. shiny and somehow greasy. don agree with my makeup.

Eucerin everyday spf 30

same texture as Elta UV Clear. shiny and somehow greasy. OK under makeup

Cleanser

The bodyshop tea tree gel cleanser

cleanse effectively. skin feel tight after washing. don burn. contains SLS

Neutrogena gentle cleanser

do not cleanse at all. have to use several times to wash off my makeup. nice morning cleanser tho. skin don feel tight after washing. burns little.

CeraVe Gentle cleanser

do not cleanse at all. have to use several times to wash off my makeup. nice morning cleanser tho. skin don feel tight after washing. burns bad.

Neutrogena foaming cleanser

cleanse effectively. skin feel a little tight after washing. don burn.

Cetaphil gentle cleanser

do not cleanse at all. have to use several times to wash off my makeup. nice morning cleanser tho. skin don feel tight after washing. don't burn. contains SLS

Cetaphil daily cleanser

cleanse effectively. skin feel a little tight after washing. burns little.

I will go buy burnout sunscreen and vanicream spf 60 and then test them out.

update:

I went and bought vanicream spf 60. I couldn't wait and tried it on my hand. It feels very smooth and moisturizing yet not greasy. I tried it on my BF's face, he really likes it. I got home and washed my face then tried it on my face, it's very hard to rub in. But once it is rubbed in, it drys to a very satin finish, which is ok for me. I also tried it under a new foundation I bought (kett). I will test it out further and update.

random note:

even tho my skin is flaky but it is still oily at the same time. however I tried apply nothing on my face before bed, my skin woke up with somehow matte. So I am thinking my skin gets oily primary due to the products I use. I want to keep my skin hydrated to make it more tolerable to the treatments. even tho I feel my skin is under purging phase, I still want it purge out beautifully instead of getting more pimple because of irritation.



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