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Not doing as well as I hoped it would



7 weeks ago I began using the Paula's Choice Extra Strength Acne Kit as a recommendation from one of my fave youtube beauty people. She called it her holy grail and claimed it really helped out her acne. Decided to order it and was super excited to try it out. It consists of the "Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser", an "Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid", and the "Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% BP". I've been using the cleanser 2x a day, but started off using the exfoliator and BP every other day. I distinctly remember the first night I used them together my skin started burning. I washed them off, slapped on a load of moisturizer and proceeded to go to sleep. The next morning my face was PEELING, especially around my nose. Super embarrassing because I didn't actually notice until I got home from classes. Besides that I was really amazed to see a significant decrease in the impacted pores on my forehead.
So that was then. I'm now using each product 2x a day (with exception to the exfoliator; only use it at night because I'm terrified of my skin peeling during the day again). I can definitely say it's helped out my impacted pores and cystic acne, but that's all, really. I'm still dealing with light-moderate acne. I can probably blame that on my diet and stress though. Haven't been able to drink water as often because I'm in California and water is freaking expensive because of the drought, and I wouldn't say it's safe to drink the water from my fridge given the spout has got mold/mildew on it.
Unfortunately I do have to say that at this very moment I am facing some more acne than usual. About 5 large pimples on each side of my face, and quite a few small ones all over (If I end up putting up a photo I'll add a link to it here). Noticed this a couple of days ago. I have a feeling it's some old concealers I started using again. Looking through my makeup stash when I rediscovered them and decided to use some. I would say they're definitely what's causing my breakouts considering how old they are, but I've got pimples in areas I didn't even use the concealers on too.


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