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Review: The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

25 Jun

Lactic Acid 10% is first on my The Ordinary wishlist. They became a hit for pinay beauty enthusiasts. Who could resist concentrated products that are affordable? Not me. Haha! I knew about this brand, thanks to Wayne Goss. I ordered one last April from a local online seller. I’m using this for almost three months now. It has been a love-hate relationship.

Come on flatlay!😅

Description:
Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 10% formulation offers mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation.

Directions:
Apply once per day, ideally in the PM. Can be diluted with other treatments to reduce strength until skin develops tolerance. Avoid contact with eyes. If irritation persists, discontinue use and consult a physician. (Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.)

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Citrate, Arginine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/leaf Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethyl 2,2-Dimethylhydrocinnamal, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Pros:
– Affordable
– Spill proof packaging
– Few ingredients
– Doesn’t leave greasy feeling
– Did not cause breakouts
– Gives mild peeling/exfoliation
– Can be used as spot treatment

Cons:
– I dont like the scent at first
– Can sting
– Triggered my contact dermatitis

Most of their products are below $15. I’m still wondering how can they do it? I always have a thing for glass dropper. It looks so fancy and medical. Their packaging is spill proof. Minimalists will like its few ingredients just like the rest of their collection. It wont leave a greasy film once absorbed although it’s not oil-free. Hormonal imbalance caused my major breakouts this month. I’m sure this didn’t cause purging. I didn’t have any problem even on the first month of using this.

This can trigger my contact dermatitis. I know this is not for sensitive skin. It’s just that I’m stubborn and desperate to even out my skin tone.😅 So I’m only using this every other day as spot treatment for dark spots and acne. This is an acid that can sting if you have open wound. (Maybe from “accidentally” pricking). It gives mild peeling which will help in lightening spots. I’ve noticed some spots were lightened gradually and acne subsides faster. I’m not a fan of the scent. Others would describe it as burning plastic. But for me it smells like soy sauce.

Others say 5% or 10% concentration for lactic acid doesn’t matter. Your skin will determine which one’s for you. Overall, I still like it despite the cons. It’s very affordable compared to other brands’ products with lactic acid active. I recommend it if you’re looking for mild exfoliant. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!😉

I now know what made my pores look bigger

22 Jul

Naturally, people with oily skin have big pores. There are certain products that can make them more noticeable. I found the culprit in my case. It’s my moisturizer! I dont want to say the specific product… but I’ll tell what’s in it.

If you’re starting with skin care and we have the same skin type, you’ll probably buy “oil-control” products, right? I thought the same thing but boy I was wrong. I tried to cut down my routine. I removed the moisturizer and suddenly my pores improved.

The moisturizer had tea tree, salicylic acid and lactic acid which is really good for minimizing breakouts. It’s a hydrating lotion type. Doesnt even feel like it’s bothering my skin. Probably it’s a mix of masking and moisturizing ingredients and strong ones. I guess my skin got confused.

Products can make you oilier especially if they have so much anti-acne ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil and etc. Yes they prevent and treat acne but they can be drying which results to bigger pores.

That’s why my dermatologists didnt prescribe oil control products for my t-zone. I’m still using aquaphor for the areas affected by dermatitis; cheeks, forehead, nose area and chin. So for now after toner, I dont apply anything on my mid-cheek area. But I’m still planning to use a moisturizer that’s mild like pure centella asiatica. Something that wouldn’t affect skin’s oil balance. Just to avoid any dryness and early signs of wrinkles.

Remember, dont go crazy on oil control. Balance is the key. If you’re using a cleanser that’s drying but your skin likes it, follow it up with products that will really.. actually help to balance the ph level, not masking.☺

Updated Skin Care Routine – May 2016

27 May

Hello everybody! I updated my skin care routine because I had to. The weather seriously affected my skin. The temperature in Manila is usually up to 35 °C (92°F) and the heat index can go up to 40°C or 100 °F. As a result, I have sebbohreic dermatitis

My sister has dermatitis too. Her dermatologist prescribed cleanser and creams. She allowed me to use them too.

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CLEANSERS:

Ceramide Cleanser
A skin with dermatitis lacks ceramide which is needed to moisturize skin’s layers. It’s a support to lessen dryness and crustiness. I’m thankful because my sister shared this. She got this in her dermatologist’s clinic at Makati Med.

Lush Fresh Farmacy
I use this when I’ve worn makeup on a long day. It makes me feel clean! Full review here


MASK:

Lush Mask of Magnaminty
The best face mask I’ve tried. I keep coming back to it although it’s always out of stock. I told the SA it’s so hard to get one and asked when it is usually available. She said it’s either every month or every two months. Full review here


TONER:

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner
I’m on my 2nd bottle. It’s refreshing and doesnt dry out my skin. I still moisturize after because it has alcohol. That’s known for pore minimizing. It doesnt help with my pores though. Full review here


MOISTURIZERS:

Etude House AC Clinic Gel Lotion
I use this for the rest of my face. I’m on my 2nd bottle now. I couldnt find any dupe for it. It’s lightweight and hydrates my acne prone skin. Full review here

Clobetasol with Aquaphor Cream
This is for severe dermatitis flare ups. It’s applied twice a day on the affected areas for 3-5 days.

Hydrocortisone Cream
It’s applied when dermatitis flare ups are subsided/mild. It’s also applied twice a day on affected areas for 3-5 days. I’m using this as maintenance too.


Skin will look normal again once a flare up is gone. There is no cure for Dermatitis. All we can do is to control it by soothing and calming it. Extreme heat, sweat, health and intestine problems are some of the causes. Avoid everything that can trigger it because it’s really difficult to calm it down. It takes 3 to 7 days in our case. Click here to know more about it and its causes:

Types of eczema: click here

Sebbhoreic Dermatitis: click here

Helpful Websites For Cosmetics & Skin Care Concerns

16 Apr

Hey guys. I’ve been browsing a lot lately so I thought I should share some of my favorite websites. I rely on these for decision making before buying any product or before proceeding to a dermatology treatment.

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RealSelf.com

RealSelf has dicussions on dermatology, dentistry and cosmetic surgeries. Get answers from doctors. This website allows me to ask questions from real doctors for free. They answer back usually 3-5 days after your post has been approved. It’s best to include photos of your concern so the doctors have an idea how it looks like. Patients rate their doctors, review treatments and give out before and after photos. Doctors have their own photo results from the treatments they’ve performed too.

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CosDNA.com

This website lets its users to analyze skin care and cosmetics using a generator. You can save it so others can see it too. Ingredients list determines if I will buy a product or not. If I dont find the list on  brands’ websites or blogger reviews, this is my savior. Here’s an example. Remember to input one (1) ingredient per line only.

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reddit.com

I get reviews from this site especially on newly released korean skin care. Those that you cant find on blogs and shop reviews yet. I think the members there are more advanced and updated than anyone else. They have threads for each product. You can find discussions about the ingredients and mini reviews. It’s all in one.

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For acne-prone skin products and treatments, I rely on Acne.org members’ experiences. There are other helpful information like comedogenic and non comedogenic ingredients. Members give thorough review on dermotological treatments too and they usually provide before and after photos and updates on post-treatment. They give out tips that are easy to remember. Example: things to do to soothe and heal blemishes. ZIIT: Zinc, Ibuprofen, Ice, Treat. Visit the website for full explanations on this tip.

I hope this post made sense and I hope someone will find it informative. What’s your favorite website for cosmetics? :)😊