Since I’m doing reviews on this blog, I think it gives more information to readers if I also posted about my skin, hoping it could help someone struggling with similar issues. Also because it’s being asked several times in the forum. Some girls are just plain confused; one time I’m whining about extreme dryness, the other times I’m looking for an oil controlling powder.
And tons of ladies quote me as “having flawless skin” and such. Wrong. Totally wrong. The right version is: I broke out really badly on my teenage days. And I mean it, badly. To the point my mother dragged me to dermatologist. Cystic acne all over, red/brown/grey acne marks beneath, flakes all over. And I’m very oily. The type of girl who needs 2 blotting sheets every 2 stinking hours.
Dermatologist wasn’t able to fix the problem. The medication she gave me cleared my acne a little bit, but new cystic acne keep reappeared. She exfoliated my skin to the point of stinging (so the marks lighten up a little), but the problem is still there.
I also tried mass market products, like Clean&Clear, L’Oreal Pure Zone….and others. Nothing worked. Until Clinique had a roadshow at my high school. They gave me a goodie bag containing their 3-steps product: Facial Soap Mild, Clarifying Lotion, and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I tried them, but they’re not life altering. The real savior is the booklet they tucked in the goodie bag.
I read throgh them, understanding Clinique’s philosophy. They sounded a lot like my dermatologist, with all their emphasis on exfoliating. Out of desperation, I remember my mom had a sample jar of Clinique Total Turnaround Visible Skin Renewer.
I slapped it on my face that night, and the morning after, I have a very good feeling. Because my face looked brighter, and less oily. I finish the sample jar, and then went on to bought the full size jar.
To cut the story short, my skin headed to the better direction after I foundie Clinique TTA. It’s officially my first HG product! Only later I’ve found out that Clinique TTA is an Beta Hydroxy Acid exfoliator, and BHA should help with blackheads and blemishes since it’s oil soluble, so it’s able to seeps into pores and get it cleaned.
How do I know if a BHA product worked on me?
First of all, I can’t guarantee that BHA will worked for you like it did for me. From my experience, I think my skin is very responsive to BHA. I started seeing improvement right on the first day. And with continous usage, it managed my acne very well.
I said managed, not get rid of, because I still get a bit of breakouts on that time of the month. But since it cleared up my cystic acne, improvement is very visible.
What about the acne marks?
Clinique TTA also helped to clear out the post-acne marks.
Until now, I think I still have red acne marks all over, since I still get breakout, they’re just not as vicious as before. But the marks are manageable. You can’t see the old ones under my makeup.
Clinique Total Turnaround is the only item needed to manage your breakout?
Nope. My parents’ friend introduced me to Eryderm, Nasty, yet effective stuff. It contains 2% Erythromycin antibiotics. Erythromycin is an antibiotics meant for acne treatment. In Eryderm, it’s suspended in alcohol and other (supposedly irritating) stuffs, but it worked! I used Clinique TTA all over, and Eryderm just on the breakouts.
After my skin is much tamer, I switched to 5% Benzoyl Peroxide products. I currently use one from Paula’s Choice.
It doesn’t do a lot, but it’s much milder compared to Eryderm. If you’re breaking out badly, I may recommend you Eryderm instead of BP.
Yes, until now, I gauge my skin carefully, and adjust my regimen as necessary. For example, on the beginning I was using TTA twice a day. Then I have to reduce it to once a day, and later to once every two days. I’ll explain it more if I do an exfoliator post.
How long was it until you see noticeable result?
A year, and after that no one except my family knew that I have very acne prone skin. When I was 19, people started commenting on how good my skin looks….until now.
Some complications reappear, and currently I’m breaking out often. Le sigh. I’m currently still experimenting to see what works for me now.
Next up: my skin type(s).