My Acne Skin Care Prescription from Aesthetic Science Clinic

Since posting about Maxi-Peel exfoliant solution, I’ve gotten a few requests/questions about how to use Maxi Peel step-by-step, how to deal with the peeling, what moisturizers to use, and how to go about sun protection. Before we go there, I’ll tell you about my skin first and what got me to try the product. BACKGROUND Before: My acne during my teens wasn’t that bad. I’ve always had acne but I’d consider it mild. I get tiny pimples here and there but I wasn’t really bothered by it. They’re always just small ones, not a pretty sight, but I dealt with it. My…

Maxi-Peel Exfoliant Solution Review

The 5-years-ago version of me, would never have foreseen the present me writing about Maxi-Peel Exfoliant Solution, but here we are. I was (and still am) annoyed by the kutis-artista* tagline and the inference that to achieve “kutis-artista”, you must have whiter skin. I stumbled upon this product when I was looking for a cheaper, more accessible alternative to products that a dermatologist prescribed me, CHAT 2% solution. The active ingredients in CHAT 2% are Clindamycin Phosphate, Hydroquinone, Alum, and Tretinoin. I couldn’t find a product with these actives except for a toner being sold at Belo Clinics (also labeled…

I’m Not Getting Post-Pimple Dark Marks Anymore, and Here’s How I Think I’m Doing It

That’s right. I don’t get extremely dark spots anymore. I don’t think it’s genetic because I used to get them every after a pimple heals. I have a feeling that what I’m doing now is preventing dark spots from occurring. I’m usually left with a faint brown mark that I’m comfortable not concealing. To my friends who are asking how I don’t get dark spots, this is for you. Before, I used to dry the hell out of my pimples. I used to use very drying spot treatment products like benzoyl peroxide (e.g. Panoxyl) cream, salicylic acid, and other alcohol-based…

Easing My Way Into Tretinoin: How I Hope I Can Keep Myself From Shedding Like A Snake

It’s only now that I’ll be easing my way into using tretinoin.  Previously, this was my prescription from the derm: Kojic Acid Soap Anti-bacterial Toner (alcohol-based) CHAT 2% Solution (chat = clindamycin phosphate, hydroquinone, alum, tretinoin) Retinoic Acid .1% Blending Cream (hydroquinone cream?) This prescription is strong.  I was told to use only the first 3 in the morning and all of them at night. I was also asked to start immediately after the day the doctor did a mild TCA peel procedure. On my fourth day, my skin was so raw that when I touch my jaw, I felt like I was touching raw…

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I Think I Already Found the Moisturizer I’ve Been Looking For

In my 30th birthday post, I mentioned the Jason Ester-C Skin Care line which had the best moisturizer I have ever tried. I remember my skin looking alive, and glowy, and pretty, and healthy, and smooth, and even-toned, AND post-acne hyperpigmentation went away so much faster when I was using it. Note that back then, I wasn’t using tretinoin yet. The line is already discontinued, although technically, it’s not. They reformulated and the moisturizer is just not the same anymore. After that, I switched moisturizers a lot in an attempt to find something that could give me the same effect….

The 3 Requirements for Acne to Exist: My Acne Story

I was an acne sufferer for years which lead me to reading a lot about anything acne-related. The goal is to be able to create a skincare routine that would keep my acne in remission. My skincare products now address at least 2 of the following. So far so good. The 3 requirements for acne to exist: #1:  P. Acne (Proprionibacterium Acne) This is the bacteria that causes acne. It feeds on the oils in our skin. #2:  Clogged Pore(s) The clogged pore(s) may be caused by comedogenic ingredients. But there are also people like me who have acne-prone pores….