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….