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…

Lush Ponche Shower Gel Review

Technically, my first drink was wine because our dad have us drink it every New Year’s eve. But, my first real drink was in college, at the end of our 2nd year. I can still remember clearly that we drank a bottle of tequila. My college friends stopped me on my 9th shot because they knew it was my first time and they were worried for me. Only I was far from drunk, my face wasn’t red at all, and I can still walk a straight line. They said it was beginner’s luck. I say I got it from my father. My dad is not an…

Tip: Knowing For Sure How Long Since You First Opened Something

I’ve been doing this for a few years already and I can’t believe I only thought of sharing it now. The idea came when I was trying to go through medicines and skin care products to weed out expired items. Then I found out that some products, instead of having an expiry date on them, had a period-after-opening-symbol printed on the label. I had no way of knowing if the after-opening period had already lapsed — for sure that would come before expiration date. Since then, I always keep a permanent marker ready so I can write the month and year…

Starting the 7-Day Shiseido White Lucent Challenge

I wasn’t supposed to do this but considering how much it’s priced, I need to do a before-and-after. One 30 ml bottle costs Php 5,650 — with that price tag, I want to see a significant change on the evenness of my skin. Shiseido and Sample Room gave out samples of the Power Brightening Mask as well as 9ml bottles of the Spot Targeting Serum (proportionately, it would cost Php 1,695.) If you take a quick look, my skin already seems even-toned. My skin has been behaving well the past months and my post-acne pigmentation marks are down to the…

Olay Age Protect Anti-Aging Cream: Emptied and Reviewed

I’ve already tried a lot of Olay moisturizers: Oil of Olay, Age Protect, Total Effects (Normal, Gentle, and Blemish-prone), Regenerist Superstructure SPF 30, Natural White Night Cream, and Natural White SPF 24. Age Protect is my favorite out of all of them. It’s straightforward and BS-free. I found it when I was looking for the now discontinued Olay Total Effects for Blemish-Prone Skin. When I found out the latter wasn’t available anymore, I looked for any other Olay moisturizer that has salicylic acid in the ingredients list. I almost didn’t buy it because I haven’t heard about it from anywhere….

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….