The last time I talked about my skincare products were in April and things have changed a lot. I’ve mixed and match (like I do with clothes), and have experimented quite a few times before settling down with what I feel my skin has come to love. I think it’s given to undergo a long process like this when you have an acne-prone, blemished skin. It was annoying and have tested my patience (and wallet) but the end result was totally relieving.

When I first tried out The Ordinary products, I wasn’t instantly hooked as some of you may be too. During my first few weeks, I didn’t get the results I wanted so, I stopped. But then I started reading some reviews about Niacinamide in particular and learned that I just needed to give it some time. And so did.

Over the course of the weeks, I noticed changes. Gradually, I learned to embrace the purpose of this product. I use it in the morning after toning my face with my trusty Thayers and applying The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factor + HA. I just put small drops on my cheeks and pat it on to fully let it sink in.

What I love about this brand is that a little goes a long way with all of its products, so, it can definitely last for months.

For some of you who aren’t aware, The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is not exactly a treatment for acne but rather reduce the look of blemishes and balance visible sebum activity. That’s why I needed a different product to help with my pimples and lessen my breakout.

Being introduced to The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution was amazing. I remember having second thoughts in using direct acids on my face since it would be a first for me and it’d be a huge risk. It could change my skincare game forever or downright ruin it in an instant. So, I had to think so much and read a lot of reviews before deciding on purchasing one for myself. And I got to tell you, it was the best decision ever.

I’ve been using it constantly for like two months now and I’ve seen results right away.  It helps to exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use. It actually has the same purpose as the Niacinamide but I use this one in the evening since I can’t mix Niacinamide with oils.

I know that some of you would think, “Why use it if they have the same purpose?”.  Honestly, I noticed that using them both works great and much better.

acne-prone skin

Moving on to the real life-changer, I am hands down recommending incorporating tea tree oil in your routine ESPECIALLY if you’re prone to acne/pimples. I used to use The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil before learning that it isn’t 100% tea tree oil.  And because that’s the case, it doesn’t exactly work as good as this Human Nature Tea Tree Oil which is pure tea tree.

I can’t express how good this product is. It’s pretty cheap and works wonders on my skin. I put a drop directly on my pimple and it dries out overnight. Of course, the result always depends on how big or serious the pimple problem is. In my case, when it has puss, it’ll take 1-2 days of healing which is not exactly bad. I apply this product in the evening after the Salicylic acid dries out on my skin.

Also, I decreased the products I use on my face and made my routine as simple as it should be. And it made a huge difference. I noticed that the lesser product I use, the lesser times I encounter breakouts. I feel like my skin appreciates that it has more breathing room compared to when I put pile after pile of products.  Sometimes, we just really have to make things simpler in order to get the results we want.

What are the products you use to battle acne and blemishes?


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