No, its NOT OVER!

AaaaaaaaArgh!!!! I HATE MY FEZ! I HATE MY SKIN……WHY? THIS IS HOW I LOOK LIKE:
                                                    (3 weeks ago)

Actual pics
 
These stupid acnes kept haunting me every now and then; they just won’t let me go. If you are curious about my “oh- I-thought- my-acne-journey-is over” entries click here, here, here and here.

I know the main reason of me leading to this kind of dilemma is due to my super UNHEALTHY lifestyle. My everyday routine starts with waking up at 5am, eats junkfood for breakfast, fastfood for lunch, instant food for dinner and sleeps at 12MN. Yeah, I tried to change that but it’s easier said than done. Really I have TRIED, but failed ALWAYS….
I think the most that I could offer is to intake plenty of water just so I could at least well; contribute a little advantage to my skin, but by then I’ll look so bloated due to water retention (-__-)”

Anyhoo, enough of those nonsense blabber stuff lets move on to the real deal on how I’m treating this current breakout.

Here are the products I’ve been using currently for around 3 weeks which kinda help me clear my BAD cystic ACNE quite effectively. I’m simply going to state out my reviews, if you want to know more about the product just click on the product name.

·          a sulfur based powder that claims to help control oil and reduce redness.
MY REVIEW:
·         It’s a light yellowish powder which tends to conceal the redness of my skin immediately after application
·         It also helps heal the redness and swollen acnes gradually
·         In my case, I noticed a huge difference in just one application. I applied the powder to those acne erupted areas and leave them overnight. Those overly swollen and reddish acnes tuned slightly pinkish and not that swollen anymore

MAIN FUNCTION:
·         To HEAL and CONTROL BREAKOUT

·         This contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids thus the reason why I bought it and Mario Badescu also states that this is their BEST SELLING CLEANSER.
MY REVIEW:
·         Even though my face is all RED, BLOTCHY, and SWOLLEN with pimples this cleanser is GENTLE enough to remove all the dirts and still provide adequate moisture to my face

MAIN FUNCTION:
·         TO CLEANSE skin; REMOVE DIRT AND RESIDUE

·         Main function is to remove stubborn blackheads
MY REVIEW:
·         I don’t have that much blackheads but whiteheads instead. Upon first application, I noticed that my white heads were not completely removed. However it tends to soften the outer skin of the whiteheads and would come off naturally after I scrub my face.

MAIN FUNCTION:
·         TO EXFOLIATE SKIN; REMOVE BLACKHEADS


MY REVIEW:
·         I already made a short review on this click here
·         Just to add on the note, this cream will not makes your skin red, dry or peel badly as long as you apply a SMALL amount to AFFECTED areas ONLY

MAIN FUNCTION:
·         TO HEAL existing ACNES/PIMPLES

MY REVIEW:
·         I love this serum as it makes my skin soft and smooth instantly
·         The serum is easily absorbed to skin and won’t feel greasy at all
·         2-3 drops is enough for the entire face, would last really long
·         I noticed that my skin becomes more glowy and refresh
·         Definitely a MUST HAVE! Super love this!

MAIN FUNCTION:
·         PROVIDE MOISTURIZE and HEAL existing ACNE SCARS/MARKS


My 3 Week Routine:

STEP 1: (Morning and Night)
Cleanse Face using MARIO BADESCU: ENZYME CLEANSING GEL  then PAT DRY
(sometimes I alternate it with EUCERIN Cleanser)

STEP 2: (only once or twice a week)
Apply a thin layer of MARIO BADESCU: SILVER POWDER to a damp cotton pad and place firmly to areas with black/white heads. Wait 10 minutes and rub off using DICKINSON’s Toner (any toner will do, as long as it is gentle enough)  and rinse face using MARIO BADESCU: ENZYME CLEANSING GEL
(if I’m too lazy to apply this I would sometimes use the Chella Mask instead)

STEP 3: (2 drops every night)
Apply 2-3 drops of MARIO BADESCU VITAMIN C SERUM all over the face and massage gently with fingertips until it is all completely absorbed by the skin

STEP 4: (every night)
Apply a very thin layer of PHILOSOPHY: HELP ME RETINOL NIGHT CREAM to those acne spots and apply a thin layer of TERRAMYCIN ointment to those swollen/erupted acnes.

STEP 6: (morning and night)
Pat on MARIO BADESCU: SPECIAL HEALING POWDER to those acnes affected areas

This is how my skin exactly looks like after 21days of using above products and routines.
Though it is not completely cleared but hey at least it has improved a lot and the redness has been reduced as well.

My advise to those people who are also struggling for acne problem, NEVER giveup! Try and try until you succeed. My mom once told me to just consult a derma so that it will be easier for me.
But in my case, the one who clearly knows and understand my skin is only me so I’d rather walk this journey on my own =)

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Sharing some basics:
I know there are a lot of products and it is quite a confusing therefore I’ll just enumerate the necessary things you need to do in order to fight acne:
1)    CLEANSE
·         This is important because dirt and bacteria is one of the reasons why pimples/acnes grows

2)    TONE/EXFOLIATE
·         This step is mainly to rejuvenate your skin such as unclogging pores etc

3)    MOISTURIZE
·         Lack of moisture can also be one of reasons why pimples/acnes pop out

4)    TREAT
·         Very important to apply suitable ointment/cream to heal the acne related areas/spots

5)    PREVENT
·         Applying serums wherein it act as a shield which help prevent skin to bacteria

Disclaimer: I am NOT an expert, I am simply sharing my experience (for over a decades) on fighting acne.  

80 comments:

  1. yup, never give up!

    and yey to a new skin! :)

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  2. that is a dramatic improvement!
    i hope you win this battle! :)
    but as you said good diet and getting enough sleep is so important.
    keep us updated. you are a trooper! :)

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  3. waaaa... same with me darling T_T I also keep fighting with my acne prone skin.. but finally I gave up and went to a dermatologist T_T ...
    Hope that my face getting better and better too :)

    cheers

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  4. That vitamin C serum looks amazing, I really want something to fade the old marks, I may have to buy this! x

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  5. Thanks for the informative post. Wow, this was an amazing journey getting rid of your acne!

    Btw I just made a post about how to spot fake MAC and I would appreciate if you dropped by and left your opinion!

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  6. don't give up!
    getting rid of acne is hard, but not impossible!

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  7. Ouchie :( That looks really painful Janet! Glad that those products helped quite a bit with your skin! I get breakouts on my forehead a lot due to it being oily and the random douchebag zits on my cheek :(

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  8. simply PROUD of you! I am so glad that you finally found the right products to heal and help your skin...
    Go Go Pretty girl! Preserve your beauty!
    though I was disappointed with one product of Mario Badescu- the pink spot healing.. still, i am intrigued with the vitamin C serum, i think i'll give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  9. Glad those products helped you with your skin Janet. You're gorgeous, & those products are amazing :). Love your blog...

    withlovex0-ploy.blogspot.com

    xxx.

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  10. Wow in 21 days, great improvement.
    My husband's skin is also super acne prone.
    He needs to maintain an anti bacterial gel forever. Since he is a guy, he is lazy to fix his face. And he lost hope it will ever be fixed.
    I will show him these photos and convince him not to give up.

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  11. That's a really amazing and dramatic difference! I'm glad you found some good products to help heal and prevent acne~

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  12. Oh wow, your skin has improved a lot! This post will help a lot of people who have acne. Good post! :)

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  13. Your skin looks really nice in the after pictures! So far, are there any scars showing?

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    1. Yes, they are..sadly that is why I'm applying Vit C serum to somehow lighten the scars *hopefully* fades them as well in time...=)

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  14. Wow really impressive result! :D I wish I could try these to reducing my acne scars.. >_< I'd did so many thing to fade them away.. but never works.

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    1. Hi dear! you can try the Vit C serum it does kinda lighten the scars gradually..=)

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    2. Do you know where can I buy them? :( most of international website doesn't accept shipping to my country.. >_<

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    3. aww, I'm not really sure as most of them are available locally in our country. I'm now trying the Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Serum for around a week or so and it really helps on healing acne scars. Though not that fast, but you will really see lightening of those scars =)
      Hope this helps...^_^~

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  15. Kudos to you Janet, I hope your skin would soon be able to get rid of those cystic acne. :( I know it has really been a long battle >.< My bf has this too and we have been thinking bout getting the MB. ^^

    I've tagged you btw here: http://thedollprincess.blogspot.com/2012/02/11-questions-tag.html

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  16. awesome review and amazing results!! I agree, never give up! i'm rooting for you and everyone else troubled by acne! ^-^

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  17. Wow great results!!! Nice review! Nice to know you found a routine that really works :)

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  18. So your acne looks a little worse than mine does. I get mine more along my jaw line and it's itches, causing me to scratch which than makes it worse. So I know your pain. I am back at my dermatolagist again, but what he gave me is just one cream and it's not doing the job. So I think I'll try adding one or two of these products into my routine and see how it goes. Thanks for sharing this!

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  19. I cold truly relate. I been really down during my acne days.

    I'm wow'd with the results. I wonder how much you shave spent to treat your acne.

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  20. WOW! That is an amazing transformation. Thanks for sharing this post. I have been dealing with a bit of acne that just won't go away also. So glad I stumbled upon your blog. I am going to try a few of your products now. Do you feel like I have to use every single one of them or a few here and there will work?

    I just have a bit of checks acne and a lot of tiny bumps.

    http://myminibag.blogspot.com

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  21. WOAH definitely great results!!! WOW where was this when I needed it long time ago hahah, so happy for you and your improvement ^___^

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  22. WOWWWW!!! you're a living proof that those product do work! :) Congrats and yes, keep on fighting those unwanted acnes! :)

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  23. wow the result is awesome!!
    Btw dear, I tag you here: http://missbelanjaonline.blogspot.com/2012/02/awards-and-another-tags.html

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  24. wow...i remember my face was also a warzone before...i had pimples everywhere...it sucked lol..good thing my face was still saved~! haha~ great post, btw~ ^^

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  25. For just 21 days, it's a dramatic difference! I use to have really really bad acne too - I got so fed up with trying this and that I just went on medication. I'm glad that you foundd a routine that works for you!

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  26. OMG so amazing. So dramatic the difference...

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  27. They have obviously worked very well - an amazing difference! You look absolutely gorgeous. :)

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  28. Wow!! Those are fantastic results! You are also very brave for posting your photos! Though I must say being healthy on the inside counts but it is so damn hard!! I have good and bad days...I do drink a lot of green tea though - I find that doesn't make me as bloaty :)

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  29. Oh wow this is such an inspirational post. Thank you so much for sharing.
    I used to have pretty bad acne on my forehead and always had a fringe to cover it - which made it worse because of the oils from my hair! I went to a dermatologist because I wanted to try Roaccutane but he didn't think it was severe enough so I went on the pill instead. It only took about 6 months for my skin to clear up enough for me to feel comfortable not wearing a fringe! It has been one year that I have been on the pill now and I still have blemishes/acne scarring but I always have my forehead exposed so the dirty oils don't contaminate my skin. I do wear foundation on a daily basis though as I'm still very self conscious, but I will remove all my makeup as soon as I come home.
    Anyway, thanks again for this post and also for dropping by my blog :)

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  30. your post is so helpful got everyone who suffers acne. Great results and your perseverance is inspiring!

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  31. Saan po nakakabili nyan?

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    1. saan po un ? i want to try ^^ and how much po ngastos mo ?:O thanks! :)

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    2. I forgot magkano lahat but it sure is expensive >_< The products are available in all rustan's department store =) Have you tried the eskinol routine? I'm currently using that routine and it works great! I'll post up the review soon this week ^_^~

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  32. Amazing results!!! And you are extremely brave to post your before and after photos =D

    I wanna get some of the Mario Badescu products mentioned in this post haha!

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  33. Wow works great!! It's amazing! Great review :)

    http://daphyin-makeupisart.blogspot.com

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  34. Wow! Your skin looks incredible! I can't believe the difference in 3 weeks! xx

    http://citygirlsearching.blogspot.com/

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  35. My goodness your face cleared up so nicely!! I have a friend that suffers from cystic acne I'm definitely going to recommend this brand of products to her. Thanks for the helpful review!

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  36. wow, only 21 days?? it's definitely cleared up!!
    no more junk food for you, you gotta take care of your skin hun!

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  37. I'm happy with the progress of your acne treatment. I'm glad that it worked out for you. But I do worry that using too many products all at once can make your skin prone to another breakout once it gets used to the product. Our skin needs time to breathe as well. Products no matter if it is meant to fix our skin won't be all for the best in a long period of time. Try doing a one day break over two weeks, then lessen that gap lil by lil. Just my opinion.

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    1. aww, thanks angela..my moms said the same thing as you did..and as people said, mom's always knows best...I'm only using that much product to heal/cure my current breakout but once all of them are cleared up which pretty much already, I just use a cleanser, toner and serum...thanks for the great advise..I would really let my skin breathe for a while..=)

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  38. Wow you got amazing results for just 21 days with your regimen! I'm glad that you were able to find a routine that worked for you in clearing up your skin. The before and after really is a dramatic difference. I hope that the products will continue to work for you and your skin will improve even further with use :)

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  39. Wow Nice skin now <3
    You are really hardworking my Dear~

    I have a super crazy breakup in the past when I was younger I did not know how and what products to remove my Make-up on my face properly.

    Amazing healing results for you <3

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  40. Ah this is so inspirational! I actually got the Mario Badescu serum was well and I'm loving it too!

    PS: I tagged you in a blog award! http://jun3bugs.blogspot.com/2012/01/over-due-cute-blog-award-11-questions.html

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  41. Thank you for sharing. I checked out your previous posts on your acne and it's crazy how it would go away, then come back. And I feel you, it's very difficult to eat healthy and stay away from food that can cause breakouts. It's really a change of life style.

    Also, thanks for sharing these products. I've heard so many great things about the Mario Badescu.

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  42. this is like the best review ever! i used to have acne problems but i guess age helped -x-;; well i break out here and then during that time of the year D;
    but this is amazing! i can't believe how great your skin looks!

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  43. I am very happy with how it worked out for you Janet. Thank you for sharing!

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  44. Hi! sobarng na amazed ako sa acne battle story mo. Ask ko lang sang particular branch ng rustan's mo nabili yang products na yan and how much all in all yung nagastos mo? marerecommend mo din ba yang mga products na yan sa hindi masyadong prone sa acne na face? Wala ako masyadong acne pero napapansin ko na dumadami ang pimples ko nowadays. Gusto ko lang talaga maagapan para hindi lumala. Any tips and advice. Thanks :)

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    1. Hi Econ,
      I bought all those at Rustan's Makati =)
      Since hindi ka naman prone sa acne, I really don't suggest using that much product. I think you just need an ointment to heal those blemishes. In my case, I found the Philosophy cream(avail. @ Beauty Bar) really effective on healing cystic acnes. Simply apply a pea size amount to those acne affected areas. As for cleanser, I think any cleanser will do as long as hiyang ka, then use the the Dickinson's Toner as this also helps control breakouts(avail.@ Healthy option's PHP59), lastly followed it with the Philosophy cream.

      Hope this helps =)

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    2. Thank You so much Ms. Janet. You know what? itong blog mo, nashare ko sa isang FB page. Hehe.. andaming ngPM sakin after ko mapost tong blog mo. Akala kasi nila ako mismo yung nakaranas ng battle mo. Pero i told them na hindi ako ang may ari ng blog at nirecommend ko na basahin din nila para malaman nila na may pag asa pa pra mging acne free ang face :)

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    3. Aww, thank you too for sharing my blog..appreciate a lot..~*^_^*~
      Totally agree with you, as they say "habang may buhay may pag-asa" =)
      Never lose hope, sa sang-katutak na anti-acne product sa market, there will be at least one that can help each and everyone overcome those nasty acnes (",)~

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  45. all those trial and errors make me so proud of you!I used to have minor pimples but my last year was crazy, I started having break outs really bad on my jaws, cheek, chin. whenever I see my self in the mirror It just makes me cringe. my friends noticed that my skin is going really bad until I started using dalacin-c. what can you say about this regimen? It really made my face acne free. I've been using it for 2 months now and It's doing pretty good! have you tried it? i'm worried that my acne will come back :( I don't want to deal my acne face anymore.

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    1. Thanks dear =) Wow! I haven't used the dalacin-c regime yet as I'm quite lazy to mix it with the toner etc. hehe.. So glad to hear that regime work great on you. As long as you see improvements on your skin then I suggest continue with the regime until you've reached your desired complexion =) Stay positive as that will also affect our skin condition ^_^~

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  46. san sa Rustan pdeng mabili yung mga products? thanks :)

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    1. Mario Badescu's products: Rustan's Essence
      Philosophy products: Beauty Bar
      Dickinson's Toner: Healthy Options
      Hope this helps =)

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  47. WOW! these products are ingredible... good thing yo have found the right product na..

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  48. Wow the products are amazing (:! thanks for sharing!

    http://maisecrets.blogspot.com/
    CMPang x

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  49. wow, they worked! cool! love your informative post!

    i'm your new follower :) hope you'd drop by and support my blog too :)

    http://thestatuesquecanvas.blogspot.com/

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  50. Happy hearts Day sis!!! mmuahhh

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  51. hi! very helpful po ang blog nyo! :D

    14 years old palang po aq pero i WAS super acne prone eversince gumamit aq ng mga face products nung gr.6...
    pareho po tayong gumamit ng kung anu-ano (Pond's, garnier, clean & clear, Acbegone set => mga mumurahin lang po ung sakin) para labanan ang nakakalokang pimples na 'yan... problem is, once gnamit q po un, either walang improvement/s OR magwoworsen pa...
    kaya sa sobrang inis q po, tinigil q na lahat ng mga ginagamit q & i use only lukewarm water.
    at grabe po! mas drastic ang improvements! ung mga pimples q, nagsubside at ung mga marks naman, nagfefade na!
    hndi po aq makapaniwala na simpleng tubig lang pala ang kailangan ng skin q!!!

    treating our problem(acne) would ONLY be reduced (unfortunately, it has no cure po) once you get rid of the root cause INSIDE the body... kumbaga, ung mga pimples na yan ay mga dirty particles/toxins na ine-excrete ng skin natin dhl marumi ang system natin...
    using commercial products is like putiing a band-aid on a wound (which is temporary). the permanent way to clear town is obviously, cleansing our system.

    LESSONS LEARNED:
    1. skin can heal itself w/ matinding patience
    2. leave acne alone
    3. 1 word to define those skin/acne products: CRAP!

    anyway, gus2 q lang po i-share ang experience q about dealing w/ acne =)
    i suggest you do the same ate... malay mo po, tumalab sau & you can save money pa :) it's up to you naman po...
    at paxencia na po kc mahaba saka it has too much info... andami q po kcing natutunan na gus2 q po ibahagi :D

    good luck to us ang God bless!

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  52. oooo..:o ..hmm im planning po na ung mga mario badescu products po muna ang bilhin..do u think po it will work ? since di nmn po sobrang lala ng condtion ko po ? :) thanks for answering my questions and recommending the eskinol routine ^^ i may try it also :)

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    1. Since mild lang naman condition mo. I don't you need to use that much product =) Just a wash and toner will help clear those blemishes =) I'll post up my current routine soon! ^_^~

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  53. Hi Ate! I was just wondering if you were still using these products? I am really amazed. I love your blog. Lifesaver! Hugs and Kisses! XOXO

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    1. Thanks dear! No, I'm not using these anymore as I don't have that much acne anymore. I still do have blemishes, but not that severe anymore. I;m currently using just a wash and toner =) Will post them up soon ^_^~

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  54. I will definetly try thr Mario Bedescu because my acne isnt as bad, but it can get pretty bad sometimes :( especially when Im stressed or i binge and eat some junk food my skin just doesnt like me :( Thanks for sharing ! Maybe we can follow each other ?
    cherryberrypoon.blogspot.ca

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  55. One thing I regret while dealing with my acne... going to the DERMATOLOGIST! Yes, na-treat siya and for almost a year I was clear. Pero what it left me was a lot more disappointing.. pit scars! Nabutas yung mukha ko and now since hindi ko naman afford ang magpa-laser or whatnot, I have to face the future with non-flawless skin. Grabe talaga. Sana nag-stick na lang ako sa pagre-research para sa perfect regimen. Pero sinukuan ko at nagpa-derma ako. At ito pa yung derma na skin clinic talaga at hindi beauty clinic lang.

    And now, I'm back to having massive breakouts. Yes, it could possibly be due to my poor health lifestyle pero nakakapagod pala kung ito na lang ng ito ang pinoproblema. Haaay. Pero di ko rin susukuan!

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    1. Sorry to hear about your derma experience . My friend went to a derma to treat her acne but what they did is prick all of her acnes wherein it left scars on her face. After seeing that incident, never in my mind would I ever consult a derma. Indeed, its super stressful dealing with acne. I've been suffering from acne for more than a decade and still up to now I'm still struggling. But who knows, maybe one day "acne" might stop bothering us and we don't have to deal with "them" anymore..=)

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  56. Your skin really improved a lot! glad about the results!

    -Iya
    http://iyaboto.blogspot.com/

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  57. OMG I salute you! Now following you! Haha. Check out my site. yes? http://latebeautybloomer.blogspot.com/

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  58. Amazing results! :) Happy for you you finally found a routine that works for you. I might try some of the products you mentioned here. My main issue is scars and my pores. I'm also quite picky now with makeup (specifically foundation).

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  59. hi there, effective pa rin po sainyo hanggang ngayon? thanks! pls help me also, ang dami ko pong pimples ngayon tpos nag rered sya since i apply benzoyl every night :(

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    1. Hi dear! hindi ko na ginagamit yun routine na ito since I don't have that much pimple anymore. BP can really make your face red since it is quite a harsh ingredient. Do followed it with a calming moisturizer such as aloe vera and it might help on minimizing the redness. I encountered that too when using BP, redness and peeling of skin. If you think masyadong harsh yun BP sa skin mu try switching to a milder ingredients such as salicylic acid, retinol or AHA more info check here:http://allaboutjyl.blogspot.com/p/acne-reviews.html

      Also, if you have sensitive skin you might want to try using the YOKO cream as it is quite an effective spot treatment for me. It contains salicylic acid and AHA to combat acne which I have reviewed here: http://www.allaboutjyl.blogspot.com/2011/12/review-yoko-acne-solution-cream.html

      Hope this helps! =)

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  60. Hi Janet :) sa scar removal may alam kaba like keloid ?

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    1. Helo Namida, sorry I'm not too familiar with keloid related stuff sorry but thanks for dropping by! mwahz ^_~

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  61. Janet I cant B.LIV (get it ^^ im so corny, i found link to this page from the B.LIV post)you had pimples. It doesn't show on your current pics. This is a very helpful post so thanks for sharing it :)

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