Whatever works, I guess

I didn’t have to deal with breakouts until three years ago, when I first started working. Since then my face has gone through bottles and tubs and tubes of different things promising to clear up my skin. I have succumbed to the 10-step korean skincare, tried a lot of products, and had a trip to the dermatologist for a really bad breakout. My skin has been through a lot. But now I think I have found the products and practices that work for me, and I probably won’t switch things up for quite a while.

Okay, some basics: 1) I have oily, acne prone skin; 2) what works for me may not work for you, and 3) I have been consistently taking Diane-35 for quite a while now so this may have been a factor for whatever’s working for me.

(Except for the moisturizer and sunscreen I’m using, I have tried out for a long time all of the products I will mention.)

Double cleansing

I have retained this practice from the 10-step korean skincare simply because I think it makes sense. Since I wear makeup or sunscreen everyday it’s important that I never skip double cleansing.

Oil based cleanser: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm + makeup remover/wipes

Okay admittedly, this is probably not an oil based cleanser. πŸ˜‚ but I have tried different ones and they have the same consistency and it does the job for a fraction of the cost of the Banila co. one, so that does it for me.

Water based cleanser: CosRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

I have used this for a long time already and this is probably the only one that did not break me out all throughout my skincare journey. My boyfriend swears by this too πŸ˜…


I have tried both physical and chemical exfoliation, and found that physical exfoliation is what works better for me. However, I only do this once a week since this can be drying for the face.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub

I know this is hounded by controversy but I found that this worked well for me. Also they have changed the look and I guess even the formulation as the beads are now smaller.

Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask

Again, something that skincare gurus would probably fight me on πŸ˜‚ but this along with some apple cider vinegar always improves my skin with constant use.


dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Toner

I stuck with this toner because it works well with my current routine and I don’t want to try anything else at the moment. Plus, it’s what I can readily access compared to the other toners that I am considering.

Eye cream

Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream

I really don’t have any commitment to this eye cream but I like it because it smells good and a little goes a long way.


Nivea moisturizer

This is actually quite a heavy moisturizer so I was hesitant to try this, but my boyfriend told me he had less breakouts when he started using this and it was the same for me. It can be shiny for a daytime moisturizer but the sunscreen and the BB cream I use have matte finishes so I don’t have to worry about the shine from this cream.

After settling to this routine, my skin has been quite predictable, but I guess also a little sensitive in the sense that I now know when I would have a breakout: when I try something that’s a little strong for my skin, when I don’t get my usual hours of sleep, or when I skip my skincare routine. Anyway, I’ll be sticking with this for probably a while, and the next step is to lighten my dark spots. Hoping for the best!

Love, Lady πŸ’›

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