Lesson learned the hard way: Don’t be cheap with your skin.

So this is how I recovered from the massive breakout I experienced from Miniso’s scam products.

I shared in my last post that I got my first major skin breakout because of Miniso’s toner and aloe vera gel. And I repeat:

Miniso should not be trusted. It’s a Chinese company pretending to be a Japanese brand. Much like Mumuso, another local drugstore retailer pretending to be a Korean brand.

I found out that what I had was fungal acne, which is caused by fungi and not the usual bacteria.

After a lot of research into the ingredients I’m putting on my face, here’s my updated skincare regimen. Skin type is oily and acne-prone. These are still fairly cheap if you convert it to US dollars since my country’s monetary value is crap (PHP52 is equal to USD1).

First cleanser (PM only): Garnier Micellar Water – Sensitive skin variant
I’ve debated between buying this one or the Biore oil cleanser but the latter has ingredients that feed fungal acne so I chose this one instead.
I chose the sensitive skin variant because the acne-prone skin variant has more harsh ingredients 1As if something that you wash off your face after a few minutes could cure acne :lol:
This one works well but I’d like to try out an oil cleanser. Any recs? :)
P250/$5 for 400ml
Second cleanser: Human <3 Nature Nourishing Facial Wash
This one has a pH level of 4.5, which is perfect for prepping the skin before using active ingredients like BHA and AHA. It also improved my skincare barrier, thus causing it to produce less sebum. It cost me only P200 ($4 but prices vary in each country) for 200ml. Holy grail material, for sure.
$9 for 200ml
Active (PM only): CosRx BHA Power Liquid
I introduced actives to my skin very slowly. I first used AHA 2Water-soluble active that’s perfect for whiteheads and closed comedones then switched to BHA because it dries up acne faster. It’s somewhat pricey (but not luxurious) and well worth every penny.
I use this to spot treat any cystic acne that comes during that time of the month.
$22 for 100ml
Serum (PM only): The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Got this to solve my hyperpigmentation because it’s less harsh than Vitamin C, which might compromise my skin barrier further.
This one boosts collagen production while strengthening the outer layer of the skin. It also doesn’t make the skin photosensitive 3sensitivity to the sun, which might worsen hyperpigmentation if you don’t wear sunscreen.
I don’t use this on the same night I use BHA because they don’t mix well.
$9.80 for 30ml
Moisturizer: Benton Aloe Propolis Gel
I got this one on a deal (P470/$9) because it retails for almost double the price I bought it. I’ve tried many aloe gels because they’re the only ones that don’t clog up my oily skin, and this is the best one so far. It has no hydrogenated oils which feed fungal acne and has propolis extract which inhibits fungal acne.
P800/$15 for 100ml
Sunscreen (AM only, of course): Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF50 PA++++
This one has a white cast but it has less ingredients than the well-loved UV Aqua Watery Gel, therefore lessening my chance of breaking out so I chose this one instead. It is also certified as friendly on fungal acne-prone skin.
P415/$7.9 for 30ml

I don’t use toners anymore because I’ve learned that the only toners one should be using are either pH-level adjusting toners or hydrating toners. They’re not meant to have alcohol or serve as another “cleanser.” I don’t deem it necessary to use toners anymore and the more basic the routine, the better.

Overall, I only use 3 products in my morning and night 4I alternate the BHA and niacinamide routine.

Go over to reissue.co or their instagram to more about skincare! (Not affiliated lol). Cosdna and Skincarisma are also awesome sites to know more about a product.

Will blog more about the skin barrier and actives in the future because I’m pretty sure I sound like a crazy person to you with all these skincare terms lmao

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. As if something that you wash off your face after a few minutes could cure acne :lol:
2. Water-soluble active that’s perfect for whiteheads and closed comedones
3. sensitivity to the sun
4. I alternate the BHA and niacinamide

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    On June 4th, 2018, Megan said,
  1. Micellar Water is quite nice. I have some yes to ones which are nice. I have a cucumber one that’s supposed to calm skin and a charcoal one mostly for the blackheads I get on my nose. XD

    As for a cleansing oil Josie Maran has one that is pretty nice that’s made with argan oil. Also her plain argan oil is awesome for the face too.


  2. On June 9th, 2018, Michelle said,
  3. I totally agree and because I haven’t been taking care of my feet, they have started to crack so I’m using Epsom salt and also a few lotions (can’t remember their names) to help with dryness. I totally agree with this too, as I’ve had outbreaks of Eczema and I had to change my routine in skin care so much!

    Thanks for the recommendations as I certainly need them badly.


  4. On June 9th, 2018, Nancy said,
  5. I really like how you’re on top of your skincare game! I’ve used the Benton aloe gel before. It feels so relaxing and for the price you pay, totally worth it! I’ve heard so much of the sunscreen milk but haven’t tried it out yet. It’ll be on my list to try out after I burn through my current sunscreen stash! Thanks for sharing your routine :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me


  6. On June 9th, 2018, Anne said,
  7. I’ve been using Garnier micellar water too as my makeup remover for about a year now and I swear by it! I don’t have acne but I would like to try that Blackhead BHA from CosRX for my blackheads and large pores. I’ve seen a lot of people hyping it. Is it strong? Would you recommend it to someone who doesn’t have much acne? Thanks in advance! ^^



    On June 10th, 2018, Gillan replied:

    Since you’re just introducing actives to your skin, you can apply BHA once a week to the area where you have blackheads and large pores :) Then after a month, use it twice a week, and so on. Gradually introduce it so your skin barrier will stay intact :)
    Also, don’t forget a low pH cleanser and moisturizer :)


  8. On June 10th, 2018, Sakura said,
  9. Some toners help to add more moisturiser into the deeper layers of your skin and help you to absorb subsequent skin care products. You can consider Muji Sensitive Skin series. I have been using the High Moisture version for many years and still loving it.

    I try not to use BHA or AHA in my skin care routine because it has a high dependency on sunscreen. This means, if you miss out proper suncare steps, your skin might end up worse than it used to be. The Clarins sunscreen is pretty good if you would like splurge on a really good sunscreen for sensitive skin and without white cast.


    On June 10th, 2018, Gillan replied:

    It does, I will look into Muji’s toners! I wanted to try their cleansing oil but it has ingredients which will feed my fungal acne :(
    AHA and Vitamin C are the only ones which will increase photosensitivity (sensitivity to the sun), which was why I went for the BHA and Niacinamide instead :)
    Thank you for the sunscreen recommendation! Will keep this in mind. I’ll probably gift it to my mother since she needs it more than I do :)


  10. On June 15th, 2018, Alyssa said,
  11. These are amazing products! I love CosRX, Benton, and Biore. Although, in my first cleanse I prefer an oil cleanser instead of micellar water. But when I feel lazy I got for micellar water :D

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY


    On June 15th, 2018, Gillan replied:

    Do you have any oil cleanser recs? :)
    Unfortunately, the most recommended ones–Biore and Muji–have ingredients that feed fungal acne which is why I can’t use them :(


    On June 15th, 2018, Alyssa replied:

    @Gillan, Hi, you can try the Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil which is formulated for acne-prone skin. Or The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil which is highly recommended in Reddit :)