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
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.
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|
|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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