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Asian Skin Care Routine: Hormonal Acne
This is part 3 of my skincare update. I tend to get hormonal acne during that time of the month. In the past, I’d have to put up with all the painful cystic acne for a week or two before it gets better. But now I have found a few products that helps to control the sebum production and calm the redness. With this regiment, I can see some improvement after 2-3 days. I can’t promise that it will work for everyone but it’s worth a try because it’s fairly inexpensive.
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CLEANSING & TONING: same as everyday evening skin care routine
CLAY MASK. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. (8 oz for $5.48) This is not my favorite clay mask but any clay/mud mask would do the job. The purpose of a clay mask is to draw up all the oils and impurities from the pores. Masks container sulfur are even more beneficial for treating acne.
ALOE GEL. Lily of the Dessert Aloe Gelly. (4 oz for $5) In a Korean beauty show, I learned that aloe helps to sooth the redness and control the oiliness of hormonal acne. You can use an aloe plant or the aloe gel that’s sold in stores. Make sure the product is mostly/all aloe and not filled with artificial ingredients. After using my toner, I massage my face with this gelly for 1-2 minutes. Then I let the gelly completely absorb into my skin before I do anything else. It’s important to wait patiently, or else this method won’t work. After the gelly is absorbed, you should feel your skin getting a little bit tighter.
MOISTURIZER. Vanicream Lite Lotion. (8 oz for $10) The aloe gelly itself doesn’t provide enough hydration so it’s important to add a lotion on top of it. I just use my daily evening lotion.
ACNE TREATMENT. Mario Badescu Drying Cream. (0.5 oz for $14) This product smells terrible but it’s works nicely for treating cystic acne. The drying cream is much more gentle than their drying lotion so it’s great for sensitive skin. Just dab a little bit of the product onto the pimples and let it dry overnight. Follow this regiment for 2 days and you might see great results!
While having hormonal acne, one skin care device I personally avoid using is my Clarisonic Mia 2. I feel like my skin gets extra sensitive around this time of the month and the Clarisonic only makes my skin more red and my pores even larger.
Stay tuned for part 4: treatments and teas!
Happy first day of October! I have jumped on the Mario Badescu bandwagon and ordered their drying lotion! Cheers to an upcoming review on it after I put it to the test.
I bought it off a discount shopping website called Hautelook, which is amazing and makes me feel better about spending money because I get great deals. Check it out here.
Also, may you all have a warm, spicy, pumpkin-latte-filled month of October!
In the summer, I like to use mud masks to keep acne and oily skin under control. The two masks that I’m using right now are c. Booth Deep Cleansing Volcanic Mud Mask and Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. I’ve used both of these products for over a year. Since the mint julep mask is really popular and there’s already a lot of reviews on it, I’ll be focusing more on the c. Booth mask for this post.
I use these masks once a week after I shower and wash my face at night. The c. Booth mask is in the form of a dark paste and it dries after 10-15 minutes. Afterward, rinse off the mask using lukewarm water. This mask tightens pores and dries out pimples. It’s effective and not too drying. The mint julep mask has similar functions. Personally, I much prefer the c. Booth mask over the mint julep mask because the mint julep mask tends to irritate my skin sometimes. I have combination skin so I only apply these mud masks to my T-zone. Otherwise, they would dry out my skin too much (especially the mint julep mask). In the winter time, I use these masks less frequently (once every 2 or 3 weeks).
Both masks are very affordable and you can find them at drugstores. Have you tried these masks before? What do you like to use for your summer skin care regiment?