Dealing with acne

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This week has been a terrible skin week. About three weeks ago, my chin started developing these bumps that you couldn’t see but could feel. Then some whiteheads formed and some remained stubborn bumps. Naturally, I did the worst possible thing to “fix it.” I attempted to pop all of them regardless of their readiness to enter the outside world. Instead of turning this into an incredibly long rant about acne, I’m going to show you what I’ve been working with and what I’ve been using. Brace yourself for some of these close ups.

Chinese Wedding

Back in December when my forehead had a million of these bumps, which I now know are called comedones aka “skin-coloured small bumps frequently found on the forehead and chin…” (


Differin arrived to US drugstores at the end of January. This is my second tube, I found mine in CVS and Walgreens. It dried the heck out of my entire face. I would apply thin layers on my forehead, wait for it to dry then follow with my moisturizer, which at the time was Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich (it was not moisturizing enough).

Healed forehead

After about two months of using Differin on and off (everyday then every other day), my forehead cleared up and my skin was in desperate need of moisture.

coachella 1

After slathering my skin with layers and layers of moisturizer and Glossier’s Super Bounce serum, my chin told me enough is enough and comedones formed. This was from three weeks ago. You can see that my chin is bumpy and full of marks.

Covered up

Post-popping attempt. My chin got really angry and swollen. This is a close up picture from last weekend. I managed to cover up the redness but it’s clearly swollen.

skin tint

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint: Light coverage. I prefer this over a heavy duty concealer because is the next best thing to not putting anything on a breakout. It’s what I used to cover up my swollen, red bumps in the picture above.

super pure 2

Glossier’s Super Pure serum. This is the second bottle that I have gone through. It definitely helped calm the redness and irritation from popping attempts but I am not sure that I will repurchase this again. It didn’t really do much to clear any breakouts or to prevent them, which is what I need at the moment.

My skin is now in the healing stage. The two left photos are pre-covering up and the two right photos show what my skin look like after using Glossier Skin Tint.




Update on 6/15/17: I’m re-reading this post and realized I never mentioned anything about the Whamisa Toner and Sunday Riley Good Genes treatment (both pictured below). The toner is perfect and the only thing that brought my dry skin back to life. The Good genes treatment at the time was much gentler than Differin. Helped soften and brighten skin. Never upgraded to the full size because it is quite pricey, and I have found more effective products since.

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The Squad

Lesson learned. Don’t pop or squeeze unless it’s out and about. For now, I am going to exfoliate and moisturize my skin, hopefully back to health. Fingers crossed*

Have a cozy weekend!

Sophie 🙂

Disclaimer: Not an ad. Just sharing my series of unfortunate events with acne.