How I track my skincare routine in my planner
For the Bloggers Like Us series this month we are talking all things health, skincare and self care. I have already covered a lot of this already in my Health and Fitness Journal post and in my Self Care in a Bullet Journal post, so I have decided to focus on something very much at the forefront of my mind at the minute: hormonal acne and cystic acne skincare and my skincare routine using products by The Ordinary that I have incorporated in to my bullet journal.
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Using The Ordinary Products to Clear Acne
The picture above is the original routine I adopted and documented in my journal. Nothing however seemed to be working to clear my spots. I then started using the Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1% from The Ordinary for a few weeks and I'm sorry to say it broke me out big time! I wondered if I was just purging so I ditched using it for a few weeks and decided to reintroduce it in a few weeks time when my skin had calmed down.
Using The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
I then apply a tiny amount of Niacinamide and follow it with a pea sized amount of the Granative Retinoid Emulsion. I let this dry for a few minutes and then apply Avon Anew Clinical Eye Lift followed by Olay Effects 7 in One or Clean and Clear Dual Action as a moisturiser.
I only use the retinod at night as it does make your skin more sun sensitive so it's important to use a moisturiser with sunscreen the next day.
My results after 3 days from using The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%:
After 3 days of this routine I could barely believe the results! My pores were closing, my clogged skin was healing, there was much less pigmentation and my skin texture was so much smoother. The photo above is taken in the same light and both are unfiltered.
I was so glad that I went back to the Niacinamide and the results from the retinoid are just wow! I was ecstatic that finally my skin was responding and improving. If only my skin had continued improving...
Tracking my acne in my bullet journal:
Unfortunately around the 'time of the month' hormones kicked in again and my skin took a turn for the worse again. I decided to keep a log of any patterns in my bullet journal. It was very telling. I marked a little P in a circle to track mother nature and it was quite clear that the hormones will not be beaten. I won't be defeated though and will continue with this routine for a few months and have now added in The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA Peeling Solution once a week and moved up to the 0.5% retinol in squalene, alternating between the emulsion.
I am still using the Vitamin C Suspension in my morning or evening routine every few days with a sunscreen, alternating with the retinol if used at night. My skin (apart from around the mouth) is looking the best it has ever looked so I will be continuing with this for the coming months. I now need to add my new routines in to my planner.
EDIT: For the few months I have been using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid as my nightly toner: OMG this is the best of the bunch - totally smooth skin, no oiliness and no pores. The holy grail! My skin is now 100% clear.
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