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Using the previously disliked Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid again?

Many months ago, I wanted to start using a less expensive BHA product. I've been using Skin Doctors Gamma Hydroxy for years and I like it but it costs £26  (50ml). Korean skin care lovers around the world were raving about Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid and I decided to give it a try. I was very excited at the prospect of saving money. Skin Doctors' cream is £26 for 50ml, while Cosrx BHA is £15 for 100ml.

Within a week of trying it, my previously clear skin became inflamed with tons of spots all over my face. I stopped using it and my skin cleared. I tried to return the product, but the seller on Amazon declined. I didn't throw away the product, I simply pushed it into a corner and forgot about it for months.

I had lovely clear skin for many months. Even the occasional premenstrual spots around my chin area stopped completely. I thought that the Probiotics and Prebiotics that I was taking were to be credited for that. I thought that my acne prone skin is finally healed and I could now focus exclusively on anti-aging skin care. Have a look at the anti-aging products I was using below.

But, after Easter, my skin started breaking out. Ok, so I got 4 pimples, so it wasn't extremely bad. But it was very surprising to me. Why did I get those pimples after many months of blissfully clear skin. At first, I blamed it on Easter and eating too much chocolate and Hot cross buns. But I also wondered if my current skin care allowed for the pimples to appear.

In short, I looked at what I used when my skin was very clear and noticed that I had some Tea Tree oil products. Then I came across some interesting information on Salicylic acid. Some sources of information ( not all that I came across) claimed that Salicylic acid was not anti-bacterial and people with acne prone skin had to use an anti-bacterial skin care product in addition to using Salicylic acid. All this time I thought that the work horse of my skin care is the BHAs and AHAs and I thought that they were keeping my skin clear. I was wrong.

The four pimples I got after Easter cleared nicely within a week of using Tea tree oil cream. This made me wonder about the breakouts I got when using the Cosrx BHA.  I wondered, what if I start using Cosrx BHA again but this time in conjunction with Tea tree oil?

I decided to give this a try. If it worked, I would save money on BHA products. If it didn't work, I would simply stop using Cosrx BHA....again.

Three days ago, I started using Cosrx BHA twice daily. I leave it on my skin for 30 min and then use Tea tree oil product followed by the rest of my skin care products.

So far so good. Not a single pimple in sight. One thing I am not clear on. After I wash my face with the previously disliked Coxrx Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser, I use a Tea tree toner from The Body shop, also previously disliked. But is the pH of that toner ok in terms of using the BHA afterwards??? I will try to find out about this and will let you know.

Have a look at the refining, exfoliating and anti-bacterial products I am using now:

I am also using some ampoules and anti-aging products. I will write about them in my next posts.


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