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What do I have in common with Oprah Winfrey or why after months of clear skin I am breaking out again?

Oprah Winfrey and I have something in common. I remember her saying that after she wrote her book on dieting, she managed to put on weight again and had to go back to her book to see how she lost weight then....So I found myself in a similar situation. I had clear skin for months and wrote about it, but then in the past two weeks I've had break outs that I couldn't understand. I used my lovely Shiseido spot targeting gel, but the inflammations were too persistent and this brilliant gel didn't help much. I was clearing one spot with the gel, but another one would come up and then another...Sigh....

At first I blamed it on Easter. Did I have a bit too much chocolate? I don't think so. Only two large chocolate eggs. Surely that's not too much? Did I have too many hot cross buns?? Yes... perhaps.

Then I blamed it on the new supplements that I was taking. One of them was Resveratrol which detoxifies the liver ( amongst other things). Liver detoxifiers can give headaches and/or skin rashes.

And then I came across a quote by a dermatologist where he said that Salicylic acid cleans the pores but does not get rid of bacteria.
After that I came across this information from

Salicylic acid. On the skin, salicylic acid helps to correct the abnormal shedding of cells. For milder acne, salicylic acid helps unclog pores to resolve and prevent lesions. It does not have any effect on sebum production and does not kill bacteria. It must be used continuously, just like benzoyl peroxide, because its effects stop when you stop using it -- pores clog up again and the acne returns. Salicylic acid is available in many acne products, including lotions, creams, and pads.

This made me think about my current skincare....

Sulwhasoo cleansing oil
The History of Whoo foaming cleanser
Shiseido Pureness softener
Skin Doctors Gamma hydroxy
Tosowong Osory oil emultion
Sulwhasoo Herblinic ampoules
Sulwhasoo Harmonizen cream
Sulwhasoo Ginseng renewing eye cream

Of all these products, the Shiseido toner/softener and the Gamma hydroxy cream are the only ones that clean the pores and resurface the skin. OK, so the Osory oil emulsion is supposed to help "troubled" skin as well. Everything else is actually anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, hydrating, soothing and nourishing.

But I am not using anything to fight acne bacteria! Not one product!

Then I did the Oprah Winfrey thing and I looked back at what products I was using in previous months when my skin was beautifully clear. So, no wonder my skin was clear,  I had not one but several products aimed to get rid of acne bacteria and take care of deep cleansing and purifying the pores.

From the Body shop I had a Tea tree oil toner, Tea tree oil mask, Tea tree oil serum, It's skin pore care, Manyo factory Galactomyces  with niacin. Also, for months I used my beloved Shiseido deep cleansing foam.  Funnily enough,  I didn't write very positive reviews for most of these products....But perhaps they did a brilliant job of keeping my skin clear.

So, I quickly ordered a Tea tree cream from eBay and within 2-3 days of using it- my skin is clear again.

I am waiting for more Tea tree oil products to come from eBay. And then I will do an experiment. You may remember that Cosrx BHA for blackheads gave me horrible breakouts and I've not used it since. The same happened with Cosrx AHA. Well, I feel adventurous and want to try this new found understanding that fighting acne bacteria must go hand in hand with the kind of deep cleaning of the pores which the BHA does. So, I will try the Cosrx products again but this time in conjunction with tons of Tea tree oil products. I will let you know how it goes....


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