[personal profile] snarp
By which I mean my face. My face is the problematic face. I know I've been whining more about it than usual lately, but that's actually because I've actually had fewer lumpy painful crises than usual. They feel less fair now.

The reason I am investigating the Korean skin-care fandom is that I accidentally duplicated a part of "The Process" a while back, and found that it seemed to help.

What I did a couple mornings in a row while very groggy:

* Put olive oil on my face before getting in shower, planning to do the oil cleansing thing and wipe it off with a washcloth after a minute.

* Upon getting in the shower seconds later, forget this plan and immediately wash my face with cleanser.

* Wash my face with cleanser a second time, because I got conditioner all over my face and that feels gross.

I noticed the third day that my skin was less red and I had fewer of the big painful zits, so I kept doing it. The step with the conditioner, fortunately, seems to be skippable.

I haven't been doing it for long, and there could obviously be other factors. I switched to a cheaper brand of yogurt and a more expensive brand of applesauce around the same time. These things could be important. I could just be finally getting used to my current heightened dose of tretinoin.

But this seems to be very close to the Korean two-step cleansing thing: wash your face with an "oil cleanser," then with a normal one. Plain oil plus two rounds with a normal cleanser ought to accomplish the same things, if I'm understanding the chemistry-rationale behind this.

Date: 2015-11-20 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] telophase
My killer-app step appears to be an AHA that smells like fish sauce on my face several evenings out of the week, and a BHA that smells like nothing on my face most mornings, accompanied by moisturizers to fix the dryness the acids cause.

I've continued doing the wash-with-water most mornings and evenings (although sometimes I don't wash my face at all!), with the occasional cleanser if my face feels gross, usually due to frying something for dinner, and that seems to work.

What's mostly triggering zits now is if it's too light in the room to sleep (like when my husband just keeps reading in bed instead of turning the light out, arg, or when there's a lightning storm or I nap in the middle of the day), and I use my eye mask to block the light. If I remember to wash it off with alcohol before putting it on, it seems to be fine but I almost never remember to do that. :/

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