Hello, interwebz! I am addicted to Korean skincare and the multi-step skincare method. In this post, I’ll show you what I did to deal with the acne breakout that happened after I used BB cream that my skin did not like. Eventually, the pimples turned into eczema and it has become a whole disaster that I’m trying to deal with in the cheapest, yet most effective, way possible.
***None of the pics of me are touched up in any way. I just cropped them so that you can focus on the natural anger of of skin. With irritation like this, who needs blush?***
Here are some products that I ordered for this post. Because my skin is so fussy, I try new items one at a time so that I can see how it works before incorporating a grander scheme. Only the cleansing foam was actually used the night the photos were taken, but I do include my reviews below on the other products.
I got the applicator for less than $2 from WalMart when we were visiting my in-laws. I ordered the Guerisson 9-Complex Toner, Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam, and the Ample: N Hyaluron Shot Cream on Amazon. These were some of the first Korean skincare products that I’ve tried and I started, as always, with the cheapest stuff. Everything from Amazon was under $10 with Prime shipping. After a week of using the Guerisson toner, I realized that it was made with horse oil, which is not like tiger balm or horse shampoo. Horse oil is not made from plants and is not used on horses, but is a byproduct of processing horse meat. The Guerisson toner worked better than the toner I used in this post, but I couldn’t continue rubbing horse innards on my face. I also found out that something in the Ample: N Hyaluron Cream irritates the skin on my eyes. I used it for three nights and my skin was okay, but my eyelids were puffy. My right eyelid was so puffed up that I could only open my eye halfway and I eventually developed eczema on that eye. So, I’m not sure if the eczema was in reaction to the cream or if it was already there and the cream made it worse, but I have put the Hyaluron Cream aside for now and will try it again when my skin clears up completely. I haven’t actually used the applicator on any face masks yet, but I have used it on every cream and lotion that comes in a tub. I’m paranoid about adding germs to the creams and changing the way they work, so this $2 solution was great!
Here is my face before I washed it. You can see the biggest pimples and quite a bit of redness. I should’ve taken a picture of the side of my face too because it was red and irritated. I also needed to dye my gray hairs, but wanted to try to soothe my skin a bit before I added harsh chemicals to my head.
Here are the items that I actually used for this post.
For the last year or two, I have basically been washing my face with water and putting aloe gel on it before bed or any time that it starts feeling dry. I knew I’d have to change things when I started wearing makeup, but I didn’t anticipate having such a crazy reaction from my skin so soon. The Korean skincare system has been the only thing that seems to work right now, and this was my first attempt at most of the steps. This video from Beauty Within, this one from The Beauty Breakdown, and this one from Gothamista are some of my favorite skincare routine videos. I have the products above in the order that I used them.
- Kopari Coconut Cleanser
- Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam
- Sephora Pink Clay Mask
- Dickinson’s Pore Perfecting Toner
- Aura Cacia Tea Tree Oil
- Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- Sample of Avon Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System
First, I cleansed with an oil to really break down any goop, sweat, moisturizer, sunscreen, etc.
Then, I used the cleansing foam to really clean everything off of my skin. When I first heard about double cleansing, I thought it was crazy, but now I get it. Two different cleansers for two different reasons. The green tea cleanser comes out rather creamy and you work it into a foam by adding water to your hands and rubbing the cleanser between them. The instructions didn’t say this, so I tried to put it on dry skin without anything else first. It worked much better after adding water.
The cleanser was supposed to be calming, but it stung a bit since I had so many open sores on my face. However, I didn’t feel squeaky clean afterwards, which meant that it was not stripping my skin of essential oils and would not tell my skin to overproduce sebum for more pimples.
I followed up the foam with a clay mask to try to pull extra junk from my pores. I just want all the junk out so that I am not piling good ingredients on top of pimple goo in my pores. The mask is something that I only use once or twice a week. I used it instead of an exfoliator because it was less irritating to my skin than a physical or chemical exfoliant would have been. This specific mask doesn’t dry either, which I have noticed my skin likes more than the ones that dry on your face.
Instead of rinsing off the mask over the sink, I went ahead and took a shower. I like to take showers at night because it helps cool down my body in these brutal Texas summers. (It’s technically spring, but when you’re hitting 100 degree weather, it’s summer no matter the date.) Washing off the mask during my shower meant that I didn’t have to worry about getting it all out of my hair or getting the mask on the bathroom counter. Win-win!
Next, I put some toner onto a cotton pad and swiped my skin lightly with it. This step is supposed to prepare your skin to accept the active ingredients that will be treating problems. This toner is super cheap and works well, but it wasn’t doing much for my eczema issue, so I switched to something else a week or two later. After the toner, I patted tea tree oil onto my pimples. Normally, you’re supposed to use a carrier oil to dilute the tea tree oil so that it’s not so strong. With the giant pimples I had, I did not want to add any extra oils that were not going to work specifically towards clearing my skin. I don’t use the tea tree oil unless I have crazy pimples like this, so it didn’t really bother my skin, but it did nothing to help my eczema on my cheeks. As a moisturizer, I used coconut oil. I used the silicone applicator to spoon out a little oil and pat it all over my face and neck. Overnight, it soaked into my skin to moisturize and calm my skin while treating acne (or at least pulled the gunk to the surface to remove from the pimple). Finally, I tried my samples of Anew eye cream for night. I don’t think it did any good, but it didn’t do any bad, either. I didn’t have an allergic reaction and my skin was smooth. So, I guess it worked well.
Overall, I think you can see how much calmer my skin was at the end of the skincare routine than it was at the beginning. If you are looking into Korean skincare or even just trying to calm down angry skin, then the items used in this post should work pretty well for most people. Even though I have very sensitive and combination skin with eczema, none of the items I used were bad for anyone with dry, oily, combo, or sensitive skin. You always have to try things out for yourself to see. I definitely saw a difference in my skin after doing this routine for a couple of days.
Thanks for reading this long post! Have you tried any of the products mentioned in this post? Do you think you’d try skincare products made with horse oil? What are your favorite tips for calming down angry skin and clearing up pimples? Let me know in the comments!