On Clear Skin and Miracle Ingredients
October 7, 2018
I am a horrible terrible skin picker. I can literally spend hours in front of the magnifying mirror, under a bright light, extracting every single blackhead I have on my face. That’s a cool picture to paint in your mind for starters, isn’t it?
I don’t remember a time of my life when my skin was completely smooth and clear. My skintone has always been a little dull and uneven (thanks to the apparently super thin and pale skin that I have), I’ve always had lots of blackheads and my forehead has always been bumpy. When I was a teen I didn’t really care about my skin that much and thought that I would just “grow it out” boy, was I wrong.
Now, at almost 25 years of age, I am thinking about that more and introducing ingredients. Enter: The Ordinary. Up until last month, I had only tried the Lactic acid (you can read my thoughts on it here), but I gave it to my sister, because even though I loved it, I prefer the effect of the Pixi Glow tonic.
I have read a lot about the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. I’ve know for a long time that zinc is great for pimples (which is why antiseptic creams like Sudocrem and Zdrave usually work amazingly), but I had never heard of Niacinamide as an ingredient before.
Niacinamide is basically vitamin B3 and it helps with the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also helps with damaged skin surface and reduces environmental damage. Pretty neat. The best part is that this ingredient is tolerated by most skin types, even super sensitive ones (I would suggest checking with a dermatologist every time you add any type of ingredient you are not sure of. I am just plain stupid sometimes and don’t do it. Don’t be me.)
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I started using this product about a month ago and I am sure that this is the reason why my skin behaved well even while I was on my period we all know the havoc hormones can wreak. I usually get a couple of pimples before my period starts that’s when I pick my skin apart and then wait weeks for it to heal. This month, however, that didn’t happen. My skin was looked nice, no new pimples have appeared and even the old ones healed quite faster than usual. Just before I started using the Niacinamide, however, I had picked at a pimple on my forehead and it healed completely in 3 days. 3 fucking days. This is lifechanging for me.
But wait, there is more. Since I started using the Niacinamide 10% + in 1% I have noticed that my forehead is smoother, my blackheads are less, and my makeup just looks better and lasts longer. All in all, I would recommend this a lot.
At around the same time I introduced the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% as well as the The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. However, I have used the Azelaic acid just a few times, and the Hyaluronic acid I plan on using mainly with my dermaroller. I haven’t yet tried it that way though, as I prefer dermarolling at night and have a makeup-free day after that because my skin feels a little rough afterwards and I haven’t really had many entirely makeup-free days in the past month. I use it on its own for now but I don’t really feel like it does anything major.
Basically, Azelaic acid performs like Benzoyl Peroxide on acne, but without the side effects. Azelaic acid is great in treating rosacea, melasma, and hyperpigmentation. Now have I seen great difference from using it? Not really. But as I said, I did introduce it together with the Niacinamide and haven’t used it as religiously (honestly, using Niacinamide and Hyaluronic acid together they start pilling on your skin, and if you add Azelaic acid to the mixture – it’s just a pill party).
I am positive that I am going to repurchase the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. We’ll see if the Hyaluronic acid is better with the dermaroller as it currently doesn’t deserve to be talked about; it’s just meh. As for the Azelaic acid, I will use that up and see if there is any major difference
Us skin-pickers know that we won’t change our bad habit (is it that bad if there are people who pay to have this done professionally?) So my tip for managing the damage is to always wrap you nails in some kind of tissue (or use one of those ‘extractor’ thingies you can get on Amazon) and use Niacinamide + zinc products on top.