My skin has been a nightmare to deal with since young. Growing up, I was unfortunately genetically curse with acne. Both my parents struggled with severe acne during puberty and even till this day, adult acne. My first taste of acne came early when I was just in year 9. After countless facials with a dermatologist every week for a couple of years, my face was as red, as sore and as horrible. It was probably the start of my declining self esteem. I found it hard to look at people because I was ashamed of my acne.
Fast forward to university, it had cleared a little but still, I suffered with many bumps covering my T-zone area primarily. Around the hairline area was the worst. In university was when I first started using makeup to try cover up. It improved my confidence, but at the expense of being 'cake face'. I was piling on the concealer, powder, foundation to cosmetically cover up. Looking back, it still looked bad, maybe even somewhat worse but it looked cakey, thick and just so unnatural. However, at that time, it was the confidence boost I needed. Towards the end of university, I went on antibiotics to treat my acne. It helped dramatically. Within months, my face had cleared up but with it, left acne scars, dry skin due to the stop of oil production and uneven texture.
Now, at the age of 26, I can safely say, those days are behind me. Not saying my skin is perfect, but it has improved leaps and bounds. I still have acne scarring and blemishes on the side of my cheeks. I used to have what I would consider oily skin type. In more recent times, I would consider my skin as combination- oilier on the T-zone and normal on the cheeks. However, I have been told that I have dehydrated skin underneath the surface. It is so ironic how my skin can be 'oily' but 'dehydrated' at the same time. For a long time now, I have been trying to find products that are suitable for combination skin to combat the oily T-zone area but still retain moisture.
Below in the video, are products I have very carefully researched into to hopefully improve my skin moisture and balance out sebum production.
Multi-Active Day Cream-Gel
Multi-Active Night Cream
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG - Reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + b5 - Attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - Niacinamide reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion and Zinc balances visible aspects of sebum activity.
Argireline 10% Solution - Improves the appearance of facial areas prone to developing dynamic folds
Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone - Effective antioxidant. Reverses multiple signs of skin ageing while brightening the skin
'Buffet' - This formula combines many different technologies to target multiple signs of ageing at once