For the longest time, I have battled with adult acne. I’ve tried out numerous things including actual medicine that you intake and topical treatments from dermatologists. While a bunch of them helped in controlling the breakout, none of them ever helped with the hideous aftermath of the battle.
So I was left with a lot of marks and scarring — all fucked up and ugly and really pushing my anxiety and insecurity level to the edge.
But last year, I discovered this brand called The Ordinary. I think by now we’ve all heard of this already so there’s no need for introductions anymore.
Since the products’ names are pretty straight forward and is really just the name of the main ingredient, I had to do a lot of research to figure out what is what and what they’re for exactly.
I mean, prior to The Ordinary, I didn’t really know what Niacinamide or Alpha Arbutin or Glycolic Acid are and what they’re for. Basically, I didn’t really know what I was putting on my face. Along the way, I knew that the best for me and for what my skin needs are both the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA.
Both of these targets discoloration of any kind. So they seem perfect for my acne scars, marks, dark spots, et cetera.
Well, The Ordinary did me right with these because they’re absolutely perfect. I’m just not sure if they just work when together or if they work better together or if they can work on their own.
What I usually do is apply them both mornings and evenings and in just a matter of weeks, I’ve already noticed a great difference on my skin. A lot of my newer scars at the time have already faded and all that were left were older ones that understandably would take longer to get rid of.
Now, almost a year of using both these serums, I can say for sure that they really do work. And that’s coming from someone with a seriously fucked up skin.
The only thing is, I still have a long way to go. A lot of my scars are pitted which is horrible for me and my self-esteem but hey, I got to deal so that’s what I’m doing. But I’m still insecure hence the lack of face photos (aka selfies) on this post.
But — and here’s a big one — I have already become confident enough to go out of the house with just a concealer under my eyes and a sheer powder all over my face! I mean, that’s something given how I used to refuse to go out of the house before without any foundation because of my skin.
Now I’m perfectly okay with just a bit of concealer and powder.
I think it’s needless to say that these two babies are heaven-sent and I’m incredibly grateful for their existence.