Just when I thought I had ultimate control of my adult acne, my hormones decided to level up and attack my skin for another round. Only this time it was different. My pores were visibly larger and I had bumps all over my forehead (which is why my current profile photos are filtered with the Snapchat flower crown). Some were red, some were colourless and some looked bruised; but they were all painful.
Even with a strict daily skincare routine, I have noticed my skin getting oilier and my pores getting larger. I began to panic. I’ve never had my skin break out like this before! My irrational thinking sent me to Google and Yahoo Answers for DIY remedies (I don’t recommend doing this unless sarcasm eases your mind.). I considered bringing out the big guns, a.k.a. buying a Clarisonic, and even started taking birth control pills to balance my hormones. I tried almost all the raved-about, higher-end and derm skincare brands on the market—I wanted the best for my skin, no matter the cost! But no matter what I used, the results didn’t seem to last, or they dried out my skin. And then I checked out the more affordable brands.
I picked up Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum because it was on sale and I’m a sucker for cute packaging. After cleansing my face, I dabbed it onto my forehead. I liked the refreshing grapefruit scent, but I could have done without the stickiness and greasy finish. I wasn’t expecting much, but after only 10 minutes, I noticed that the swelling of the bumps on my forehead had eased and my pores had shrunk. It was a freakin’ miracle! The key ingredient of this wonder serum is glycolic acid, which increases cell turnover to exfoliate skin and help fade discolouration. I like using it right after I wash my face in the morning to smooth and brighten my skin. It worked so well, I had to give the rest of the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix range a try.
Here’s what I’ve been using (in order):
1. Glycolic Cleansing Fix
After removing my makeup with a baby wipe, I like to cleanse my face with Glycolic Cleansing Fix to remove excess makeup. Although glycolic acid is said to be hard on sensitive skin, this cleanser is infused with olive oil to deeply hydrate it.
2. Glycolic Scrub Fix
After cleansing comes exfoliating. The Glycolic Facial Scrub Fix is packed with three per cent glycolic acid and salicylic acid to help refine and renew the skin. It works in the pores to remove dirt and grime. After the first time using this exfoliating scrub, my skin felt refreshed and super smooth.
3. Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme
These pads contain five per cent glycolic acid, plus hyaluronic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid, making them the ultimate must-have to refine your pores. The pads remove dead skin cells and toxins and help prevent future breakouts and scarring. If you have sensitive skin, start by using this once or twice a week. It will sting a little at first, but your skin has to build up and prepare itself for all the ingredients. I like to use these pads at least four times a week (and sometimes more!).
4. Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel
Lastly, I apply Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel all over my face. During a night’s sleep, this unclogs pores, tackles blackheads and reduces blemishes. Along with glycolic acid, the other key ingredient is niacinamide, which reduces the production of sebum, which causes larger pores and acne.
After using this skincare range for about three weeks, I’ve noticed a huge difference. The bumps are slowly disappearing, my pores are closing up and the acne scars on my chin are gone. These products are packed and powerful, and I was wrong to judge them by their retail prices. It’s a good thing, though, because I plan on buying them over and over again.
But if we’re talking oil control, not much has changed. To mattify my skin and help minimize the look of pores I’ve been using Benefit’s Porefessional Matte Rescue Primer. It’s super moisturizing and helps cancel out the stickiness of the Glycolic Fix Serum.