It’s no secret I developed an allergic reaction during one of my product testing stints (a sacrifice being a beauty blogger) and I was lumps and bumps for quite a while. I have little bumps around my chin, and I’d get one or two pops of angry hidden volcanoes that hurt lots on my cheeks. It was a phase when bumps come up, subside, then another batch will come. UGH! A friend of mine mentioned witch hazel, and I bought the Clinique anti-blemish gel because witch hazel happens to be one of the active ingredients. Unfortunately, so is alcohol, so those of you who have sensitive skin might have to give this a miss. If you apply this gel onto your pimples with open wound, it stings like crazy. However, it worked great! My skin calmed down a lot, but oh, the marks. They take months to disappear. And then…
I discovered derma white micro-motion C serum, also by Clinique.
Targeted concentrate with Vitamin C actively dimishes dark spots. Gentle massaging applicator helps focus this powerful melanin dispersion formula with Black-Out Yeast extract on dark spots. Unleashes encapsulated anti-irritants to defuse UV-triggered melanin production. Oil-free. For all skin types.
The SA at Clinique pushed quite hard for me to purchase the Even Better serum, but I’m already using a whitening serum (to be reviewed soon) which was working really well. I just wanted something that will target the newly formed dark spots. Something that will make them go away a little quicker. When she finally understood what I really wanted, she recommended me this little tube of serum which targets spots. What she failed to mention was, spots that are UV-triggered. I remember my dermatologist telling me that one of the reasons pimple marks get darker is due to exposure to UV rays. So, I was willing to give this a try.
To use, I gently squeeze the tube. Serum is dispensed through the roller balls which are also the applicator. With just a small amount of serum, I apply onto the marks by gently massaging in circular motion for 5-10 seconds, letting the balls work the serum into my skin. I repeat the same step for another spot. I even roll it onto my freckles to see if it works. I’ve been extremely diligent, applying it morning and night, after cleansing and toning my face, before my whitening serum.
My newly formed pimple marks were very receptive. By the second week, the marks were lightened. I’m into a month now, and the lighter marks disappeared. I still have a couple of darker marks left from the angry acne, but they are fading. I was ecstatic because it usually takes at least 2 months for my marks to disappear! As for my freckles, I don’t see much improvement, erm wait, not at all, actually. I know some of you are very concerned about ingredients in your skincare, so here it is. A long list!
Now, my proven zit blasting routine would be to apply the anti-blemish gel to get rid of bumps quickly, and then this mouthful C serum to get rid of nasty marks. It might have worked faster because I am also using a whitening serum for my face, but hey, it does work. It didn’t dry out my skin in the process but I do apply hydrating masks twice a week. Another thing to note is, the marks on my face were fresh. I couldn’t attest to marks that were formed ages ago because that would be more stubborn. AND remember – this serum targets UV-triggered spots. This tiny bottle costs RM200 but for me, because it works, it was worth it. I initially tried one from L’Oreal, cost me RM50 and it was better used on a good meal.
Have you tried this before? Do you have any zit blasting routine that you can share? I’d love to know my options too =)