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Using micellar cleansing water? Read this! Especially if you have oily, acne skin.

Using micellar cleansing water? Read this! Especially if you have oily, acne skin.

Using the wrong micellar cleansing water can cause your skin to oil up, leading to acne.

What is micellar cleansing water? How do they work?

Micellar cleansing water, also known as micelle solution, has been in the beauty market for a while. Basically, this water is made up of microscopic micelle molecules suspended in soft water. A micelle molecule is a spherical molecule with a hydrophilic (water-loving) exterior and a hydrophobic (water-hating) interior.

When we pour the micelle solution on a cotton pad and apply the cotton pad on our skin, the pressure causes the micelle molecules to open up. This exposes the hydrophobic interior, which will attract and attach itself to other hydrophobic molecules (e.g dirt, grime, make up, etc). Once the pressure is lifted, the micelle molecule closes and forms a sphere again, trapping the dirt inside the molecule. This lifts the dirt and non-water molecules off your face, thus cleansing your skin in the process.

My experience with Bioderma Sensible H2O Micellar Solution


I have been looking for a make up remover that works for oily/ acne skin. Being super acne-prone, I wasn’t comfortable with using oil cleaners. I have been using milk cleansers but I didn’t like the after feel of the milk cleanser.

So, I was really excited when Bioderma Sensibio H2O was launched. I bought a 250ml bottle as it was bundled with a 100ml free bottle. I can’t remember the price though as it was more than two years ago.

My first experience was good. It did remove my make up satisfactorily. I also preferred the after feel of the micellar water to the milk cleanser. I was happy that I could finally stop using my milk cleanser. After using Bioderma cleansing water, I followed up with Skinlycious Anti-Acne Wash, even though it was not necessary as micellar solution is suppose to be a rinse free cleanser. However, I am afraid of acne outbreaks, so I continued with my usual routine of Skinlycious products.

My happiness didn’t last long.

The next morning, I woke up with a very oily complexion. I have yet to wake up with oily skin ever since SkinLYcious 7 in 1 Pore Refining Hydrator Serum has controlled my oily skin. It didn’t occur to me it was the Micelle Solution until my skin oiled up again by noon even after I had washed it in the morning. This had not happened to me for a long time. Of course, my face was more clogged up then usual due to the increased oiliness. Acne started popping up.

A Déjà vu feeling set in. I knew it was the micellar cleansing water as I did not change my diet nor other skin care products. I had this experience before when I was trying to formulate a cleanser for normal skin to add to the Skinlycious brand. We were testing out and trying different versions of sulfate-free cleansers with milder surfactants. The first few versions I tried oiled me up by noon.

My chemist and I worked hard to improve on the formulations. I, having acne-prone and combination skin, tried 10 different formulations, but all gave me an oily complexion though the last version was not as bad. My best friend, who has normal acne-free skin, went through the 10 rounds of testing with me. The first few versions made her normal skin oil up by noontime as well. The subsequent versions did not cause her skin to oil up.

However, we decided that Skinlycious should focus on being an anti-acne brand as that’s where our uniqueness lies. And with more experience in testing, I also found out that certain preservatives and other ingredients can also cause my skin to be oily. These are not taught or found in textbooks. It’s only because I have super acne-prone skin that I am able to test, feel and know the difference between the different formulations.

I stopped using the Bioderma cleansing water and went back to using milk cleanser for my make up removal. It took about 4 weeks for my skin to regulate back to normal, i.e. oiliness sets in only in the late evening.

I didn’t think of trying another brand of micellar cleansing water for two reasons :

1) Bioderma is supposed to be the best-selling and the pioneer, so they should be one of the best cleansing water. If it doesn’t suit me, I guess other brands would not as well. After all, they all work on the same concept of using micelle molecules.

2) I didn’t want to risk getting acne again by trying new products. Sometimes, it takes much longer for the skin to regulate back to “normal”.

The micellar cleansing water that I am currently using.


I was introduced to Erabelle’s Hydra Cleansing Water after I did my eyebrow embroidery at Erabelle late last year.  They would give a small sample of this for cleansing. I decided to give it a try. I continued with my usual routine of Skinlycious products, adding the cleansing water before my Anti-Acne Wash.

I really like the after feel of this cleansing water. More importantly, it doesn’t leave me with oily skin and cause me to breakout. However, this 150ml bottle cost S$88.80. Every pump of the cleansing water used, I feel the pinch. It takes me about 8 pumps and 4 cotton pads to remove my make up completely. That includes removing my waterproof eyeliner.

Thankfully, I work from home most of the time and don’t make up that often. And I was given a $500 product voucher when I signed up for the eyebrow embroidery package. I used that voucher to purchase 5 bottles of Erabelle’s micellar cleansing water. Hopefully, my chemist and I can come up with my own micellar cleansing water that passes my standard before I finish these 5 bottles. I only launch products that I personally use into Skinlycious line.

The micellar cleansing solution that I am formulating.

It’s only after I tried Erabelle’s micellar cleansing water that I was convinced that micelle solution can effectively remove make up without oiling up the skin. It really depends on the formulation of the micelle solution. So far, the few rounds of the cleansing water has made my skin oily. We are still working on it.

UPDATE : We have launched our micellar cleansing water! 9 months and a few rounds of testing with my customers to come up with the final formula. Read more about behind the scenes to formulate Skinlycious Micellar Cleansing Water. 

Click here for more information on the micellar cleaning water specially formulated for acne, acne-prone skin.

Leave us a comment if you have similar experiences where cleansers oil up your face and cause outbreaks.

 

 

About the Author : Jasmine Kang

Founder of Skinlycious – a one stop skin care solution for acne and acne-prone skin. A science geek, who has struggled with acne for 14 long years. Armed with decades of acne-fighting experience and bioscience / pharmaceutical knowledge, she seeks to find solution for her own acne-prone skin. She also takes immense joy in helping people regain confidence by solving their acne woes. Her secret ambition is to rid the world of irritating acne.

How best to use Skinlycious Anti-Acne Solution effectively

How best to use Skinlycious Anti-Acne Solution effectively

Before I go into the reactions, let me start off with the most important tip.

1) How to avoid skin peeling on your fingers?

Some of you have asked me about peeling fingers after you have used a cotton pad with Skinlycious Anti-Acne Solution. It will happen because Anti-Acne Solution is an exfoliant, meaning it works by speeding up skin cell turnover and causes peeling for some. To avoid that, you can use a cotton bud. But if you are like me, who prefers the cotton pad, this is what you can do.


Take the four corners of the cotton pad and pinch it together. It will look something like the picture. Drip the Anti-Acne Solution on the flat top part of the cotton pad. Spread it on your acne/pimples/whiteheads/blackheads and even those marks left when your acne is healing.

After using on one side of the face, you can inverse/flip it over and use it on the other side of your face. This helps to minimise bacteria spreading too.

This way, the solution does not comes into contact with your fingers and thus will not cause your fingers’ skin to peel.


2) How to store your Anti-Acne Solution?

This is our latest design of bottle. It comes with a stopper to help minimise the evaporation and crystallisation. Please do not throw this stopper away. Always cap it again after use.

3) What are some of the normal reactions you might experience when you first use Anti-Acne Solution? And how you can overcome them.

a) Slight stinging/biting sensation
– For some users, there might be some slight biting sensation when you first started using it, especially on areas where your skin is broken, e.g. an acne that is oozing pus.
– You can overcome the biting sensation by quickly applying hydrator serum on your skin. It helps to remove the biting sensation.

b) Peeling of skin
– Our main ingredient is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps skin cells turn over at a faster rate, thus some people might experience peeling of the skin. Initially, it might be visible peeling but after a longer usage, you will not experience visible peeling but instead, micro-peeling occurs.
– If you think that the peeling is excessive, you can cut down to once a day at night instead of using it twice a day. Then after visible peeling has stopped, you can slowly increase to twice a day on alternate days and then after which increase to every day twice a day.

c) More pimples/acne initially
– Some people might experience more outbreak. This purging phase typically last about 7-21 days. Salicylic acid is oil-soluble. It exfoliates not only on the surface of skin, but also inside the pore lining. This can result in bringing pimples, that were forming before you started using Anti-Acne Solution, to the surface. The outbreak you see would have shown up eventually, or simply would have remained deep in the pore, keeping it clogged and enlarged.
–  If you can bear with it, bear with it. If not, we suggest you cut down on Anti-Acne Solution to once a day usage at night and continue to use Step 1(Anti-Acne Wash) and Step 3(Hydrator Serum) twice daily. For any big acne, hold the cotton pad longer on the acne so that more is absorbed. Give this a try for another couple of weeks before deciding whether or not it’s suitable for you. If it seems to be too much for your skin, decrease the frequency of use of the Anti-Acne Solution(once every other day). It’s highly likely that the “purging effect” is only temporary, and that you’ll begin seeing smoother, clearer skin.
– If it’s more than 21 days and you are still having more outbreak that you initially had before using the product, stop using.

4) What’s NOT a normal reaction?

a) Experiencing Itch

b) Red spots that are not acne

If you experience the above, you may be allergic to salicylic acid. If you are allergic to aspirin, you have a higher chance of being allergic to salicylic acid.

If you think you might have a chance of being allergic to salicylic acid, you can do a patch test first. Just test it on a small area of acne skin and observe.

You should stop using Anti-Acne Solution and consult a doctor if necessary if you are experience the abnormal reactions.

5) Some people have their acne cleared and only use the anti-acne solution once in a while when they have the occasional acne. After storage for a longer period or if you do not cap it tightly, this is what you may see.

a) Some crystals forming in the bottle. It’s normal and you can slow down the formation of crystals by shaking the bottle every now and then instead of letting the solution sit there. With our new bottle, crystallisation is less of an issue now. The crystal formation does not lead to significant decrease in efficacy of the Anti-Acne Solution. You can still continue to use the solution. The dripper should prevent crystals from landing on your cotton pad/bud.

b) Darkening of the solution from clear to pale yellowish-brown. This is normal as resorcinol will discolour after a certain period. However, this does not affect the efficacy of the Anti-Acne Solution.

c) Liquid level of the solution dropping even though you didn’t use it. Again, this is normal. This is because our product contains alcohol and alcohol vapourises very easily. So, make sure that you cap on the stopper and screw the cap tight on your bottle to minimise evaporisation. With our new bottle packaging, evaporation is pretty minimal.

And if you have questions, feel free to email us at hello@skinlycious.com.

 

 

About the Author : Jasmine Kang

Founder of Skinlycious – a one stop skin care solution for acne and acne-prone skin. A science geek, who has struggled with acne for 14 long years. Armed with decades of acne-fighting experience and bioscience / pharmaceutical knowledge, she seeks to find solution for her own acne-prone skin. She also takes immense joy in helping people regain confidence by solving their acne woes. Her secret ambition is to rid the world of irritating acne.

Using green tea to treat your acne? Here’s my result and scientific analysis.

Using green tea to treat your acne? Here’s my result and scientific analysis.

In my teenage days when I was struggling with acne, I tried different natural therapies to get rid of my acne and green tea was one of them.

Here’s what I did : 


I tried drinking 2 cups of green tea a day, as well as using a cloth soaked in green tea to apply on my face. I even got my mother to put the boiled green tea leaves on top of the cloth in hope that more of the green tea essence would enter my skin. I did this diligently for a month. Those green tea I used were good grade tea leaves and not those tea bags we find in grocery stores.

My Results : 

It did not work for me and my acne got worse. I do not think that green tea worsened my acne condition but rather it did not help in improving my acne condition, thus as my acne progressed, it got worse.

I love green tea and I truly believe that drinking green tea has positive health benefits. But to rely on this solely to clear acne would not be very realistic. If you do not know my story on how I struggled with acne and finally found a solution after 14 years, you can read more here.
Being a science geek with a biomedical background, I decided to analyse some scientific papers to provide more information about green tea. But first of all, let us understand why people actually suggest using green tea to treat acne. There’s a good scientific base behind it.

Why green tea might help in reducing acne?

  • Contains Anti-Oxidants
    Green tea contains many anti-oxidants, especially polyphenols. In a small study1 published by South Korean scientists, they found that EGCG (the major polyphenol in green tea) at 1% or 5% concentration improved acne condition when applied on the face. In the study, subjects showed improvements in 2 months but were not rid of acne totally.
  • Reduce insulin and blood glucose spike
    Another possibility of how drinking green tea might help acne as it helps to counter high glycemic food effect. Meaning that it helps to reduce insulin and blood glucose spike. However, this is still highly debatable. And I believe it depends on individual person. Not everybody is affected by high glycemic food effect.
  • Anti-Bacterial Effect
    Green tea extract has been shown in the lab to inhibit activity of Propionibacterium acnes (the bacteria responsible for acne) after a certain concentration.²

P.S. Note that in most studies, green tea shows reducing acne and not clearing it totally.
P.P.S These studies are very precise in the concentration of green tea/extract being used. In real life, it’s hard to achieve such precise concentration.

My Conclusion

Well, it didn’t work for me and based on the scientific evidence, it might help in reducing acne but not in getting rid of it totally. But there’s really no harm in drinking green tea anyway. It’s a healthy drink.

On hindsight,  I would have needed 3-6 cups of green tea instead of 2 cups to perhaps see some effect on my acne. Perhaps.

Anyway, the best and fastest way to clear your acne is to use Skinlycious Anti-Acne Bundle. A 3 step regime to solve your acne woes once and for all. Comes with a 30 Days Money Back Guarantee for the trial size.

References :

1. Yoon JY, Kwon HH, Min SU, Thiboutot DM, Suh DH.
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate improves acne in humans by modulating intracellular molecular targets and inhibiting P. acnes.
J Invest Dermatol. 2013 Feb;133(2):429-40.

2. Li Z, Summanen PH, Downes J, Corbett K, Komoriya T, Henning SM, Kim J, Finegold SM.
Antimicrobial Activity of Pomegranate and Green Tea Extract on Propionibacterium Acnes, Propionibacterium Granulosum, Staphylococcus Aureus and Staphylococcus Epidermidis.
J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Jun;14(6):574-8.

 

 

About The author : Jasmine Kang


Founder of Skinlycious – a one stop skin care solution for acne and acne-prone skin. A science geek, who has struggled with acne for 14 long years. Armed with decades of acne-fighting experience and bioscience / pharmaceutical knowledge, she seeks to find solution for her own acne-prone skin. She also takes immense joy in helping people regain confidence by solving their acne woes. Her secret ambition is to rid the world of irritating acne.

 

Acne Treatment during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Acne Treatment during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Can I treat my acne while I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

That’s a pretty common question that I get from customers. I, too, asked myself the same question.
Initially, I avoided anti-acne products during my
pregnancy, but my skin got worse, especially after adding soy to my diet. It can be pretty depressing to be battling acne while pregnant. Pregnancy changes our body, including hormones, which can trigger acne, and cause mood swings.

Take note that Isotretinoin (Accutane) and Tretinoin (Stieva-A, Retin-A, Renova, Avita, Retacnyl) are not recommended for pregnant women or even women who want to try for baby.
I was using Stieva-A  in my daily routine then. I did not know I was pregnant until my baby was 4 weeks old. I stopped using Stieva-A after I found out that I was pregnant but I still had a nagging doubt if those 4 weeks of Stieva-A usage would affect my baby. I should have stopped Stieva-A earlier but I had totally forgotten about it as it’s already so entrenched into my routine that I did not review it. I was devastated when I lost my baby at 8 weeks.
Although I really do not think that Stieva-A was entirely responsible for my first miscarriage, I was extra cautious with what I applied on my skin thereafter. I got pregnant again 3 months later and gave birth to a healthy boy. He’s now a few months shy of 2 years old. Here’s a cheeky pic of him I took today. Kids grow up really fast.

Are Skinlycious anti – acne products safe to use during pregnancy?

Will it affect the baby?


According to my Obstetrics and gynaecology(OB/GYN), all acne products contain ingredients that are poison to a developing fetus but the level of toxicity also depends on the concentration. We do not know how much is being absorbed into our blood stream and passed on to the fetus. It is not really that these ingredients are proven toxic but rather there is a lack of safety data. To play it safe, my OB/GYN recommended avoiding all anti-acne products as much as possible when pregnant.

According to my dermatologistSkinlycious Anti-Acne Wash is fine as the ingredients are unlikely to affect the fetus. As for Skinlycious Anti-Acne Solution, though it has salicylic acid, its concentration is not that high and thus unlikely to affect the fetus.

Both doctors presented their conflicting views to me and it was entirely up to my personal decision if I wanted to use SkinLYcious anti-acne products. I decided to take my dermatologist’s view and started on my anti-acne regimen again. I could not stand the zits and I started on SkinLYcious anti-acne products again. I was afraid of history repeating itself. I was afraid that my acne would go out of control if I did not nip it in the bud when it was still in the mild stage. I was afraid I would never have clear skin again. I had suffered for 14 years and the fear is very real.

Thankfully, my baby came out healthy.  I also had several pregnant friends and customers who used Skinlycious anti-acne products and delivered healthy babies.

Views from another dermatologist, Dr. Baldwin

This editorial published recently in July 2015 by Dr. Baldwin talks more in depth about why doctors should treat acne during pregnancy and lactation / breastfeeding. I totally agree with this dermatologist’s view.

Essentially, he says that many healthcare providers will by default advise pregnant and lactating women not to take medication to be on the safe side. To many healthcare providers, taking medications, especially for acne, is selfish and vain. However, he begs to differ and have noted that studies show that acne is not trivial and may be associated with suicidal ideations. I know, because I was depressed and afraid when I started having bad acne again when I was pregnant.

In summary, I quote Dr Baldwin,

“Dermatologists have taken an oath to “first, do no harm,” but in the case of acne in pregnancy and especially in lactation, we may need to treat aggressively and push the envelope beyond our current category B medications. Erring on the side of caution may be the wrong approach, especially in lactation where psychological consequences are high and neonatal exposure is minimal.”

Disclaimer

Having said all the above, once again, I would like to stress that I am not a doctor. I am sharing my experience and I will not be liable for your decisions. Do not take this as a medical advice. Do check with your own OB/GYN or dermatologist if you are pregnant, and use all anti-acne products at your own discretion and liability. Your decision is your decision and I will not be liable for any consequences of your decision.

 

 

About the Author : Jasmine Kang

Founder of Skinlycious – a one stop skin care solution for acne and acne-prone skin. A science geek, who has struggled with acne for 14 long years. Armed with decades of acne-fighting experience and bioscience / pharmaceutical knowledge, she seeks to find solution for her own acne-prone skin. She also takes immense joy in helping people regain confidence by solving their acne woes. Her secret ambition is to rid the world of irritating acne.

Acne Cure? Is there really a cure for acne?

Acne Cure? Is there really a cure for acne?

Can one really have their acne cured?

My definition of acne cure means that acne will never ever come back, not even one or two acne / pimples occasionally.

After suffering from acne for 14 years and having it under control now, I am pretty certain that there’s no true cure for acne. If we are unlucky and have the genes that make us prone to acne, we just have to accept that we have acne prone skin. Be extra careful with the makeup we use, the food we ingest, the products we use. Identify what may trigger our acne and avoid them. My eBook details possible triggers and how you can identify them.

For some, especially men, after acne have ran their course, their acne never recur. I have had a few guy friends who had bad cystic acne in their teenage years and even though they did try to find a solution for their acne, such as seeking consultation with doctors, etc, it didn’t work. Their acne just cleared up on its own after they have matured. Their acne cleared after it ran its course. Unfortunately, it did leave some pitted scars on their face.

In most studies done on pharmaceutical creams / drugs, the endpoint the pharmaceutical companies measured were not based on ‘curing acne’ but more of reducing acne counts and seeing improvements. The aim of acne treatment is to clear acne and to prevent acne scar formation.

So, for people prone to acne, it’s very highly that we might have a relapse of acne, even after we have cleared it. The question you got to ask yourself is if that is acceptable for you.

Remember that your beauty lies beyond your skin condition. Confidence exudes beauty too!

I came across this newspaper clipping about acne recurrence and thought there were some interesting facts to share.


According to Dr Loke from Singapore,

  • Women are more prone to acne than men.
  • Women get a recurrence of acne in almost every decade of their lives.
  • Each recurrence last about 2-3 years in each decade, possibly because of hormonal changes.

 

Well, it’s sad and daunting to know that acne has a high chance of relapse and come to plague us(ladies) every decade for 2-3 years (gasp!) However, do know that you are not alone. Acne recurrence is common.

I think the hormonal part is a real big reason. We, ladies, go through hormonal changes with every menstruation cycle. When we get pregnant, our body goes through hormonal changes as well. For hormonal acne, there’s oral contraceptive pills or another medication called spironolactone that could possibly be prescribed by the dr. However, personally, I would avoid any oral medications if possible. Furthermore, chances of relapse of acne would possibly be high once we stop these pills. It’s not going to be a long-term solution.

Fortunately for me, after I had my horrible acne cleared, when it’s the time of the month, I will just have at most one or two small pimples which will quickly clear up with Skinlycious Anti-Acne Solution. Even though my acne has cleared, I still continue to use Skinlycious Anti-Acne Wash everyday as it helps to prevent outbreaks. Having one or two days with one or two spots is bearable. To me, that’s the closest I can ever get to getting rid of my acne forever. I am happy with the current condition of my skin.

 

 

About the Author : Jasmine Kang


Founder of Skinlycious – a one stop skin care solution for acne and acne-prone skin. A science geek, who has struggled with acne for 14 long years. Armed with decades of acne-fighting experience and bioscience / pharmaceutical knowledge, she seeks to find solution for her own acne-prone skin. She also takes immense joy in helping people regain confidence by solving their acne woes. Her secret ambition is to rid the world of irritating acne.

Review of Konjac/Konnyaku Sponge – Second and final try

Review of Konjac/Konnyaku Sponge – Second and final try

In my previous post, I did a review on Konjac Sponge and concluded that it made my face oilier even though I felt that my face was smoother. However, I still really like the idea of having a gentle exfoliator that has a long history to prove that it’s safe for the skin structure even after long term use. Since I was unsure of the source of the previous Konjac sponge that I used, I wanted to try another one as I am really keen to add this to my skin care regimen.

I was in Jakarta and saw this brand, My Konjac Sponge. It is made in Korea and is free of chemicals and additives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought this would be perfect to test out Konjac/Konnyaku sponge
again.  This time round, I bought a few and asked some of my customers to try as well. I was thinking if it’s good, I would bring it into Singapore to sell. After all, some people do not cleanse properly, leading to clog pores and then acne. I was hoping that this would help reduce the occurrence of acne for my customers. There were a few different variations of it but I decided to choose the Bamboo Charcoal Sponge suitable for acne skin and the French Green Clay suitable for normal and combination skin.

This is how it looks like without the packaging. This teardrop shape is actually more ergonomically friendly to use than the round shape sponge. It’s much easier to massage than the round shape sponge.

My Results

After a few days of using, my face became oilier again(to my dismay)! Face was smoother though. I stopped using the sponge and introduced my pore refining hydrator to control the oil. After a week, my face was back to normal.

Other Customers’ Results

Feedback from other customers (6 Bamboo charcoal, 6 French Green Clay) :

– 2 out of 12 felt that their face is smoother; +me, so 3 felt smoother complexion.
– 2 out of 12 felt that their face is less oily.
– 4 out of 12 felt that their face is more oily; +me, so 5 had oilier complexion.
– 6 out of 12 felt no difference.
– 1 with normal skin had pimple outbreak after using the French Green Clay version(gasp)

Conclusion

My conclusion is that I will give the konjac sponge a miss forever. My search for an exfoliator continues. Because of my acne-prone skin, I am not able to use those scrubs with little granules as they cause me to outbreak. I still have my worries on those mechanical brushes, such as Clarisonic, as there’s no long term studies. And in the beauty industry, you can make many claims without much proof. Skinlycious Anti-Acne Wash has lactic acid that helps in chemical exfoliation and can be used daily.

Do you have any experience with konjac sponge? Share with us by leaving a comment.

 

 

About the Author : Jasmine Kang

Founder of Skinlycious – a one stop skin care solution for acne and acne-prone skin. A science geek, who has struggled with acne for 14 long years. Armed with decades of acne-fighting experience and bioscience / pharmaceutical knowledge, she seeks to find solution for her own acne-prone skin. She also takes immense joy in helping people regain confidence by solving their acne woes. Her secret ambition is to rid the world of irritating acne.