Showing posts with label anti-acne. Show all posts
Showing posts with label anti-acne. Show all posts

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Review: Bactazil Clarifying Soap

In the hopes of clear skin, I tried a new soap. Yet again I don't know why I am so adventurous when it comes to soaps. My mom often tells me I am such a daredevil for trying products I am unsure of. But my mindset was always if I don't try it, how will I know if it's for me? The new soap I have tried this time is Bactazil Clarifying Soap.

What is it? 
Bactazil Clarifying Soap contains tea tree and biosulfur. 
Highly recommended by dermatologists to treat acne and other skin infections.
Tea Tree oil contains terpenoids, which have been found to have antiseptic and antifungal activity. 
Tea tree oil is an excellent treatment for acne, athlete's foot, ringworm, and unwanted body odor.
Bio Sulfur is a natural form of organic sulfur found in all living organisms. 
It has antifungal, anti-bacterial, and keratolytic properties and is widely used to cure dermatological disorders such as acne vulgaris, seborrheic dermatitis, pityriasis vesicolor and scabbies.

In a minimalist white box which makes it really clean looking. It has a nice branding.

Bactazil Clarifying Soap out of the box is dark brown and kinda see through. It smells like herbal. When I first used it my face looked brighter but it also feels a bit dry and tight.

I am acne prone but my skin was in a good condition when I used it. A week after, I was breaking out. I continued using it but it didn't help with the redness nor inflammation. I was using it for a month until I decided to switch brands because I can't pile on makeup just to hide my breakouts.

How much and where to buy?
P220 for 100g 

What I love
  • The nice branding
  • Didn't sting
  • Cleanses well
What I don't
  • Too drying for my skin
  • Makes my skin feel tight
  • Didn't prevent future pimples
  • Didn't help in treating them too
  • One of the culprits of my breakouts
Will I repurchase? 
I don't see myself buying one again.

Well, should I have listened to my mama? Probably. Bactazil Clarifying Soap didn't work for me finally because I didn't see any changes to my skin. I even had more breakouts which it wasn't able to prevent nor it wasn't able to help in treating it either. 

Right now I am back to my old and trustworthy Bodyshop Tea Tree toner and soap. I really should think about my life choices better.

Welcome 2024! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday vacation.

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Items were purchased with my own money unless otherwise stated

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Galderma Retacnyl Tretinoin Cream .05% for Acne Treatment

Do you still remember the timer when I shared with you the prescription drugs I got from my derma? Besides that, I also got a prescription for a topical solution and that is the Galderma Retacnyl Tretinoin Cream .05%. At first, I am not really aware of what is it so I made some research.

What is it? 
Retacnyl Tretinoin is used to treat acne. It may decrease the number and severity of acne pimples and promote quick healing of pimples that do develop. Tretinoin belongs to a class of medications called retinoids. It works by affecting the growth of skin cells. Credits to: Webmd

How to use:
The tretinoin must be used on a clean face and thinly applied with clean fingertips.

My dermatologist said that during the first few weeks of using Galderma Retacnyl Tretinoin Cream .05%, my acne will appear worse because of not just the capsules I take but also because of the cream that works on pimples forming inside the skin. It is said that it might take up to 8-12 weeks to notice the results of the medication.

Besides being given the warning, I was still in panic when all of the breakouts came after a week of using it. It is so severe and my skin was at it's worst. I can't even bear to post a picture. I risked to put on more of the cream which made it even worst than before. My skin micro-peeled, there was also more redness and pain. It can't be covered by makeup anymore too and I don't want to come to work looking like it. I stopped using the cream and waited for my skin to heal.

The cream does work in drying out acne fast especially the red big ones but because of that it also leaves dark marks. It made my skin really dry. I went back to the derma wherein I was prescribed another batch of capsules and was advised to continue the cream 'in moderation'.

How much?
P1,280 for a 30g big tube which can last for more than a month. This is a prescripted cream so you will need to consult a dermatologist if you want to buy one.

I think this cream works somehow in drying out acne but my breakout still won't stop even after taking almost a year of taking anti-acne capsules. I don't want to risk myself anymore because both of the cream and capsules contain really potent ingredients. This still might be an option or something that can work for somebody else, but it's not really for me. Not to mention these are expensive.

I am sharing my experience for the people who might have been prescribed Retacnyl Tretinoin Cream and wants to know what to expect from it. If you have any questions just let me know in the comments.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Review: Acnecare Acne Drying Lotion

Now that I am working, I can't help but breakout due to unknown reasons. Routine has always been the same. I'm asking myself, was it my makeup? Was it the pollution? What should we use to get rid of pimples as well as the acne marks altogether? Luckily there was one product I've been leaning on for a few weeks already. This has been given to me by Vida Nutri Science along with the soap I reviewed here. I was suppose to give this to a friend, the AcneCare Acne Drying Lotion.

AcneCare Acne Drying Lotion
A fast acting effective acne spot solution for all skin types.

Water,Alcohol, Zinc Oxide, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate, 801sulfur, Salicylic Acid, Hamamelis Virgianiana leaf extract, Cinnamomum Gamphora Bark Oil, Phenotylphenol Sulfonate, Buteth-3, Tributyl citrate, Capryloyl Glycine/SarcosineJCinnamonium Zeylanicum Bark Exctract, Decylene Glycol

How to use:Dab a cotton swab into pink sediment. Dab on affected area after cleansing of face and let it dry overnight. A fast acting, effective acne spot solution for all skin types. Wash off in the morning.

What is it?
I hope you won't be confused with the word lotion, the solution is liquid or sediment as they call it. The product is pink with alcohol smell, somehow chemical-ish to me. AcneCare Acne Drying Lotion is said to be similar to Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.
I am only familiar with the salicylic acid, alochol. The other ingredients on the list is brand new to me.

The liquid product is in a glass type small bottle with the same size as my small table cat. It contains 55ml of product. The cap is plastic though and I am not sure when but maybe someone at home dropped it because when I checked the plastic cap its already broken. (glad the bottle is safe)

So I use a cotton swab to get the product at the bottom. I find that there is some product separation on the Acnecare Acne Drying Lotion (the alcohol and pink sediment) but its okay. I find that there is NO NEED TO MIX them together. I simply dip my cotton swab to the bottom of the bottle to get the pink sediment. Its more concentrated compared when the alcohol and pink sediment is together (hope I'm making sense here, teehee)

On one application there was no sting sensation on the acne compared to when I use acne gels loaded with tea tree oil and alcohol. The next day the acne is not so inflamed anymore .After 2-3 days of usage the spot treated with the Acnecare Acne Drying Lotion is already peeling, once it peeled it left no dark marks!

With photo reference above. I had a recent breakout on the chin. With just one application, its less redness the next day.

How much and where to buy?
Product is sponsored by Vida Nutriscience. But this is sold at P199 for one bottle.

What I love
  • It doesn't sting
  • Effective anti acne product
  • Less inflamed acne/less redness in just one night
What I don't
  • Its in a fragile packaging :(
Do not shake! Place the bottle on a table or something and let the layers separate. You will only need the concentrated pink sediment.
Will I repurchase?
I have other anti-acne prods to try so maybe next time.

Wonderful product for getting rid of acne. Acnecare Acne Drying Lotion is a must try for a no sting drama on getting rid of breakouts. The Acnecare soap and the acne drying lotion is a perfect combo. Still yet to try the acne

Tagging #Pimplesnomore 
Live clear. Skin clear.


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Items were purchased with my own money unless otherwise stated


Monday, October 19, 2015

Packaged Received! AcneCare Product Line from Vida Nutriscience

What a gloomy day!
But at least it's not raining hard like last Saturday. Everyday is getting more and more busy and I am forgetting my daily skincare routine. I have been suffering from breakouts and its taking like forever for my skin to calm down. Huehue~ *_*

So as per this breakouts I don't know what to do, is this some effect from stress? Anyhoo I think Kami-sama has heard me and I got this box of acne fighting products a few weeks ago from Vida Nutriscience AcneCare line.

AcneCare Line
AcneCare - Clinically Proven 44% less Acne in 2 weeks
Fights off Acne ,Red spots and other Skin Blemishes.Naturally !
AcneCare can reach cells where creams and lotions can't.
3 Anti-Acne Complex Lactoferrin, Linumlife and Zinc.

What a timely delivery! Huehue. (Are you finally my life urrr skin savers?!)

Tagline: #PimplesNoMore

So this golden box contains these products:
* AcneCare with Lactoferrin capsules - I never tried acne fighting capsules before.
* AcneCare soap with Bio Sulfur, Tea Tree oil and ACE B3 - the last acne fighting soap I used is the Dr. Kaufmann Medicated Sulfur Soap)
and their AcneCare Drying Lotion (same usage as  Mario Badescu drying lotion but is said to be cheaper and effective!) I used this as exchange for acne gels.

So I have been using this babies for a while now and I feel like I can post my reviews anytime soon! ~ (please wait for it!)

For more information about AcneCare Products:

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review: Maxi-Peel Exfoliant #1

Hi sweeties! How are you?
Hope you are all safe and sound despite the last visit of typhoon Ruby in the Philippines. Let us all pray and I know, God will do the rest.

I know it has been months since I have been on hiatus, again it is because of my tight schedule. I don't have much time for any 'me time' anymore, maybe that is why my skin is being bumpy lately (talk about break outs). I needed to find something which is within my budget which lead me to get Maxi-Peel.

I cannot remember how many times I have heard horror stories of women who experienced burnt skin because of being exposed to the sun after using this product. But because I would be staying at home, I believe I am safe and I'm in the right timing to use Maxi-Peel. There have been countless debate if Maxi-Peel works or not, but there are skin reactions differ from person to person. But if you are brave like me then why not? Anyway off to my share of review, let's dig in!


What is it?
Basically Maxi-Peel Exfoliant Solution (Anti Acne Depigmenting Agent) is an astringent which mainly contains Tretinoin and Hydroquinone. It is offered in three different strengths: #1 mild #2 moderate #3 severe. In choosing the right strength they say you should assess what intensity your acne problem is. But I highly suggest to just start with #1 which is mild. I mean hey, its better to be safe than sorry. #3 can easily burn skin if not used properly. Besides you can always adjust, if you think the effect is not enough. To sum it up it promises to:

  • Treat/prevent mild cases of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads.
  • Penetrate pores to reduce breakouts
  • Eliminate pimple causing bacteria
  • Remove dead skin cells
  • Whiten dark spots, blemishes and other discoloration such as freckles and age spots 
Maxi-Peel also offers other products than the exfoliant solution:

Credits: Splash besides Maxi-Peel there other brands created by this company which includes:Skin White, Extract, Maxi-Peel, Hygienix, Kolours Shades Vitress Control, Barrio Fiesta

Nothing is fancy here. The product is inside a green secured bottle, no leaks! The manufacturing and expiration date is clearly stated on the cap. Liquid inside is brown and yeah it smells chemical-ish which is normal for astringents.


If you have read this blog of mine you'll know that I am not afraid of trying out new products. I am ready for peeling and such. Reminder: Never start using Maxi-Peel without sunblock and moisturizer!

Evening routine

  1. Wash face with hydrating/gentle facial wash and wait for at 10-15 minutes for face to dry. I use Celeteque but there is also other gentle brands that are worth trying.
  2. Apply Maxi-Peel exfoliant with a cotton, 2-3 drops is enough and apply it with upward motion. Avoid the eye/lips area and side of the nose.
  3. Apply moisturizer afterwards. I use Physiogel.
Morning routine
  1. Wash face with hydrating/gentle facial wash.
  2. Apply moisturizer then sunblock. Reapplication of sunblock can be done every 4 hours to make sure skin is protected from UV rays.
My skin felt a bit tight after application but not to the point that its itchy due to over dryness. During mornings I only use moisturizer + sunblock + concealer + light dust of powder. I alternate days of usage, to avoid too much redness and peeling in just one go. After a week, my face turned dark and it was micro peeling. During the peeling stage skin is sensitive to sunlight so sunblock is a must. I did not experienced too much purging, but few pimples appeared (but it was also because I was about to have my period). Continuous usage of the product helped in drying them out. 

Gradually my skin became clear from bumps and pimples, it is also even toned. I also noticed that my pores are not as prominent as before. It is recommended to stop using Maxi-peel after 1 or 2 months to avoid over peeling and to give way for the rest period of the skin.

No more visible pimples, only dark scars are left. Cannot give a before photo but pores are not as prominent as the photo in real life.

How much and where to buy?
I bought mine from Mercury Drug. I don't have much time to drop by in Watsons. :(
60ml costs P60+ (I cannot remember, will check)

What I love
Affordable and accessible product
Hello even toned skin
No more bumpy skin
Effective way to get better skin with the right usage
It diminished my big pores, acne scar, dark patches and bumps due to allergy
I get less blackheads and whiteheads now

What I don't
Peeling and purging stage


  • Avoid direct sun exposure and always wear sunblock on face and neck.
  • Perform skin patch test to see if product suits you. 
  • Avoid usage of other whitening products which might not work with the solution
  • Don't apply on wounded/broken skin.
  • If the formula is too much for you r skin then you can use every other day.
  • Use Maxi-peel concealer to hide the peeling.
  • Stop usage if you felt too much sting when washing your face
  • Use hat, umbrella to protect skin on top of using sunblock.
  • Redness is normal, itchiness is not especially if you made sure you apply moisturizer.
  • Rashes or swelling is a no-no. If you notice this, stop usage.
  • Any whitening/exfoliating product is not recommended for lactating or breastfeeding women
Will I repurchase?
Yes! Actually I just did! Maxi-Peel Exfoliant #2! This one peels skin faster, than #1. It has the same 2g Hydroquinone but this contains 25mg tretinoin unlike #1 which only contains 10mg.

Maxi-peel is an effective way to get flawless skin in no time. I am still far from perfect and I still get acne every now and then but hey with continuous usage, who knows? I get nothing but compliments from my friends whom I haven't seen for a long time. They were asking me what product I use not because my skin is so much better than before. Oh well less is always more. :) Who can imagine that beauty in a bottle can be affordable. Thank you Maxi-Peel!

Maxi-peel is being promoted now by actress/model Ms. Marian Rivera and they tag this promotion as #BagongGandaBagongPagAsa Journey to renewal.
Please visit their facebook page if you have concerns: Maxi-peel 

Any experience with Maxi-Peel or with other astringents sisses? Any comments or questions, please post below. See yah in my next post!

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items were purchased with my own money unless otherwise stated

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