SkinCare Research

February 6, 2019Shanese

I have a problem with acne. The dreaded “monster” that affects my skin because I’m either stressed, hormonal or my face just breaks out. I’ve kinda been into the whole Korean skincare routine so I decided to try it out myself. However, I chose to use a few products I’m familiar with and try new ones.

So I’m all about using natural products with no additives unless it’s like essential oils. For my new skincare regime, I’ll be using a lot of products infused with helpful and highly recommended chemical ingredients. You know, since I want to treat my acne and all. Before I bought any of these products, which I’ll be trying out over the next few weeks and month, I had to do my research.

What I Learned From My Research


So my research started back in 2018. I don’t remember exactly when but that was the year. Initially, I didn’t started my research with toners because I wanted to find and try an affordable but really good rose water toner. By the way, rose water is very good for persons with oily, dry and/or combination skin.

I heard of the Mario Badescu one but the reviews weren’t all that great even though it was affordable. Well there were/are a lot of mixed reviews to be honest. Plus it seemed like something people used as a setting spray for their makeup or just to keep their face cool during the day. Then I looked into the one by Fresh. Great reviews but very pricey so I said no to both. I found other options on Amazon but didn’t purchase them.

I wanted a toner that would be perfect for my skin type and condition. So I got myself two separate toners; one for the day and the other for the night. Why do I have two toners? You’ll find out in a future post.


I strayed from my “hunt” for the best toner and started looking into sunscreen, I wasn’t going to buy just any sunscreen. I had to find the one that would work for me. So that would be one that was oil-free and safe for the face.

So I did my Google search to find the best sunscreen for skin type and stumble across this site which has information on what sunscreen should be used. It was very informative because it lets you know what chemicals in sunscreen you should look out for, how good it is on a protective scale, etc. Then I found my “perfect” sunscreen and well the rest is history.

Alcohol Is Bad

Well you can drink it, as in the one that has been “cured” I guess. But I’m talking about regular degular ethyl alcohol, the one they use for wounds and such. It’s totally bad for your skin especially if you have dry skin.

So with alcohol, it damages the layer underneath your skin and strips away your natural oils. It makes your skin a lot more drier and tighter which can cause fine lines and wrinkles. And if you’re into anti-aging, this is definitely for you.

Once I found this out, I stopped using alcohol to wipe my face. Plus I told my mother to stop doing that too, hopefully she remembers. So now I pay more attention to the ingredients in skincare products to see if it has ethyl alcohol in it. If it does, I’ll find an alternative.

But not all alcohol is bad. There’s denat alcohol, which has been proven to be safe for the skin. Denat alcohol is denatured alcohol, basically ethyl alcohol with a mixture of other things to make it less harsh and safer to use. However, upon further investigation, it actually turns out that denat alcohol is bad for your skin. So I’m really not sure what to believe in this case.

The fact of the matter is whatever skin type you have, whether it be oily, dry, sensitive, combination and normal, ethyl alcohol is bad for your skin. Stick to alcohol free products for your skin. And if you’re into an anti-aging regime, it’s best you heed this warning and STAY AWAY FROM PRODUCTS WITH ALCOHOL!

AHAs & BHAs Are Queens

These are basically in almost every skincare product known to man. The most popular AHA is Glycolic Acid and the most popular BHA is Salicylic Acid. The difference between AHA and BHA is that BHA goes deeper into the skin to help clean it and AHA is more of an on-the-surface type of chemical.

AHAs are fruit based chemicals and at this point, I don’t remember much about BHAs. But just know that they’re very good and you should definitely look out for products with any AHAs and BHAs. Just be careful on how you’re combining them with your other skincare products.

Sometimes too much isn’t good for you. BHAs are perfect for persons with oily/acne-prone skin and AHAs are perfect for persons with dry/combination skin. They’re safe for all skin types and help with any skin concern.

Discovering Beauty Within on YouTube

Close to the end of 2018, I came across this YouTube channel called Beauty Within. One of their videos came up in my recommended so of course I clicked on it and started watching. I was a little skeptical because the hosts were of Asian descent and I’m Black so it was like a “I don’t know if this is going to work for me” kinda thing.

I looked past all of that and well came to the conclusion that race doesn’t matter since they’re talking about skin type. So there’s info on everything skincare in regards to oily/acne-prone, dry, sensitive, combination and normal skin.

There are a lot of product recommendations which I’ve succumbed to. Meaning, I bought a few of the items. But only just to test them out and see if they’re gonna work for me. You guys should definitely check out their channel, it’s pretty helpful and informative.

I hope you guys have learned something today. Always do your research on any topic, any product, anything. It’ll help you out in the long run. And not to worry, next time, I’ll be talking about the products that I’m going to be using on this journey.

So tell me, what are the problems you’re having with your skin? Do you have acne, psoriasis, eczema? What other skin condition do you have?

Comments (8)

  • bingingonabudget

    February 6, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing, what’s your favorite skin care mask?

    1. Shanese

      February 6, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      I don’t have any favourites right now but I definitely want to try a bentonite clay mask. What’s yours?

  • deannasstilwell

    February 6, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Good advice, I don’t struggle too much with acne moreso just a break out once a month and they’re pretty small. I would reccomend using Witch hazel as a toner and charcoal soap! Those are part of skin care routine and they’ve been working really well for my skin! They’re not pricey either, I bought the toner for $1 at Dollar Tree, try amazon or something similar to a bargain store. As for the charcoal soap, I bought it at ulta for $2.50 and that has lasted a few months already!

    1. Shanese

      February 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      I’ve never used a charcoal soap before but I’ve used a scrub and it really worked. I’ll probably buy it again. Thanks for the tip D 😊

  • Britt | Alternatively Speaking

    February 6, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I struggle with a similar battle when it comes to acne, almost 100% stress based for me. You could literally predict how my life is going at any given moment by taking a look at my face without any makeup on lol
    Britt |

    1. Shanese

      February 6, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      Mine is a combination of stress, hormones and clogged pores πŸ˜…

  • Haleemah Al-Sadiya

    February 7, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Such a great post dear.
    I have a combination/sensitive and acne-prone skin type, I also have dermatitis which offer occur when I’m stressed, reactions and weather conditions.
    I use Mario badescu glycolic acid toner and it’s so nice. I’ve been on the Korean skincare routine and COSRX is my go to product ❀.
    Can’t wait to read those product reviews πŸ’ƒπŸΎ

    1. Shanese

      February 7, 2019 at 3:48 pm

      I’ve heard so many persons rave about Mario Badescu products. I’ll probably try one out later this year. I’ll reveal all the products I’m gonna use in another post. Thanks for reading, I’m glad you liked it πŸ€—πŸ˜„

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