My Skin Diary: Acne

I’ve decided to start a series of post titled My Skin Diary. Having acne problems since 16, I have done a lot to battle acne. Acne has been a big problem to me and it’s also one of the factors that makes me start beauty blogging.

I don’t really have old photos of myself when i was 16 but I do have photos of my bad acne lying around in my hard disk.

Instead of disgusting you all with the acne photos, I decided to do just a collage.

As you can see from the collage, it shows the condition of my skin with and without makeup. Acne was still obvious with makeup.

You can see the bumps, the redness around the cheeks. Or mainly the bumps! Oh, you don’t know how I hated those bumps!

There was a time where my acne problem is so bad that the bumps are like red, swollen and it hurts with a touch!


Here’s a closer look. I purposely sharpen the photo so that you can see the bumps clearly! This was taken back in 2009 when I just started beauty blogging for like 3 or 4 months. This is with makeup, so it’s actually a lot worse when make up is removed.

I admit that near the beginning, I made the mistake by trying to cover up the acne with loads of makeup. Piling on concealer and foundation like it’s free. What’s worst is that my techniques at that time wasn’t really good and I did not manage to conceal them properly. It was until much later when I realized that I am putting too much on the acne that I ditched the concealer and used only powder. I should concentrate on skin care rather then just covering with makeup.

Makeup can only covers the acne temporarily and will not get rid of it. We have to work from the skin care, the diet, and a lot of other factors to clear the acne.

Putting on makeup is like painting on a canvas. If your canvas is bumpy and uneven, your painting will not be smooth not matter how much paint you use. But if your canvas is clean and smooth, the least amount of paint can create the best painting.

I’ve done many things to battle my acne. Using different acne related skin care, going to the doctors. Many things and tips which I will slowly share in My Skin Diary posts.


Here’s photos of me bared face. I would say I am rather please with my current complexion. Of course there is still many flaws like black heads, acne scars and slight redness. There’s also slight dark eye circles forming! As one ages, more and more signs will appear on the face. But I’m glad that acne is no longer a big problem to me. I can handle one or two zits at a time. XD


Now I just need to work hard to get rid of those scars and black heads. I do have large pores around my cheek area due to my past acne problem too but that don’t bother me much.

And do you know, I am actually using much lesser base makeup now that my skin is so much clearer!

I’m happy to just apply BB cream and powder with a bit of blush on most of the days!

But I do have a lot more skin care products in my routine. 😛

That’s all for this post! I do hope this post is helpful in a way!

Do look forward to more Skin Diary posts where I will post more tips and methods that I’ve tried to achieve good skin!

Do comment or drop me an email with any questions with regards to skin care, acne or makeup. I will do my best to answer your questions.



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8 Responses to My Skin Diary: Acne

  1. Rachel February 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Hey, do you have any good acne marks whitening cream/serum/mask..anything?? I have a lot of scarrings and none of whitening cream/serum that I’ve been using are making any changes to the scarring? Or any ways to lighten acne marks?

    And what good pimple creams are you using? xD Although I don’t have much pimples left…but I do get one or two sometimes…and they’ll stay for long even though I spam pimple cream like crazzzzy.

    Thank you!!

    • forensia March 5, 2012 at 2:16 am #

      hi acne marks will fade as times goes by. you can try estee lauder illuminator to lighten the redness overtime.

      the pimple cream that i’m using is actually prescribed by the doctor.

  2. Sheryl Toh March 8, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    Hi Joyce! i am also a acne sufferer as well. I had acne since Secondary 2 and until now, it is still troubling me alot.. tried TONS of ways, spend TONS of money on doctors. Even accutane didn’t help me. I am somehow same as you, trying to cover with foundation, concealer and they made it even WORSE! Now, i am investing everything into skin care but i am very limited to cash :((

    Wonder if you have any skin care that you recommend for acne scars and cyst, etc that is affordable for students? I am interested to know what pimple cream you are using by the doctor too.. 🙂

    You don’t know how grateful i am that you posted this. Will be interested to know more on your journey in curing acne! 😀

    • forensia March 12, 2012 at 2:55 am #

      Hi Sheryl!

      thanks for the comment!
      will be sharing about the doctor prescribed creams soon!
      mind sharing with me your sleeping and eating habits? these are very impt too!
      skincare wise you don’t need to spent loads of money actually. just have to take note that moisturizing is very impt! XD

  3. Lily March 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    i love this post – very helpful and honest


  4. Naedyn March 12, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Would really love to know what treatments you have tried and your experience with them. Had pretty good skin till I hit my 20s. Adult-onset acne sucks, and it feels so unfair as acne is usually a puberty problem but now we have to deal with it even when we’re older.

  5. Eleonara June 6, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    wow, nice page, very informative, i learned a lot…thanks for that information. keep it up.


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