My Skin Care Routine

Acne was a big problem of mine back in high school. I would get them all over the place: the nose, under the nose, on my cheeks, on my forehead, under my lip, and so forth. Acne does nothing but shoot my self-esteem dead.

Back in high school, I was a huge fan of Pond’s skin care range. I remember trying all the variants available, hoping one of them is the solution of my acne problems. I chose Pond’s because it was affordable, readily available, well promoted by magazines I used to collect, and were endorsed by incredibly beautiful models like Mikaela Lagdameo-Martinez. I was a teenager. I wasn’t aware of the wants and needs of my own skin and body. I thought that cleaning your face was enough, but I never realized that what you use to clean your face is also important.

Skin History: Kisty Mea

Skin Timeline: These are my ‘decent’ shots of my bad acne days. I’ve had my worst, like BIG BAD ACNE worst. 

How was I able to remove my acne scars? 

During the last year of my high school, I started using this product called Pond’s Detox Fluid because it was advertised that it can remove dark spots in just four weeks. This Detox Fluid was sold in a form of a yellow sachet, but the company may have repackaged and rebranded it over the years.

Did the fluid work? I would say yes, it did. But if I apply too much, I’ll suddenly have an awful case of acne the next day. I’ve later learned that Pond’s contain comedogenic ingredients, meaning they would block my pores and encourage the form of blackheads. Blackheads sometimes turn into acne.

Despite this, I continued using the product until the dark spots were completely gone.

Throwback Thursday: Kisty Mea

Face Quality: 4th Year High School vs. 4th Year College

How I switched to the ‘right’ product?

The big switch happened sometime in college. I remember going to SM and carefully checking any beauty product that has the “non-comedogenic” label. The experience felt like I was finding a needle on a haystack, because the only product line that I could find was Celeteque.

Most of their products are non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic, fragrance-free and oil-free. Their products also cost around PHP300-500. Too good to be true, but they did work. At least, they keep the acne at bay for years now. Most often than not, the only time I’d have acne is whenever I’m about to have my period.

Celeteque Skin Care | The Style Mermaid

Celeteque Skin Care | The Style Mermaid

The problem with Celeteque, however, is that it can really dry up my skin. To compensate, I like to slather my face with their moisturizer while my skin is still wet. My favorite would be is the Hydration Facial Moisturizer (blue bottle) because of its transparent texture. But every now and then, I’d try their other moisturizers to test the added benefits like SPF and anti-aging.

I was not compensated for this post. All opinions, photos and experiences are my own.
This entry was last edited on February 11, 2015. The original entry can be found here.

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  • This is soo timely…I’m going to update my skin care products because I don’t think it’s working for me. I will surely try Celeteque Thanks for this <3

  • Oh wow, I love your 4th year college picture, the cheeks <3 nagkalaman ka nung college :)

    Ako naman I don't use any products on my face na, before I'm also using Ponds Clear Solutions and then Dove tapos kung ano anong nabibili sa Watsons. I don't use moisturizer naman, have never felt the need also medyo greasy specially by the end of the day and when I'm sweating, medyo pawisin kasi ako.

    I thinks it's time na for me to take care of my skin. Maski body lotion nga wala, haha! sympre we're getting older, skin starts to lose it's elasticity and wrinkles appear yay. What if I have oily skin? do you think I need to use moisturizer?

  • Your nene days! :) glad that it worked well on you. I didn’t have any problems with my face but I have eczema in other areas. I use physiogel products. You can try it too!

  • It’s wonderful that Celeteque worked for you! I tried it for a few weeks but occasional breakouts will still occur :( Cetaphil + Apricot scrub was the magic formula :D

  • I had a lot of pimples during high school and college! I was fond of pricking them so I had a lot of scars. I’ve tried a lot of brands of facial wash but nothing seemed to work, so I just concealed those spots most of the time. I even used Celeteque before but I didn’t think it worked that well for me. I’m using Pond’s Clear Solutions now and it worked! Or I think it’s because I also use Olay day cream. Nevertheless, I’m happy with the results ‘coz there’s a significant difference. It all really depends on the skin type, I think. :)

  • Ahhh that’s awesome you found the right products!! I’m still looking… I don’t know if it’s working if I have breakouts after like 2 days >:( Did you get any from new products? I LIKE to think it’s bringing what is “already there” to the surface.. but I’m sure it’s just the wrong products lol

  • I can truly relate to this. I also used to patronize Ponds because it was what I often saw in mags, tv ads, etc. And as it turns out, it was what’s causing the pimples, oiliness and blackheads. Now, I am happy I switched to Cetaphil and Celeteque Brightening facial wash. ;)

  • Ponds was the first product that I’ve tried… and instead of giving me good results, I got a shitload of pimples. I’m glad that Celeteque worked for you, because in my case, it didn’t. I’ve tried a handful of products but it only worsen my acne. To me, a quick trip to the derma is always the quick fix.

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