Monday, May 21, 2012


My skin has been in an absolute horrible condition ever since we got back to Melbourne.

I have breakouts all over the face, and my skin is so badly congested that I can feel all the hidden bumps just by running a finger over the skin surface.

To say the least, it has completely caught me off guard as this is a very unusual situation. My skin is always better in the Australian weather, and normally this only happens whenever I go back to Malaysia or visit any tropical countries.

And even then, my skin has not been in such a bad condition for a really long time. It has been very well behaved with minimal maintenance or effort, and I even get compliments about how good my skin looks rather often from random strangers.

So, to say that I'm sad and frustrated is an understatement.

I'm not sure whether it's stress-related (unlikely, I've been stressed up to my eyeballs in the past and my skin didn't act out this way), or hormonal (unlikely also, not that time of the month yet), or something I'm not doing right (also unlikely, since I haven't been doing anything different).

It grosses me out just thinking about how much gunk there is on or underneath my skin! 

All I want to do is to simply get rid of them. The sooner the better!

And the extra few pounds that I've piled on recently  (oh trust me, "few" is a kind word!) isn't helping either.

Now I feel both ugly and fat! *Wails loudly*

Anyway, in the hopeful effort to salvage my current problematic skin condition, I have switched from my usual Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser to the Ultracalming Cleanser instead.

I have also re-purchased and started using the Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner and Skin Smooth Cream again after skipping both the toner and moisturiser steps for months. :p

And,  (yes, ain't I being a good girl?), I'm also using the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant twice weekly religiously, followed by their Skin Hydrating Masque.

Skipping the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant at the moment since I'm already using the Gentle Cream Exfoliant twice weekly. I'm worried too much exfoliating might be too harsh on the skin and hence worsen the condition.

The next thing that I gotta do is probably make an appointment for a deep cleansing facial ASAP and get the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster that I've ran out of.

Well, wish me luck, peeps!

And don't be shy if you have any suggestions or experience as of what to do to tackle this annoying problem. All tips and advices are more than welcome! :)

6 left a petal:

giddy tigress said...

That is such a coincidence! I use Dermalogica too, but not the Ultra Calming cleanser though, just the Essential Cleansing Solution. I try to remember using the Daily Microfoliant twice a week and I mix it with the cleanser so it's more gentle on my skin.
All the best in your endeavours! :P

Doreen said...

Try don't put too much moisturiser on, just either very thinly or on dry spots, so the skin can breath better. Don't worry, it will go away soon.

xin said...

i have been battling with breakout and dry skin and they are such a pain to deal with in a combination, heavier creams break me out but if it's too light its too drying for me. i just started taking fish oil recently, i hope it helps to keep my face clear

MisSmall said...

Giddy Tigress: I've been using Dermalogica for years! I'm a creature of habit. :p

I've always used and preferred the Dermal Clay Cleanser, but since my skin is acting crazy now, I decided to give the Ultracalming Cleanser a try.

Keeping my fingers crossed. :)

MisSmall said...

Doreen: I'm actually starting to omit the moisturiser from the regimen again. Not sure if that's the smartest idea though. :p

MisSmall said...

Xin: I feel your pain, sister! :(