melano cc

stuff that broke me out in cystic acne

C20 and Melano CC both broke me out. What do they have in common?

  • Tocopheryl acetate (synthetic Vitamin E + acetic acid)
  • Butylene glycol
  • Ascorbic acid

I doubt that the butylene glycol gives me cystic acne, as I’ve used other products that have it without breaking out in cysts. It’s weird to think that ascorbic acid might be breaking me out, but I’m not too sure. My money is on the tocopheryl acetate, but one of my HGs has it and it doesn’t break me out at all.

My mind is spinning like a hurricane. I can’t seem to pin down what the f is breaking me out in cysts. Maybe I should try C21.5 once and for all? It has ascorbic acid, but no Vitamin E so if it doesn’t break me out in cysts then maybe Vitamin E is the culprit.

I am thinking of getting maracuja oil (which has Vitamin E in this specific brand). I’ll try that and see what happens. C21.5 is going to be the last item I try before I (probably) take a break. I am tired of getting my hopes up and wasting my monies on products that not only work for me, but also break me out in nasty cysts 😞


first impressions: melano cc intensive anti-spot essence

I used Melano CC before going to bed the other night. It felt a bit oily upon application. Its texture is like watery baby oil – oily to the feel but also a bit runny. It dries easily, though, so no issue there. It also faintly smells of oranges, which I can smell on my fingers after application, but not elsewhere. Probably cos I can’t smell my face?

Upon waking up the next day, I noticed that my skin felt softer and smoother. I also looked into the mirror and my forehead pores looked tighter! No C20-like brightening, though, which is expected, but still a bummer. One good thing for now is I haven’t experienced any cystic breakouts so far. This product has Vitamin E, so if it doesn’t break me out in cysts, I’m not allergic to Vitamin E after all! (And so the C20 breakout mystery continues…)

Now I didn’t use this product last night as I don’t want to be harsh on my skin. However, when I looked into the mirror tonight, I saw that my facial skin had a mild grainy texture! 😭

A couple of possible reasons:

  • I had chemical poisoning and allergy attack from paradichlorobenzene the other day, so my skin could just be acting up. But then it could also be…
  • Overexfoliation! I use acids regularly and, just recently, started using galactomyces on my skin. The last time I had this kind of graininess was from using Andalou Naturals Kombucha Cleansing Gel. Interestingly, they both have the same orangey smell. I really hope it’s not overexfoliation, though!

Fingers crossed it works for me. I don’t find it wondrous so far, but it would be nice to have a popular Vitamin C product working for me. I’ll just keep using it for now, hoping it works. I still have my eyes on C21.5 and other Vitamin C products, though!

June 24 update: I take it back. This did not tighten my pores. The second time I used it, I woke up to normal-looking pores, if not a big bigger. Possibly also because of overexfoliation, big pores being one sign of that.

I also got a small-ish cystic spot on my chin. I stopped using this and the spot has started shrinking. I do think the mild graininess I got the other day was a result of this product as well. It went away once I stopped. I’ll probably continue using this again sometime in the future to make sure my claims are accurate, but for now I will give my skin a rest.