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 😞


mini review: [ost] c20 serum

I can’t think of any product that worked as fast on me as this serum. I applied it on my face one night and when I woke up the next morning, my skin smoothened and brightened! The effects were not minimal, either. It was as if I was using this serum for a long time. A miracle product, if I found any. I was amazed.

However, my bliss was cut too short. By Day 3, it gave me cystic acne, even in places where I never get spots (above the eyelid). I was disheartened because cystic acne aside, it was HG material. It even managed to plump my skin when barely anything does. I tried using it for a couple more weeks, hoping that it was another product which was giving me the cysts. Unfortunately for me, it really was the C20.

Upon searching online, I found that others have also experienced C20 + cystic acne. I’m not sure if it’s the high alcohol content (ethanol), the coconut oil (caprylic/capric triglyceride), the Vitamin E content, or something else. But if a Vitamin C can be this effective, I’ll be on the hunt for a good one that can give me the same benefits without the cysts. Next on my short list is C21.5 and Melano CC. Then Skinceuticals, Time and NuFoutain on my long list.

I already have Melano CC in my possession. Going to try it soon.