Since July, I’ve been having minor breakouts due to the haze, which left a ton of scarring and pigmentation on my skin. In December, I was on a mission to help my breakouts and I’m so relieved to say that by January, my skin was doing a lot better. I still had minor breakouts on my forehead due to stress, my cheek due to dirty make-up brushes (guilty as charge!) and more hormonal ones on my skin but with acne, I try to be a bit more patient. By then, I was determined to help my scars and pigmentation. I considered getting the Kiehl’s Dark Spot Solution, which I used in 2013 and did wonders for me, but it’s a bit too expensive for my budget. RM226 for a bottle? I can’t imagine having to repurchase a bottle when I’m broke. So, I’ve been looking high and low for a good serum that works for my skin and my wallet at the same time.

This Clinica Acne serum promises to help treat acne, clear up scarring and reduce inflammation. I usually wouldn’t buy anything from what I see on social media but I’ve been following Filzah Razak for a while and when she mentioned this serum on her Instagram, it never left my mind. Eventually, I bit my tongue and got it, all 15ml of it for RM90 (price can vary, depending on seller).

What really sold me about this serum is that it’s plant-based and organic. So, there’s no nasty chemicals (as they claim). From my experience with Lush products, my skin loves organic skincare so I thought this could help put my skin to the test as well. This serum has Willow bark and tea tree extract and other plant-based ingredients I can’t spell or pronounce. I’ve tried tea tree oil before but it never worked for my skin so tea tree extract really intrigued me, I’ve never heard of it before.

This serum claims to clear up acne problems in 14 days, which I don’t believe. I think it takes at least a month for our skin to adapt to a skincare product and show prominent results but hey, if it says 14 days, let’s put it to the test. I’m pass 14 days now and I have some good things to say. I like to use this right after toner when my skin is still damp because I feel like it distributes better across the skin that way. If you try to put this on dry skin, things can get quite sticky.

The first thing I noticed in the beginning was how less red my skin is. My scars can get super red and flared up, even high coverage foundation can’t cover it up so when I saw this, I was pleased. With scars, my most prominent ones are on my cheeks and there are more on my left cheek than my right cheek. What I saw is that my skin got clearer. The improvement wasn’t obvious but it felt clearer and lighter and everything looked better. As far as acne goes, I still have a ton of hormonal acne on my chin (which I have no control over) and a couple of pimples on my temples as a sign of dehydration. What I did notice most is that my forehead is totally clear of bumps and redness, even one of my friends pointed it out.

This serum isn’t magic, if that’s what you’re looking for, this isn’t the one for you. It doesn’t do much in 14 days but I trust that it would probably show more prominent results in another two weeks time. There are minor and gradual improvements the more that I use this so that alone makes me quite happy with it. Things are looking up and I do hope my skin clears up in a couple of months. I would recommend this product for those who are looking for an affordable serum but if you don’t think this is impressive enough for you, there are plenty more serums you can choose from.

Talk again soon,
Hani Lutfi

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