my holy grail skincare routine | how I healed my severe acne scarring, texture & hyperpigmentation

Here are my holy grail skincare products that have healed my scarring, dark spots and texture from years of hormonal cystic acne. This is how I’ve lightened my hyperpigmentation to even out my skin tone and achieve the look of healthy glowing skin. Open for links & timestamps!

I recently fell into a youtube skincare rabbit hole and learned so much about active ingredients like arbutin, niacinamide, AHA BHA PHAs, centella extract, and SPF and how important they are if you’re trying to even out your skin tone, texture, reduce redness/inflammation, and target skin issues like hyperpigmentation, acne scars, dark spots, and rough uneven texture. These are the products that I’ve seen make the biggest difference in my skin, and I cannot live without them. They’re mostly affordable korean skincare products, so I hope this can help if you’ve been looking to heal your skin from severe acne scarring like me. I never had money for expensive skin treatments, laser, or facials and I think it’s so important to know that there are amazing products out there that can help that don’t cos hundreds of dollars. Hope you enjoy x

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00:00 intro
00:34 my skin before (severe cystic acne)
00:58 skincare youtubers to watch
01:18 my skin now
01:35 double cleanse
02:20 toner (aha bha pha)
03:01 serums & actives
03:05 alpha arbutin
03:53 niacinamide
05:10 moisturizer (centella)
06:38 eye cream
07:00 what I used before (biossance)
08:23 SPF
09:43 why sunscreen is so important
11:58 face masks
14:34 body care products
15:23 sustainability & clean beauty note
16:50 I’ve never done expensive skin treatments
17:32 hormonal acne & healthy lifestyle note
18:36 final thoughts


My holy grail skincare products (in the order of my routine) for acne scarring! I order most of these from yesstyle (code INSPIROUE for 5% off)* →

* my holiest of holy grails *
Some By Mi AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner:
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA:
Some By Mi AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle Cream:
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++:
Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch:

The Face Shop Rich Water Bright Rich Cleansing Oil:
Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser:
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%:
Some By Mi Yuja Niacin 30 Days Blemish Care Serum:
Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream (as a spot treatment):
Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer & Eye Gel:
Benton Fermentation Eye Cream:
Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X:
Eluo Forma Viridi Face Mask/Polish →

Necessaire →
• climate neutral, 1% for the planet, clean ingredients, etc
• eucalyptus body wash* →
• eucalyptus body exfoliator* →
• unscented body serum* →
• unscented body lotion* →

@James Welsh
@Beauty Within


01 double cleanse
• use a cleansing balm or oil that gently breaks down your makeup, sunscreen, etc
• don’t use makeup wipes, micellar water, or products that take some rubbing to work

02 do your research on what active ingredients will best suit your skin issues & needs

03 unlearn the notion of ‘drying out your acne’
• marketing has taught us to think the salicylic acids of skincare will solve our acne issues
• in reality they end up stripping our skin, causing inflammation, redness, and more sebum/oils
• it’s important to keep your skin (crazy breakouts or not) moisturized and hydrated

04 focus instead on soothing redness & inflammation
• this reduces the look of ‘bad’ acne overall, both pigment and texture wise

05 wear spf every single day
• the sun will keep your spots dark, if not darken them more
• don’t cancel out all the other work you’re doing to heal your skin by skipping sunscreen!

This video is not sponsored. All thoughts are my own. Some of the products linked above (marked with a *) were gifted to me and include affiliate links where I get a teeny tiny commission from each sale. I appreciate your support if you ever decide to purchase with my affiliate links, but there’s never any pressure cause we should only buy what we need or will bring great joy!

Sanryuu – Peacefull Morning –

#skincareroutine #acnejourney #myskintransformation

30 replies
  1. L.M. N.
    L.M. N. says:

    I use natural ingredients that are proven to work and synthetic ingredients that are proven to work. I have no preference. And as far as lifestyle, I was once a well-hydrated vegan who worked out daily and used all natural products and still had horrible acne. Lifestyle may improve some people's skin but it's not a cure all. I do recommend healthy living but the only thing that solves my acne is active ingredients. I use things like aloe vera, jojoba, clay for specific purposes but they never fixed the acne like tretinoin, acids, and vitamin serums do. Each has their place. I'm so tired of being shamed for not just washing my face with water and slapping on coconut oil and having perfect skin. Those people have genetics on their side.

  2. Jennifer Saldana
    Jennifer Saldana says:

    Hi I have oily skin and I am in pain because of my acne it’s not as bad as other people but I do have a good amount of acne. Ik you are not a dermatologist but I. Annoy afford to go to one. I have been getting bad acne on my jawline and lower part of the face like nose cheeks and chin some behind the ear. My skin care is not great really only cerave cleanser and neutrogina gel moisturizer. And sunscreen stick. Ik this skin care might cost like 100 for all the products I need but I wonder if you recomend this skin care routine for someone like me .

  3. eysshhh
    eysshhh says:

    about the cosrx centella blemish cream: it is a SPOT TREATMENT CREAM. the advertising must be confusing bc of the name but cosrx introduced this as a spot treatment cream. so pls don't put it all over your face 🙁

  4. Katie Russell
    Katie Russell says:

    I have struggled with cystic acne for years. My dermatologist prescribed Blemish Dermalm d Serum for me before it was over the counter. I use it twice daily and my skin is 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻. I rub about a dime size over my entire face both morning and night after cleansing. (If just starting spread it out and start with once a day 2/3 times a week at first as it can be drying to skin in the beginning).

  5. Samantha Vara
    Samantha Vara says:

    If you have hormonal acne like me, I can not stress this enough SHE SAVES MY SKIN! I bought the toner & moisturizer from SOME BY MI on Amazon and it’s a game changer! I also bought the Sunscreen she recommended but I paired these combos with the Dermalogica Acne oil cleanser and rice mineral exfoliate! My skin has never been or looked this good ever !🤍

  6. Islam
    Islam says:

    It seems to me that getting rid of the pills is impossible😞 I tried to use more than one medicine but it didn't work. The situation got worse

  7. Audrey Enriquez
    Audrey Enriquez says:

    I love the progress pics right away shown and I love that you aren’t wearing makeup thank you for being honest not many YouTubers show their real skin without makeup.

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