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Sunday, August 20, 2017

MY ACNE STORY (with BEFORE & AFTER!!!)

Guys, remember my post late last year about DIVA Beauty Drink? I said I'll do the 2-weeks challenge and I'll update you guys.

Whelp, more than half a year later and still no update. Just to clarify, I DID do the 2-weeks challenge!  IN FACT, I'm still drinking DIVA every day till now. I just didn't update this blog, that's all.

This blog is so abandoned, I don't even blog unless I'm obligated to lol (like this post right here). Oh, well, at least I'm honest about it ­čśů

But I digress.


Where was I? Oh yeah, DIVA update. While I didn't do any update on this blog, I DID do a sorta-update on my youtube channel. *shameless plug incoming*

English channel

Bahasa channel
*ignore the stupid punchable face on the thumbnail, tyvm*

But that's about all the update I had. UNTIL NOW, that is. Because today I'm gonna do a proper update with BEFORE and AFTER photos too for good measure!

I know people love a before and after photos cos a photo speaks a thousand words, yes? Or maybe they just like looking at the horrible before photos~

Anyway! I'm gonna talk a bit about my skin and its woes first, yeah? So you can get the idea how this collagen drink has worked for me.


Here goes...

Growing up, I had no problem with acne whatsoever despite my oily-combination skin. Even through my pre-adolescent/adolescent years when most people would get horrid pimples all over the place, I only had one or two and far in between, and when it heals, it healed completely leaving no mark or scarring. I even had a friend commented how smooth my skin was *toot toot*. *ahem*

So I thought to myself,
"HOW LUCKY AM I??? NO ACNE NO PIMPLES NO NOTHING. AND! my skin is not dry either. Smooth as a baby's butt. SO LUCKY! I MUST BE THE CHOSEN ONE!!! MUAHAHAHHAHA *evil laugh* Bow down to me you mere humans" hashtag #soblessed

Okay lah, I exaggerate the quote a bit, but you get the point. I thought I'll breeze through the worst pimple phase totally SCOT-FREE.


And BOY WAS I WRONG.


In 2011, when I was almost 17, I moved to Tangerang for university and this is where it all began...

*omg I feel so dramatic lol*

Maybe it's the pollution-heavy air, or the water, or maybe just my hormones getting all messed up a bit later than the others, I started getting pimples on my forehead, cheeks, and chin. And sometimes it's cystic acne and most of the time those damn cystic acnes would leave scarring.

It started very slow, so I wasn't too worried about it.

It was around 2013 when I felt like the acnes were getting a lot worse.

all photos in this entry are unedited and untouched, not even brightness & contrast edit, only cropping and collaging.
Consider yourself warned lol
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HAHAHA WTF THIS PHOTO, and this is not even the worst one in this set. You're in for a treat guys if you want to see unglam, horrid photos of me.

This is circa MAY 2013. I think I still didn't do much in term of skin care at this point, just a simple acne cream.
AUGUST 2013

This is when I thought, "okay, this is the worst. I NEED to start a skin care routine."
Yup, I considered this extremely bad.
Oh, naive little ol' me, you're in for a surprise, my dear.

I started using some skin care stuff like essence, mud mask, serum etc. None really did wonder to my skin I reckon. In fact, my skin was just getting worse and worse...
NOVEMBER 2015

See? It's actually worse than before I started bothering with skin care. At this point, I got pimples ALL DAY ERR DAY and they were almost ALWAYS stupid cystic acnes and they ALWAYS ALWAYS left horrible box scars.

And surprise, surprise, this is NOT the worst one yet
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The next one is.
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LO and BEHOLD...
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FEBRUARY 2016

HAHHAHAHAHA DOUBLEWTF THIS PHOTO.
There were AT LEAST 7 cystic acnes there. All stuck to one another creating humongous painful acnes. 
*it's not super apparent in this photo because of the low light and low-quality front-camera. Believe it or not, it's much worse in real life*

What's with that dopey, stupid face some more?!

I don't even know why I'm willingly publishing this *ahem* personal *ahem* collection. I thought these abominations of photos would never see the light of day. You're welcome.

Anyway *ahem* *change topic I must*, it was around this time that I started using vita blanc. And it helped quite a bit. I didn't get cystic acne AS often and not ALL of the cystic acnes left boxscaring, some were just hyperpigmentation.
JUNE 2016

It kinda looks worse, but it was actually getting better. All the redness were hyperpigmentation left by previous acnes. There wasn't as much active acne compared to the previous photo.
At this point, my problem with acnes were:
  1. Frequent occurances of CYSTIC ACNE (it was lesser, but I still got it every week or so, worse during period)
  2. BOXSCARRING. This is what I hate the most. The way my acne healed, it usually got dried out over time, and then it flaked itself off and almost always left a scar instead of just disappearing altogether, or just leaving hyperpigmentation at the very least.

I didn't really add any additional thing to my skin care until NOVEMBER 2016, which is when I started drinking DIVA, a collagen drink.

I wrote in great details on what DIVA is, its beneficial properties and what it SUPPOSED to do in term of improving your skin in my initial blog post.

So today I'm gonna share what it ACTUALLY has done to MY skin over the course of 9 months:
  1. I DON'T really get cystic acne anymore. I do stil get them from time to time, but rarely, and by rarely I mean like not even once a month, they are very very far in between. Sometimes when I'm about to get my period, I'll get like one or two cystic acne or small pustule ones, but that's about.
  2. No more boxscarring. After drinking diva, I noticed that my acne heals by deflating instead of drying out. When the acnes are not drying out, they don't form crust and flake off leaving a scar. So my acnes are just deflating and disappearing when they heal. YAY!! Either that, or they left hyperpigmentations, which I'm okay with compared to scarring. At least hyperpigmentation will fade overtime.

I know, awesome, right? It works wonderfully for my acne problem, which is why I proceeded to buy more and more on my own when I ran out of the free sample given to me. 
At one point, this whole shelf is FULL to the brim with DIVA and all bought on my own, not sponsored.

The only thing about collagen drink? It's not like a medicine one-time-fix-all. It's a constant nourishment and reparation of your skin, so...

You HAVE to keep drinking it forever and ever if you want to keep the effect.

This is WHY:
AUGUST 2017

I took this photo a couple days ago.

Sure, it's in no way flawless, I still have plenty of leftover box scars, but it IS better than the last photo by LEAPS AND BOUNDS, wouldn't you say?

I mean, LOOK AT THAT FOREHEAD!! No, not the size, I'm well aware that I have an airport landing as a forehead. I mean compare it to the acnes and redness on the forehead in June 2016 please!!
BUT! This is actually not the best my skin has ever been after the whole acnes saga. I kinda drank diva sporadically during May-July because I was traveling a lot a lot and I didn't bring any with me. During those 3 months, I started getting bad cystic acnes again.

So, yes, it's NOT some miracle product that you can just take at one point in time and solve all your skin problems and that's it. You have to keep drinking it everyday. Think of it as a supplement for your skin. You have to take your supplements (e.g. omega-3, calcium, etc etc) everyday forever and ever to keep having the benefit, right? Same goes with collagen drink.

I would say that this is the best my skin had ever been. Screen grabbed from my video because I don't have a photo of my skin during this time (tried to find a selfie, but I don't really take many selfies randomly so this screen grab will have to do). Please keep in mind that I have a ring light blasted in front of me, and the fact that it is a screen grab from a 1080p video, so the redness and scarring are blurred a bit and not as pronounced in this photo compared to if I'd just take a normal photo. Maybe I'd do another update with a good quality dslr photo next time.

Anyway, I drink diva diligently again starting late July, so my skin is getting better again. Like I said, it's not a miracle product, so even at its best, my skin was still far from flawless, but this drink does help me with my acne problem.


Now it's time for the shameless plug again where I'll offer you to buy this drink haha:

If you guys are interested in giving collagen drinks bandwagon a try, I honestly think Diva is a good start since it's quite affordable compared to other collagen drinks in the market. You can click HERE(*) to get it. You can also use the code "Lisa100" to get 100k off your purchase (min. purchase 300k).


Ok, bye for now xo. Let me know if you have any remedy for acne scars!


FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post as a part of the collaboration between Diva and Sociolla. All opinion remains my own and honest, just like my other blog posts. I truly love Diva and do use it regularly. Link with (*) is an affiliate link.

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