So I still tear up whenever I remember last night's episode (also the finale) of Hi, Bye Mama. It's so heartbreaking because I felt like there was no justice at all in the life of the main character who is both a mother and a daughter. Although I kind of predicted what's going to happen, I still hoped that things will turn out differently in the end. :( This is as far as I can tell you but it feels good ranting on my own page LOL.
Hanna, focus. The main purpose of this blog is to share with you my experience with an Erythromycin solution for my breakouts. Before we go any further, let me tell you that I'm no expert in this field and that whatever I'm going to tell you is solely what I experienced for myself alone. I also believed that consumption of Erythromycin in any types of skincare - whether oral or topical - needs prescription (so you may want to correct me all you want).
Furthermore, I would like to warn you that I bought this solution online and they are claiming that this product is locally manufactured. It clearly doesn't have a brand name at all and I cannot guarantee that it is FDA-approved. This may sound harsh but use it at your own risk. Now I'm not sure if writing this blog or using the product without prescription is considered legal (LOL, what the hell).
Just so you're familiar with my skin type, I have super oily skin characterized with large pores. I get mild to moderate pimple breakouts. I suspect the genes plus poor eating and sleeping habits. If you have sensitive skin, pregnant or lactating or has underlying health conditions, please consult with your doctor first.
So whoops, that was quite an introduction more like a warning, don't you think? Anyway, you get this product as it is - very basic, non-fancy white plastic bottle. I got 50ml worth of solution for a little over P100 with a free shipping voucher. Good thing, the product is light and doesn't leak at all so I can bring it conveniently to travel.
So I did a quick research about the uses and how Erythromycin topical works and this website clearly explains it all. In layman's term, Erythromycin is an antibiotic used to kill bacteria/germs that cause acne. Since I do get them from time to time, I was looking for something to prevent breakouts which prompted me to try just whatever the market has to offer. Of course, it pays more to be meticulous but sometimes, I can't help but take risk and be careless.
So here, we'll break down the list of ingredients since there's clearly only a few. We have:
Ethyl Alcohol - a pretty much well-known ingredient known to enhance the penetration of beneficial ingredients onto the skin. However, people with sensitive, dry skin should be more cautious because alcohol can strip off the skin's moisture.
Aqua/Water - used as a cosmetic solvent that dissolves ingredients in preparation.
Aloe Vera Extract - it relieves skin irritation, add moisture, fight acne, and fades spot making the ingredient list balance
Erythromycin USP 2% - kills germs on the surface of the skin and also helps to clean acne spots and helps skin heal from damages
Tretinoin - it's a synthetic Vitamin A that is used to treat acne, sun-damage skin and fine wrinkles; however, you have to be cautious with this ingredient too because it's not recommended to those with sensitive skin since it is a strong type of chemical.
I have tried this product way back January 2020 and used it for the whole month as a toner to apply with a cotton pad. The only reason I stopped is because I have decided to use Maxi-Peel Exfoliant Solution from February 11 to April 11. Erythromycin is not recommended to be used with astringents or any products with strong acids/chemicals since the ingredient list is already strong to begin with. Using it with other chemicals can cause adverse reaction to the skin.
Product is water-like and reeks of alcohol but since I don't have a sensitive nose, I find it tolerable. This products sinks right through the skin with ease and makes the rest of my skincare penetrate faster and better. It can be a bit drying so moisturizer is a must.
On the first week of usage, I already feel something different. The existing pimples seem to dry up faster than the usual even without my current go-to spot treatment (Althea Korea Spot Film Gel). I've read that it may take about 8-12 weeks before we notice some changes on the skin so I was happy that this product is working faster on me. On the next couple of weeks, I still experience mild pimples but they dry up faster than usual. Also, the spots created becomes lighter, even the blemishes and dark spots I previously had seemed to lighten a bit in a month's use. My skin became clearer overall with lesser blemishes to worry about.
After my skin is completely healed from my previous acne treatment, I'll make sure to use Erythromycin 2% Solution again and I hope my skin won't reject it. I plan to use it together with my Niacinamide and will update you on that.
So there, overall I am willing to repurchase Erythromycin 2% Solution. It's inexpensive and lasts for quite a while. Maybe what it did to my skin is just pure luck or maybe it really works for skin types like mine but either way, it works and for that, I'm glad.
So have you tried incorporating Erythromycin in your skincare routine? How was it?