My battle with acne has a long history. I’d even joke to my friends that it is my longest relationship so far, and that until now, at almost 30, we stay stronger. Like many people I know, I started getting pimples in high school. However, unlike them, mine didn’t go away even when my teen years were over. I tried almost all pimple-fighting products, went to every dermatologist, and even used home remedies — to no avail. I had almost given up until a friend introduced me to Origani beauty product. The Erda Daily Glow Toning Cleanser is just one of their products from the new Erda line, and it is a perfect cleanser for acne-prone skin.
During my high school days, I convinced my mom to buy me Proactiv. It was the Jessica Simpson ad that swayed me. My mom said it was too expensive, but I argued saying that we were spending even more on my regular visits to the derma. Eventually, she agreed, but in the end, my face didn’t improve. If anything, my breakouts worsened. From that experience, I knew that pricey doesn’t always mean good or effective. At ₱5,200.00, this Origani beauty product is costly, but my friend swears by this. I could see how it improved her skin, and by then, I would trust her more than any celebrity.
I’m not really much about first impressions. I have been burned so many times before by catchy packaging and labels. But yeah, I have to give it to this product. It does look fancy that it could almost fool you into thinking it could instantly make you feel beautiful ha ha!
So anyway, I was too excited to try it on the night when I purchased it. I read the instruction and it says to “Gently massage two to three pumps into dampened skin of face, neck and décolletage,” and wash thoroughly afterwards. I was a bit confused. When I hear toners, it usually means that thing I put on my face with a cotton ball after washing my face with a cleanser and drying it with a towel. I haven’t used toners this way prior, but I went ahead and followed the instructions.
I started with two pumps; it was foamy and it was enough to cover my whole face as well as my neck. While I was massaging it all over my face, I could feel it setting in. It’s amazing how instantaneous the effects of certain products are, but unlike a lot of them, it doesn’t give a stinging or itching sensation – just a feeling that it does cleanse deep-seated dirt accumulated in my pores. After rinsing, I like that my face felt smooth and tight but not dry. Since then, I use it twice daily.
I am now on my third month of using the Erda Daily Flowing Toning Cleanser, and my face has significantly improved. My skin type is still dominantly oily, but it’s now manageable. Now, I only use oil control film towards the end of my work day as oppose to having the need to use it every two hours. Also, aside from my hormonal acne (which I am also starting to manage by changing my diet), I rarely have pimples and when I do, I notice that they dry up easily and they don’t leave harsh scars. Another thing that I am extremely happy about is how it makes my pores less visible.
Could it be too good to be true? I can say that at this point, now that we’re past the honeymoon stage, we really are compatible. It might be because of the best natural ingredients that it contains like witch hazel, willow bark, and tea tree oil, which have calming and soothing properties and reduce inflammation.
In my fifteen years of dealing with acne, this is probably the longest that I stayed with a product. Most of the time, I would fall in love with a product that would betray me after a week or two. If it continues to have the same effects on my skin, I would buy it again, no doubt. It might seem a bit pricey, but I could forego other luxuries like a pair of shoes just to have clear skin.