So what was I doing wrong? I'm not sure I was waiting the proper amount of time after applying the BHA liquid before continuing with the other products I use at night. Why is this even important, you may ask? Apparently skin has to be in the proper pH range for the BHA to work, and applying serums/lotions/moisturizers right afterwards can alter that pH range. Or at least that's my understanding, feel free to chime in if I'm wrong.
So, after cleansing I would apply the BHA lotion directly to my face with my hands and then promptly apply my night moisturizer of choice. The change in my skin was minimal, at best. I'd been reading reading about BHA's and the reported "skin purging" phenomena that many people experience, but I wasn't. Considering how oily and congested my skin is, you would think there would be some difference, right?
Reading more online, I realized I needed to let the BHA liquid stay on alone for a while (20 minutes or so) before applying the next product of choice. My skin did then start reacting with the dreaded purge stage, which is when the gunk deeper inside the pores is brought to the surface. For me, that meant more than the normal number of whiteheads. I typically see a few of those every morning, but I was seeing lots more than a few. My pores also looked larger and more pitted, which wasn't the effect I was hoping for. However, after about 7-10 days of this, my skin started looking more smooth and the eruptions calmed down. Tada.
Ingredients: Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Polysorbate-20 (solubolizing agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).