Welcome back to the blog! I took last week off as I was on vacation with my family. I’m so sad my week at the beach is over, but I’m really excited to start posting again. For the past month or so I’ve been testing out the Sunday Riley Good Genes treatment and I wanted to share my experience with it so far.


Sunday Riley Good Genes

I’ve been dealing with acne since the start of puberty, and at 21 it’s showing no sign of letting up. Like everyone, I go through good times and bad times with my skin, but there’s never a time where I’m completely spot free. Up until this point I’ve mainly stuck with drugstore products, except for my brief stint with Proactive that lasted all of roughly 3 months. I finally got so fed up with my acne that I decided to splurge on a high end product, hoping it would be the answer to my prayers. At $100, this product will certainly cost you a pretty penny. It sat in my virtual Sephora basket for weeks because I was so scared to take the plunge. After a month of using this I’m here to tell you if it’s worth it.

At a strength of 40%, the Good Genes serum is the strongest dose of lactic acid you can purchase without going to the dermatologist. I started off by using half a pump every night, and for a while that seemed to be working (the packaging actually recommends using 3-4 pumps per use). However, I was not seeing miraculous results that so many people have claimed happen right away. My skin looked a bit brighter the morning after, but my main goal with this product was to reduce the red acne scarring that is on my chin (thanks puberty). After I’d been using the serum for a couple of weeks,  I noticed that rather than helping my acne, it was starting to get worse. I took to the internet to figure out what was going on.

Turns out the daily use of such a high percentage of lactic acid can exfoliate the skin too much, and cause an increased production of oil and other acne causing bacteria. I was so excited to get rid of my scarring that I dove in head first, not realizing that I could be doing more harm than good. Since coming to this realization I’ve started only using the serum about every three days. However, if I have a bad breakout I may use it two nights in a row.

The top images are from before I used the serum for the first time, and the bottom images were taken this morning. Please excuse the bags under my eyes and the fact that they look like mug shots.

It’s a bit difficult to tell from the photos, but my skin really has improved. I have far fewer breakouts now, and slowly but surely the redness on my chin is starting to fade. I think with persistent use my skin will look a lot more clear and healthy. If you can afford this product and can get used to the smell (a mix of lemon and cat urine…) I would really recommend trying it out.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, or what your experience with this product has been like.

Thanks for reading!




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Oh wow! It’s actually pretty obvious that your skin is a lot less red in the second set of photos. I have a lot of acne scarring on my chin, so maybe I’ll check this out. It’s just so expensive 🙁

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