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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Getting rid of Hormonal Cystic Acne

I am 25 years old and I experience Hormonal Cystic acne. Every month for at least 2 weeks I am battling a series of huge painful blister-like pimples on my face, behind my ears, and on the back of my shoulders.

To be completely honest, I dont really have a huge issue with it, aside from the ones that hurt like hell. But sometimes it can get really annoying to always have these huge under the skin lumps on my face. :/

Not to mention the scars that are left behind.

I usually get these bumps on my chin, temples, behind my ears, and my back. These are not nice places to have dark ugly scarring. Even though I heal better than most sometimes it takes a little longer for the scar to fade.

Therefore I decided to work on my skin. Over the past few months I have been very consistent and I can say that it has helped a ton with clearing up my skin. Although it is not perfect it is getting there and I am happy with it.

What have I been doing?

Salicylic Acid and Vitamins.

Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser
Acne pads- Any brand- Oxy, Clearasil, Equate
Clinique Moisture surge

I wash my face every morning and night with the Biore cleanser. It is really cooling and refreshing but at the same time drying because of the salicylic acid and menthol. I pat dry with a fresh paper towel and then massage in my Clinique Moisturesurge.

When I feel a blemish I do one of two things:
1. I use the acne pads to dry it so that I can squeeze it out.
2. I apply the Biore cleanser to the area and allow to soak in overnight.

Using Salicylic acid in excess can cause the skin to dry out and peel. It is a BHA so it does chemically exfoliate the top layer of the skin. When using this you will need to manually exfoliate as well. I like to use St. Ives Apricot scrub, but if I want something less harsh I will take a hot face towel and steam my face, then use the towel with my cleanser and scrub gently. You will see the skin flaking off into the towel.

Because BHAs exfoliate the top layer of skin it is great to use to help fade acne scaring. I have been consistent with the Salicylic acid for a few months now and I can see that my scarring has significantly reduced.

The vitamins I have been using have made a significant difference in the appearance of my skin. Keeping consistent is the key! Since I have been consistent I have noticed a great reduction in the amount of acne I get due to my hormones.

Last time I was consistent with the vitamins my skin was completely clear of all acne as well as any scarring. It has a natural dewy glow. This is what I would like to achieve again and keep. 

Here are a few pics of my skin today:

I am not wearing any makeup in these pics. No foundation, no concealor, no eye makeup, nothing!
Cant see much, but if I had any acne it would jump out at you. You can see what scarring I do have along the jawline and on the forehead. I have one lone pimple on my temple in the bottom pic.
This is a great improvement from where I was a few months ago.

Much of the time when you are walking down the skin care isle you are sure to see products with Benzyl Peroxide. For me, that stuff is like the plague for my skin. The second it touches down my face breaks out like never before. Therefore I do not use this or any other acne medication currently.

I do want to try a RetinA type of product in the future. This product is not only good for acne but it is also good for maintaining a youthful appearance to the skin.

As with anything it takes time and effort to get and keep your skin the way you want it to be. Clear skin is not something that everyone is blessed with, but regardless of what we look like I believe that we should be comfortable in our own skin. There is always room for improvement, but we should always be happy with who we are first.

I hope you have found this helpful!
Have a great day!

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