My Holy Grail for Adult & Hormonal Acne
I’m super excited to start recording and sharing my skin care journey. I’ve loved skincare since my teens and have always enjoyed trying new products, but being acne prone and having sensitive skin, trying new stuff hasn’t always been super thrilling! Now that I’m learning more about some great brands (that sadly weren’t around when I was a teen) I’m excited to branch out and try some more that will work for my skin. I have combination and sensitive skin that really changes with the weather. It’s really dry where I live, so even though my skin is prone to oiliness, it often has dry patches and even damage from the dry, winter air. One problem I’ve been having for the past year or two is adult hormonal acne around my jawline. Spot treatments were effective for pimples with a head, but I could not get rid of the bumps that started forming under my skin along my jaw. Not only were they not going away, but more were appearing. Then came The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I’m not going to lie, I didn’t understand how to use this at first. I thought it was for pimples and it would get rid of my breakouts. I tried it a couple times and felt like it didn’t do anything and there it sat on my shelf for months. But one day, when I was at a total loss with these bumps under my skin, I decided to spread some of this serum all over my jawline before bed. The next morning, 75% of the bumps were gone! My skin was so irritated and it felt like this product was some magic eraser for this freaked out areas of my skin. I’ve since learned a bit more about what Niacinimide and Zinc is supposed to do — like calming irritation and reducing dark spots — and I am totally in love with this product. I now use this product AM and PM under my moisturizer, focusing on areas that have more irritation and dark red areas leftover from pimples. I’m interested in trying other Niacinimide serums, like the one from The Inkey List, but it’s likely I will keep buying this great product for a long time.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Kiehl’s - Extreme hair growth
If you clicked on this post, you are probably suffering from thinning hair or you know someone who have thinning hair or you might be kind of freaking out that you might be losing your hair. No worries, let me share my hair growth story and products that helps me with my concerns. I have a bit thin hair around my hairline that shows through whenever my hair gets longer when I put it back in a bun or pony tail, people can actually kind of see my scalp which is always depressing. Especially when I see myself in a picture, that area specifically catches all my attention. Kiehl's - Amino Acid Shampoo According to dermatologist, this shampoo actually works very well for hair growth especially for people who has alopecia (which is genetical). I do have a friend who have used this system and her hair grew back. I used to have thick hair when I was in high school. I suffered terrible hair loss in my last year of college and it suddenly became an issue for me. I tried this system because of my friend and it works well for me. The effect was not immediate but I do see a lot of regrowth on my hairlines. Kiehl's - Amino Acid Conditioner I didn’t noticed much in the first month of trying it, but I got this one on discount in a Duo, so I decided to use it up before buying new ones. It was about 6 months, I started to get compliment on my hair after continuously using this product. I came to notice that my hair does look completely different than last year. It was shiny, full, and glory. I also feel that my scalp is healthier. I believe this products is one of the lines that does what it says. I agree it is a little bit expensive, but that’s because they put in all of the right ingredients to help you have thicker and more luscious hair.
Kiehl's-Amino Acid Conditioner
The ONLY thing that tamed my hormonal acne!!
First photos are from September 2019 Second set I took 5 min ago! As you can see, my acne has not completely gone away; I still get hormonal breakouts, especially on the right side under my mouth, which seems to be some kind of hot spot. The biggest change that I can see is the level of inflammation I used to have (yikes!) and how much less congested I look now!! I’m FINALLY seeing a change in the blackheads on my nose that just wouldn’t budge for so long. Ok, I’m sure ur like “let’s got on w the program, please!! Make it snappy!!” The only thing that’s helped decrease the number of breakouts, the congestion and oiliness of my skin is a medication called Spironolactone. Spironolactone is a diuretic drug that is commonly used for high blood pressure but is now being more commonly used as a treatment for hormonal acne due to it being an anti-androgen drug; essentially, it blocks testosterone so your body produces less of it, which in turn, decreases oiliness and decreases breakouts. This is why it’s so great for hormonal acne sufferers. It targets the root of the cause instead of just patching up the problem. I’ve been using Spiro for almost a year now, and the only real side effect that I’ve noticed is it makes you pee a bit more often due to its diuretic properties, but it hasn’t effected me much at all. I take it in the morning to make sure I’m not peeing all night lol. Because of spironolactone, my cystic acne has decreased to maybe 1-2 a week instead of 1-2 a day, which is a HUGE win for me. At the very least, I’m seeing some real improvement. I know that medication isn’t on anyone’s top of the list as far as treating acne goes, but I think this is a great option to look into, especially if you feel like you’ve tried everything! To me, this was my last step before accutane, and I’m so so happy this is working for me so I don’t have to put my body through that. Although I’m not completely acne-free, I finally feel like it’s manageable, and I can actually go a whole week without flare ups, which used to be unheard of. If you have any questions or if there’s anything I didn’t touch on, please feel free to comment!