Welcome to my skin journey! I’ve been struggling with acne for over a decade now, and just the past year it has gotten worst than ever. I used to have recurrent pimples on my nose and forehead, and being a nursing student with a lot of stress on my shoulders, i believe it triggered my acne to worsen. I just started getting into skincare on december of 2019, i’ve been watching youtube and educating myself about it. A big shoutout to hyram! :-) These pictures were taken 3mo apart:
the second pic was taken at the end of may. It was taken a few days after getting a dermalinfusion. It was my first treatment that i have ever done on my face. It was very expensive but i was very desperate for help. I’ve done 2 treatments in total, but i realized this is only beneficial if i am constant with the treatments. I decided to stop and invest in skincare instead. Even days after my treatment my face was very red and i had very painful pimples.
the third pic was taken beginning of june. Thats when i saw a huge difference in my skin, the main reason i knew i was on the right track is because i stopped having that one huge pimple on my nose. Over a decade i would constantly have a pimple on my nose, if it goes away, it eventually comes back on a different spot on my nose. It was a never ending cycle. But as you can see my whole life ive been picking on my pimples and this is the results of it. Everyone learns through error and thats me! So hyperpigmentation was my second concern, i still am struggling with acne once in a while, i would say once a month. Not really relate to my menstruation. This was the start of me using vitamin C every morning!
the first pic is my current skin condition. Taking this picture got me very emotional (didnt cry tho haha). If theres one thing i would recommend is to take pictures of your journey, because seeing the before and after kept me motivated to continue! If you can’t tell i have a pimple on my forehead, covered by a pimple patch! That is my new way to stop picking on my pimples and prevent hyperpigmentation. I still am struggling with acne but i’m not upset about it because its nothing like before.This journey is still not over, honestly will never be over. I will be posting my skincare routine soon!!!! I only want to spread my knowledge so that i can help other people who are struggling like i am. My skin will never be perfect, no ones skin will ever be perfect. But what matters the most is that i am more confident with myself, and so grateful i dont have to hide under tons of makeup. I’m a happier person!
The Best Pimple Patches So Far
I’ve tried several pimple patches. some have been hits, some not so much (cough cough, truly & dr. jart+). so i’m here to talk about the hits. - COSRX - Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch these are amazing! loved by many, i am one of those people! they absorb dirt, oil, bacteria, and pus from any pimple OVERNIGHT. they work so well and so fast, i have quite the addiction. i can’t go to sleep without these on. super affordable at $6 and some change, but the real deal comes from ordering on a site called stylevana, where they are $2 something. plus, there are several codes out there for 10% off this website as well. - dermala “patch me (if you can)”: these work the exact same as cosrx. they are more expensive, but you save money if you get one of their acne kits. they also come with more in the pack (36, as opposed to cosrsx’s 24) and they have a variety of sizes. - NEOGENLAB - A-Clear Soothing Spot Patch these are amazing as well! i find them a bit better than the others, as they have an outer ring of sticky, which holds the patch on better. especially helpful if you’re applying skincare afterwards. they also seem to work faster than the above mentioned, but the sizes are smaller.
NEOGENLAB-A-Clear Soothing Spot Patch
I can’t live without these Acne Spot Dots from Peach Slices (I’ve only been able to find them at CVS). They are AMAZING and have been so necessary in reaching clear skin These small, translucent and fast-acting acne patches actively absorb a developing blemish or an already-present pimple. The sticker-like hydrocolloid acts as a protective cover over the treated area to keep you from picking and quickly and effectively helps reduce inflammation so the blemish becomes visibly smaller in less than one day. The transparent, adhesive dots are non-drying (so no flaking!) and come in a variety of sizes that can be worn night or day with or without makeup. They’re pretty inexpensive especially compared to some similar product ($5 for one sheet) and work so so well. HIGHLY recommend! peach slices - Acne Spot Dots
peach slices-Acne Spot Dots
Differin SAVED my chin! 🤍💫
✨✨✨ DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel ~$15 ✨This product saved my chin from hormonal acne! My dermatologist recommended I start using it, as I had painful chin acne that just wouldn’t go away and was eating up my self-esteem 🙄. ✨Differin/adapalene is a third generation retinoid, giving you less side effects compared to first generation retinoids like tretinoin. Even though this product made me purge, as it should due to the increased cell turnover, once past the purging stage I can say I no longer break out on my chin. If I do, it’s just a spot that pops up and goes away in one day. ✨IT TAKES TIME TO SEE MAJOR IMPROVEMENT. IT MIGHT GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER. I told myself I wouldn’t back out until I finished my first tube, and I have 0 regrets!! Moisturize moisturize moisturize as much as possible, you’ll need it to get through! I’d recommend an old reliable like Cerave. And of course, sun screen, but you already knew that 😉. ✨Differin Gel treats acne, hyperpigmentation, and aging. I was only using it on my chin, but now I’ve started using it in the rest of my face for anti-aging purposes. I’ve noticed that fine lines in my forehead and around my cheeks have left the chat. Also, the marks from past pimples that never seemed to leave have almost completely faded, and my texture and tone is so much more even. ✨Be warned, the first few weeks, my skin was dry, irritated and flakey. I was so fed up w my hormonal acne that I went full force, no mercy, and applied this product every night after moisturizer. I’d say use it a few nights a week at first, and start to build up as you see your skin tolerating it. Also, a small amount goes a long way. ♥️DEFINITE repurchase, at least until I move into something stronger and prescribed like tretinoin. But for now, I’m on my second tube. 🤍Comment below if you have any questions about my experience!!! -J
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Swipe to watch my skin journey - from horrible hormonal acne, premature wrinkles and large pores to clean smooth and hydrated skin. I struggled with my skin from the what’s 2017-2019, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. I developed a tool kit to help my skin from the inside out, it started with birth control and controlling my cortisol and testosterone levels, once I started birth control and eliminated some stressful elements from my life, is started cleansing with micellar water and then a simple cetaphil cleanser, I would apply pixi glow tonic and then the ordinary hyralaunic acid, I would apply the ordinary copper polypeptide “buffet” and origins “a better world” moisturizer and I would apply tamanu oil to my acne scars. Twice a week I would use dr.jart cicarepair sheet masks or garnier hydrating sheet mask. I used glamglow brightening exfoliating mask once to twice a week to reduce my hyperpigmentation from acne scars. THE NUMBER ONE THING - was controlling my hormones, even with a great skincare routine, birth control and stress levels were instrumental in helping me control my hormonal acne. I highly recommend checking these methods out if you are not seeing results with your regular skin care routine.
Different Types of Acne & How to Treat Them💥
Acne comes in different types. But I think we can all agree it’s a bad experience in any form. It’s not just a teenage problem -- millions of adults and even infants can suffer too. I have dealt with acne in my teenage years, but not as worse as I did in the past two years. In this post, I’d like to talk about the different types of acne and share tips on how to treat them. Basically, all acne falls under one of 𝐓𝗪𝐎 𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐆𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒: inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. ____________________________________________ 𝐍𝐨𝐧-𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞 includes blackheads and whiteheads. What are 𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐬? Also called open-comedones (clogged hair follicles), these are small bumps filled with dead skin cells and oil. When the melanin pigment of our skin makes contact with the air at the top of an open comedone, it oxidizes and turns black. What are 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐬? Also called close-comedones, these are basically pimples hidden by a clogged pore. They often look like tiny skin-toned bumps. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐫𝐢𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦? The key to treat comedones is to get to the source - excessive oil production from the sebaceous glands. From my own experience, it’s really not easy to get rid of them. You have to treat comedones continuously or they would keep forming - you have to practice consistent care and good hygiene. 𝐓𝐨𝐩 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐬 that work for me: - Using salicylic toner like Paula’s Choice BHA lotion. Make sure to focus on your T-zone where it’s usually more oily. I would use BHA in the morning every other day. If you are very sensitive, use it only 2-3x a week. - Use Niacinamide daily. Toner or serum form, niacinamide helps control sebum production and is anti-inflammatory. I like TO Niacinamide+Zinc and have previously reaped good results from Pond’s White Beauty Pore Conditioning Toner. - Blot excessive sebum. I recommend Gatsby Powdered blotting sheets -- keep it in your purse and use every time it’s needed. - This is optional but consider getting an ultrasonic facial scrubber. This is a gentle way of exfoliation by using ultrasonic sound waves to deep clean your skin. It is safe for sensitive and rosacea skin and definitely so much better than using nose strips or manual extraction. This helps you avoid more irritation or inflammation. ______________________________________ 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 acne includes involves papules, pustules, cysts, and nodules. What are 𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬? They are small inflamed bumps. They form when a hair follicle becomes clogged with bacteria. Your immune system reacts to the bacteria by producing white blood cells, which fight the infections. What are 𝐩𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬? Pustules are similar to papules but are usually bigger in size. Pustules have pus (a thick yellowish whitish liquid produced in infected tissue) on the top and are red on the bottom of the lesion. What are 𝐍𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬? These are large, hard, and painful pimples that arise deep in the skin. They occur when clogged and inflamed pores endure further irritation. What are 𝐂𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐬? Cysts are a severe form of acne. They are deep, pus-filled, and are often very painful to touch. They occur deeper in the skin than nodules and usually result from a severe infection. They’re most likely to leave a scar. 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞? 1. Genetics - it may be prevalent in your family, it could be hereditary. 2. Hormones- acne may develop in response to hormonal changes, especially a rise in androgens, such as testosterone. 3. Cosmetics- your makeup products may have bad ingredients and/or clogging your pores 4. Lifestyle- your sleeping habits, stress levels, your food choices and more can contribute to getting acne 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐫𝐢𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦? Some inflammatory acne can be controlled with over-the-counter treatments and self-care measures, while some patients may feel they require medical help. If you have severe acne, consider getting professional help. But if you opt for self-treatment, here’s my 𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬: - Avoid fragrance and use only gentle products. Refrain from using products with bad alcohol like ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, etc. “Fragrance” comes in different names -- natural fragrance (i.e. essential oils like lavender oil, peppermint oil) orange peel oil, lemon peel oil, linalool, and limonene are just few of the many. - Stop using many products. You have to reset and give your skin barrier the time to repair. Try using only a cleanser, gentle active like niacinamide, moisturizer with ceramides, and sunscreen for a month. Our skin can heal itself -- we forget this fact often. Allowing our skin repair and supplementing it with repairing ingredients may actually get rid of your acne. - Wash your face twice a day and clean your makeup brushes and bed sheets regularly. - Drink a lot of water. Adequate hydration is essential to help our body function and heal properly. - Use anti-inflammatory or exfoliating ingredients like Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. If you see only minimal results, consider using a retinol or retinoid. Adapalene is in a class of medications called retinoid-like compounds. It works by stopping pimples from forming under the surface of the skin. It is the first prescription-strength retinoid to be available over-the-counter. Tretinoin - a dermatologists’ favorite ingredient. Effectively treats acne and has an excellent safety record over 50+ years of use. Available only by prescription in the US. * Some of these products may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Check with your doctor before using. Patients with severe acne condition that doesn’t improve after three months of treatment with an over-the-counter medication may need to see a dermatologist for oral medication.
Treating Acne and Minimizing Pores
Differin Gel was my first step into retinoids and is still one of my favorites! It’s first FDA-Approved full prescription strength retinoid available without a prescription, meaning that before the only way you could get it was through a prescription written by your doctor. Pros: ➕ prevents pimples, blackheads, and clogged pores from happening ➕ treats redness ➕ treats inflammation ➕ only needs to be applied once, at night Cons: ➖ can be sensitizing until your skin adjusts ➖ can be drying ➖ may cause the skin to purge I really loved Differin when I was using it, I've since switched to a higher percentage tretinoin instead, but would continue to use Differin if I felt the need to bring the percentage down. I didn’t experience any dryness or peeling, but I used a lot of hydrating products alongside Differin. If you use any kind of retinoids you just wear SPF because they all do sensitize the skin! The larger size that retails for $29 lasted me for a very long time! I did see a reduction in acne, but not in hyperpigmentation which is why I switched to a stronger retinoid. DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel
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