If you have acne in this area, this might be why
So for the past month my skin has really been going thru it. I’ve been having acne and closed comedones all along my cheek, chin, and jaw, to the point where my skin almost feels like sand paper. Truthfully, I don’t let it affect me too much. I know I’m a human being and acne is completely normal. So there’s no need to take it out on my self confidence or self worth that I worked so hard on! That being said it’s still my body talking to me, and it’s still something to treat! If you sprained your ankle and knee accidents happen and everything will be ok, you’d still treat it! So even though I know I’m still ok and healthy and my skin is going thru a phase, I can’t ignore that it needs treatment. I have a pretty great skincare routine. YTTP kale cleanser, chemical exfoliant 1-2x a week, top tier moisturizers and serums and evening curology! But for the past month NONE of them have worked on me! So I finally went to a dermatologist because this clearly is way above my knowledge as a self-proclaimed skincare junkie. I did a televise and paid my insurance co-pay if $20, and after sending my derm photos of my skincare and a ton of other info on my the verdict was..... Hormonal acne caused by too much testosterone production! My doctor let me know that the placement of my acne, along the cheek, jaw, and chin, is 100% hormonal and that acne that closed comodones and acne he was seeing on my face is due to over production of sebum because of my body overproducing testosterone. He also said that this is super common among women over 25! I felt relieved to finally pinpoint what exactly was causing my acne (because I didn’t change anything in my diet or routine and just months before my skin was clear) and I was prescribed
Spironolactane, a pill that blocks testosteroneHe also advised me to chuck my skincare routine and just use CeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser
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Sep. 19, 2020
KriziapOmg lately I have been having the same issue and I didn’t know why thank you !
Sep. 19, 2020·9 likes
annkrishaYesss! I’m glad it helps! It’s always good to see if your skin issue is caused by internal factors. I tried so many OTC remedies for this but hormones be hormones 🤷🏽♀️
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😊Why I multi-mask 😊
First let me say, not all areas of your face need the same type of care, and attention. For me, my chin has broke out bad this week thanks to Aunt Flo. Anyway I needed a detox for my chin, while the rest of my face didn’t really need much, but I have dark spots I’m targeting with The Ordinary chemical peel. If I felt like my T-zone was oily or a little dry, I would have used 3 masks. The key is to listen to your skin! Normally I’d just use one mask, but my chin really needed something targeted for detox. Since I don’t have sensitive skin I left them on for 10 minutes before washing off. If you have sensitive skin use for 5 minutes, and always so a small patch test to make sure you won’t react. Also they make an acid neutralizer, that would be handy to have as a just Incase. Second, I use a calming face serum after. It really helps with any redness that might occurs from the masks (mind you redness is normal, just make sure that you use sunscreen because your skin will be more sensitive to sun) then i follow up with a vitamin C serum then I finish off with sunscreen. When I do a mask like this I really try to keep the after care simple, yet replenishing, and protecting. These are the products I used and why I choose them. First I wash, I double cleansed this time. I used youthificarion face wash, then the CeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser I chose the youthification, simply because of the ingredients, all organic and it really helps my skin. Then I chose the cerave because it’s such a gentle cleanser for me and with the ingredients targeted for acne I’ll take all the help I can get. I used AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay on my chin and the The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution and I explained why above 😊 I finished with the youthification night serum for the calming properties of the ingredients. And the OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum and I use vitamin c because it helps even skin tone and brightens skin. Then I finished with the sun bum - Face Lotion SPF 50 I chose this sunscreen because it’s chemical, Not mineral. In short mineral sunscreen leaves the white cast on your face while the chemical sunscreen absorbs into your skin. And it pairs best with my products, I don’t get the pilling like I did with mineral sunscreen. (Pilling is when your products sort of roll into balls and off your skin.) If interested this is where I order my youthification products: https://youthificationskincare.com/
Tips from a derm for exercise induced acne
With a new year comes resolutions, many involving healthier lifestyles and exercise. So why let exercise induced acne hold you back from achieving these healthier choices. Exercising can cause excessive sweating-leading to increased oils, dirt, friction, and even bacteria on your skin leading to acne. This can manifest as facial or truncal acne (think backne), often known as acne mechanica or folliculitis. Cleansing properly is incredibly important for preventing exercise induced acne. It’s important to remove all makeup prior to working out. Gently shower with lukewarm water immediately after sweating. If a shower is not available, reach for a cleansing wipe. Clean, loose-fitting moisture wicking attire is key. This helps prevent friction and additional bacteria and sweat from dirty clothing. In addition to wiping down all gym equipment, don’t forget about the stuff that hits your skin regularly such as headphones, watches, and headbands. Most importantly, don’t forget sunscreen and gentle moisturizers. Favorite OTC products: Cleansers: PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum StrengthCeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser Wipes: Simple - Micellar Make-Up Remover WipesLA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Clarifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes Treatments: LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne TreatmentDIFFERIN - 0.1% Adapalene Acne Treatment Gel Pump
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Retinoid and double moisturizing
Dr Shah finally got a prescribed retinoid cream. 🙏👩🏻🤝👨🏽Unfortunately I cannot tag the product here but we can recommend you go see you a dermatologist and they can prescribe you one. When to use a prescribed retinoid cream? Why? Prescribed retinoid creams have a higher concentration of benzoyl peroxide and adapalene. You use it to prevent wrinkles. Ideally when you turn 30 you must use one. Every skin is different. It is recommended to use every night or every other night if your skin gets too irritated. Also it is normal for your skin to hurt a bit as your skin is peeling off and getting used to the changes. It is recommended to double moisturize your face (before and after applying the cream only to the area where is needed) and wash your hands right away. Do not touch any other part of your body if you have the retinoid. It may cause skin burn or irritation. Riki is using CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion at night and Avène - Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream in the morning. This is the first week he’s been using it and he is very excited about this. We would love to hear more about what kind of prescribed retinoid do you use and how did your face reacted... Xoxo 😘🤗🥰
I have tried many moisturizers but here are the ones I think are best for each skin type! ❤️Best for Oily Skin❤️ CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion This moisturizer is suitable for most skin types but it is great for oily skin types because it contains niacinamide which can aid in controlling the overproduction of oil. It is very moisturizing but it doesn’t make your skin look greasy. I absolutely love this moisturizer and strongly recommend it. 🧡Best for Dry Skin🧡 FIRST AID BEAUTY - FAB Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask This is technically a moisturizing mask but when my skin is feeling dry I use it as a moisturizer. Is is so soothing and has an interesting texture and smell. The product comes out of the tube blue and with an almost whipped texture. When you put it on your face it sinks in slowly if you apply it as a leave on mask, but if you rub it in it sinks in pretty quickly. I personally love the light natural scent it has (it is almost medicinal) but I realize it may be off putting to others. 💛Best for Combination Skin💛 GLOW RECIPE - Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream This moisturizer has niacinamide (can aid in controlling the overproduction of oil), is hydrating, and gives your skin a nice glow. At first I wasn’t a huge fan but with continued use I grew to love it! It has a light banana scent but Glow Recipe product contain extremely little fragrance. I think this would be great for combination skin as long as you don’t mind the glow. 💚Best for Sensitive Skin💚 FIRST AID BEAUTY - Skin Rescue Daily Face Cream This may be my favorite moisturizer! It is hydrating but feels very light on the skin. It sinks in quickly and has a smaller ingredient list so there isn’t a very big risk of irritation. It is very simple but in a great way! 💙Best for Normal Skin💙 FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Cream If you have normal skin you can use any of the moisturizers I’ve recommended, but this one is really nice, effective, and has a great formula. It is great for dry or sensitive skin as well. It makes my skin feel very hydrated and has never caused issues with my acne prone skin. 💜Honorable Mentions💜 cocokind - Matcha Face Moisturizer This moisturizer is interesting. I feel like that is the best way to put it. It is very thick but it is also mattifying. Because of this, I think it would be suitable for all skin types (including oily) if you prefer thick moisturizers. The one problem I may have with it, though, is that it may have made my milia slightly worse. The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA I think this is a great moisturizer but I personally prefer other ones. If you are looking for a simple moisturizer that it inexpensive and delivers great hydration, this might be a great option. Leave a comment if you have tried these or have any recommendations!
Start of Tretinoin and Spirinolactone journey
Today is my first day going on Spirinolactone (pills for hormonal acne that I will be taking 1x a day) and Tretinoin. I purchased both treatments from Apostrophe, so I have been prescribed them from a dermatologist. My Apostrophe cream formula is 0.025% Tretinoin and 4% Niacinimide. Backstory: I have been a skincare fanatic for about 4 years (my friends can vouch for this), always taking measures to maintain a healthy skin routine. I have had clear skin for my entire life until recently. I recently started breaking out in January and no product was working. So at this point, I have rightfully assumed I have hormonal acne at 19. I’m completely simplifying my routine to only include a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, the tret cream, and a sunscreen. My routine will be as follows: AM Cetaphil - Gentle Skin Cleanser Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (looking for a stronger SPF at this point, so will switch sunscreens when this bottle runs out) PM Cetaphil - Gentle Skin Cleanser CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin Apostrophe formula (using this after moisturizer so I can have a buffer between the tret and my skin) I have normal skin and will be adding more products gradually with extreme caution as time goes on, and my skin adjusts. I’m not sure the extent to which tret will dry my skin out either, so I will be looking out for that as time goes on. Since my skin isn’t sensitive, my plan is is to start using the Apostrophe formula 3x week for 2 weeks, and then every other day for another 2 weeks, and then start using it every day. Open to critique and suggestions about this since my derm says to start out using it every other day for 2-4 weeks, and then to switch to every day use. Anyhoo, I want this to be a sort of journal on how my skincare journey is going. I want to do weekly updates about my experiences with tret and spirinolactone, as well as show how my routine adjusts through this period. Sending many hugs to whoever reads this <3
CeraVe-Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin
I used to have the WORST acne on my forehead, along with a bunch of tiny bumps. I’ve been using curology for 2 years now, but I starts seeing insane results after 2 months :) CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin Curology - Curology formula
1 week update!
This is my one week update on my simplified routine. I can see a big improvement on the little bumps/textures on my cheeks. In the middle of the week I had a huge breakout cluster on my cheek but resolved its self pretty quickly. Once my cheeks calmed down my forehead decided to take its turn..... I’m really hoping this is a purging stage... I will continue with this routine with no add ins for now. Any tips???
CeraVe-Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin
CeraVe - Hydrating Facial CleanserCeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanserthese are the two products I’ve been washing my face with everyday my acne is improving I’m gaining more of my confidence back. I still have pumps on my cheeks I wanna try the brand ordinary any recommendations from that brand? I wanted to try the cerave sa cleanser but I couldn’t find it at Walmart or target . I need a good moisturizer for my face I have very very sensitive skin maybe that’s why the pumps on my face are not going away because I’m using 2 face washes . But yea this is just an update on how my skin is looking i pray by the end of August my skin will be completely clear.
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Update Hormonal Acne: 1 Week After Product Swap
Hey All! So after a week of using products recommended to me from you all, I wanted to give an update. My skin has improved slightly, but I’m here for the small victories! I switched my cleanser from the CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin to the CeraVe - Hydrating Face Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin and I think this has made a huge improvement to the hydration levels of my skin. I have naturally very dry and sensitive skin, so I think the foaming cleanser did a bit too much on it. I’ve also started using DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel again! Love this product as a spot treatment. It has worked wonders for my more inflamed breakouts. Lastly, I’ve taken out the following products: clarisonic - MIA 2 FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSH (LOL ya’ll I know, but I’ve been using it for YEARS and I just couldn’t put it down) PACIfICA - Cosmic Renew AHA & Hemp Resurfacing Tonic (This was just too drying with my prescription tret cream) Looking forward to continue updating xx
PACIfICA-Cosmic Renew AHA & Hemp Resurfacing Tonic
How often should I use this product?
Alright, so I have been educated on how often I should be using these two products separately. I know for a fact that I should only be using these products three times a week at the most. But I am curious as to if I can use both of them on the same day or if I should just stick with one cleanser or the other. I haven’t had great experiences with salicylic acid in the past, but I don’t know if that’s just because my barrier was compromised by using it daily or because it’s just not effective in getting rid of the kind of acne I have. When I had used salicylic acid in the past, I used it every single day and I was recently educated on the fact that that is not healthy for my skin! So I’m wondering if I should use both the salicylic acid cleanser and the benzyl peroxide cleanser on the same day (SA in the morning and BP at night) or if I should just pick one and go from there. I’m realizing more and more as I look through this app that I really don’t know what’s best for my skin when it comes to cleansers and I know there are many educated people on this app that have been very helpful to other girls on here so i am so incredibly appreciative of anyone who takes the time to help me! Thank you so much! Products: CeraVe - SA Smoothing CleanserCeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser
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