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.
Our skin CHANGES
It’s crazy how much our skin can change. The first picture is from April 2 and the second one is from today, June 9th. I went from semi perfect skin to all out “let’s-see-how -much-worse-your-skin-can-get-in-a-week”. Through my googling, I am assuming that this breakout is hormonal. I have been experiencing some pimples here and there around my mouth recently, and then within the last few days *this* by my chin. I could go on and on speculating what could have caused this for hours. Because of when my acne was severe in high school, I can really stress myself out over trying to figure out what the hell caused my skin to break out. “Was it X? No it couldn’t have been X, it was definitely Y...” This has honestly been the worst my skin has been since being off of Accutane. I know that whatever is on my face today, isn’t permanent and will eventually go away and that calms me down a little. I am looking into setting up an appointment with my derm to look into what can be done about these pesky breakouts and the scarring that is left on my face. As I’ve gotten older (I’m a mere 21 lol) I’ve slowly learned to not care what people have to say about me, but more importantly my skin. That being said, this being my first post on here isn’t as intimidating as it would have been 2-3 years ago. This is my reality and is for many of you on here as well. I’m open for suggested products that could help ease the pain of these breakouts. 😉 Acne is normal, Emma [Some products I’ve been using to help my skin] The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% FREEMAN - Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud Mask
FREEMAN-Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud Mask
Is Glowrecipe Hormonal Acne skin approved?
I was always a fan of Glowrecipe’s packaging and I had seen the episode when they appeared on Shark tank few years back. I was intrigued and wanted to try the brand but when it initially launched, the products were a little too pricey for me. I was willing to buy GLOW RECIPE - Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask the very first time and I know why I was gravitated towards this particular product. I was new to AHA/chemical exfoliants and this products sounded perfect to take a leap with it. This was very gentle on my sensitive Acne prone skin and didn’t irritate me too much. So I was happy with this one and I wanted to try more, guess we are never happy with no matter how much skincare right?😅 I went ahead and tried their GLOW RECIPE - Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist and GLOW RECIPE - Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer Amazing!!! I felt in love... The mist is super fine almost like water diffuser but of course with Hyaluronic acid and Watermelon extract in it. It gives an instant cooling effect so my sensitive, inflamed (with acne) skin used to love the feel of it. It is oil-water infused mist meaning it has oil on top of water hence you have to shake well before misting👍. I never disliked or put it off my favorites list ❤️ The Pink juice moisturizer is the perfect moisturu for my Oily and combination skin type. It takes care of moisturizing my Oily part as well as locks the moisture on the dryer one. Perfect watery-gel that smells fresh like watermelon slushee and feels cooling on face 👍 The last one to try out for me wasGLOW RECIPE - Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask And I’d be honest I didn’t like the formula. It’s thick, occlusive and rich cream one that’s but too heavy for my skin. This was the finish and texture, but I anyway give the product few chances to see if it’s really giving me any good results. It didn’t give the results I typically see with Retinols and Retinoids on my skin. Hence wasn’t my favorite in this line. ✨So far, I like the brand. The products are subtle, near to basic yet gently effective and perfect for people with sensitive skin types. ✨Although, heads up for the watermelon fragrance, if you’re sensitive to perfume in skincare, take a patch test. ✨It definitely was and is worth all the hype. The only downside is the price. It’s on high end side and I had a hard time purchasing these together 😅 What do you think of them?? Also dropping an illustration I’ve done for this image🤩❤️
GLOW RECIPE-Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask
How I Treated My Hormonal Acne
I struggled with hormonal pustule acne for a long time, as well as pustules and whiteheads from oil overproduction. It was moderate to severe, covering my left and right cheeks. Three specific products helped to reduce my breakouts in frequency, coverage, redness, and the level of pain associated with the inflammation. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster is amazing. Just 4% Niacinamide has been shown by a couple studies to be as effective at reducing moderate acne as clindamycin- a topical antibiotic! I can attest to its acne fighting prowess, as I saw distinct reduction in not only the amount of acne I had, but also how intense it was- it was less painful and not nearly as red a few hours after application. Niacinamide normalizes pore lining and controls oil production so I saw immense improvement in whiteheads and pustules when using twice daily. But this prevented my oil-caused acne more than my hormonal acne, though it eased both. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum was the first product I used that gave me relief. I hadn’t known it, but my oil overproduction was largely in part from dehydrated skin. Since I used no moisturizer or serum, my skin produced extra oil after I cleansed. Incorporating B-Hydra replenished my skin with water, glycerin, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate (a form of HA), and sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer. I saw quick reduction in the number of whiteheads I developed! Using it before applying an exfoliant helps prevent dryness associated with peels. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster should be in nearly ever acne arsenal. It is antimicrobial and anti inflammatory to help fight acne, plus it lightens dark spots dramatically in my experience. Applying this in the AM shrinks pustules by nighttime and makes the area around the blemish much less red. I find this gives the quickest acne-minimizing results of all the products I’ve used. When treating acne, always make sure to eliminate possible irritants such as fragrance and essential oils, as well as drying alcohol. Acne can be a sign of inflammation and using gentle products can ease the pain associated with (as well as the prevalence of) acne tremendously. As well, I always recommend salicylic acid for treating acne, but I wanted to highlight these specific products because they’re not mentioned as often and they played a huge role in my acne journey.
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
Hi! I’m Lauren! Love clean beauty & skincare 💫
Just joined! I switched to natural and clean beauty a few years ago and my skin has never been better! I previously suffered from hormonal acne. I now have sensitive skin, dark circles, some dark spots, freckles, and signs of aging like fine lines around my eyes, forehead, and mouth. I am really happy with my current routine and how my skin has transformed by using the right products. I love trying new products and sharing honest reviews. I am always open to recommendations too. Tell me something about you! 💫
Hormonal acne 💊... This is one of the side effects that happened to me when I stopped contraception. As you can see my skin was so DRY and it was BURNING 🔥 that you can see some redness and bumps of inflammation (look at the nose area how it was inflamed). Now its not completely healed, but I guess in a few weeks it will. Based on my research, you need to be consistent with your routine for about 1 or 2 month to see some good results. Anyways, I started to use on August 24 some really good products from @medicart_network ( @reseau_epiderma reseau_epiderma ) & @esthedermcanada and as you can see the results are pretty amazing. Since August 24 I never skipped ONE skincare routine and I educated myself on many products and chemical components. Obviously I’m new in the skincare world and I need to learn much more but I will never be referred as a dermatologist or a beautician (Maybe one day who knows 📚🙄). Also, acne is not the only thing that I’m dealing with right now. I’m currently dealing with psoriasis on my scalp and dry skin on my body so I need to treat that also. I will probably talk about it soon in a video or a post (I don’t know yet). But I hope I’m not annoying haha I’m just trying to share my experience and if someone else is dealing with this, don’t hesitate to ask me some questions. ☺️
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