- 2 years ago
- Wedding: October 2018
I had acne all around my chin and forehead until I got on birth control pills in my mid 20s. It cleared up immediately. If that doesn’t work or isn’t an option, see dermatologist to get a prescription.
Cutting out dairy worked wonders for me. Went from massive cystic nightmares to a few small pre-period white heads.
I tried everything except Roaccutane and similar. All kinds of scrubs, washes, creams, treatments… from 16 years old to 28 it was a nightmare.
Takes a few months to clear everything entirely, but best thing I ever did.
See a dermatologist and ask them what the best options are for your type of acne. Leading up to your appointment, take photos of it at various stages including its worst times to show them. Also keep a diary about your acne (lol yes really) which includes when you are menstruating, any new medications etc. There are various hormonal, topical, antibiotic, isotretinoin or vitamin-a based treatments, as well as light therapy nowadays. Pretty much most acne can be cured these days, sometimes it just takes a bit of time.
Hang in there! I had adult acne too when I was 20, it made me feel like crap so I get that you might be frustrated with it.
Some easy over the counter things to try are benzoyl peroxide wash or salicylic acid, but maybe ask your derm first. Also, never pick at your skin/pimples!
NB. I’m a dermatologic surgeon, so more involved with the surgery side of things, but yeah just a bit of general advice that is hopefully relevant and to get you started.
ETA: Like PP, I found that cutting out dairy helped during my worst breakouts, but it didn’t solve the problem entirely.
Sorry for starting the post so late at night without any background information on myself. Can you tell I’m frustrated?
Background: my mom and my sister have gone through accutane with little success. I was never considered for it. I guess I’m relatively clear/lucky.
Several derms and gynos have assured me that I don’t have PCOS or anything funky going on with my reproductive system.
In the past, I have found that an insanely strict and rigid approach to all aspects of my lifestyle was the only way to keep my skin clear. Since then, I have studied abroad, had my senior year of college (!!!!!), moved 3 times in 3 times years and planned a wedding. Keeping a routine for longer than 2 weeks has been a challenge. This is what it looked like:
I am not on birth control. The options are overwhelming and with limited understanding of my hormones as they are, I’m very nervous to experiment with them.
rockclimberbride : Estroblock. It worked wonders for me. You can get it off amazon. My skin used to be so sensitive to anything I ate or any amount of stress I went through. I’ve been taking estroblock for several months and I have no issues whatsoever anymore. I can eat dairy and sugar and not have any type of breakout on my face. You should also take it with some type of liver support. I can’t recommend it enough.
I have oily skin, hormonal skin, acne-prone skin, so all my stuff is really strong, but it works for me.
Double-cleansing, PTR Fusion PM retinol, mandelic acid (start with a low percentage and gradually, it will make your face and hands peel), and Neogen Green Tea Bio-Peel. I need chemical and physical exfoliation (bio-peel 2x a week).
To all: What is the deal on exfoliation with hormonal skin? Don’t do it? Twice a week? Monthly peel? I feel like I am getting mixed signals from professionals about this.
Right now I exfoliate with a gentle scrub, followed by a mask and overnight night retinal twice a week. Considering bumping that up to three times a week. I get married in a month.