Post # 31
I never really had acne growing up. I was put on BCP for a hysteroscopy for 3 months which gave me hormonal acne, literally just on my chin area and huge cystic, painful acne 🙁 after they removed the nuvaring, I went to my GP who gave me a 10 day prescription for doxycycline and I used that along with benzagel. I also do a “korean” beauty ritual. Double cleanse, toner, microneedling, vit c, essence and gel moisturizer. I also do sheet masks, amazon clay masks, overnight masks and exfoliate every once in awhile.
Post # 32
I am in my 30’s and here is how I control my acne and super oily skin.
I take a ton of supplements, but felt the most difference from stinging nettle, DIM, zinc and L-lysine. You can also try resveratrol, it definitely made my skin smoother. As for skincare, I avoid anything with alcohol and other irritants. All of my skincare is hypoalergenic and I use a very gentle cleanser. Harsh products dehydrate the skin and that causes more acne. Ocassionally I exfoliate with AHA serum and I make my own toner with apple cider vinigar and salicylic acid.
Post # 33
As others have noted, birth control is highly effective. However, as an alternative when I went off the pill a few years ago, my dermatologist insisted I add some type of exfoliation to my daily regime (morning and night); preferably an exfoliating serum, as anything granular is harsh on the skin. I use La Roche-Posay Effaclar Serum and if I’m consistent it does keep the acne at bay. I see you use retinol. Depending on the strength you’re using, you might want to actually consider eliminating it, or only using it on areas where you are not acne prone. It can be a bit drying, which often unintentionally results cell build-up and thus acne! As you are fast approaching your wedding day, you may also want to invest in a couple professional peels. I did a few stronger peels leading up to my wedding and a “party peel” four days before. It was an extra cost but so worth it. I had no acne on my wedding day.