It’s hard to believe that four months ago, my skin looked like the below image. If there was any “new and effective” way to get my acne under control, I wanted to try it. I’ve tried so many different products and gone to so many estheticians. While a new skincare routine and facial would help initially to clear my skin, within a few days I had acne again. I had the acne that didn’t just look red and raised, but it really HURT. My type of acne would have been classified as Cystic acne. It is one of the most serious type of acne. It develops when cysts form deep underneath your skin. This can result from a combination of bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells that get trapped in your pores.
Although anyone can develop acne, cystic acne tends to occur in people with oily skin. It’s also more common in teens, women, and older adults with hormonal imbalances. Usually, cystic acne can improve with age. However, the stubborn and painful bumps won’t go away on their own. If you suspect you have cystic acne, your dermatologist is your best line of defense. They can prescribe the medication necessary to help clear your skin.
If this sounds like your skin, and you want to know how I completely changed it in 4 months, keep reading.
The first thing that I did was go to a skincare clinic. There, they diagnosed my skin and determined what was causing my breakouts. The pore cloggers in the makeup that I was using and hormones were the two biggest culprits. Pore-clogging ingredients are present in the most common and popular skin care, makeup, hair care, and personal care products on the market today. These ingredients have no detrimental effect for many people without acne, but people with acne should completely avoid them. Since I’m going to be making this topic a series, I will go in depth into what pore cloggers are, and why they’re so hard to identify in a later post.Once the acne specialist was able to identify the severity of my breakouts, my skin type, and how much of my acne was inflamed/ cystic, she was able to identify a plan for me. I had a different routine and some different products for day and night. I was not allowed to use any products that had pore cloggers, and I was to come back every other week for extractions. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to discuss what makeup is on the “safe list,” what products I use on my skin, and how I’m maintaining the clear skin without having to go into the clinic anymore. I hope you enjoy!