Dermatology / 17 Jul 2018

Living with adult acne. I have gone my entire life with perfect skin and have never had to deal with more than a pimple or two around the time of my menstrual cycle (which I chalked up to hormones). I would see other people with bad skin and wonder how they let things get so bad? Mostly because I didn’t have a secret behind my perfect skin and no luxury skincare routine. A lot of nights I’d go to bed with makeup on or just not wash my face because I was feeling lazy. It’s true what they say, all good things come to an end. As I entered my late twenties my skin changed drastically and took a very unexpected turn for the worse.

I started breaking out along my jaw line, then my chin and finally my forehead. I had no idea what to attribute it to and why I couldn’t get it to stop. I watched handfuls of youtube videos and read blog posts about skincare routines and different skincare products. I would spend a lot of time reading reviews on products, ordering them and trying them out in hope that something would help. It got to a point where my friends would joke that I should start my own youtube channel doing reviews on skincare products. I didn’t see a dermatologist because I didn’t think my skin was bad enough where I needed professional help.

I had tried everything I could think of to help my skin and spent way more than I could afford on products that weren’t making a difference. I had graduated from drug store products to high end skincare because I thought they would work better. Even though I wanted to wear makeup to cover up all the scarring and inflammation, I wouldn’t because it would end up aggravating my skin. The one thing I finally tried that made all the difference was getting a facial. The very first deep cleansing facial I got had a very long and painful duration of extractions which proved to be a necessary evil. The very next day my skin looked so much more calm with less redness and inflammation. My skin has improved immensely from regularly getting facials and improving my skincare routine.

From all the research I’ve done on skincare and from my own experiences I’ve found that everyone’s skin is different so there isn’t one golden rule that can be applied to each situation. Here are a couple things that I’ve learned from my journey that I think you may find helpful:

  1. Find a good skincare routine- this does not need to be expensive, it just needs to be something that works for you.
  2. Keep your skincare routine minimal- you don’t need tons of products to have good skin. Make sure you have your basics though: a cleanser, a toner, exfoliator and moisturizer.
  3. Consistency is key- one of the most important things is to make sure you are regularly washing your face and keeping it clean
  4. Exfoliate regularly- certain exfoliators maybe abrasive and cause you to break out more. In my experience I’ve found that chemical exfoliators work much better however they do dry your skin out so make sure to moisturize well.
  5. Masks- I also started regularly doing detox and hydrating masks. The detox masks help unclog pores and give you a nice deep clean.

 

Prescribed by,

the Doctors @ Aepios

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