I have recently struggled with some unsightly acne. Scars and all. I thought I was past the awkward and embarrassing part of life (at least as far as my skin was concerned). I never really had a skin routine, although, I have tried on several occasions to start one. My unspoken philosophy was basically wash in the morning, if it’s dirty at night… How dirty? Wash again? In other words, no rhyme or reason. I’m still not sure as to what really caused my major breakout. I eat like crap, I am stressed like most people with a job, I don’t drink enough water, no supplements and no routine. How could I just pinpoint one cause?
My face got so bad that it was drawing unwanted attention. Damn, what’s going on? Or What’s up with you? That’s the comments I would get about the acne that was obviously torturing me. After some deep thought and some serious trial and error I had to admit defeat. But let me not get ahead of myself, the trial and error part was kind of brutal. I changed my face wash, nope. I started to wash morning and night, nope. Changing my pillowcases more often, not it either. Then I tried to do a regimen similar to what was suggested on acne.org.
Okay, so acne.org, I did not personally purchase any of their products but I did do their skin quiz thing online. It was helpful at the time and gave me some tips on what it could be that was causing the breakouts. Issue being, I am on a budget! I could not afford their products. I was fortunate to have a friend who was using their products who was willing to let me sample their benzoyl peroxide before I purchased anything. Good thing she did too! The benzoyl was definitely an improvement but I was still not up to 100%. I was frustrated. I felt like I was doing everything right: I slowly introduced the benzoyl peroxide according to the websites instructions, I was gentle with my face, cleansing regularly, moisturizing, and wearing SPF and using jojoba oil to seal in the moisture. All this and my face was still broken out, irritated, and dry. I even cleansed at night, used benzoyl then, and waited until it dried before using a night time moisturizer. My skin was at a standstill and all I had accomplished was dying my pillow covers and sheets (warning: benzoyl peroxide stains smh).
After all the grueling thought over my not-so-lovely facial bumps I thought I had figured it out. Finally, I went in to the doctor armed with pics (above) of when “it was even worse,” the info on everything I was using at the time, and most importantly how I thought she could help me with this problem. I broke it all down for her and we chatted. The answer to it all: Birth Control. Oh no, she didn’t need to put me on some to clear my acne up! Birth control was the culprit all along and it committed the crime in the library with a billy club, or so it felt (did I mention the bumps were itchy and painful, well they were).
My doctor is amaze-balls and I wish I could keep her forever. She was able to prescribe a topical cream that combines benzoyl peroxide and an antibiotic to help treat my acne. I had to discontinue the use of the other benzoyl peroxide though. I continued with my face routine- the one good that came from this terrible experience, and my face soon cleared up. Now, I only use the prescription as needed for spot treatment but I rarely have any breakouts. That’s the good thing about developing a routine. My skin isn’t perfect and never will be but if I need to be flawless one day then that’s what I have make up for lol.
It gets better from here.
-Endia XO 💋