Now I’m getting back into blogging a bit more regularly, I thought it was about time I did an Acne Update. If you haven’t seen my other posts related to this check them out here.
The last time I posted about my skin was in April, since then I changed my contraceptive pill, and my skin went haywire! So I came off that and wanted to go back to my original Yasmin pill, which I did. Whilst at the doctors, I asked to be referred to a Dermatologist. Well, can I say it was the best thing I’ve ever done! I have been to a Dermatologist before but she was awful, just giving a me a cream to try, no explanations of why she had chosen that treatment, what it would do or what results to expect.
The new Dermatologist was the opposite. He explained that I could go onto a slightly stronger combination of treatments to try and combat the few causes and symptoms of the acne. I was put on to a Lymecycline antibiotic and a benzoyl peroxide gel alongside my Yasmin pill.
By using the gel, I totally stripped back any other products. I knew that with it being a peroxide, it would naturally encourage my skin to shed/exfoliate itself. So I now haven’t exfoliated properly for around 5 months. My routine is still Clarins Cottonseed Gentle Foaming Cleanser (purely to remove my makeup), followed by Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm, (It’s not my favourite, but I have used it up. I’ll go back to a Jennifer Young one next.) I then follow with Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair before the Benzoyl Peroxide Gel. At first I also used Clarins UV+ High Protection SPF 40, because the peroxide and antibiotic both make the skin sun sensitive, but it irritated my skin on top of the gel, so I now just go straight in with my foundation, which also has an SPF so my skin is protected.
The first couple of weeks using the gel were quite uncomfortable, my skin would sting and itch when I applied it. But within days I saw improvements and after around 3 to 4 weeks I had seen a marked difference in the condition of my skin. It was smoother, far less red, and I wasn’t getting daily breakouts. At week three I got some quite uncomfortable spots just under my jawline, one of which was very painful, and I have to confess, I tried to squeeze it! VERY BAD!!! I did manage to get some ‘stuff’ out of it, but it is not a good idea to pick spots like that!!
Here I’ve inserted a few pictures to show you how far I’ve come in just a few months. The last images were taken last week, and when I scrolled through my Camera Roll, I actually thought I was wearing foundation! That’s the biggest result for me and I’m so happy.
I’m sure anyone who has had acne can appreciate how good it feels when your skin is finally playing ball!! I’m heading back to the dermatologist in December and at that point I will have been on the treatment for six months. It will be interesting to see what advice I’m given for coming off the treatment, and how my skin will be once I am off it. I will update as I feel is necessary, but if you’d like me to talk about anything else to do with my acne, please comment below. I love to hear what other people are doing to help their skin and how their journey has been in comparison to mine.
This post has been pretty wordy and quite long, so well done for getting this far!
Much love xx