Now these acne I have are the annoying kind. They're the ones that give a bump on your face and just stay there. I have tons of them on my forehead (which I never get acne on my forehead and never ever on my cheeks). I started breaking out on my right cheek as well. All my family and relatives started noticing the change in my skin and nothing makes you more insecure than when someone points out how much acne you have. It's pretty sad.
Above is a photo of all the skincare products I bought throughout the months/years. Now I know what you are going to say next--WELL THE REASON WHY SHE BROKE OUT IS BECAUSE SHE'S USING TOO MANY PRODUCTS--I did not start using different products until I started breaking out. Sometimes I used Clearasil Ultra Acne Clearing Scrub in the shower but before my major break out I NEVER used all these skincare products (some of these item I bought be still haven't tried yet). Now maybe I did started overusing skincare products on my face but there were times I didn't use anything at all. Nothing seemed to help. Some days were better than others but still my skin was not the way it use to be. I miss it so much.
The break down of all my skincare products.
Make-Up Remover Cloth
Other Skincare Products
NOTE: Some of these products were helpful, but not to my satisfaction. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it will not work for you. I just want you all to know that I'm not saying I wouldn't recommend these skincare products. I just wanted you guys to see all the things I do just for clear skin. I used so much money. All the money I spent on these products I could have just gone to a dermatologist! :P
Then after talkig to my sister Patt, watching Jen/FromHeadToToe on YouTube about her skincare routine, and reading Elise's acne blog post, I decided it was time to see a dermatologist.
I finally made an appointment and met with a dermatologist last week Tuesday. Here is what I received from them.
Sheets of paper explaining my medication
I got three prescribed medications and he also gave me trial size cleansers and moisturizer that I could use as needed.
My Morning Routine
Benzoyl Peroxide Creamy Wash 4%--leave on face for only 10 seconds.
Doxycycline--an antibiotic medication *My dermatologist gave me a choice of taking this antibiotic or not to. He said taking this antibiotic would work faster than the topical medication. I was a little iffy about the antibiotic because I learned in class that you shouldn't abuse antibiotics. Because I was in desperate need for a clear beautiful skin, I thought I would have to try it. Let me know what you think. Do you think taking an antibiotic for acne medication is good or bad? Have you taken any antibiotic for acne? Does it work? I would love to hear your opinions.
My Night Routine
Cetaphil, Cerave, or Purpose--for a mild face wash
Tretinoin Cream--for topical use
I noticed that my skin is getting better but I know it will take a couple of weeks to see the full effect. I'm really glad I went to a dermatologist because they are doctors and they know what is right for your skin. What works for you may not work for me. We all have different skin types.
- Don't use too many skincare products for your skin
- Keep the same skincare product routine for about a month
- Wash your makeup off at night (something I rarely did until I started breaking out)
- Drink lots of water a day to keep your body hydrated
- If you feel your acne problem is not getting any better (just getting worse), I really recommend you to see a dermatologist.
- Wash your makeup brushes
- Buy trial size skincare products before buying a full big bottle. Try a small one out to see if it works for your skin first. Don't waste your money like I did.
- Don't pick your acne (something I always do too) because it will cause scars
- Don't touch your face so much--think of all the things your fingers touch and to get it on your face.
- Be confident--know that things will get better soon. :)
Now I will be boxing all my skincare products and storing it away. I can't wait to have clear, beautiful skin!!!
Hope This Was Helpful!