Let’s Talk: Acne

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I mentioned on my Instagram a few days ago that I took an unintentional break from my blog. That’s true, but I’m back and better than ever (maybe not, but I’m back nonetheless). I wanted today’s blog post to be all about a singular dreaded topic: acne. I’ve struggled with acne since puberty and though it was never as bad as it could’ve been, it still took a toll on my self-confidence. Click down below to continue reading and hear more about my journey with acne, how I’m avoiding it now, and more!

To start, it’s probably necessary to tell you a bit about my personal experience with acne. Like I said, I’ve had it since puberty. Even throughout high school, it persisted. Once I got to college, it was typically hormonal and cystic. Whenever I got my period, it got worse. Not fun. I might also add I didn’t have an established skin care routine until about a year or two ago, which in itself has helped plenty with my bacterial acne. What else can you do to avoid acne and its consequences? The following.

Talk to your dermatologist.

This is the first and most obvious step, but it needs to be said. I recently found an amazing dermatologist in Chicago. If you live in the area and want to see him, I go to Dr. Sulewski at Pinski Dermatology. My previous dermatologist prescribed me spironolactone. Since the middle of December, I’ve been taking one 50mg tablet a day (some people may take more). It’s worked wonders. I do get one or two pimples here or there but they clear up much more quickly than before. I’m not a professional by any means but from my understanding, it works well if you take it in conjunction with birth control and works to block oil production. There’s more info here.

Get a facial at least once a month.

If you’re the type of person who is afraid to use a new product that’ll make you break out, you may be cringing at this suggestion a little bit. But facials do indeed help the health of your skin and acne specifically if you get them routinely. Of course, this alone won’t make your acne disappear. During the facial, the esthetician will perform extractions to remove any gunk that may be clogging your pores. Doesn’t sound too glamorous, I know, but facials are very relaxing. I recently went to Erin of Chicago Food Dork at Asha Salon and Spa in Bucktown and really enjoyed my experience. Use code 1753 when booking for 20% off facials and waxing!

Establish a skin care routine.

In addition to preventing breakouts, using the right skin care products can help you fade any acne scars from previous breakouts. I personally swear by Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector. It works very well, especially if you stay consistent with usage, and smells like peonies. I used to pick at my skin and had horrible scarring but it’s hardly visible now. If you don’t want to shell out that much money, any true vitamin C serum will do including this one from Advanced Clinicals. My favorite product for treating current breakouts, especially whiteheads or cystic pimples, is Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. The calamine in it helps to reduce redness and overnight, the size of pimple is always at least halved. No gimmicks here.

What do you do to avoid breakouts? I’ve linked some more of my favorite products down below. Don’t forget to check them out! Have a great weekend.

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