Trista

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  1. Pandoraexplorer - please take a look at what worked for me.
  2. Hi folks, I wanted to share what helped me with my hormonal acne and the mistakes I made early on, in the hope it will help others. In my late 30s, I started getting a break out or two before my period. Mostly around the mouth and extending to both cheeks. I just put some over the counter stuff like clearasil and didnt pay much attention. Each breakout would leave a dark mark, but I wasn't paying enough attention to realize how bad things were about to get. Over the next 3-4 years, the breakouts kept increasing, to the point where I had 4-5 active ones at any time. I still kept trying to hide them with makeup, and bought one of those pimple poppers from CVS. This was the worst mistake I ever made - each pimple I used this on is now a scar. Please whatever you do, throw away these pimple poppers. It may seem very intuitive and feels good to get the gunk out, but it WILL damage your skin and cause a scar. Eventually, after taking some pictures of my own cheeks, I realized how bad it really looked. Active acne, lots of dark marks from each old pimple, pitted scars where I had used the pimple popper. It really was a mess and embarrassing. I finally went to a dermatologist . The first dermatologist prescribed a series of medications with a complicated morning and evening routine. The medications I have tried one time or the other are Sulfacetamide Sodium Sulfur face wash, Differin, Benzaclin, tazorac, Salicylic acid, and a host of over the counter stuff. The one item that made active acne dry up faster was Acanya, so I kept using that one. It wasn't preventing new ones however. I decided to try another dermatologist who was clearly far more experienced and knowledgeable. She prescribed a specially formulated compound that finally stopped the breakouts from spreading. The old ones dried up within a FEW DAYS and new ones were not appearing. This was 1.5 years ago. I did go through a period recently where I stopped the compound thinking the problem was solved. Unfortunately, about a month after stopping, the breakouts started happening again. So now I am back on my compound. The dermatologist confirmed, it is safe to continue to using it to make sure no new ones appear. I still have loads of dark marks and scars left over from the initial stages and I have learned to live with them with good quality makeup ( I swear by bobbi brown as they do not make me breakout). Not having active acne is a huge relief. I wish I had resisted picking on the acne, and not applied so many different medications to them when clearly they weren't working. I encourage you to talk to your dermatologist about this compound as early as possible - they will most likely refer you to a compound pharmacy. This is my very simple daily and very effective routine now and it is working. I wash my face with cetaphil antibacterial soap bar every morning. Then I apply a pea size amount of the compound all over the cheeks and chin. Wait for 10-15 minutes, then apply a moisturizer. The compound is rather drying so I usually use the heavier Eucerin Healing Lotion in winter and the lighter one for summer. Make sure you wash your hands after applying the compound! I have researched each component of this compound a lot, and I believe it works because it addresses all of the issues - here is a list of ingredients and what each does: Spironolactone 5% - Reduces Sebum Production: Antiandrogen treatment that targets the androgen-metabolizing follicular keratinocytes and the sebaceous gland leading to sebostasis, with a reduction of the sebum secretion rate of 12.5-65%. In my opinion, much better than taking the spiro pills that mess with your period Clindamycin 1% -Kills bacteria - Topical antibiotic - inhibitsthe growth of acne and reduces inflammation. Without this, the bacteria keeps spreading on the face from one breakout to next Salicylic Acid 2% - Unclogs pores. It does not have any effect on sebum production and does not kill bacteria. Niacinamide 5% - Reduces inflammation and sebum. Please feel free to ask any questions, I know how tough this journey is so I want to help in any way. Goes without saying, I am not a doctor and this is not a medical opinion.