I've had acne for my entire life. The last 2 years have been the worst my skin has EVER been. Over those years I went through 2 rounds of IVF, lost twins, and got pregnant again. While doing my hormone injections my skin got so bad that it left deep scars on every inch of my cheeks. So bad. Cysts on my forehead (I'm talking 15 at once). I'd touch my face and feel bumps like brail. There wasn't a clear spot. I'd cry putting on makeup every day. Once I got pregnant it stayed persistent. The cysts on my forehead subsided into 2 or 3 at a time, above my brow, in between my eyes, then some around my nose, but the bulk on my cheeks and chin. Hormonal.
At about 17 weeks pregnant I came across a site called "skinacea" and the girl told her story. Check it out - best thing I did.
I took the plunge and did what she did (it was the only thing I hadn't done) and got some good ole Albolene.
Albolene? You mean....oil? Yep. It's that stuff that is like a TUB of vaseline. It's meant to take off makeup and has been around forever. I think my grandmother used it. "But, oil? That's what EVERY doctor I've EVER been to has said to stay away from" I thought. Screw it. I did it. Put it on, wipe it off, follow with damp (warm) towel and done.
I have to say that after 3 months of doing this - after retinols, BP, my doctor recommending ACCUTANE - THIS is what worked. I'm hoping it's not because I'm pregnant but I was already pregnant when I started this, and it didn't clear up until the day I started using this.
And yes, I'm 3 months into this, but it cleared up within a week. Wipe on, wipe off, moisturize.
I honestly think everything my doctors told me to use caused my acne to get worse. I think I have sensitive skin. I get the occasional pimple now, as I have crazy hormones, but they are nowhere near the kind I used to get.
Read the website. Think about doing something other than throwing some chemicals on your skin.
I just had to share I'll update once I give birth (very soon) and we'll see if anything has changed with my face. (Oh, and the girl on the website was NOT pregnant and got the same results I'm seeing).
Hope to help!
EDIT: Here is the website:
Edited by MamaMila, 10 September 2012 - 03:05 PM.