Hi everyone. A little about me, I've always had very mild acne, but enough that I had to wear foundation. I have always been a stickler for perfection, as I am very observant and an artist and I noticed the flaws in everything.
So of course, this led me to my journey for perfect skin. My acne started when I was 15, and was very very mild. I'm talking like a tiny pimple or two on my chin or near my mouth. Nothing I couldn't cover up with a cover stick. But, my acne has gotten progressively worse over my early to mid twenties for some odd reason. I don't get any acne on my cheeks or body, and rarely on my nose or forehead. My acne likes to establish itself around my mouth and upper lip area - the t-zone. I recently discovered that acne appearing in this area is mainly due to hormones. I then discovered DIM Detox by Pure Encapsulations at EpicBeautyBar.com.
DIM regulates your hormones and is specifically used to target hormonal acne around the jawline. This supplement can also help reduce belly fat, fluid retention, irritability, breast tenderness and mood swings. The good news is, this natural supplement only needs to be taken 2-4 times daily for 6-12 months as your hormones will learn to regulate themselves without DIM - it just helps get everything back on track! I suggest that ANYONE suffering from hormonal acne to take DIM immediately! Epic Beauty Bar has free shipping and it only costs $40 for 60 veggie capsules. Depending on how bad your acne is, you need anywhere from 2-4 a day. I only needed 1 per day and my bottle lasted me for two months! $20-40 a month is a great price for flawless skin.
After a few weeks of taking DIM, I had no future breakouts and I had flawless skin for months without one new pimple. My skin was soft and glowing. I had discovered my savior. Unfortunately for my skin, but fortunately for my family and I, I became pregnant recently with my third child. Of course, I had to stop taking my life-saving DIM because anything that alters your hormones is not safe for the baby. I noticed breakouts re-appearing within a month and they were worse than ever. I had 3-4 large painful pimples on my chin mostly and one on my upper lip near my nose. It looked awful and I was horrified because my skin had been so clear and make-up free for months, now I had to deal with this nonsense. To top it off, I had a whitehead like rash on my chin, and near my nose and upper lip that couldn't even be covered with make-up because of how raised it was. I was finally fed up, and decided to purchase some new acne products since my lemon juice and tea tree oil weren't strong enough for this battle.
I went to Wal-Mart since it has the most variety and best prices and stocked up on the top-rated over-the-counter acne medication. I had to make sure I had a soap to rinse my face daily, so I chose Cetaphil gentle cleansing bar. I really like how it cleans and it was only $5. I even got coupons for Cetaphil moisturizer in the package.
I also bought OXY triple-action medicated wipes to clear off any excess dirt or oil off my face. This contains salicylic acid as the main ingredient but only 0.5% so it's safe during pregnancy. It was only $4 for 55 pads (using 2x daily in the morning and before bed or after a sweaty workout). I really like how clean they make my skin feel, but they do smell awfully strong. I believe they're packaged in alcohol to keep from drying out.
I also purchased a few types of spot treatments for my whiteheads and those painful big zits. I bought two Burt's bee's products. One is called "Burt's Bee's Natural Blemish stick" and the other is the same but a little more potent and more expensive. It was $30 for both but do they ever work! It stings quite a bit as it goes on your skin but it has an amazing drying effect and it is REALLY clearing up my whiteheads. I apply it once in the morning, after my workout (after I cleanse my skin of course) and before bed. In just 3 days I have noticed a HUGE difference. It is also forcing some whiteheads to come to the surface and pop. These then heal within 1-2 days and it's like they weren't even there. However, my skin does tend to heal quite fast. I use a mix of both, but I prefer the blemish stick as it applies better.
Now, when I find a new pimple arising, I put the Burt's Bee Blemish stick aside and apply my Clearasil StayClear Acne Treatment Cream with SULFUR RESORCINOL - NOT the one with Benzoyl Peroxide. I bought it for only $6. I have read many reviews stating that this specific brand with the sulfur works much better and quicker - and does it ever. It attacks any newly formed blemishes. I put this on at night since it cannot really be worn under make-up. When I wake up in the morning, any new blemishes have come to a head. I then use lemon juice and hot water to pop the pimple and let it drain itself instead of squeezing it (this can results in unwanted scarring). I also find if I don't squeeze it out and let it empty with the heat and lemon on it's own, it heals much faster, like a week faster than if I were to pop it!
Along with these products, I had to get a weekly face mask and man did I ever choose an awesome one. It is by Freeman and it's called the Facial polishing mask with CHARCOAL + BLACK SUGAR. It was around $3. The Charcoal helps absorb oil and impurities and the black sugar purifies and exfoliates. It leaves you with very smooth skin but be warned, when you put it on, it will feel very hot. This however goes away in a few minutes. I like it, I think it feels neat. I have used this once and will continue to use twice a week to keep my skin smooth and clean.
My skin started getting really bad last week. And within the past few days of using this product, my whiteheads have been reduced by 50% and my old pimples from last week have all popped and healed. I have also been exercising daily and drinking lots of water. I also avoid all junk food and pop, as sugar and salt are not good for your body and can lead to impurities which can result in acne. I also avoid dairy and meat. I eat fish and chicken only a few times a week. I found that the dairy and meat caused my breakouts to become worse. I strive to eat only fresh fruits and vegetables, all whole grain products, and drink lots of lemon juice and green tea (A great antioxidant and cleanser for the body). I also make sure to take my daily vitamins, mostly my prenatal, folic acid, zinc (a great acne fighter), green tea extract, omega 3, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin C and Vitamin D, along with chromium, magnesium an calcium.
I can't believe the huge turn around my skin has made just from a few simple changes.
I aslo make sure not to stress as much and get lots of sleep. I also keep from touching my face and change and wash my pillow cases every few days as not to spread bacteria. I also keep my cell phone clean and try to use speaker-phone as often as I can to avoid touching my phone to my face since it can be very dirty. I always remember to wash my hands before doing my skin care routine and to avoid rubbing it when drying with a towel. It's also very important not to pick your acne or pop your pimples as it will spread the bacteria and make it worse.
All these steps are helping me battle my prenatal hormonal acne and within the next month I vow to have perfect skin again and will post pictures to prove it!