As all of you know, acne came knocking on my door since March and I’ve been trying to fight it. I’ve tried loads of methods and now I think it’s time that I reveal to you the methods of fighting acne and how effective they really are.
Firstly I want to warn you tho… what I am about to post is a series of gross pictures of my acne problem. Click continue reading if you’re readyyyy~
I’ve been plagued by acne for quite sometime in the past, but all was under control through a medication called Oratane. In around mid-March, I tried a detoxifying essence and my acne flared up again. In April, the acne became full blown. Loads of clogged pores and zits started popping up.
Since April, I tried loads of methods to calm my skin. Changing cleansers, pimple creams, going for facials and etc… I kept a log on the products I’ve used and stops if anything happens during the period of usage.
1. Benzoyl Peroxide
In April – May, I used Benzoyl Peroxide (also known as BP) for my persistent acne problems.
BP is a very strong and effective medication for pimples and readily available over the counter. There are countless brands selling BP, such as Oxy and Neutrogena.
If you’re getting BP, make sure it states 5% strength to minimise irritation. Therefore, Oxy’s BP cannot be used.
Pros: Pimples heals fast with the help of BP, but face maybe red and itching if you have sensitive skin. During the period of BP, I replaced my usual moisturizer with Aloe Vera gel to sooth irritation.
Cons: Scars will darken through the use of BP, and it will not fade away unless you stop using.
2. Lemon Peel
From End May – Mid June, I tried Lemon Juice over the span of 2 weeks and in August as well. It works like a chemical peel except that it is less harsh and can be applied almost daily. Basically, the citric acid in lemon strips off the surface layer of the skin, which allows new skin to grow over the next few days.
Pros: Whitening, smoothing and reduces acne.
Cons: Face will be very sensitive and should avoid sunlight after application. Peeling occurs and therefore proper moisturizing should be used.
3. Facial Treatments
I’ve tried a number of facials over the span of 4 months from April to August, in which some worked and some didn’t.
Facials work by extracting the zits to improve your skin’s condition. The beautician will customize your treatment based on your skin type and condition.
So far, I’ve tried very basic facial, sparkling peel by Adonis (mid June) and ATP-38 light therapy treatment. IMO, Sparkling peel somehow made my skin looked worse (see June picture. It’s taken during the series of Adonis treatment).
My favorite is still the basic facial treatment which both my sister and I frequent.
On 18 July, I went on the pill as prescribed by my doctor after I went for a checkup for hormonal imbalance.
Besides working as a contraceptive pill, Yasmin can also be used for females with hormonal imbalance, heavy, painful or irregular periods.
Besides that my irregular periods have been normalized, my skin condition also gets better and now what’s left are the faint acne marks. I also get less mood swings and able to curb my abnormal PMS cravings most of the time. On the whole I’m a much happier person!
During the time from September till now, I’ve also been using a really awesome pimple cream from La Roche Posay recommended by my sis.
Pros: Reduces pimple size by drying the pimple (duh!)
Cons: Though it’s gentle, it is a little on the drying side, so use with caution.
I hope that this post helps everyone who is currently dealing with acne problems.