Being a woman is not easy. I’m sure most of you know this as you’re either a woman yourself or you know one. Regardless of your gender, you can’t deny this fact: our hormones are messed up all the time. After a couple years doing the same routine, you think you know your body and you can begin to predict or understand when things start acting up. But the moment you change something, say, I don’t know, your birth control or get an IUD, your hormones go haywire and you have to start all over again.
Therefore, we need to find new ways to be smart. When it comes to acne, I have had my fair share. And I’ve tried everything – from all of the topical creams, washes, and ointments to all of the medications. I’ve been on every antibiotic known to man, and even went through six months of Accutane. Guess what? I still have acne. I am 25 years old and still battling acne!
It’s frustrating. And since I know that it is 100% attributed to my hormones, there’s only so much I can do about it. But, I’m still trying. Below is a list of suggestions I have that have worked for me and some of my favorite products, and where you can buy it:
- Drink lots of water. This will never not solve your problems. Water is so important, especially for your skin. It is recommended to drink around 8 glasses a day – 64 oz.
- Make sure to wash your face in the morning and before bed. If you’re not doing this, you’re already doing skincare wrong. Also, make sure you’re using actual face wash as other soaps and products can be too harsh for your face.
- Find a moisturizer that won’t clog your pores – paraben free – and use it morning and night. I use First Aid Beauty products for both a face wash and moisturizer morning and night as it’s really safe for sensitive skin. You can find it at Sephora here.
- Kate Somerville spot treatment. This is especially useful for the big cystic acne that you need to dry up quickly. Just get a Q-tip and dab it on your spot before bed. The next day you will see that it has significantly shrunk. You can get it here.
- Tea Tree Oil. This stuff feels great and smells nice. You can pretty much find it anywhere. Just put it on the affected area once or twice a day, depending on what works for you.
If you try all 5 of these steps, have given it a good couple of weeks, and you’re not seeing anything improve, I would definitely see a dermatologist. Everyone’s situation is different, especially when it comes to acne and hormones – and there’s no sure way of fighting it.
Are there certain products or suggestions that have especially worked for you not mentioned above? Comment below or write me on Twitter – @knackeredchaos!