Whenever someone compliments my skin, I get flashbacks to my cystic acne days…the days that I felt insecure leaving my house because I had hard-marble like cysts plaguing my face. My face was always sore and throbbing. I couldn’t look anyone in the eye. I used to cry (shocking, right?!) not knowing if it would ever get better. Now, thanks to a strict regimen, I get just one or two superficial (the dermatologist term for “not deep/cystic”) pimples a month. Everyday I’m thankful for this.
When I started this blog my primary goal was to help other people struggling with severe acne. No one should have to suffer through this. People who haven’t experienced acne at this level may scoff at the word suffer. But you don’t understand how socially debilitating it can be unless you have it.
I detailed my process in my first blog entry Basic. Since that post over 16 months ago I’ve gotten so many more comments about my clear skin. I’ve also slightly altered my routine. Because of this, I wanted to revisit that topic. I’ve designed this particular routine for sensitive, severely acne prone skin through my own research and with the help of my dermatologist.
- Wash with a combination of CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser and 10% Benzoyl Peroxide PanOxyl Foaming Wash
- Nickel sized amount 1% Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Lotion (Prescription)
- Spray on Caudalie’s Grape Water
- Two pumps of Caudalie’s Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum
- A few drops of Tarte’s Maracuja Oil and Marula Oil
- Dime sized amount of CeraVe’s AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion and Caudalie’s Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
* Wait 5 to 10 minutes between steps to let the product absorb.
- Wash face with a combination of Caudalie’s Instant Foaming Cleanser and 10% Benzoyl Peroxide PanOxyl Foaming Wash.
- Pea sized amount of Tretinoin Gel 0.025% (Prescription)
- Oral Prescriptions: Doxycycline Hyclate 100 MG, Spironolactone 50 MG, & Ortho TriCyclen Lo birth control pills.
* Please don’t tell me what medications I should or should not be on. I’m monitored by two physicians.
This summer I started getting HydraFacials at my one and only favorite spa, the Rockledge Med Spa in Bethesda, Md. (The place I get my Botox/Dysport.) I get a HydraFacials once every 6-8 weeks and they keep my skin smooth, soft, and very clear. I attribute HydraFacials for getting rid of whatever acne my process alone didn’t. It’s like a vacuum for the junk in your pores. It also helps with redness, which is nice since I have a lot of post-acne marks. If you live in the DC/MD/VA area, ask for Susette or Carol. They’re wonderful!
Obviously the whole process isn’t for everyone…it’s actually not for most people, but the products I’ve listed are all fantastic. I’m a huge fan of CeraVe and an even huger fan of Caudalie products because they’re non-irritating and hydrating. These are relatively affordable items I recommend to all!
To those first starting Tretinoin Gel and PanOxyl, the first few weeks you may experience dryness or tightness. Stick with it! It doesn’t last long and the results are worth the short wait.
As a true pisces, I live in a magical and delusional land in my head. In this world romances unfold the way they do in romantic comedies, everything at Sephora is free, Shake Shake burgers are a diet food, and we have the capability to clone Harry Styles.
In real life (what's that?), I spend my days pondering how Kylie Jenner's face changed so much. I'm a beauty junkie and pop culture-loving wedding videographer and freelance journalist. I have a Princess Jasmine complex. I am a Fanson (die hard Hanson fan). I enjoy belting old Celine Dion songs.
Please take everything I say seriously (I have my Masters in journalism from Syracuse University), but not too seriously (Cosmo is my favorite publication.)