Y’all asked, so I’m delivering. After I posted 5 beauty must-haves for 2018, my Instagram DMs blew up about how I deal with adult acne. Well, I’m finally spilling my secrets.
Buckle up because I’m not holding anything back. I’m going to share with you everything I’ve tried, what works, what didn’t work, giving you before photos, and everything in between.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty, I want to say this: Every single person’s skin & body is different, so what works for me doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you.
Alright, here it goes. This is going to be a long one folks!
All through middle school & high school I NEVER struggled with acne. When I say never I mean I got ONE zit every few months. Even through my first few years of college I never had any issues. Fast forward to my twenty-first-year and everything changed. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid, and my body spiraled out of control.
I saw my dermatologist and he prescribed me an antibiotic to kill off the bacteria that was causing the acne, and he also suggested going on birth-control. The idea of birth-control is scary as fug to me. I’m a super all natural person, so the idea of having artificial hormones pumping through my body wasn’t particularly pleasing to me… BUT I filled the prescription and stared at the pack of pills for two months. Finally, my acne got so bad that I said, “F%$K what I’m putting in my body if birth-control is going to fix my face I’ll take it.” I took birth-control for about three months, and it helped, but not like it should have so that was the end of that.
At that point, I was super desperate to find an answer, so I did what everyone does when they need medical help. I started prowling the internet. I researched the best treatments for acne and aestheticians in my area.
I tried a Hydra-facial multiple times it didn’t work, and in my opinion, they are a waste of money especially if you are trying to treat acne. I tried a micro-current facial- again multiple times. I can’t even begin to express how bad it hurt. They extract all of your pimples and zap the open area with this micro-current which is suppose to kill the bacteria. It’s the closest I’ve come to being electrocuted. It was so terrible & beyond painful, but you know, desperate times called for desperate measures…
It’s amazing the things you can find on the world wide web. I stumbled across this treatment called Laser Genesis. How did I find this treatment you ask? We all know Kendall Jenner struggles with acne and her dermatologist in LA, Kristy Kidd, does this treatment on her. So obviously, if it worked for Kendall, I’m going to try it too. I called the closest spa that offered the treatment and set up a consultation.
Before Laser Genesis
Laser Genesis changed my life.
Before I go any farther let me explain to you what Laser Genesis is.
Laser Genesis is a noninvasive treatment designed to reduce fine lines, large pores, and acne scars (also amazing for acne. I’ll tell you why in a sec!) This therapy reaches deep into the dermis layer (where acne starts) warming the skin. When your dermis layer of skin heats up, it kills the bacteria that causes acne.
I love this treatment for so many reasons, but mainly because you see results over an extended period of time. Laser Genesis takes between three to four weeks to see maximum results, as new cells reach the surface of the skin and your body’s collagen production continues to increase your skin clears up and new blemishes don’t arise. AND did I mention it is completely painless? It’s a heat laser, so your face just gets warm. The only way I can explain it is it feels like you’re laying out in the sun or in a tanning bed.
Along with Laser Genesis, my Dermatologist prescribed a few topical things that I love!
Duac gel: use as a spot treatment at night
Aczone gel: also a spot treatment, this is a peroxide-based gel, and I don’t think my skin responds to this as well as the Duac.
Clindamycin phosphate pads: toning pads I use every night after I wash my face to make sure I got all the excess dirt and makeup off my face.
Other reasons your skin might be breaking out:
You aren’t drinking enough water, you’re traveling, you’re stressed, you changed your diet, etc.
I start to break out every single time I travel; I start eating bad, I don’t drink enough water, etc. If you think food, your daily routine, or environment doesn’t affect your skin think again. Start cleaning up your diet and drinking more water and I promise you, you’ll see a huge difference!
I hope this post helps any of you that are struggling with acne. It’s all a process of trial and error until you find what works best for you and your skin.
If you have questions about anything, don’t be shy! Leave a comment, DM me on Instagram or shoot me an email (: