How I Cured My Postpartum/Hormonal Acne

If you've ever dealt with acne, you can understand how frustrating it is! If you've never struggled with bad skin, lucky you! This post is not for you. I thought I was one of those "lucky ones" until I had Avery. I had never had any major issues with my skin - no teenage acne or any problems besides sensitive skin, really. Of course I've had pimples, but just random ones once every couple of months or so. However, a few months after having Avery, everything changed. I started breaking out on my chin...so bad, I was so embarrassed and was always trying to hide it with something - my hands, a scarf, or anything I could think of. Thankfully, the only places I broke out were around my nose and on my chin (two spots prone to hormonal acne). I couldn't understand why this was happening, and even worse...why it was happening in my late 20s (I'm 27)! I quickly realized it was due to hormones, and the stress that comes with having a new baby - even though I didn't feel all that stressed, there was a lot going on with a newborn and a toddler running around like crazy. I was determined to find a solution...I tried drinking a gallon of water a day, changed my laundry detergent, cleansed & moisturized properly...but nothing seemed to help. I'm allergic to benzoyl peroxide, which is in a lot of acne products, so I felt like I didn't have many options...until I did more research. One night, I went to Sephora's website, typed "acne" in the search box, and found two products that had great reviews, neither containing benzoyl peroxide - this mask, and these treatment pads. I read through quite a few of the reviews, and found so many of them saying things like, "the ONLY product that has helped my hormonal acne!" and decided I had to order both right away. Honestly, within 1 week I noticed a big difference - I was using the treatment pads 2 times/day, and the mask once/week. Over the period of about 4 weeks, my skin was completely back to normal, and I've never felt so thankful for clear skin! I think the combination of these two products is lethal for hormonal acne...they were for me anyway. I didn't really ever think I would post about this because of the way it made me feel, but I wanted to share in case anyone is struggling with the same feelings, insecurities, or frustrations I was. I've now ordered the cleanser to go with the treatment pads, and use it once/day...and have had clear skin ever since this became my process (thank you, Jesus!). 
My acne routine now looks like this (note: only talking about the use of acne products, not my entire skincare routine):
Morning: Cleanse with Clear Days Ahead cleanser & moisturize
Evening: 1 treatment pad (after cleansing with non-acne cleanser) 
Saturdays: Mask day!
**If you have any acne treatment products you swear by, I'd love to try them out! Please let me know! Also, looking for a new concealer...I like full coverage but not cake-y, please help! 
I wish I had better pictures to share with you...but honestly I was trying to avoid photos, or would only post ones where you couldn't see the breakouts, but trust me...it was much worse than it shows in this photo - BEFORE:
AFTER:


16 comments:

  1. Thank you for this! I had terrible acne as a teen and had to get on accutane and the pill (because of accutane) and my acne completely cleared! Now I'm much older, switched bc and I'm breaking out like CRAZY!! It must be the sudden lack of hormone control, but thank you for the tips!


    Kim

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    1. Uhg, yes it can be so frustrating! I hope these products will help you as much as they've helped me! xx

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  2. Two must try concealers.. Urban Decay naked skin weightless complete coverage concealer is amazing! I have also been hearing (waiting for it to come back in stock to purchase) amazing things about Makeup Forever's new ultra HD concealer. The reviews on sephora for both of these are great! I recommend applying with a damp beauty blender for flawless coverage!

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    1. Thank you for the concealer recommendations! I currently use a damp beauty blender, so that's perfect! ;) xx

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  3. I also suffer from acne and super sensitive skin. My skin dries out really quickly when using the cleansing pads and acne cleanser you've mentioned. Do you use the non-acne cleanser at night to avoid drying out? What is the cleanser you use for that? I was also wondering if you could elaborate more on your overall face care routine. I have to use acne treatment, but then get overwhelmed with putting everything else on top of that. For example, I cleanse, then use the acne moistrurizer, then use a SPF moisturizer, SPF for eyes, and cliniques dark spot remover. After all of that I put my regular make-up on. It's just so many layers! Any advice on this?

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    1. I know it can be SO overwhelming! I posted my morning & evening routine here under question #1: http://www.somewherelately.com/2015/12/coffeetalk_18.html

      Hope that helps! xx

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  4. Have you tried Nerium? I'd be thrilled to get you a bottle to try. My website is www.wendifrank.nerium.com or email at Tw.frank@verizon.net.

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    1. No, I've never tired it - nervous to try it to be totally honest! I've heard all different things about from great to bad, and my skin is sooo sensitive. xx

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  5. I would also love to know your entire beauty routine! Do you think this would clear up forehead acne? After having my baby girl (5 months now) that is a where my flare up has been.

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    1. I do think it would help! I know everyone's skin is different, and one product isn't going to work for everyone, BUT I truly believe in these products! The mask really dries everything out (but I only use it once/week so my face doesn't get dry)! I posted my morning & evening routine here under question #1: http://www.somewherelately.com/2015/12/coffeetalk_18.html

      Hope that helps! xx

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  6. oh, girl... have I got the thing for you... expect an email from a paige!

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  7. Amazing cosmetics concealer!! Amazing,
    Used in tons of photo shoots. A little goes a long way.

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  8. Thanks so much for this post!! I've been struggling with random acne too and I'm thinking it must be hormones because I've pretty much made all the same changes you did and STILL having random breakouts! I hear sulfur is great for acne, and have used Murad acne spot treatment which has 3% sulfur, but am also gonna try that mask! Love your blog and following you two on snapchat!! XOXO, Yana

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  11. Thanks for sharing this home remedy for acne treatment! I think hormonal imbalance is real reason behind acnes issue. I have tried various home remedies but not seeing any results so now I am thinking to try chiropractic care for hormonal balance. I wonder if anyone could recommend professional Mississauga chiropractor for my treatment!

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