I’ve talked skin before. First here, briefly, and then at length here (read this post for some background on my skin issues). Basically, I never had a blemish worth worrying about until after I graduated from college, and then BAM! My jawline and around my mouth were covered in painful, deep, cystic, hormonal, acne.
I tried it all. EVERYTHING. Each method I tried worked to an extent, but nothing completely cleared my skin. Call me crazy, but I was looking for completely clean, fresh skin–not kind-of clear skin! I did clay face masks weekly (sometimes more frequently). I washed my face with the Oil Cleansing Method. I drank more water, ate more carrots, exercised more. I used a clean towel and pillowcase each day. I spot treated with tea tree oil, I took all kinds of vitamins, spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on treatments…I tried everything. Knowing my acne was hormonal, and not wanting to go on birth control, I tried every single natural alternative that I could find first…
Until one day this past January when I was tired of spending lots of time and lots of money on something that wasn’t changing. That’s when I made a dermatologist appointment and sat on the table and said, “I’ll do anything. Just no birth control.” (The pill can be dangerous long-term, and I don’t need it, so I don’t want it.)
So, I was prescribed Minocycline (an antibiotic) to take twice daily for a few months and Ziana gel to apply once daily. Additionally, I was asked to purchase this facial cleanser to use. About three weeks in, my face was starting to clear up. Three months in, my face was completely clear. Now, nearly 12 months in, my skin has remained clear (even though I’ve been off Minocycline for months!) by just using the recommended face wash and applying a pea-sized amount of Ziana before bed! It’s a miracle!
Here’s my schedule written out, as prescribed by my dermatologist…
In the morning:
- Wash face with AcneFree Oil-Free Acne Cleanser (buy it here) or CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (buy it here), depending on whether my skin is feeling oily or dry
- Apply CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion, PM (buy it here)–I use PM because AM has sunscreen in it, and I hate the way sunscreen smells! If you want the AM version, buy it here.
- Apply makeup! (See what I use here)
In the evening:
- Wash face with AcneFree Oil-Free Acne Cleanser (buy it here)
- Apply pea-sized amount of Ziana (RX only) all over face
- Apply CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion, PM (buy it here)
Easy enough, right? I follow this schedule exactly every single day.
If you’ve struggled with acne at all, you know how deflating and difficult it can be. It really eats away at your self esteem over time. I am so grateful to have reclaimed my skin!
I’m a firm believer in natural, alternative medicine instead of pills and chemicals. That being said, I truly believe that modern medicine has a place, too, in some cases. In my case, it did. I had tried every natural option and my stubborn, painful, cystic acne wasn’t budging. I was over it–I was ready for a change, so I went to the dermatologist and followed her recommendations.
I’ve gotten many, many comments on this post asking me for help. People who are in the exact same situation that I was in–who have tried everything and don’t know where to turn to next. Honestly, my advice is to go see a dermatologist and see what he or she can do to help you. My treatment plan only involved pills for a few months and is now just face wash and gel each day…I can stand behind that! Especially when my skin is clear.
What’s your clear skin journey looked like? What’s your next step?