Skincare routine // How I cleared my acne
After tons of requests on my youtube videos I finally got around to making a skincare posts. If you watch my videos you’ve probably noticed that my skin went from super bad with acne + scars to being completely clear with no scars or marks. In some of my coming videos my acne will still be there because they were pre-filmed and have been mixed in with my newer videos but I am still 100% acne free as I write this.
I’ve never had any big problems with my skin before, sure I had breakouts sometimes and a few pimples here and there especially on my forehead but never anything bad and they were usually only “bad” during my period and such.
It wasn’t until late august this year, at the age of 19, that my skin started going CRAZY! My whole face broke out; chin, forehead, nose, cheeks – all over. I hadn’t changed anything, diet, makeup, skincare – everything was like normal so I couldn’t find a reason why this happened. It got worse and worse and started to become so painful I couldn’t stand doing my skincare routine or applying make to my skin.
Anyone who’s ever suffered from acne know stat this is the number one self-esteem killer. I’ve never felt so bad about my self as I did during this time. I hated looking in the mirror, refused to leave my home without makeup, I always felt like people stared at my skin – like my acne was the only thing they’d notice when looking at me. I would spend hours upon hours every single day just researching acne remedies and how to get rid of it.
I started upping up my skincare routine, I eliminated any new foundations I wasn’t 100% sure about yet, I started drinking more water, working out, did all the home remedies I could possible find on google – nothing worked, and it only got worse with time.
After about 4 weeks of being miserable, I decided to contact a dermatologist. In Denmark we have an online dermatologist website that my friend had recommend, so I went on there and started the process of getting help.
I gave them basic information, answered questions, described my problems and send photos. 48 hours later I got the ‘you have adult acne’ diagnosis and prescriptions for my new medication and how to use it.
I started my new routine the next day.
Here’s what I started doing:
- 1 antibiotic pill daily for 3 days, then 1 every week for 6 weeks (I have 1 week left now)
- Epiduo Gel every other night before moisturizer.
- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo on the night I didn’t apply Epiduo.
- La Roche-Posay foaming gel cleanser + Konjac sensitive sponge every morning + night.
- La Roche-Posay Effaclar H moisturizer morning and night.
I stuck to this routine for about 2 weeks – my skin was painful, red, peeling everywhere and burning so badly I would sometimes cry when applying my moisturizer since my skin was so striped for oils.
Within 7 days I had no active breakouts, hadn’t gotten any new ones and my older ones were slowly fading.
Within 10 days my skin was clearer than it had ever been – no breakouts, no red marks, no scars.
I was happier than ever and didn’t even feel like putting on makeup anymore! 😀
I started changing my routine at this point as the other was starting to become too abrasive for my skin. It had been painful but effective – but I knew it wouldn’t be good for the long run.
Here’s what I changed:
- I started skipping the cleanser, it was too drying for my skin. Instead I just cleansed morning + night with water and my konjak sponge.
- I stopped using the Effaclar duo completely and instead started applying a smaller than usual amount of my Epiduo gel every night, instead of every other night. This made sure no pimples could form during the day I wasn’t using it as my antibiotics was still only being taken once a week.
My skin was still super dry, peeling and burning but it was nowhere near as bad as it was the first 2 weeks.
Now about 6 weeks later, I’ve changed my routine a bit again.
My routine is now:
- wash face with water + Cetaphil gentle cleanser for all skin types (LOVE this stuff, does not in any way dry my skin and cleanses well)
- Apply my Effaclar H moisturizer – if I’m going out I’ll use my Cetaphil spf 50 face moisturizer as I’m currently in LA and 1) You can’t get exposed to sun while on acne treatment as the skin is so thin and will burn immediately and 2) You should always wear SPF lol, sun is bad – protect your skin, keep it healthy!
- I’ll wash off my makeup using the Garnier Miscellaneous cleansing water and cotton pads – no makeup wipes as they dry me out and burn my face.
- I’ll then cleanse with water and my cetaphil cleanser.
- Then I apply the Epiduo gel to my T-zone and around my mouth, and then apply my Effaclar H moisturizer on top.
A couple times a week I’ll use a mask – I’m currently using LUSH oatfix mask for smooth and extra hydrated skin to make up for the drying acne treatment or the Freeman black sugar mask + scrub to exfoliate and deep clean.
My skin is still super clear and perfect! I get a few tiny clogged pores between my brows every once in a while but being in LA with super polluted air and continued use of SPF, I can’t really complain about that lol!
I’m taking my last antibiotic next week but will continue everything else. Hopefully my skin will stay clear – I’ll keep you all updated how that goes!
I also have some new products on my ‘wish list’ when it comes to skincare and have found quite a few things I’d like to try.
These are the ones I’m currently looking at:
African black soap // buy here
Dermalogica intense eye repair // buy here
Dermalogica clay cleanser // buy here
REN gentle exfoliating cleanser // buy here
REN skin renewal peel mask // buy here
Leth me know if you’ve tried any of them!