Having hormonal acne was my biggest struggle. Having to deal with it from my puberty until when I’m in my 30’s is one of the biggest ordeals of my life. I’m not being overly dramatic but it’s the truth. Acne ruined my skin, my self-esteem, and my early adulthood.
Now I may have not be 100% free from breakouts but I can say that I managed it this time, not only focusing the healing on the outside but as well as from the inside.
Please note though that it took me years before I can find the right products for me so if you are going through the same ordeals I had, don’t give up that easily, there is still hope and give your acne a good fight.
Another note to take is that I have consulted numerous dermatologist at my younger years and it still didn’t stop my breakouts at any point in my life. However, I don’t discourage you, ladies, to skip your dermatologist appointment.
I tried numbers of products both topical and non-topical and all didn’t work, until now. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Healing from the Inside.
Giving importance to the internal healing is as much as important as the external healing. Taking care from the inside is the secret. If you have an internal problem that is causing you to have all these breakouts and you are not sorting it out, you will keep fixing the outside for nothing.
1. Drink a lot of water.
It is in every health and beauty magazine. No doubt this is always the first thing on the beauty/health routine checklist. Drinking at least 7 glasses of water a day keeps our skin supple. Not only that, it also allows us to cleanse our internal system, so don’t be dismay when you have to do a bathroom trip often, it helps us in a great deal.
2. Skip or Cut your Caffeine Intake
Have you ever wonder why your skin is always dry? This is the culprit ladies, caffeine. If you cannot skip your daily cup of joes then I recommend cutting the consumption at least to a limit of 1 cup a day. Though coffee has a great amount of anti-oxidant, not taking it in moderation will cause you a dry skin.
3. Eat your Sups!
For me, this is the climax! These supplements changed my life and how I managed my PCOS symptoms. I am not a doctor or a pharmacist, it is just that these supplements worked for me big time! You can always consult your doctors before taking these.
This is wonder pill here helped me regulate my period and clear my acne. I still get a zit or two every time of the month but this controls the breakout. For me, how it worked was it regulated my period. The thing is, when I don’t get my period in a month, a breakout is imminent. To keep my face and back and neck, acne free I should have a period so taking 2 capsules a day of Vitex is a must for me.
I suggest consulting a pharmacist or your OB Gynecologist before you get started on this so you know what is in store for you. Before I started taking Vitex, my period is irregular, it comes either every 2 months or 3 months or 6 months. When I started on Vitex, I started on 2 capsules and I started getting period not once but twice a month. After 3 months it did become regular, I started getting a monthly period.
Evening Primrose + Fish Oil
I used to take these supplements separately Evening Primrose and Fish Oil. As a person who pops in several capsules daily, it sometimes makes s me feel dismayed having to swallow a lot of capsules, it’s tiring. When Blackmores came out with this combined stuff, I cannot wait to get my hands on this supplement. It is like hitting two birds with one stone. What benefits I need from Evening Primrose and Fish Oil.
Evening Primrose – This particular oil when taken by women can help balance the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the woman’s body. PCOS is known as a hormonal imbalance so any kind of supplement that helps restore the balance between female hormones is definitely worth trying.
Fish Oil – It is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that may help relieve some conditions associated with the polycystic ovarian syndrome(PCOS). Studies show fish oil can reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure, lowering your chance of heart attack.
Other than making our complexions fair and suppler, Glutathione is important for both male and female fertility. When it comes to the women’s ovaries, glutathione has an important role to play. Our eggs develop slowly and gradually in a process known as folliculogenesis over a period of many months before ovulation occurs. Each one of these tiny cells requires glutathione to shield it from damage.
There is no need for an elaborate explanation on why we need Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential as it helps us improve our immune system and shields us from those nasty colds and bugs. As a bonus, Vitamins C helps our skin to stay glowing and healthy.
These are the Supplements I take to maintain my skin from the inside. Now let’s talk about what I use in the skincare routines that helped me a lot in managing my breakouts.
Healing the Surface!
1. Oil Makeup Remover
I rarely put makeup on but when I do, I usually get a zit or two after and this is the main reason why I am not a makeup fan. I used to use the drugstore makeup remover but those just can’t do a complete and thorough job.
I came across different articles that talk about the wonders of oil make-up remover so I gave it a try. It didn’t fail me! It really does a good job of removing all the makeup and the gunks and the grimes. It is also relaxing as you lather the oil on your face with your hands instead of a cotton pad.
I am using this brand below as of now, Hada Labo Oil Makeup Remover.
2. Facial Scrub
I have to have a facial scrub to remove all the dead skin on my face. I love scrubbing as it makes my face feel so squeaky clean. I am using the infamous St. Ives Apricot Scrub Acne Control. It really helped me calmed down my zit on my chin recently, and it makes my skin really clean.
3. Foaming Cleanser
The most gentle cleanser so far and the smell is amazing! I love the whole range of Body Shop Drops of Youth but I don’t use all the products in the range for some of it doesn’t do a good job or I should say doesn’t work for me.
4. Facial Toner
I am a lazy gal when it comes to toner. However, adding a toner in my daily routine helps in prepping up my skin for the rest of the products I’ll be putting on. It kinds of cleans everything, it removes any traces from the facial foam cleanser. For toner, I am using Body Shop Vitamin E Toner. This is not a normal toner as the consistency is thicker. The smell is really nice as well.
5. Facial Lotion
This is not a staple but I am using a Facial lotion because simple, it makes my face suppler and moist. I am using Body Shop Drops of Youth Facial Lotion.
6. Facial Serum
You can skip #5 above but this one is a must if you want to make your face soft, supple and feels relaxed. For me, this made a big change on my face. I am using this every single day and night. It just calms down my pores. I am using Drops of Youth Concentrate. I noticed that my face became smooth and supple.
This is my favourite of all. This moisturiser is really relaxing and adds softness to my face and the smell is amazing. I am using Bodyshop Drops of Youth Moisturizer.
These are the products that helped me managed and tamed my acne. Having a PCOS means having to deal with an abnormal type of acne and it requires more than what is in a normal skin routine.
This worked for me and again, this may not work for you but since it worked for me thus I want to share it with you guys.
What about you ladies? What products helped you in managing your PCOS acne?
Let’s talk and discuss about it.
Bye for now !