Saturday, June 28, 2014

Update: Fight Against Acne with the Dermatologist

As many of you know, I take my skin care very seriously and I had a bad bout of hormonal and cystic acne over the past few months. Future Monster's impending arrival (whenever that may be!) and my skin, require the use of non-BP/non-SA based products. As such, I would try many things (water, upping my greens, exercise, etc) to combat said acne, but nothing was working. ... In March, I was said "That's it! I'm going to a derm!" and here I am, months later- ecstatic.

I'm not saying what I'm doing/have done will work for everyone, I'm just saying this regimen is what has worked with me. Also, I do realize my acne has become hormonal over the years, the products I'm using are safe to use throughout pregnancy. I am under the supervision of an amazing dermatologist!

Keflex/Cephalexin (1) and Cleocin/Clindamycin (2)
(1) I started off with one capsule twice a day, tapered down to one capsule once daily, then down to once capsule every other day, and finally down to one capsule once daily as needed. This drug has seriously kicked the crap out of all the back acne and booty acne on my body. (2) I use the topical variant of this drug as a spot treatment on any active blemish. This, in conjunction with the oral antibiotic, have made an incredible difference in my skin. The product stings, but it feels so good to see the zits shrink overnight. Currently, I have no active blemishes and have stopped taking each drug, but have been directed to restart both at the onset of any active blemish.

Shu Uemura Porefinest Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil
I made the switch to a cleansing oil when I ran out of my handy dandy super trusty EL's Total Makeup Remover was reformulated (It's not the same!!). I absolutely LOVE this cleansing oil. When used correctly, it takes even the most difficult of waterproof makeup off. Not to mention I die over this scent. Also, I know it's annoying to order because Shu Uemura took all its products off US shelves, one can only get purchase it on SU's site (Plus the boys always end up picking out anything BUT the one I want).. It's not too bad if you remember to order it. Trust!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel & Clarisonic Plus
I use one pump of the LRP cleanser and just follow the prompts per the Clarisonic through two rounds... and bam. My face and neck are so nice, clean and generally acne-free! Also, with summer quickly approaching (and the imminence of baring skin) I make sure to exfoliate my body well. Luckily for me, I have a separate head to use for my body and it works so incredibly well for an even application of my self-tanner.

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector
I've used this product off and on for the past three years. I have a love/hate relationship with this corrector because it works so well, but is SO expensive for one measly fluid ounce! Admittedly, this is the only product that's helped me with hyper-pigmentation. If anyone has any recs for a cheaper alternative that works as well, please let me know!

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer Combination Skin and Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturizer
For the most part, I use the former by itself because it doesn't contain any BP or SA. Although it feels watery and yucky I still don't like the way lotion feels on my skin..), I feel like it moisturizes well. Sometimes I mix both moisturizers and use them together if I feel my skin is too oily (Clinique moisturizer is very, very drying).

I've found things that will clear my acne, but the products contain ingredients that aren't safe for Eggroll or Empanada. I need to find safe products now for a health baby (and happy, acne-free mommy) in the future!

Do you have any recs on pregnancy-safe products?

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