(This is not a sponsored post. I just genuinely want to share the success I have had with acne.org)
This is scary for me to share. I am shuddering just thinking about anyone seeing my bare skin. I have struggled with cystic acne since I was 13. The severity reached its peak after I gave birth to my son, Dax. My hormones were killing me in so many ways, and it showed all over my face. I was FED UP with my skin problems, so I did what I always do when I'm fed up: googled my butt off.
During my google-fest, I came across so many others whose acne is or was much more severe than mine. My heart breaks for them, as I know how just a few pimples and scars can make you feel so insecure. It seems like such a trivial thing to care about, but being comfortable in your own skin is emotionally relieving particularly during such an emotionally trying season of life like new-motherhood. One person I came across whose acne had been pretty intense was, (super gorgeous!) Raven Elyse on youtube. I found this video review she did on acne.org's products and skincare regimen. When she said that birth control pills were a temporary fix for her own skin issues, I could completely relate. I took birth control pills from the time I was 15 to control my acne (I also did two rounds of Acutane, tons of antibiotics, topicals and made regular trips to the dermatologist), but they were all temporary fixes. As I was still nursing during this google-storm, taking the form of birth control that does alleviate my acne wasn't an option.
After watching Raven's video, I hit up the acne.org website. It seemed way too simple to work, but so simple, I couldn't really say "no." I ALREADY HAD ALL THE PRODUCTS I NEEDED! So I started their regimen that day using the following drugstore products:
It started working! I still really can't believe it. My skin has improved so much in the last six months that I regularly go out in public without makeup. Something I NEVER would've done before. I only use foundation on special occasions, and my summer has been awesome now that I feel more secure getting my face wet at the pool.
The regimen worked wonders for me. I highly recommend trying it if you're experiencing awful postpartum, hormonal acne. Here are a few things I've learned that are integral for the system to work:
- You have to stick to it. It takes a few weeks to see the results.
- Consistency is key. Sure enough, the times I get too comfortable in my skin and skip a night of washing - BAM! a pimple forms about a week later.
- Follow their regimen exactly. They aren't messing around. It works, but you have to put in the leg work. I sit on the bathroom floor for those 5 minutes in between creams. Yes, my husband has to watch the baby for 5 extra minutes, but it's worth it for him to not have to listen to me complain about my skin everyday.
Since my cetaphil ran out, I have been purchasing the acne.org cleanser. It feels necessary to support the organization that finally gave me the fix I needed. I will definitely do the same when the rest of my drugstore products run out.
I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about my experience with the acne.org regimen or, you know, mom life in general. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.