If you are familiar with acne, you know how frustrating it can be to keep your skin clear. Diet, hormones, stress, and various other factors can be the reason for moderate to severe acne. Unfortunately, a lot of women suffer from hormonal acne and pityrosporum folliculitis due to using the wrong medications and skin care products.
The Start Of It All
For most of my life, I had beautiful, flawless skin. I rarely wore makeup and knew nothing about skin care. I used generic soap regularly to wash my face and that was it.
Roughly two years ago, I began my battle with acne. Every morning I woke up feeling discouraged due to my troublesome skin. My problem area was my forehead and jawline. The bumps were huge, and there was a new one appearing daily. Not only were the bumps large in size, but it was also taking weeks for them to go away. And when the acne finally disappeared, it left behind ugly red and dark spots, which are known as hyperpigmentation.
Acne Drug Store Products
Like any normal human being, I went to Walgreens and purchased an OTC acne medication. I opted for the typical Neutrogena face wash because I used it as a teen, and knew that it worked well with my skin type. To my surprise, my acne was only getting worse. My skin was extremely red, and the acne would not go away.
The Dermatologist Visit
For months, I was trying every drugstore product under the sun and nothing was working. I would see gradual improvement, here and there, but then the acne would come back. So I decided to see a dermatologist.
I was so excited to begin my clear skin journey. I immediately called and made an appointment for the next day.
The following morning I met with my new dermatologist. He wrote up a prescription for an oral pill and a topical cream. The visit was so quick! But , I was desperate at that point. The topical cream helped but if I stopped it at all, I noticed that the acne would resurface.
Feeling frustrated, I decided to do my own research on acne and figure out what really causes it. I was amazed and realized that I was never going to see results because I was not practicing proper health or skin care.
1. It Can Be An Internal Issue
Acne develops due to many different reasons such as sebum overgrowth (Oily skin) or clogged follicles (blackheads/ whiteheads). Stress, medications, and food can also be the reason for acne breakouts.
Part of my struggle with hormonal acne developed due to birth control. I started taking a new birth control pill, and quickly realized that the new pill was not working well for me. I was angry, lacked any type of motivation, and any pimple I had, healed and left a dark scar.
After reading the packet insert of my pills and doing research on birth control, I found out that birth control causes hyperpigmentation due to the pill’s active ingredients.
My hormones were all over the place so I decided to stop the pill and give my body a rest. It took almost a year for my hormones to regulate, but I definitely noticed a difference in my skin after I stopped taking the pill.
I’ve recently started taking Evening Primrose pills, and I must say, they are a lifesaver. Primrose Oil is known to help with menopause, menstrual cramps, and hormone regulation. I no longer have hormonal acne and the texture of my skin has improved significantly. I recommend this pill to anyone who is suffering from hormonal acne.
2. Be Sure To Pick The Best Acne Treatment For You
The pharmaceutical industry is saturated with different types of topical acne medications. Benzoyl Peroxide, Accutane, Retin-A, and Epiduo Forte, are some of the popular brands. Each topical cream contains different ingredients which can work differently depending on your skin type. I would advise sitting down with a good dermatologist to figure out what works best for your skin condition.
3. It May Be Pityrosporum Folliculitis Instead Of Acne
Even after my acne began to clear, I still had small bumps on my skin that would not go away. They never formed a head! It was so frustrating! Once I began researching the issue,I quickly realized that so many women were suffering from the same issue. The small bumps on my forehead were due to a yeast overgrowth in my body, which is known as pityrosporum folliculitis.
After researching pityrosporum folliculitis, I realized that I was indeed consuming too much yeast. Yeast is in everything and if it’s not, a lot of other ingredients in our food helps yeast stay alive. I cut back on sugar and my pretzel addiction to help reduce my yeast intake.
If you need to reduce your sugar intake, I highly recommend trying the Candida Diet.
4. Less Is Better
If you are going to treat acne with topical products, do not go crazy all at once. Pick one product and give it at least a month to work its magic. If you do not see an improvement, slowly decrease the usage and try a new product. Trying too many products at once can do more harm than good. Trust me I learned the hard way!
Dryness occurs and causes severe redness and irritation which can have an adverse effect, and causes more oil (sebum) production.
After my long battle with hormonal acne and pityrosporum folliculitis, I realized that it’s best to stick with the basics. I currently use the following products to help keep my skin clear.
1. Cetaphil Cleansing Bar – Use twice daily to cleanse the skin
2. Witch Hazel – Toner that helps regulate the skin’s PH Levels
3. Aloe Vera Plant Extract – Natural Moisturizer and Good Source of Vitamin E
4. Sulfur for Acne – I spot treat pimples with this product as needed
5. Nizoral – Helps with pityrosporum folliculitis related breakouts – use as directed
6. Nadinola – Dark Spot Fade Cream – use as directed
I can definitely say that my skin is doing much better. My dark spots are fading and my skin looks healthy and radiant. I try to stick to a Low Sugar -Low Carb Diet, in efforts to avoid any type of breakout.
We all want to have flawless clear skin and I believe it is achievable with the right products and the proper diet.
It takes time to figure out what works for you, so don’t give up too soon.
Thanks for reading,