After 10 yrs of suffering from acne and being stripped off all levels of self confidence, I never in a million years thought I’d be free of it coz it somehow became a part of me . I’ve had my fair share of good skin up till I was 14 and that was it. From then on, my face was a constant battlefield till recently.
Acne ruined me not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well. I went through it all, the puberty pimples all through high school and hormonal acne all through college. Difficult times I can tell you that.
Ways I’ve tried to cure my acne in the past:
Facial – Parents spent thousands of dollars sending me to facials because I was crying endlessly at times. Nope, didn’t work.
Products – Along with facial comes thousands of $$$ on products recommended by this person and that person and impulse purchases. Yeah nothing ever worked. What’s new?
Dermatologist – At 20, I was put on the brutal pill, Roaccutane. My doctor said “if this doesn’t work, nothing will” and I ain’t gonna say no to that. Being on Roaccutane was when all hell broke loose. I broke out more than I ever did in places i never had acne throughout the purging period of 2 and a half months. I had dry patches all over my body, my face was constantly peeling. I also had extremely chapped lips to the extend that when I yawn, the sides of my lips would tear and bleed. Thats when I knew what true depression felt life. I skipped college class for a whole month. Stayed in the room and cried everyday and night when i looked into the mirror. I even cried to my doctor and gave up mid way but he asked me to stay strong so I did. After being on it for 3 whole torturing months, I had clear skin for half a year and when the medicine wore off, the demons came back. So I gave up going on this the second time because of the side effects.
Birth control pill – At 22, my acne transitioned to hormonal acne cluttering on my cheeks and chin. So my gynecologist put me on Loette then I went on Diane35 and damn I broke out like craaaaay for the first 3 months. 3 months don’t seem like a long time but imagine going through the purging period and having to go to work and I’m in the marketing department, I go to endless meetings and that was a tough time for me. Confidence level zero.
WHAT FINALLY CURED MY ACNE
So I thought enough is enough. I’m done with this and since I’m already earning my own money, I’ll do whatever it takes to get clear skin and won’t burden my parents anymore.
So I did my research for about a year and along the way I started changing my skincare routine going through trial & error with products to find out what works best for me. I spend more time on face masks, more time cleaning my makeup tools and changing my face towels and pillow cases. I also changed my lifestyle. I stopped smoking, I go to bed early, I drink plenty of water and I eat as much fruits as I can. While my skin improved a little, it was still not the way I wanted it to be. Sometimes my skin is alright, sometimes it flares up like crazy so I was always paranoid.
Which brings us to this products that I continuously stumbled upon as a cure to acne the midst of my “research”.
“Retin-A (tretinoin) is a form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself and quickens cell turnover. The Retin-A and tretinoin are used to treat acne, reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother”.
I was absolutely 100% skeptical about going on it coz the side effects alarmed me. People went through months of peeling and flaking of skin and I had a phobia of that after Roaccutane. But after almost a year of contemplation and putting it off, I finally caved and decided to take the plunge because my skin was in a horrific state and if you never try you’ll never know.
The one I use
They do sell it over the counter here in Malaysia. So I got it at my local pharmacy for RM18 a tube. I’ve been on this for almost 3 months now and I cannot vouch for this product enough. Maybe you need proof ?
So here’s a before & after photo only after a month of continuous use every single night.
I was fortunate enough not to experience any massive peeling whatsoever just slight dryness around my nose and chin. My Retin-A routine is to wash my face, let it completely dry for about 15 minutes, go in with the Retin-A cream, wait another 15 minutes, then put on my moisturizer.
My skin after Retin-A
I notice that the texture of my skin improved drastically. Its so much smoother now and my scars fade very quickly. Less talk, more proof you say? Here’s another picture for you :p
I still get the occasional odd breakouts during the time of the month coz I’m a girl and I have neurotic hormones but they heal incredibly fast. To prevent the zits from escalating when they’re there, I use (click here this skincare duo) instead of Retin-A and it heals them overnight most of the time. Also, my smile lines are completely gone from using Retin-A which is a big fat plus +
Retin-A is very tricky, it cannot be used simultaneously with a ton of different product ingredients. So if you’re interested, make sure you know how to use it, which percentage to go for, and be sure to consult a doctor if you haven’t read as many reviews and articles as I have. haha.
My Skincare Products
Some of these products are costly but if you have problematic skin you’ll know how hard it is to find stuff that works for you and deliver great results so I don’t mind spending the money. My skin is my best investment.
I dont think that Retin-A would’ve worked on me as well as it did without the changes in my lifestyle and my whole skincare regime that i never skip a day in my life. Determination is key.
My skin now
It has been a long and painful journey but I’m beyond delighted and thankful that I’m finally acne-free. I hope this post helps those who are suffering from acne and please know that there is a cure out there for you and it may even be the treatments that didn’t work for me. But you just have to find it and when you do, don’t give up halfway because that’s the thing about acne cure, it will always get worse before it gets better so you must always be patient with it. It will all be worth it in the end, trust me.
*Before and after pictures were taken with the same camera, unedited except the captions. Taken under different lighting.
Thanks for reading guys. xx