1. My Story
2. Lessons Learnt
3. The Regimen by Acne.org
(What I’m using to get rid of the acne)
When I was a teenager I didn’t know what acne is. I had flawless skin and I took it for granted. In 2007 I was 18 years old when I got my first pimples on my forehead. Luckily they disappeared after few months and the acne didn’t come back until 2010 when literally my whole face got covered in massive red breakouts. I felt like it happened overnight, I was upset, I panicked and I didn’t know what to do. After trying all the creams and lotions my friends recommended I realised that this horrible skin infection is no joke and a wise thing to do is to seek medical help.
My sister was at that time a medical student so she advised me to see a gynecologist because often acne is related to hormonal imbalance. Luckily the results from the blood tests proved that everything is fine and the doctor just prescribed me contraceptive pills. Even though I was bloated the whole time (one of the side effects of the pills) and I was still getting one or two pimples around my menstrual period, I was happy because my skin looked much better. In addition I visited a beautician for deep cleaning facials every 10 days for about 2 months and by end of the next year there were no signs of acne on my skin. That’s when I stopped the pills. I thought okay, I took the pills for one year, my body is super balanced now, the acne is out of my life forever.
Little did I know that acne wasn’t out of my life.. it was just coming into my life and it was getting pretty comfortable on my skin. Half an year after I stopped the pills my skin started breaking out again and even though it wasn’t as bad, it was still happening. This time I thought that I need some serious skincare routine. I started googling, reading and doing a research. I was buying and trying skincare products like crazy. Did they help? Yes! There’re many great products on the market that actually do help. But did they clear my skin. Unfortunately not!
My acne got worse when me and my husband moved to Dubai. Could it be from the humidity and the heat? I believe so. “The weather can also have an affect on the skin. Heat and humidity, which increase oil production, are renowned acne triggers and even cold weather can stress the skin and cause breakouts. How? In winter months, wind and low humidity levels can cause surface dehydration. When the skin’s moisture is not replaced its defense is to produce more oil, which can lead to clogged pores and acne flare-ups.” proactiv.com
My first job in Dubai was in Sephora where I had access to tons of great products. I could test them, use them and purchase them with a huge discount. So during that period I was using even more and better skincare but my skin wasn’t getting better. It was actually getting worse every day and I felt I had to see a doctor again. This time I booked an appointment with dermatologist in my home city Sofia. After running some tests she prescribed me a skincare routine (cleanser, moisturiser, sunscreen) and a medication called benzoyl peroxide. The week I was in Sofia we did bunch of treatments (facial, glycolic acid peel and a LED light therapy) for acne in her clinic and I was good to go.
I won’t waste your time and I’ll tell you directly that the routine didn’t help much so I stopped using the products after some time. But I didn’t want to give up, I did a research and I found a great laser specialist on Jumeirah road and for the next 4 months I tried probably every single treatment for acne. I was in the clinic every two or three weeks and with every treatment my skin was getting better and my hopes were raising. She was treating both the acne and the acne scars. There was some laser, chemical peels and other peels involved and even though it was really expensive I felt like this is the right thing to do. But it wasn’t…
Few years later I found out about acne.org and my life and skin changed.
- It’s hard to find out what causes acne, so don’t get upset if you don’t know.
- I wish someone had told me earlier that irritation = acne. We all know that touching and popping your pimples isn’t a good idea, but not many people tell you that using brushes such as Clarisonic, rubbing a towel on your face when drying it and even just touching your face can cause acne.
- Everyone tells me not to pop my breakouts and that is true unless the pimple has a white head. In that case there’s a safety way to pop it. Here’s a video with instructions: link.
- Another thing I used to do before and I thought that is helping is deep cleaning facials. It might cleans your skin temporary but it’s irritation and will cause more breakouts in the future.
- I feel ashamed to admit it but before I didn’t have a separate towel for my face. Since I started using one, my skin improved immediately. And you need to change it every few days, together with your pillowcase.
“A towel might look clean, but can actually collect a ton of dirt, dust, makeup, oil and dead skin cells that you can’t even see. And that allows them to act as breeding grounds for nasty bacteria.
In fact, researchers at the University of Arizona discovered that towels are the MOST bacteria-infested items in our homes.” via theskincareedit.com
Read the full article: Clean Towel Method
- Vitamin D and Zinc deficiency can be one of the causes for your acne. I did a simple blood test and it turned out that I’m vitamin D deficient. So recently I started taking pills and try to get some sun. When I have a chance I’ll get the test for zinc done as well. But please don’t take any pills before consulting it with your GP.
- Overdoing your skin isn’t great! I told you that at one point of my life I used to use tons of skincare on my face and my skin was actually getting worse. All you need is cleanser, benzoyl peroxide (or another medication to keep the acne away), moisturiser and a sunscreen.
- The products that you use should be non-comedogenic, fragrance and dye-free.
- Eat healthy as much as it possible. When I stopped eating greasy deep-fried food and reduced the sugar intake I noticed a difference.
- Exercise! I swear there’s something about sweating. Every single time when I put some effort in the gym, my skin feels and looks so radiant and heathy.
- Treatments like laser, all sorts of peels and led therapy don’t get rid of stubborn acne (at least they didn’t get rid of mine). They’re great way to give your skin a boost, but first build a skincare routine that works great for you and clean your skin out. They’re very expensive and the results are temporary.
- I can tell you from experience that acne spots (I recently found out that doctors call it ‘hyper-pigmentation’) are a nightmare to get rid of. But unfortunately most of the time when a pimple heals it leave a mark behind.
- Another thing that I wish I knew earlier is that not all dermatologists specialise in acne. Most of them will prescribe you some medications or/and skincare routine (by the brands they work with) and then will try to push treatments. Not many dermatologist will take their time to explain you how to look after your skin at home.
- Makeup can cause acne, so make sure you remove it properly before you go to sleep.
- It takes time! Adult acne is extremely stabborn and even if you’re doing the right things it’ll still take time. Don’t look at all those Youtube videos with titles ‘Get rid of acne overnight’. Honestly speaking you can’t even get rid of a single pimple overnight. So don’t rush yourself, give it some time, be consistent and be patient. Good things take time.
I shared with you my story and I talked about the mistakes I made and leant from, now it’s time to tell you what I used (and still using) to get rid of the acne. Every time when I was doing my online research about acne, I would always see these products and many reviews about them. Even if you go on Youtube you’ll find a lot of videos regarding them, but I don’t know why I just thought that it’s too good to be true. After spending hours, days and even weeks reading the articles on their website, the reviews and the forum I was convinced that they know what they’re talking about and that the products might worth trying. I filmed two videos on this subject, in the first video I explain what is benzoyl peroxide and in the second one I give more information about how I use it.
If there’s anything I hate more than acne that for sure is dark spots (some call them hyperpigmentation, others – acne scars, but no matter how we call them we can all agree they’re annoying). If an average pimple lasts 2, 3 weeks the dark spots and the scars literally last forever. The worst thing is it’s so hard and painful to remove them. There’re few things I’ve done to get rid of them – strong chemical peels, micro-needling and PRP (aka Vampire Facial) with dermatologist and glycolic acid cream at home. While the treatments with my dermatologist were super helpful, they were also really expensive.. Unlike them the glycolic acid cream that I’ve been using at home is much more affordable and if I have to be honest the result is really good! Not only that it gets rid of the spots left by the acne but it also deeply moisturises my skin, evens the skin tone and it gives me amazing radiants. It’s basically magical if you know how to use it. Oh, I can really talk forever about this issue as I’ve been suffering way too long.. but I will stop here and let you watch the video.
Here’s a another video about The Regimen by acne.org that convinced me to start using it:
Ordering from the States isn’t an easy mission if you live in the United Arab Emirates, but I found a way. I ordered them to the UK and then asked someone to bring them when coming here. After that I started ordering them from amazon.ae, they’re extremely overpriced there but now that I’ve used them and know how great they’re I’m ready to pay the price lol.
Link to order from their website
So here’s what the set consists:
- Cleanser (which I absolutely love)
- Benzoyl Peroxide (the medication that treats the acne)
- Moisturiser (I used their moisturiser for a while but I didn’t like it)
- AHA+ (the glycolic acid that helps you get rid of the dark spots, it also moisturise the skin and evens the skin tone)
- Jojoba Oil (moisturise the skin)
You can read more about the set and how every product works: The Regimen. I don’t sell the products although I highly recommend them. There’re other brands that have similar sets and I’m sure that they’re great too. For me the product that makes a difference is the benzoyl peroxide. You can even ask your GP to prescribe you benzoyl peroxide gel and try to find a great cleanser and a moisturiser too. Here’s a helpful video I watched on Youtube to find out a bit more about the medication.
I’m sure that I’m forgetting something, but I tried really hard to give you as much helpful information as possible without boring you to death.
Lots of love!