I’ve been battling acne since college. I think the stress and anxiety I was under at school sent me into a hormonal tizzy, resulting in painful acne exploding all over my chin and cheeks.
After college it calmed briefly. Then flared again. And it’s gone from good to worse to good to worse between my pregnancies. I tried the oil cleansing method when I was pregnant with Michael, and it worked pretty good. And it was okay for some months post partum.
But the past several months?
Bad. Bad news acne. All over my chin and up towards my cheeks. And my forehead.
I’m assuming it’s stress. (Stress also makes me break out in hives, apparently!) A combination of hormones and stress? I don’t know.
So the week before I turned 30, I decided enough was enough. I went on the Paula’s Choice website and ordered a couple products. I thought about just going to the drugstore, but I haven’t had that much luck with drugstore stuff in the past. Plus, I’ve tried Paula’s Choice stuff before and was happy with it. And my friend Ashley, a fellow oily-skinned, acne-probe friend, swears by Paula’s Choice, and every single recommendation from Ashely has worked for me. So I ordered a handful of things and hoped for the best.
I ordered the following:
Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser
Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel
When my package arrived, I couldn’t wait to get started trying this stuff out. I washed my face with the cleanser, followed up with the anti-redness exfoliating solution, patted on the moisture gel, and finished off with the skin clearing treatment on my acne.
I wasn’t sure when to expect results.
But I was BLOWN AWAY.
This stuff cleared me up in a matter of HOURS. It was a gosh darn MIRACLE. I could feel this stuff pulling the oil out of my face. The mean, red angry acne disappeared in a matter of hours. This stuff cleared up my skin like I could not believe. This cluster of acne along my jaw line that had persisted for weeks and weeks finally, finally, not just got better but completely disappeared.
Acne makes me super self conscious. I mean, COME ON! I’m 30 YEARS OLD! Go, away, acne! So I was beyond relieved when this stuff cleared me up in a hot minute. Praise!
Since this worked so well, I’m interested in a couple other things. Now that I’ve got acne under control, I’d like to treat some acne scarring. Oh, and wrinkles. Because I’ve got wrinkles and acne at the same time! Ha! Silly 30s!