As I was leaving my teenage years, I felt like I had dodged many bullets. Such as adolescent pregnancy, getting arrested or even dropping out of school. Entering my twenties felt like a fresh start, but there was one bullet that I thought that I didn't need to dodge; like acne.
Granted, acne was something I always had to deal with. Every so often I was a get a pimple here and there, but something happened during my senior year of college. At first, I thought it was stress because starting out my senior year; I had to do internships. I got a communications internship starting my fall quarter, and that's when I started breaking out. I would go through bottles of facial cleanser and even tried Clean & Clear acne spot treatment. I ended up using the whole tube in a week.
During that time, I was going through my Korean drama and KPOP phase (even though I'm still going through it). If you are familiar with KPOP or Kdramas, you know that all those actors and singers have flawless skin. Through that, I started looking into K-Beauty. K-Beauty is big, and it's known to have a 10-step beauty routine that includes cleansing, essence, face masks, sunscreen, etc. Since I was desperate, I bought into. It was time-consuming and expensive. One step of the routine can cost easily twenty bucks.
I was in the routine for about a year and changing the products when I felt it wasn't working. At last, I decided to make an appointment for dermatologists. I haven't seen a dermatologist since I was in high school. Since it was the first time with this doctor, I had to wait six months for the appointment. So I waited while still doing my K-beauty routine and wearing daily make-up, something I never did but I was so embarrassed on showing my acne.
When the time came to see the doctor, she gave me a couple of options. After she explained, my options were taking medication or try taking the birth-control pill. The medicine was the first choice which was Doxycycline monohydrate. That medication has been popular among patients and has given excellent results. Along with the medication she gave two creams to put on my face. In the morning Benzoyl Peroxide and Tretinoin cream at night. With all of this, I had to give up my K-beauty since it wasn't working for me, but I kept the sunscreen with essence since my doctor said with the creams I would have to wear sunscreen. She recommended me to buy Cetaphil, a daily cleanser that works well with oily/acne-prone skin.
I started doing what she told me, and within a month, I started to see changes. My acne went down with one coming every so often, but it was not as bad as it was before. The downside was that the creams dried out my skin which was a side effect of the creams and made the skin around my eyes very sensitive. When I had to see after being on the new routine, she told me to get Vanicream for the dryness. I decided to go with the Vanicream skin cream which is a lot thicker than Vanicream lotion. The Vanicream moisturizer my skin and made the skin around my eyes a little less sensitive.
Right now, I'm on my fourth month on the routine, and I love my skin. A pimple pops up now and then but it's much better than having clusters of pimples popping up. My only problem now is the acne scars. I asked my dermatologist what my choices are, and she said that laser surgery or face peels are my only options, but she doesn't want me to wait before deciding anything. Before focusing on the scars, we must focus on the acne. My acne has to be completely under control before deciding to look into getting rid of the scars.
If you are suffering from acne, the best thing for you to do is visit a dermatologist. I won’t tell you not to try K-Beauty since I have seen people get good results from but it just didn’t happen to me. If you decide to visit your dermatologist, consider which option is best for you. Trust me, your skin will thank you.