How I Combat Cystic Acne

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I have so many skincare products that I could easily use a different product every day for a month, but recently I’ve pared back my routine in a major way. In October I suddenly started suffering from some of the worst hormonal breakouts of my life. Even though I had my routine down pat this summer, as soon as the seasons changed my skin started acting up all over again.

I tried everything on my hormonal chin breakouts, including benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, prescription lotions, lasers, light therapy, glycolic acid peels, and every mud mask on the market. I had purchased the MV Organics Rose Plus Booster ($120) and Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer ($40) products last April because they were getting a lot of praise from skincare bloggers and had glowing reviews on Cult Beauty. Although they were so lauded for balancing hormonal skin, I hadn’t used them because I was so focused on using acne-specific products and heavy-duty skin peels. Last month I noticed both products were due to expire in March, so in an effort to avoid wasting the enormous amount of money I spent on these 2 products I took a risk and started to incorporate them into my routine.

After just 5 days of using these products, I completely changed my skincare routine to revolve around these truly life-altering products: I pared back on all the exfoliators and masks I had been using previously and my skin cleared up drastically. The Rose Booster Plus is composed of Camellia (Camellia Sinensis) Oil, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinesis) Oil, Rosehip (Rosa Canina Fruit) Oil, Rose (Rosa Damascena) Oil, Geranium (Pelargonium Roseum) Oil, Vitamin E non GM (Tocopherol), and Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Extract and is definitely the most effective of these two products. Think of the oil as the active serum that will balance out your skin while the moisturizer acts as a coat to seal in those ingredients. The moisturizer is made of Water, Camellia (Camellia Sinensis) Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinesis) Seed Oil, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Oil, Vitamin E non GM (Tocopherol), Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium & Lonicera Japonica) Extract, Xanthan Gum and Potassium Sorbate and soothes and protects the face from elements. I originally decided to buy this moisturizer because it was free of shea butter, silicones, and coconut oils, which are all ingredients that aggravate my skin and cause blemishes. So far, this is the only moisturizer that has met my criteria and is one of the few that hasn’t broken me out once!

At this point, the only 2 products left from my old skincare routine are the Tatcha One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil and the Rice Enzyme Powder. In the morning I skip cleanser and wash my face with a dampened wash cloth. I then press 2-3 drops of the Rose Booster into my skin followed by the Rose P&S Moisturizer and 3-4 sprays of the Goldfaden MD Sun Visor. At night, I cleanse with my two beloved Tatcha products and follow up with the Rose Booster and Rose P&S Moisturizer again. Since starting this super simple routine my skin has cleared up enormously. I haven’t had a single blemish since I started using these, which is HUGE for someone like me who had 1 or 2 new pimples a day just a month ago. I recently went to a new esthetician and she even told me my skin was astonishingly balanced and hydrated for this time of year.

Even if you’re scared of oils or are worried that this will only aggravate your skin further, trust me when I say that no product that is specifically labeled as “anti-acne” has done as much for me as these products have. I’ve heard similar claims for the Mun No.1 Ankari Youth Serum, which is also a plant-based oil with very simple ingredients. Although neither of these options are cost-effective, those who really suffer from acne know that finding a product that is truly effective and clears up your face is priceless. I for one have spent a small fortune trying out different products and finding a solution to my breakouts.

Has anyone else had success using oil to clear up their hormonal acne? Let me know what brands you suggest I try next!

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