Somebody Tell My Hormonal Acne I’m Grown

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My Battle With Hormonal Acne

Thinking back on the times when my skin was clear of blemishes is hard to do. I started getting acne when I was about 12 and have had to deal with moderate breakouts and the hyperpigmentation scars they leave behind ever since. I did have little moments of respite, although they were very short-lived. While on birth control my skin was fairly clear from acne, but my hormones were so haywire that I was a raging lunatic, so I am not too sure. During my pregnancies I did have “clearish” skin in my last trimester’s, but postpartum acne was the worst. After my third baby, I looked like the before photo on a pro-active commercial, and I could not find any treatment to rid me of the most awful case of acne I had ever experienced. I caked on the makeup, and visited the dermatologist to get scripts for retinol and rounds of chemical peels to help. What I ended up with was a raw face with patchy dry spots and unwarranted advice from just about every well-meaning person I encountered. Why is it that people feel the need to advise others on skin-care, when there is an obvious issue, like eczema, psoriasis or acne? I mean, thanks for drawing attention to the obvious eruptions on my face that are no match for the concealer I’ve spackled on and the groundbreaking advice you chose to share like: stop wearing make-up, it’s clogging your pores, drink more water, don’t eat chocolate, don’t touch your face with dirty hands, etc.. because without it I would never have noticed that my acne was still visible and I really needed to find out from a random stranger, and I also had never thought about any of the possible causes of my acne and was just waiting for you -not a dermatologist, to come along enlighten me! What would I do without you tactless, unsolicited-advice-givers??!!

Hormonal Acne & Oil

Cut to about 2 years ago, I discovered oil-cleansing and realized that an over-production of oil was causing most of my acne. as counter-intuitive as it sounds oil is perfect for oily skin and dry skin. I have combination skin with an oily t-zone so, I needed oil to remedy both “facial situations”. The oil-cleansing method took care of 90% of my acne and hyperpigmentation. But even still, I would get the one or two monthly pimples. Now, I’m not talking about the well-behaved ones that pop up and go away when treated with anti-acne gels and creams. I am talking about the painful, bumps that form so far under the skin that there appears to be no end in sight, the kind that stays for weeks and tags your face with a scar to say, “I Was HERE Mutha Effer’s!” This problem left me with mostly clear skin averaging about 1.5 pimples every 30 days, resulting in 1.5 news scars a month that took 3.5 months to fade. I did the math and decided that I would never have clear skin! The acne was usually around my lower jaw and every month I was anxiously standing in front of the mirror ready for the next pimple to appear. Would it be the right side or left this time, one or two?  I felt like I was playing a freaking game of whack-a-mole.

I suspected that my hormones were the culprit so, I looked up hormonal acne and Evening Primrose Oil (EPO). I learned that it balanced hormones and could help with PMS symptoms including acne, bloating and cramps as well as cystic breasts and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). I started taking it orally (1300 mg a day) and applying it topically mixed with my Rosemary oil, which is also good for balancing hormones. I have been at this for three months now and it’s working! No more wack-a-mole, No more hormonal acne!

Here’s How I Use EPO to Stop Hormonal Acne 

I take one EPO pill a day, I use this one: Nature’s Way Evening Primrose Cold Pressed 1300mg, 120 Softgels

I mix EPO and Rosemary Oil and apply them twice a day, after I wash my face. Tip: You could puncture the EPO capsules to get the oil instead, but I thought buying the oil saved time and energy!  Rosemary Essential Oil – Big 4 Oz – 100% Pure & Natural Therapeutic Grade – Premium Quality – Great for Hair Strengthening and Dandruff as well Aches & Pains
ORGANIC EVENING PRIMROSE OIL. 100% Pure / Natural / Undiluted / Unrefined /Certified Organic/ Cold Pressed Carrier Oil. Rich antioxidant to rejuvenate and moisturize the skin and hair. 0.5 Fl.oz.- 15 ml. by Botanical Beauty

It’s that easy! Give it a try and let me know what you think?

Read More About EPO Here: Acneassassins.com

About CaraMiaWhy

Cara is a married, (soon to be Health Psychology, PhD) mom of 3 girls, from the Bronx, New York. She is the creator and author of the lifestyle/wellness blog, CaraMia Why, (translation: “My Dear, Why”). She shares stories and tips on beauty, wellness, style, motherhood and life, that you could probably research or discover for yourself, but My Dear, Why?