Well, my husband and I have decided we'll start trying for our second child. Exciting time! Not for my face...
I've been off my birth control pills for two months now and my face seems to be getting worse with each passing day. I didn't have this poor of skin when I was going through puberty! I know it's not the end of the world but it is slightly embarrassing. We have a wedding this weekend. All of my old co-workers will be there. It's making me self conscience and I've never had poor self-esteem. I don't like feeling like this!
I have always used all Mary Kay product. I wash my face once in the morning and once before bedtime (like I always have.) I moisturize. I have even switched my makeup to Bare Minerals (yikes, expensive!) hoping that a more natural makeup solution will be gentler on my face.
Did anyone else experience this once they went off their birth control? Do you have any products or solutions I may be able to try to help clear up my face? I'd go to the dermatologist but I've been in the past, for skin issues and they are very rarely resolved. They usually prescribe me something, which makes me break out everywhere, so I stop taking it. I don't want to spend the money on another bunk "solution". Any help or advice would be great - a recommendation for a "spot treatment" maybe? Thanks in advance!
My sisters and I all have pretty acne-prone skin that gets worse when we're off birth control. My sisters swear by Proactive and she also uses Differin, which is a doctor-prescribed cream. I wash with St. Ives apricot scrub--it has salicylic acid in it--and spot-treat with both salicylic acid and benzyl peroxide. For awhile I was on an antibiotic called docicyclene that worked really well. I try to change my pillowcase every couple of days so I'm not smashing my face into hair product and oil residue. I would say just try to keep your face super clean without stripping it. And don't worry too much about it, I don't think people really notice and I'm sure you look beautiful anyway :)
Ugh, this is the worst - especially when you see $$$ being wasted on products that don't work, or only work temporarily! I have had the same issue and am still working on a permanant solution. I have found a few things that have helped me out. It's not completely gone, but it has definitely helped - Try to change out your pillow case every few days - I actually switch mine every 3rd day. I use one side of the pillow one night, flip it over for the 2nd and then change it out. I also use a fresh wash cloth every time I wash my face, and if I am in the shower I wash my face right before I get out of the shower. And immediately wash my face after a work out (even if I need to reapply make-up for work), or when I get home for the evening, and try to not touch my face/rest my face in my hands. I also regularly wash my powder brush. I've also recently switched to Nozema face wash - they have a clean blemish control daily scrub that is formulated for adult skin, which honestly has worked really well. I pair that with their triple-clean anti-blemish cleaning pads.
I hope that you find something that works for you, without wasting a ton of money getting there!
I use natural face products, and my face has NEVER been this clear! I found out that anything with moisture in it, clogs my pores. I use Burts Bees face scrub, and it gives me a fresh clean feeling instead of that smooth moisturized feeling, that ends up feeling oily. Also, I wash my face either once a day or every other day. Sometimes overwashing can be just as bad as underwashing. Burts Bees can be expensive...but if I remember correctly it's no more pricey than Mary Kay (my mom used to sell it). Also use as little foundation as possible, and stick to the Bare Minerals. I got the powder foundation and just apply it to shiny spots as needed, instead of all over on areas that don't need it, which clogs the pores for no reason.
Oh, the Yes! brand is good too...I use the Yes! To Cucumbers bodywash, and Yes! To Cucumbers makeup remover wipes. All natural and smells good :-)
I have adult onset acne due to rosacea, so I feel your pain. Proactiv worked miracles for my skin, but it's not safe to use when you're pregnant or nursing. It's the salicylic acid.
I use Witch Hazel, Dove soap, Cetaphyl, and dilute tea tree oil when it gets really bad. I can't wait to be able to use Proactiv again!
Thank you for all of these great suggestions! There were a couple I hadn't even though about. Like the Yes! line. We use this lotion on our son because he has eczema. It works well.
I hope to find something that at least helps. Some days it looks better than others. I'm hoping that when we do get pregnant, my skin will be like it was during my first pregnancy - clear! I think we have enough to worry about as Moms, must we worry about our skin, too?!