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Hey everyone. I know y'all aren't doctors but I'd really love some advice for clearing up my acne. I've had acne starting from teenage years of course. Now I'm 20. I'm thinking it's genetic because my mom had acne as well (until it magically cleared up when she became pregnant and she has had clear skin ever since). My doctor was of absolutely no help, he referred me to a derm who prescribed me 3 antibacterials that didn't work. I've tried various "natural remedies"/tea tree oil/mild glycolic acid cleansers that haven't really changed anything in my skin. After that I tried going dairy-free, but I feel like my skin got worse!

I thought for a while that it could have been my sugar, but limiting that hasn't had much of an effect. I get enough sleep, exercise, and dont stress much either. My makeup is also bareminerals, which is noncomodogenic for the most part. My current acne regimen includes cleansing, toning, moisturizing my face and a few antibacterial face masks once in a while that only assist in making my skin feel smoother.

I'm at a point where I'm almost positive that my acne is hormonal. After doing my own research- I think I'm suffering from an excess of androgens in my system. I've had oily skin and hair forever! Around my period, my acne sometimes actually clears up a little but it varies a lot. I'm at a point where I really don't know what to do, I'm just tired of trying products and I don't want to wait to get pregnant like my mom. Any advice?

-and please don't suggest birth control, I know it can clear up acne but I'm not willing to risk the side effects. I'd rather deal with my acne than take birth control.

Side note-my acne is moderately severe, cystic, all over my cheeks, and heals slowly
IF you have cystic acne; it needs to be treated differently than regular acne. I suffered with cystic acne for 10 years of my life..

I tried every antibiotic- every topic ointment- going natural, not wearing any makeup (by the way, bare minerals has talc in it, which can irritate allot of people and alot of people are allergic to it which makes acne worse so try another makeup, like clinique which has nothing irritating in it).

Eventually I started laser treatments. I had IPL lasers done to my face. 5 treatments, 4 weeks apart. It was the only thing that shrunk the sebaceous glands (oil glands) to help me stop breaking out. It lasted about 5 years and I went back and had it done again...its been 8 years and I have never had another cyst. IT was expensive, they only took cash payments and I had to put it on care credit (a credit card they offered) but I would do it all over again.

Look for a derm who offers lasers OR a medical spa which specializes in lasers...see what they suggest.


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