Updated: Jun 2
It took me thousands of dollars and 6 1/2 months to get here,... BUT I HAVE FINALLY FOUND MY SOLUTION! I will gladly share it with you for free. This is my legit story, no sponsors, no strings attached. This is my journey.
So first, allow me to give you a little backstory on my skin.
I have done a blog about my skin before. Around every 3 years seems like I get a new acne problem. August 2020, if my calculations were correct, I would be due for another acne episode... but I was wrong. This time it arrived earlier.
August 2019, and there it was.
I took everything I learned from the last time I had the acne problem (August 2017) and acted on it. I changed my make-up, I checked my diet, and IMMEDIATELY started visiting all kinds of doctors.
Result: After 4 months of doctors and products, nearly $5,000 dollars later, I come to find out NOTHING IS WRONG WITH ME.
How comforting is that?
To see your face doing what it's doing and every doctor tell you your results/exams look great... how conflicting.
On one hand I'm happy my health is good. On another, what the BLEEP is going on?
I went to Brazil in November 2019 to teach a series of dance master classes and ended up visiting Dr Ivan Rollemberg from Human Clinic in São Paulo. He specializes in everything that is beauty related, including the health of your skin. I spent 5 hours in the clinic. From a facial to a Fotona Laser Treatment, straight to the airport to return to America, I looked CRAZY in that plane! But my heart was full of hope this would work.
I made a little video showing the pictures of the process my face went thru after the treatment. It was a VERY INTENSE DEEP treatment. It basically burned off the top layer of my skin, and skin was just falling off for the next few days. I just couldn't leave the house.
6 days later...
The new skin looked BEAUTIFUL! I could NOT believe it! It looked tighter and so bright! The old acne was GONE!
And then one acne came back...
I was livid.
My skin looked great, but acne wanted to come back.
I was prescribed antibiotics before I left for Brazil, but I HATE ANTIBIOTICS. Instead of taking them for 3 months like prescribed I took them for 1.5 months. I just don't like antibiotics and what it can do to your gut bacteria. I did feel like the antibiotics helped with the inflammation, so "good job, antibiotics". But once I saw it did its job, I stopped. I'm not saying I recommend you go against your doctor, I'm just telling you what I did.
So I kept applying the creams the doctor recommended. They began helping a lot with fading the acne marks and preventing new acne. (I show you these creams among my entire skin regimen at the bottom of this blog page).
Antibiotics worked for me, though I didn't take them as long as prescribed.
The FOTONA Laser Treatment press the reset button for my skin. It cleared all the old acne and gave me a fresh canvas to work with. I highly recommend it.
The products changed the game, as well. My acne scars have faded A LOT, and continue to fade! Both my acne treatments have helped acne go away (they don't even show up around my period anymore!) and even the amount of little bumps decreased. Every week I notice a difference! I do not need to wear a lot of make up to cover it anymore!
Good news right?
Yes and No.
YES because the Acne has not shown up since January, only little bumps.
NO because my skin began looking REALLY OLD for my age. No glow. No elasticity. Rubbery, even.
My routine went down to face washing and applying those two creams. That was it! I was not using moisturizer due to fear. I knew my skin needed moisture, but every time I tried putting on a moisturizer, no matter how natural or full of vitamin C it was, it would end up clogging my skin and I would see an acne begin to emerge.
It seemed like my choices were:
GLOWY ACNE-FULL SKIN
DULL ACNE-FREE SKIN.
As sad as that made me, I chose the latter. I would put up with looking older, having more wrinkles, if that meant no more acne.
And that was the end of that.
Until February 18th, 2020.
I created this video in case you're not into reading that much. It talks about my skin problem, the laser treatment (pictures of the process- brace yourself, the products I use, and my skin today). It's also funny... at least I think so.
I list all the products I currently use in my skin regimen at the bottom of this blog.
A student and friend of mine knew about my struggle and told me about a line she was using. At first I was like "Oh no! Another opinion!", you know what I'm talking about? Everyone seems to have the answer for you. As open minded as I can be, I was over hearing "you should do this", "wear this", "stop that"... just over it!
Then I heard C, B and D come out of her mouth.
I had been using CBD oil before going to sleep for a year now. It has really helped me on different levels, like with inflammation and getting a bit more rest. But I was buying CBD from this company in NEVADA, and as amazing as their product seemed to be, a small bottle of CBD oil was nearly $200.
CBD was gonna break my bank!
Being a CBD believer, I listened to her advice. And Lord, am I glad I did!
I began wearing the line she told me about. It's called Pure Hermosa. I got three products for my face and they have completely changed the way my skin looks: It's radiant, it's smoother, it's tighter. I'm back, baby!
Here are all the products I currently use on my face.
MY CURRENT SKIN REGIMEN
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Face Wash
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Face Pads with Salicylic Acid
(I use it in the morning and before bedtime)
I apply at in the evening before bed. Helps fight of acne.
This one I also cannot find in the US
ACNE MARKS TREATMENT:
TheraSkin Klassis EMULGEL
I apply it in the morning. Helps fade my acne scars dramatically.
I can't find it here in the U.S., so ask your dermatologist for something similar (same ingredients).
HEALING, REJUVENATING AND HYDRATING:
Pure Hermosa Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Hemp Oil
Miracle in a bottle! Retains water, keeping my face hydrated (I have very dehydrated skin).
Pure Hermosa CBD Revive Serum with Collagen Retinol
This is helping my skin look my age, well, even younger. I feel my face a lot tighter (especially forehead, cheeks, and neck).
Pure Hermosa CBD AM-PM Moisturizer
IT DOES NOT CLOG MY PORES! HALLELUJAH! My skin always has a glow and I no longer peel from the acne marks fading cream (listed above).
There you have it!
It took me thousands of dollars and 6 1/2 months to get here,... BUT I'M HERE!
I know the pain of acne living. It's annoying, it's embarrassing, it's time consuming, it's confidence deflating,... it can consume you.
I don't want to be ANOTHER PERSON WHO TELLS YOU WHAT TO DO and WHAT NOT TO DO. I simply wanted to share this with you because I finally found something that works, and if it works for you, I'm glad you didn't have to spend the money and time I did.
I love my face wash, I love my acne treatments, and I think the CBD industry is changing the health game.
Feel free to comment below with any questions you might have.
Share this with a friend who struggles with Acne. Might be life changing for them.
Weeks after sharing this, I deepened my search in finding the root cause for my acne problem. With my skin regimen I have been able to manage the health of my skin beautifully. But in the back of my mind I have this fear "What is if all comes back?"
So I went deeper. Take a look at what I found: My Favorite Food has been causing me problems!
Happy and Healthy Living!