Saturday, November 14, 2009
Cystic, hormonal acne is a personal issue for me. I have suffered from the various types of breakouts since I was in 4th grade. It takes a toll on overall self-esteem when your skin looks less than perfect. As a teen, I wore heavy foundation to 'mask' the problem.
But as an over 30 year old adult, the problem persists. After age 27 or so, my breakouts changed from being topical to being cystic(under the skin). I did research on the matter, got a hormone level test from my internal medicine doctor which revealed I do have elevated levels, and have tried all products out there (over the counter and prescription). They worked -- for a while.
For about 2 months now, I have been experimenting with my own natural holistic remedy which is super inexpensive. It's called ' apple cider vinegar'! Yes, the 5% oversized gallon you can find in supermarkets everywhere is powerful stuff to help clear the body from toxins and the pores as well.
I put it on nightly before bedtime and drink about 2 tablespoons worth. I also have been doing a honey/turmeric/apple cider vinegar mask on my face. Mix all ingredients and leave it on for about 1 hour max. I have noticed significant improvements in my skin since doing this for about a month now. For those suffering from cystic hormonal acne, I would recommend trying these simple remedies. Your skin may not be perfect, but it'll be greatly improved.
For those looking for a prescription treatment to slough off and peel old acne marks and new breakouts, I suggest prescription Tazorac. I have been using it for about 2 months and it has contributed to better skin overall. I must warn that in the beginning, the results may be disheartening since this retinoid will move all existing underlying impurities to the surface, thus resulting in new breakouts. But after they have dried up, and while doing the facial and apple cider vinegar, you will see results after 1.5 months. Tazorac is to be used for 12 weeks straight.
There may be no cure for acne at this point in time, but it can be managed. It's a never-ending journey. Good luck! ;)