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How I Got My Hormonal Acne Under Control

How I Got My Hormonal Acne Under Control

Dealing with adult acne can be a nightmare for anyone. Guest blogger, Yilano, shares his hormonal acne journey in this post and how he overcame it.

Hormonal acne also called adult acne usually hits people in their 20’s, 30’s and even upto 50’s. It consists of big cysts under the skin that is painful and also causes deep scarring.

The Beginning Of My Hormonal Acne

I started getting breakouts all over my face especially my jawline about a year back. I freaked out and tried nearly every acne wash, spot treatment and cream available on the counter with little to no results. The massive cysts on my chin and jaw were painful and I bought all kinds of acne products, tried home made remedies recommended by friends but nothing worked to the point that I almost gave up on my skin.

Introduction to Korean Skincare

It was my sister who actually recommended me the Cosrx BHA A sol and the BHA Emulsion. I decided to give my skin one last try whether it gave me results or not, I decided to put my heart and soul into these products. I also made some changes in my diet as well.

It’s a miracle how my skin cleared up ever since I started following this skincare regimen. I used both the toner and the moisturiser along with the Cosrx Low pH good morning Gel cleanser religiously. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I started seeing noticeable decrease in my flares within a week of using them.

3 images showing the progress of Yilano's skin and his hormonal acne . First after day 1, then week 1 and then month 1.

After more than a month of using them, my acne seemed to have cleared up.

A selfie of Yilano showing how his face is clearer and less irritated

How I Manage My Hormonal Acne

I love how the cleanser is so gentle and doesn’t dry my skin. After my cleansing step I apply the cosrx BHA A sol. It has a watery toner texture and easily spreads on my face but quickly dries out with a mattifying effect which I believe is because of the alcohol in it. However the black bee propolis in this toner balances out the alcohol and keeps my skin hydrated, soft and doesn’t strip my skin dry. I would recommend it to anyone who has very oily, acne-prone skin.

Usually, I don’t use moisturisers because every cream that I ever used tends to make my skin oilier and broke me out. I love the fact that the BHA emulsion has a mattifying texture. It keeps my oil and acne under control while moisturising it. I used the BHA Emulsion as my go to moisturiser daily after the cleansing and the toner step.

As for the BHA A sol I use it more like a spot treatment. Now that my hormonal acne has cleared up, I don’t feel the need to use it everyday. However on days when I have a feeling that my skin is about to breakout, I use both the toner and the emulsion. This really has helped me control my breakouts.

Also, when I have a big pimple, I soak cotton pads in the BHA A sol and place it on areas where I am getting breakouts for about 5 minutes. This allows the product to soak into the affected area and work more effectively. Now my only concern is the scars left on my skin. But I am more than relieved that my painful hormonal acne is under control.

Since my skin is acne prone, I still tend to breakout every now and then. So, I intend to have these products in my shelf for any emergency.

I am so happy to share my story and I hope it helps someone struggling with the same skin concern.

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