This is the most important thing any acne sufferer wants to know. What worked and how do I get my hands on it?! I’ll have all the details below!
Yes, those are before and after photos above, because of this incredible miracle cream! If you can’t see the difference, you need to go to Specsavers!
Continuing from part 2, my dermatology appointment was nearing. It was like my prayers have been answered, just by me receiving the appointment! I kept hoping I’d be given the right medication so acne is a distant memory for me. Is that too much for a girl to ask for?!
I’ve had enough of hiding my skin away. Feeling like I must wear makeup to cover up my blemishes and spots, is so not me. As much as I love makeup, I don’t like feeling as though I need to wear makeup. Especially to cover up scars and blemishes. It would just infuriate me. Before going out, I’d feel like I need to conceal my spots. Even if a delivery man arrived at my door, I’d almost feel like I couldn’t answer the door, as by the time it would take to apply concealer, he’d be gone!
This is how I’ve been feeling for months, almost a year actually, and it affects your life entirely. You feel like someone isn’t watching you in the eyes, just your spots that have accumulated all over my face! It can make you feel invisible and as though your spots now represent you.
Thankfully, not everyone feels like that, but I’m just opening up about my experience.
So appointment day is here! I’m waiting outside her office…
She calls my name. I’m sure even before I sat down I mentioned my skin mainly on my forehead and how NOTHING is working. And what products I’ve tried. So she says I have acne and prescribes me a cream called ‘Skinoren’. The dermatologist also says that I should start seeing some improvement within one to two months.
I used it once a day for the first week, then twice a day from week two onwards.
Now when I say this is a life saver, THIS IS A LIFE SAVER! This is for sensitive skin, that hasn’t been able to tolerate other more harsh acne creams. The main ingredient in Skinoren is Azelaic Acid 20%.
Azelaic Acid is a naturally occurring acid found in grains such as barley, wheat, and rye.
It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it effective in the treatment of skin conditions like acne and rosacea. The acid can prevent future outbreaks and clean bacteria from your pores that causes acne.
This acid also helps brighten skin tone, and rapidly turns over skin cells, meaning that scarring is a thing of the past. And that’s also what I’ve noticed with my skin.
I LOVE this cream! It did take longer for me to see the benefits from this cream, I’d say around 4 months. But when it begins to work. Trust me this is a miracle in a tube! Your skin becomes brighter and just more healthy looking, along with getting rid of pimples/spots/comedones.
Only thing is that don’t be expecting ultra fast results. For all my spots and even the hundreds I had underneath my skin, I’d say it took a good 6 months.
I didn’t notice any ultra drying or flaking skin from the areas I applied the cream. Unlike benzoyl peroxide and adapalene (Epiduo), my skin was always on fire! I hardly felt any skin burning with Skinoren, I’d say maybe I felt the tiniest amount at the start. But was 100% tolerable and wouldn’t last for long. Just on application. But I do have ultra sensitive skin.
Another side effect I noticed was skin reddening in the areas of application. Without an obvious burning sensation. But it would only last for up to 30 minutes I’d say!
Also, since the start of treatment, I decided to use my ‘Dermol 500 lotion’ religiously as a cleanser, twice daily. As this is the ONLY cleanser for me that doesn’t burn or make my skin feel ultra tight! It’s a very mild cleanser for the most sensitive of skin and I’d highly recommend this also!
I still use Skinoren religiously just to keep my acne from returning and it’s a life saver. Plus it doesn’t bleach any clothing thankfully, unlike benzoyl peroxide!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and found my recommendations and story helpful! It has been a long road, but it’s also opened my eyes to acne sufferers and what they go through everyday, emotionally and physically.
I know how finding the right skincare is a mission, as acne almost wants to fight off everything. So I hope these products help you or anyone you know that sufferers from acne.
Did you find this helpful? Do you suffer from acne? Have you tried any of the products mentioned above? How does your acne affect you? Comment below!
P.S. don’t forget to drink at least 2 litres of water every day!