Skin update – Taking birth control pills for acne

It’s already been over three months, that I started to take birth control pills again for my acne. I thought it would be a good time to show you the results.

Looking at these photos and my skin, it just goes to show how slow it is to treat acne. No treatment is quick – especially when the acne is as bad as it was with me. It takes a long time for the skin to heal properly and it takes a lot of patience. However, the pills have been working for me, as I had anticipated, since I’ve already gone through this once as a teenager.

The pills I take are called Cypretyl and they are the strongest one (I think). They are especially made for acne.

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Hormonal acne. This was my skin in November – it was even worse than in this photo, but this is the best photo I could find. Then this is my skin now, in February.

So how does my skin look and feel now?

Well, most of the acne is gone. I say most, because there are still some stubborn ones. Not so much on my face anymore – and the ones on my neck are also kind of fading – but the part that is healing the slowest is my back. But it is healing too. And no, I don’t have any pictures of my back acne, I haven’t documented it here. I trust that showing you my bare face is bad enough. Haha.

Obviously for these photos I got a new zit on my face, but believe me when I say that it’s rare nowadays. Even though my face might not look like it in the photos, it’s so smooth. Honestly, I still shiver when I think about my acne at it’s worst: it was super painful and applying makeup or lotions or removing makeup or touching my face in any other way hurt.

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My skin now, after taking birth control pills for three months. Active acne is gone (besides a few zits) and all that’s left is scarring, which is fading pretty quickly.

My acne scarring is fading pretty quickly too. I was a bit scared about that part. At first the scars were so red and I could feel that my skin was uneven on those areas. But day by day they have faded and it’s getting easier and easier to hide them with makeup. And as I said, my skin feels smooth. So I’m pretty optimistic that I will have a good-looking skin by Summer. This year I need to be even more careful with sunscreen though  – my skin has gone through a lot and is sensitive to sun damage right now.

The pills don’t only take away acne. They also adjust the skin type a bit. My skin is not as oily as it has been before, it’s more of a dry combination skin now, especially since the weather has been super cold here. Treating my new skin is fun – it can take more lotion and it doesn’t break out as easily as it did before.birth control pills for acne

Altogether I can say that I am super happy with my skin. Making the decision to start taking birth control pills again was hard and I had some regrets in the beginning, but right now I feel like it was the right decision. I had forgotten how it feels to have my skin back. Even though I worked on my confidence during acne, I still feel more confident now that it’s not that visible and startling anymore. And one of the things I am super happy about, is that I also have found my love of makeup again. Having acne I just didn’t even feel like wearing anything on my face and nothing seemed to look good on me. And taking makeup photos for blog posts was torture – when I tried to take photos of my makeup the only thing taking all the attention in the photos was my red, bumpy acne. Well, no more.

I am so relieved, happy and feeling a lot more like myself.

This journey has also affected my skin care routine, and treating those acne scars is super important – so I will update you about that soon.

Any other acne victories? Or are you still searching for the cure? 
However it is – I hope your skin gets better too and I send you a lot of hugs, because I know how hard it can be to battle acne.

Fun and effective skincare – KOCOSTAR

kocostar slice mask sheets

kocostar korean beauty

K-beauty. Most beauty innovations seem to come from Korea. I’m fascinated by Korean beauty products, because they are innovative, they use interesting ingredients and they are usually pretty affordable. I’m always up for some new exciting things, although I usually seem to be late to the party (I just recently gave in to string shirts, which have been in fashion for what, two years already).

The latest brand I’ve explored is KOCOSTAR. I got some products as pr to try out and today I’ll be talking about them. Here are quick reviews for slice mask sheets, eye patches and Spot treatment patches. These products are suitable for all skin types – even acne-prone skin – since I used these even with my acne being super bad. Actually I used these particularly on those times, so they might come in handy if you’re dealing with breakouts or problematic skin.

KOCOSTAR SLICE MASK SHEET Watermelon & Kiwi

kocostar slice mask sheets

There’s nothing new about sheet masks, but having them sliced actually does make a difference. I’ve been using sheet masks for a long time now and I absolutely love them. Sheet masks are an amazing way to moisturize and soothe the skin, no matter the skin type. My skin is mixed and it has a tendency to oiliness, but I can still use sheet masks. However – if you have inflamed acne, your skin might not enjoy sheet masks or any other ‘excess’ products. But that’s when these sliced sheet masks come in handy! Even with acne I could use these, since I could just go around the acne and apply the slices where my skin was normal.

It makes sense to have the mask sliced, because then you can focus the mask where it’s needed and skip the parts, you don’t want to be masked.

Also: these masks are super fun. Skincare shouldn’t be boring, right?

KOCOSTAR PRINCESS EYE PATCH

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Kocostar princess eye gel patches.

We all know what age does to your eye area. All of a sudden your eyes take their time to wake up and they look puffy, tired and dark. Taking care of the skin around your eyes is super important – a good gentle routine helps, but there are products like these, that help to go that extra mile. These gel patches are packed with moisture and they refresh the eye area. Obviously I never suffer from hangovers, but if I did, these would go perfectly with those days. I love the packaging and I like that the masks are biodegradable.

If your eyes are super sensitive, these might be too much for you. My eyes are pretty sensitive, but I can still use these for a shorter period of time.

Pro tip! Keep the jar in the fridge, so you can get extra fresh with cool gel patches.

KOCOSTAR FACE SPOT MIRROR PATCH

kocostar spot treatment patch

kocostar spot treatment patches
Here I have three Kocostar spot treatment patches on my skin. Can you see them? They are pretty invisible.

This might just be the most interesting product out of these three. This package contains 36 patches for spot treatment. They contain tea tree oil and salicylic acid, which help to heal spots and reduce inflammation. The patches are transparent, so you can use them day or night – they don’t really show on the skin. You can even apply makeup on top of them! I actually use these either at night or at day just by themselves. Even though they are transparent, they kind of reduce the redness of the spots, so they don’t look as bas as they would without any product. I love these on a no-makeup day on the worst red spots, to hide them and treat them at the same time.

The only downside to these are that they really stick to the skin, so you might want to use water to remove them. I’m also a bit undecided on the fact, that I am ‘suffocating’ my spots and skin with these things. My brain says, that it would be better to let the skin breathe, but then again they do contain ingredients to help the inflammation and they prevent the skin from bacteria, that would otherwise get to the spots.

Also: the packaging includes a small mirror, so you can keep these with you and treat the spots even on the go.

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Kocostar transparent spot treatment patches.

Have you tried any of these products? What interests you the most out of these three?