Hormonal acne is not your fault

 

I have tried writing this post down a few times now. I have talked about acne numerous times here before, but this time it feels different and I’m reaching out for words.

I wonder how to explain myself to you in a way, that you would truly understand me. It’s a new story. One, where I’m not trying to get rid of my acne or even fight it. I just let it be.

Because finally, I have found the reason for my acne. It’s a hormonal thing. I’m not ready to go into details, but that’s also irrelevant now. There’s nothing I can do about it, so I’m just living my life with acne, accepting it.

If you have hormonal acne, there’s only so much you can do. A good skincare routine obviously helps, but it doesn’t cure it. If your skin is otherwise in good shape (besides the hormonal acne area), your routine is probably fine. You’re doing a good job taking care of your skin.

Say it with me:

Hormonal acne is not my fault

What I do want to talk about – and will – is that sometimes you have acne and it’s fine.

I want to talk about the acne, where you don’t battle it with a trillion different creams and medications. I want to talk about skin positivity, where your skin texture doesn’t even need to be singly acknowledged. It just is.

Pimples, blackheads, skin texture and scarring is just that. Skin. It might be your skin and that’s all it is. Maybe it’s not a problem and a shame, but rather a normal part of you, just like your eyebrows or your elbows?

And here’s an even crazier suggestion: what if your skin could be in great shape, while still having acne?

I argue that my skin is in a great shape. It’s not dry or oily. My skin texture and skin tone is quite even. If my acne had something to do with how I take care of my skin, it would show up all over my face. The fact that it’s focused on the hormonal problem area (jaw, neck) tells me, that I’m doing a good job.

I like my skin. I think it’s beautiful. I love my little freckles and I love how my skin looks like real skin. Even when I wear makeup, I want it to look like that – real. I have the option of concealing my acne spots, but I can very well not do that. It needs to matter to you. Not to other people.

If you want to know my skincare routine that suits my acne as well, check out my skincare 101 post.

 

It’s okay not to be a super human

I don’t worry about my acne, when I wake up, or when I take off my makeup. I don’t come up with new solutions to get rid of it. It just so happens, that I have acne, and I let it be.

But of course some days it bothers me. It’s only natural there are days where it frustrates me so much. It’s okay not to be a super human. Sometimes I feel small and frail. It’s those days my bra straps weigh on my acne spots and I have to change my outfit or my bra. It’s those days, where I wake up with blood on my pillow from an inflamed spot. I know, first world problems, but it’s one of those things that concretely reminds me of my acne, when I would like to not think about it at all.

Luckily this time around it’s not as painful and inflamed as it has been before. I’m thankful for that. At the same time I’m angry: why do I have to live with acne, once again? Haven’t I battled it not once, but twice already? And I know I know, how can you be angry, but at peace with this thing at the same time?

Let me tell you. It’s easy. You just are. It’s only natural to have all these feelings and it’s good to get them out. The real difference is that this time I’m not fighting it.

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I have accepted my acne

In a way, I have accepted my acne. Though my acne is quite mild right now, compared to what I’ve had before. It also depends – the condition of my skin can vary drastically from week to week. Today, this week, my face is looking pretty clean. My back is more problematic though.

I have never felt this peaceful about my skin while having acne, because I’m not at war with it. If someone pointed out to me, that I have acne, I would simply answer: so what? And mean it one hundred percent.

So what?

Stop trying to fight. Maybe the best thing you could do is learn to love yourself even more. Learn to be even more compassionate with yourself. Learn to leave a dirty coffee mug on the table every once in a while. You’re not always in a hurry.

Because guess what? There is life with acne. A good, normal life. Your looks are not all of your personality. Ha, what a plot twist!

And when you hit a rough patch, and feel down about your skin, just turn away from the mirror. Look outside the window and remember that that’s where the important things happen.

I have acne and it’s not a flaw. It simply just is. Just like the purple lupines on the field, seagulls on the sky and the sea sparkling in the sun. It’s summer. And guess what? I plan on enjoying it and being as happy as I can.

For anyone out there dealing with a hormonal thing – I’m with you.

 

My skincare routine – 12 products I use daily

My daily skincare routine contains 12 different products. That might sound like a lot, but for a skincare enthusiastic it’s actually not that bad.

My skintype is combination and I’m still recovering from acne. I have acne scars, so that’s one of the things I try to take care of. I also try to be gentle with my skin, because even though it gets oily, it also gets dry and I want my products to balance my skin. Being a beauty blogger means trying out different products quite often, but from this post you get an idea of how I treat my skin.

But one of the things I wouldn’t change are my oils: argan oil and jojoba oil. And my serum!

my skincare routine

my pm skincare routine

MY SKINCARE ROUTINE – EVENING

First, I double cleanse. It is one of the most important things in my skincare routine. I first wash my face with an oil, because oil soaks off makeup and sunscreen from my face, after which I can use my actual face cleanser to clean my face from dirt and sebum. Washing your face with two different products might sound extreme, but it’s amazing, I promise you – and not drying at all, since the first product is an oil, anyway.

Missha Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil
A great oil cleanser, that removes makeup really well and is quite long-lasting.

Dr. Organic Tea Tree Face Wash
I’m still searching for that perfect face wash and that is the one product, that I do change a bit, but this one I’ve been using the most. It’s inexpensive and very long lasting, so it’s great for a budget.

Chrissanthie eye lid cleanser (mixed with pure water to get a foam)
I use this daily to wash my lash extensions. If you want to know more about lash extensions, check out this post.

EkoPharma Vadelma Moisturizing Toner
I love this toner. It balances my skin, while hydrating it. I think this is my favorite toner so far.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate
This serum would deserve a party of it’s own and I dedicated this post to it. When my skin started to get very bad last Summer, I bought this and started to use it daily. It helped with inflammation, spots, skin texture and dryness. It balanced my skin and was the key factor in making it smoother.

Argan oil
Argan oil my skin’s saviour, when it comes to dryness, but it actually has some other benefits as well. It has anti-aging properties, so it’s great for keeping that youthful glow on. Argan oil is also great for scarring and as you may know, I have pretty bad acne scars. I’ve been using this consistently throughout my acne journey and I’m pretty sure it’s one of the reasons my acne scars have been fading away quite nicely and my skin has stayed smooth. For anyone battling acne scars (or any scars), you might want to try argan oil.

EkoPharma Herukka Cream
This is one of the lotions I told you about in this post. Basically I got to make my own lotions! I’ve been using this one as a night cream. It soothes my skin, balances any redness I might have and nourishes super well, so that when I wake up in the morning my skin feels moisturized, but not oily or sticky.

Vichy AqualiaThermal Eye Balm
A lightweight and refreshing gel, that moisturizes well and suits my lash extensions. I also like the packaging!

my morning skincare routine

MY SKINCARE ROUTINE – MORNING

Before I put anything on my face, I wash my face with cold water. It’s essential for me, and not least, because it helps me to wake up. I need cold water under my eyes and all over my face in the morning, period. Then I go through these products.

EkoPharma Vadelma Moisturizing Toner

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rose water
This facial spray offers nice lightweight moisture. I like to moisturize my skin using lighter products in the morning.

Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil seems to absorb in my skin better than argan oil, so I like to use jojoba in the morning. I apply oil either before lotion or I mix it with the lotion.

EkoPharma Vadelma Cream
EkoPharma’s Vadelma (Raspberry) line is made for normal to mixed skin and it’s great for my skin. This lotion is very moisturizing, but not heavy. It works well under my makeup as well.

Clarins Multi-Active Eye Cream
This eye cream actually has it’s own blog post! It has a metallic applicator tip, which makes it perfect for eye massage and therefore helps with puffiness.

+ Sunscreen
Usually, my makeup acts as my sunscreen, since my foundations almost always contain a SPF. It’s not that sunny here all year round, so wearing a full face of foundation is enough for my face in Fall and Winter. However, if I’m not wearing a foundation and I’m headed outside in that beautiful winter sun, I make sure to apply sunscreen. In spring and Summer I wear either a sunscreen (I like Eucerin’s Mattifying Sun Fluid) or mineral makeup.

That is it for my daily skincare routine and products. Besides these I exfoliate my skin once or twice per week and use a mask once or twice as well. But I change those products a lot, so I didn’t want to include all of them here. The exfoliator I use is amazing though, so I might give it it’s own post.

How many products do you use daily for your skincare routine?

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