We’ve all had acne one way or another as a teenager. For me, I got it as soon as I hit puberty until my third year of university. Some years were better than others but there is no denying that I would wake up to a newly formed pimple everyday.
During the summer of 2016, I had the WORST cystic acne of my life. At this point, I had probably tried everything on the market and spent at least a couple hundred dollars. I tried charcoal masks, salicylic acid, proactiv, prescription medication and even a silk pillow case that claimed to “get rid of acne”. I remember feeling so self conscious and packing on makeup everyday to try and cover it up.
Fast forward to now and for the first time in my life, I feel like I’ve “defeated” cystic acne. It could be the fact that I turned 20 and grew out of it, the new products I was using, or both. Either way, each morning when I wake up and look in the mirror I feel so relieved to no longer find a newly formed pimple. It feels amazing knowing that since elementary, I can finally explore different skincare products that aren’t targeted towards acne.
So without further ado, here at the products I used to get rid of my cystic acne:
If you have cystic acne, white heads or the occasional breakout, you NEED this in your life. In my opinion, this is the product that completely changed my skin for the better. After your skincare routine before going to bed, dip a qtip into the pink fluid at the bottom and place it on every single pimple you have. The next morning, it will have shrunken by half the size!
The biggest thing for me with this product is that by the time I finished the whole bottle, my acne had gone away and it never came back. Yes, still get around 2-3 breakouts around my period, but nothing as close to what I had before. I threw out the bottle once I ran out and have never had to buy it again since. That’s how you know the product has done its job.
Charcoal masks are known for being really great for oily, acne-prone skin. This one from Sephora is my favourite! This mask gets rid of the excess oil on my skin and dried up my pimples. Since it’s a detoxifying mask my acne did get worse for a little bit, but that’s because it was getting rid of the gunk under my skin. I’ve also heard this mask is a dupe for the infamous Glam Glow Supermud mask. While I haven’t tried it for myself, this mask is $25 and lasted me almost an entire year!
I repurchased it and still use it for when I want my skin to be more matte and refreshed.
This cleanser has a really nice cooling effect and wasn’t too harsh on my skin. Other acne cleansers dry the heck out of my skin and leave it feeling so tight! While this cleanser didn’t get rid of my acne over night, it was gentle enough for morning and night time use. Also has a great smell!
Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different and we all react to products in a different way! Also, if you’re struggling with acne as well, it will come to an end! I never thought it could happen to me but it did.
What products do you use for getting rid of acne? Let me know in the comments!