One of my biggest insecurities as an adult has been my struggle with adult acne. I spent most of my adolescence with normal teenage-hormonal pimples—nothing a little concealer couldn’t handle. So, I thought as an adult I would be in the clear. Pimples and breakouts are suppose to disappear as an adult, right?! I was so wrong. I thought the only thing I would have to worry about as an adult was wrinkles. But this did not prove to be true for me. After each baby my acne got worse and worse. I didn’t have a face covered in pimples, but I was getting “cystic acne” regularly. I was at a point where I would manage one blemish only to wake up with a new one. I was so frustrated! (If you don’t know what cystic acne is, read about it here: Cystic Acne: What Is It and How Do You Treat It?)
I was at my wits end with my skin. I remember telling the girls at workout class that I would take a 10-pound weight gain just to never have a pimple again. At least I could hide under cute clothing. But my face couldn’t be hidden. I did get quite good at hiding it under loads of makeup, but even that was annoying. I literally put on a full face of makeup before going to workout class because it was so embarrassing.
I also tried every acne cure out there—natural, antibiotics, over-the-counter… you name it, I tried it. Always with the same results: no change, and sometimes it seemed to make my acne worse.
Here I am with a mild breakout. I wish I had a better before picture, but truthfully, I just didn’t take very many up-close selfies when my skin was broken out. So, keep in mind… most of the time my skin looked much, much worse. (P.S. My headband is from Strawberry Revolution. I love their headbands!)
Finally, I pulled the trigger and made a dermatology appointment. I decided to go with Skin Iowa because I had heard from several friends (some of whom worked in healthcare) that they would be the most aggressive in dealing with acne. They got me in within a week to see Seth Robb, PA-C. It was such a good meeting! I liked him right away because he listened to my skin woes and he understood how frustrated I was.
He put a plan in place for me! After discussing my options, we decided to go ahead with an acne treatment called Isotretinoin (popularly know as Acutane). I literally could see the results within a week. I had NO acne. No more painful, painful cystic acne. Hallelujah!! No more worrying about scarring, no more caked-on makeup, no more insecurities about my skin…. I felt and still feel like my skin is glowing! Thank you, thank you to Skin Iowa for listening to me and helping me with my acne!
***Disclaimer: Isotretinoin cannot be used if you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant during treatment and even one month after treatment. You should consult your dermatologist to see if Isotretinoin is the right treatment for you.
***Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.