my skin and i have been in a bit of fight for the past 18 months.
i've always had acne-prone skin, but no breakout could have prepared me for my first full-blown cystic flare-up. i'm talking about having over a dozen cysts along my chin and jawline all at once. this became my "normal" for almost a year. constantly feeling frustrated, embarrassed, and anxious about my skin and how it looked.
i was down to try ANYTHING that claimed it could help combat these breakouts. i kind of shudder thinking about all of the money i spent on products that didn't work. when a product wasn't working out for me i would just move on to the next one. last july, things sloooooowly started to turn around.
it took a few months for me to fully build out a skincare routine that worked. it also took that amount of time for me to really start seeing a difference in my skin. for the past six months my breakouts have decreased significantly. there are the usual culprits: stress, that time of the month, and dairy. so yes, cystic breakouts are still very much so part of my life, but when they do pop up i only have to deal with just one or two monsters, not an entire jaw full of them.
below you'll find a breakdown/schedule of all the products i currently use!