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A lot of people have been commenting on my clear skin lately, but to be honest I've been struggling with acne and acne scarring for years! Ever since I turned fourteen, it felt like a constant war that I was battling day in and day out. At the time, Accutane was a very popular remedy for individuals who had severe acne. However, it was too much of a commitment for me considering that the side effects were very harsh and it was costly as well. My only option then was to use over the counter topical treatments like Clean and Clear and Neutrogena blemish spot treatments, which didn't really work. I was left with frustration over how to treat oily, acne prone skin, coupled with dry patches from all of the topical treatments I'd been piling on my skin. Over the years, I continued to struggle with large cystic acne spots as well as smaller, hormonal breakouts around that time of the month. So yes, not only did I struggle with acne, but different types of acne that needed different forms of treatment.
Since graduating college, drinking less, and having easier access to healthier foods, my skin naturally started to clear up. I started each day by drinking room temperature water and hot water with lemon, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables throughout the week. I also started to change my silk pillow cases (which also helps with wrinkle prevention!) every other day if not every day, and now sleep with my hair loosely tied so that the hair oils don't contaminate my skin. It sounds like a lot of steps, but they're all easy to incorporate and should be implemented on a daily basis to ensure consistent results.
Lately, I've been using Curology as my go-to night time treatment to prevent breakouts. I'm sure many of you have heard of Curology, whether it's from your favorite Youtubers or if you learned about the company through a Facebook ad, like I did! Curology is an acne treatment that you can customize based on your skincare needs. You send in a couple pictures and fill out a quick survey so that a team of trained professionals can come up with the best skin-perfecting concoction, just for you. This isn't a sponsored ad, but I have really fallen in love with it and finally feel confident enough in the product to share the positive results with all of you.
Another thing that has been instrumental in my skin transformation is visiting Lipo Light South Bay, located in Redondo Beach, California. Lipo Light focuses on facial treatments and body sculpting, so I obviously went in for acne scarring treatments. If you check out my "Beauty" highlight in Instagram Stories, I shared what my treatments looked like (skip over to the 6th story)! Mandy, the owner, is a licensed esthetician who recommended that I try "dermafrac microneedling". You might have heard of microneedling from other beauty bloggers, and let me tell you...it's so worth it! It can be painful depending on how sensitive your skin is (I have very sensitive skin that flares up if I even scratch it too hard), and how deep the needles penetrate the skin. The needles graze over the skin, pulling out any dead skin cells while injecting the skin with different serums. In my Story, I was injected with "growth serum" to promote skin regeneration. This process helps with acne scarring, anti-aging, wrinkle prevention...you get the point! You can do this at any age, too! It's amazing on younger skin because the skin regenerates at a much faster rate and soaks up the serums super easily. My parents also did the same procedures and it made their skin much more elastic and brightened!
Lipo Light offers a lot of deals on Groupon, which is what I used since these treatments can get pretty expensive once they start piling up. Despite the cost, I truly believe that if your skin has been a struggle for you and you are in desperate need of some change, then consider saving up and investing in your skin. For someone like me, over the counter treatments just didn't cut it. Once I did extensive research and decided to invest in safe, reliable, and trustworthy products and practices, I saw a complete transformation in my skin. That investment in tandem with a commitment to staying consistent each and every day is the secret to my personal skin transformation.
I hope this post was helpful for anyone who is struggling with acne or acne scarring. Heck, even if you're just looking for a couple easy tips that you can implement at home today, then that's awesome, too (Click here to check out my Updated Skin Care Routine)! I know how much of a struggle it can be, and how much of a confidence killer dealing with problematic skin can be for so many of us. I just want to assure y'all that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and there are solutions to the problems! Let me know if you implement some of the tips into your routines, and if any of you South Bay locals end up visiting Mandy at Lipo Light, tell her Vivian sent you and that I say hi! ♡
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