Hooray! I'm 28 And Still Get Hormonal Breakouts!
There's a lot of change that comes with getting older, and most of it is pretty good. I love brussel sprouts now. I'd eat those gassy little cabbage balloons all damn day. I like that I can cancel plans by saying "I have a lot of work to do" and people believe me. And it's cool that people have stopped asking me "what are you going to do when you get older?" and instead ask me when I'm getting married and having kids. That's loads of fun. Anyway.
There are some things about being 20 that I miss, like eating gallons of Easy Mac and then going to class and not having my small intestines flop out of my mouth in agony. But there are some things I don't miss, like acne, and not because it's gone, but because I get at least 3 or 4 every time I have my period.
I thought I said goodbye to pimples. I really did. But they're with me forever, like how Ryan Seacrest will never leave the television. And I also thought I said goodbye to acting like a Cathy comic on my period ever since I went on birth control. But that's not all that true, either. I still parade around, chucking my shoes at any man I see and begging the president to give me the nuclear codes so I can destroy the world, much like any other woman or person who loses a small amount of blood every month in order to shed an egg. That's so true! Or maybe what is true that I get a few pimples and eat more bread than normal. To combat the former, though, I've been using a few products to help offset the pimples BEFORE and AFTER they come, because some things are as inevitable as death. While they do work for me, I don't even work at Sephora so I know mostly nothing about if they will work for you. But you can check them out and try/return them if you have to. Here they are:
This stuff smells like straight-up medicine, and the smell lingers on the skin for hours after you use it. You can't get away from it. Also, ever since I started this site I want to describe scents for you when the occasion calls for it, because most bloggers always talk about how awful they are at it. But I'm a damn writer. So it smells like if Vicks Vapor Rub got a wee bit stronger and added a touch of herbs. And it will be with you all night, following you around like a sage-y spectre. But afterwards, I find that it calms my skin down---not making it softer, necessarily, but making it a tad firmer and stripped of all the crappy external factors that cause acne. I find if I've eaten particularly badly or stayed out particularly late, it's also a useful product. I like it, I like that you don't need a lot of it, and I like that you can wipe it off fairly easily with a damp towel, because I'm a lazy slob who hates effort.
I never used a toner until I started using this one, which my mom had at her house and I stole from her like the rat monster I am. But I find it especially useful during my period or when I'm breaking out, because I feel like it tones down oil and---I don't want to say dries my skin out, because I certainly don't get dry skin from it, but it neutralizes it enough where I feel refreshed and normalized, and my skin can tend to feel gross when I break out. Smells like citrus, which is great until you get frightened it is a cleaning product.
This stuff is really great. I don't use it every day because I'm prone to dryness, but I use it 2-3 times a week and I've noticed a difference in my skin's texture. I don't get as many breakouts, and if I do, this lotion also counteracts the redness that comes with it. And it feels like a light lotion, with barely any scent, that is a nice morning moisturizer, or one you can layer/mix with a thicker one if that's what you would prefer. I would certainly check the ingredients on this as it is an acne medication (which has benzoyl peroxide, which has always worked better for me) and you don't want to get some crazy rash. I have SUPER sensitive skin, so it's nice to find something that doesn't make me start peeling my face off like that dude in Poltergeist.
I love this product, (also benzoyl peroxide based) but I honestly wish I never have to deal with it again. I've been using it since high school. Why do I still have to put this on pimples, let it dry to a paste, and then forget about it while I'm watching television and wipe it off my face, reapply it, then have it end up on my pillowcase and also occasionally bleach my pillow case? Why do I still have pimples? (Note: this product is a spot treatment, so it can be harsh. But when I put it on my face, it does tame the giant white things I want to pop and 99% of the time, pop.)
BONUS TIP: The most successful acne tip I've found so far is to cut down on dairy almost entirely. Which makes me want to bang my head into a wall, and I still have it on occasion (probably on multiple occasions), but yeah. Go see someone and find out if it's your diet that's messing your skin up. And I'll certainly have a post about all my favorite dairy substitutes that don't taste like glue! Hooray! God, I love cheese.