Here’s the deal… Until the last few years, my struggle with acne had almost been non-existent. I always kept up with a simple skincare routine, and the most I ever had to deal with was an oily forehead. Well… that all changed in 2016 when I turned 21 and was diagnosed with PCOS. Yep, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The hormone imbalance that means I have too much testosterone and my ovaries were on their way to retirement… Aka, not what a woman entering her early twenties wanted to hear. And no… PCOS is not kind to your skin.
Luckily, that’s not the end of my story! Many women with PCOS can have kids normally, reduce their testosterone and fix some of these problems with natural or artificial treatments. Originally… I took the natural route 🌿! I love naturopathic medicine and I truly have seen it help me in many ways. It helped my thyroid condition, controlled my PCOS symptoms, and even kept my weight in a nice even spot (which is a struggle for us PCOS ladies)! But natural treatments equal BIG $$$. And last month I finally decided to give in to (dare I say) conventional treatments.
Oh the conventional…
Now, I have nothing against conventional! I think there can be a time and a place for it. Recently, it felt like it was supposed to have a time and place in my life. So I went to my GP and asked for the pill. Yasmin was her name. She was little, affordable, and apparently had all the hormones a woman like me needed. I will write more on my birth control story another time because right now we’re going to focus on what happened to my skin… and how a lovely little product that goes by the name Skin Authority helped keep my birth control breakouts under control!
When I was contacted to try out Skin Authority… I wasn’t covered in acne at the time. I only battled little bumps that came ’round my time of the month. But a day after my products arrived, I started the pill and I BROKE OUT BIG TIME all over my chin! Cystic acne! I’ve NEVER experienced it before! I was only familiar with the clumps of blackheads that would attack my face from time to time (not that they were welcomed either). But I literally FREAKED OUT when I woke up with these painful red mounds on my face. Seriously, it was like they were sent from hell 😫!
But fortunately for me… my lovely little package contained two products DESIGNED to conquer blemishes, breakouts, and oil. Skin Authority’s Ultra Clear Duo. The duo came with one product for balancing the pH of your skin (Beauty Infusion™ Probiotics for Clarifying) and one product that was great for spot treatments (Calming Mask). It was the perfect time for me to test these out! And I will tell you… the first thing I noticed was how GOOD these products smelt. Like so fresh and almost eucalyptus-y. Skin Authority was already scoring points in my book.
But how did it feel on my skin?
The answer? Amazing. I genuinely looked forward to using it again. Thus, I did! Every day. I use my Probiotics for Clarifying 2x a day, especially in the morning! I love to use it as a primer for my makeup. And FYI? That’s why my makeup is looking so good lately 😘. My mask? Twice a week. Especially when I notice little red marks trying to peak through. They don’t stand a chance of making it ’till the next morning, ha! The best part about the mask is the tightening feeling when it dries… It’s like it’s sucking the dirt out of my pores. I swear that these products were practically sent from the heavens!
Now, I will admit… to totally rid my face of the cystic acne that the birth control was rapidly causing I did use light therapy for a few days. I have to be transparent with you guys. But to prevent further breakouts I 100% solely used my Skin Authority products and they WORKED. I have not had one breakout since and I can promise you that it’s not the birth control “clearing up” my skin… Because my hormones were out of WHACK throughout my first month trying it. However, my blemishes have stayed away because of this quality skin care. Aka, a skincare that uses no parabens, dyes, added fragrance, or cruelty to animals to achieve their results. I finally had authority over my skin again!
So, do you want authority over your skin?
Tired of trying drugstore cleansers that promise the moon and end up making everything worse? I was. And I’m so thankful I was gifted such excellent skin care. Because if it can work for a PCOS ridden twenty-something, I am sure it can work for you!
Remember, you were created for love 💕! Being created for love means you are to take care of your temple and that includes your skin! Spoil yourselves, ladies (and gentlemen)! You will not regret that TLC, trust me 😉.