Nastia's Acne Story: Month 1

It's been more than one month now since I took my acne situation seriously and started a new routine.

When I went to see my doctor, I left with Minocycline (a tetracycline antibiotic used to treat acne that fights bacteria in the body) and Clindoxyl ADV gel ( It works by killing bacteria that causes acne and by exfoliating skin cells.) Two days into my new routine, I woke up in the middle of the night because my face was too itchy, I could not open my eyes properly and went to the mirror to find they were swollen and that my face was as red as ketchup. I was allergic to the gel.  I immediately stopped using the gel and started using the Centella Recovery Skin-Salve by Kiehl's; it worked terrifically to soothe my skin and bring it back to normal. Clindoxyl may not have worked for me, but it has worked for some friends with less sensitive skin and more severe acne. I recommend to patch test it because it is powerful.

I continued taking Minocycline as I did not feel any side effects from it. However, I can't tell yet if it's helping me. It is an antibiotic, so I take probiotics 3 hours before it to keep my gust healthy. 

After my horror story with the gel, I decided to do research. First thing I stumbled upon was the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask. I have been using it for a while now and I love it!  Not only because of the results, but because it forces to do nothing for 10 minutes. Taking this time for me every evening has reduced my stress and reducing stress reduces acne!

A mask and antibiotics were for sure not enough to clear my acne and fade my hyperpigmentation. I needed a full routine. I stumbled upon Stacked Skincare and immediately reached out to them. For starters, their customer service is fantastic. They take the time to understand your skin to create a regimen for you. This is the routine that Kerry Benjamin (Founder of Stacked Skincare) gave me, in combination with products from La Roche-Posay for my sensitive skin.


Step 1: Cleanse

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel

Step 2: Dermaplane

Once a week

Step 3: TREAT

Apply 1-2 layers of TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel - 3 times a week.

Step 4: Micro-Roller

5-7 times a week.

Step 5: TREAT

 EGF Serum

Step 3: Moisturize

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat

I additionally used La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo to spot treat in the morning and evening. I also used La Roche-Posay Lipikar overnight when my face felt dry from the treatment.

I did this routine for precisely 30 days and I got clear results.

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This routine clearly worked for me. My hyperpigmentation started to fade and my acne started to be less active.

What I like about my routine:

 - Dermaplaning: It is addictive. You see the results instantly. My skin was so glowy and as a photographer I wish all my models used that tool.

- Micro Needling: A week after started using this tool I saw my hyperpigmentation starting to lift.

- The EGF serum: This serum is the serious bomb. It does what it says.

- La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat: This moisturizer definitely helped me reduces my oiliness. When I wore it under makeup, it made it look nice longer.

- La Roche Posay Effaclar duo: This spot treatments made my pimples heal fast without irritating the skin around.

What I dislike about MY ROUTINE:

- The prices: The products I used are not cheap. As a student and emerging photographer $150 for a serum that only last one month is too much.

- Dermaplaning and Microneedling on acne: If you use these tools on active acne it will make it worse. You can use it avoiding the areas where you have pimples but the tool are not precise enough to do it well.

- SPF: When I used La Roche Posay Anthelios my face was oily.

The products I did not mention are the ones I am not sure about yet.

For the next month I will to find a new SPF that won’t make my face oily and a serum that works and is affordable.