Oh, I am sick of this damn acne.
I recently reapplied for hormonal birth control (the Nuvaring) and am currently on my second one. I've used it in the past with very few side-effects (with much clearer skin) and only avoided reapplying because I didn't want to go through the mood swings. Well, here we are, with my acne starting to get under control...and a whole mess of leftover scars, bumps and redness. Especially on my cheeks and chin. I'm tired of meeting up with my clinic's nurses and being given shit that doesn't actually do anything (ma'am, the benzoyl peroxide gel is useless), so...
...I've decided to try home lactic acid peels to start sloughing off all this damaged skin. I've got my eyes set on The Ordinary line-up (the 10%), then something a little stronger when I build up a tolerance (like 20% or 30% AHA peels). I've also been doing extensive reading on prepping and neutralizing. I just wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions for lactic acid products to fade these bumps and scars, as well as a good moisturizer? I need to moisturize with something lightweight and simple, because my skin is oily enough as it is.
In the meantime I've been clearing out my pores with once-weekly steam sessions, keeping my pillowcases clean and drinking a ton of water. Here's to a blemish-free 2020!