Beauty Guru: My Daily Skin Routine for Hormonal Acne

My skin has always been a force to be reckoned with. For almost a decade, I've battle with cystic acne and psoriasis. On a monthly basis my face would erupt (for lack of a more appropriate word) with acne mounds, that in turn would ooze into what I like to call "The Skimple," the scabby pimple. It wasn't until last year that I discovered I have hormonal acne. I knew something was wrong with being 23 years old and still having the skin of a 14-year-old kid.

After some intense research, and ridiculously trial and error, I have found a system that works wonders at curing my hormonal acne without the help of a dermatologist.

Upon waking I wash my skin with Lush's Ocean Salt.

This stuff doesn't lather up, which I really prefer. I found that soaps that lather a lot, strip my skin of all the oils leaving my face to produce a stupid amount of oil to "catch up." In turn, my pores would be even more clogged than before I washed it. Gross. I like that this wash is gentle and leaves my face feeling really clean. Plus, it's all natural ingredients. I feel like superwoman using Lush's products because I'm saving animals!

Once or twice a week I'll apply Olay's Oil Minimizing Toner.

I use this sparingly for the reason mentioned above. But when the time of the month comes, my skin always goes bah-zerk! So this really helps maintain that craziness. I apply with a round cotton cloth found at most drugstores. IMPORTANT: Pat instead of rub. Rubbing causing irritation.

Every morning I take my skin vitamin.

Evening Primrose Oil: This stuff works wonders! I credit it with 90% of my hormonal acne reduction. In the warmer months I am more oily (gross, again) so I take one of these in the morning and one in the evening. You can take up to three a day, though.

In the shower I exfoliate my skin.

When I have some extra cash, I really love to use Demalogica's Ready Set Scrub. It's a gentle scrub and is amazing for my skin. It also is the best exfoliator I found for evening skin tone. Right now though, money is a little tight so I refer to my back-up lady: St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It has bigger pieces for exfoliation, but it still works really well and it's a fourth of the cost.

I will wash with warm or hot water then rinse with cool/cold. This really helps to minimize my giant pore appearance.

As far as my psoriasis goes, I'm so happy to say that I've healed that sucker completely naturally. I do not eat fast or processed foods. I do not drink soda. I up'ed my water intake 10-fold. And I try to eat as organic as possible. My immune system has done most of the work on this. But on persistent sores, I used organic lavender oil. This oil is naturally antibacterial and combats psoriasis like a boss! Plus, it smells awesome. If price is a problem for you, I've been known to order mine cheaper off eBay or Etsy!

Post shower, I have to moisturize like a mad woman to keep the psoriasis at bay. Believe it or not, Suave Lavender and Vanilla Lotion has worked really well for me! I slather that on every day, usually multiple times. I even keep an extra bottle at work and bedside. In the future, I'm hoping to switch to an organic version of this.

Every day, I'm still battling my skin. I mentioned that I've suffered through many trials. I will say this if you have hormonal acne, DO NOT USE FISH OIL. I know, I know, there are a lot of benefits. But you can't believe everything Dr. Oz says. Most fish oils, if not bought organically, come from farmed fish and can be more harmful for you. This was the case for me. My hormonal acne reared its nasty head and wreaked havoc on my face. You know those raised relief globes? Yeah, like that. It sucked. I immediately stopped taking fish oil. And 4 weeks later, I'm still healing some wounds. Thank God for concealer...

I'm very interested to know, what is your skin routine?

Megan Colwell has been a Shine Beauty Guru since 2009. She truly enjoys experimenting with natural and affordable beauty tips and in turn shares them with her readers! In her spare time, she runs a lifestyle-art blog over at The Nautical Owl.