I have acne scars after my experience with a Nexplanon Implant, and I had to change my skin care routine in order to heal my skin. It took a lot of research into skincare, product ingredients, and some trial and error to develop my current skin care routine.
I got a Nexplanon Implant back in 2019 and had it removed four months later because the painful hormonal acne that came along with the implant was ruining my skin. It was constantly covered in hormonal acne and I always had at least one cystic pimple. My skin never got better (until I removed the implant). I go more into depth of why I removed my Nexplanon Implant in a previous post.
My face was covered in painful cystic acne and blind pimples that scarred as soon as they healed, but as soon as one pimple resolved two or three more would pop up. I was miserable and terrified that only four months were going to cause damage that would take years to fix.
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I had my implant removed to save my skin
After removing my implant my skin cleared up in about a month. I’m back on my oral birth control pills and my skin is so much better. I do have some residual scarring that will take a while to get rid of. At this point the scars are more annoying than devastating. The pimples I get now are predictable, minimal, and a lot like the ones I used to get before the implant.
I have improved the appearance of my scars and the texture of my skin with a handful of products I use daily. I’m very diligent in my skin care routine and how I select products to add (or remove) from my routine. I think the most important part of using skincare as a means to heal and treat your skin is to pay attention to the ingredients you use. Niacinimide is the ingredient that is most prominent in my skin care routine at the moment. Although t I think I’m going to phase it out and replace it with vitamin c. I’m slowly adding more active ingredients in that I hope will continue the healing process.
My skin type
I have super dry and sensitive skin that is prone to eczema, especially when its the dry months or I’m in a dry climate. When I skip my routine for few days I get eczema rashes around my mouth and on my cheeks. The skin on my nose also gets flakey. Additionally, my skin is prone to rashes if I touch it, especially after being around or touching dogs and occasionally cats. I scar easily.
I used to take a simple (one-two steps) is better approach to my skin which worked when I didn’t have scars and texture issues. But now my skincare routine is much more comprehensive (in comparison, theres always room for improvement) and I pay attention to ingredients.
I will include the products I used to fix my skin after Nexplanon destroyed it, as they were suggested by sources I have come to trust. I will also include links to the products.
My current skin care routine to treat my acne scars
Before I even had the implant removed I was researching the best skin care routine that would clear up my skin and address my scars quickly. I consider myself lucky that my experience with acne was only four months long. Regardless, my face was and is covered in scars of all shapes and sizes. My forehead has the worst scarring.
I found Hyram on Youtube and let me tell you, he has changed my life and how I approach skin care. I also joined his online skin care community Skin Care Junkie, and highly recommend checking it out if you are interested in skin care, the ingredients in your products, connecting with other people who have the same skin concerns as you, or want product recommendations.
In the morning I rinse my face with lukewarm water. Nothing fancy here. My skin is super dry and sensitive and I find that cleansing morning and night everyday is too much. Depending on what products I used the night before, I will cleanse with my Youth to the People Super Food Cleanser.
I double cleanse at night. I start with Neutrogena’s Ultra Light Cleansing Oil to wash off any makeup and sunscreen from the day. Then I follow up with the Superfood Cleanser.
I use the Ordinary’s niacinamide and zinc serum morning and night for redness and to improve my skin’s texture.
I am going to add a vitamin C and maybe a retinol to my skincare routine to promote collagen production. But I need to do more research to see which products/ingredients shouldn’t be used together. I do occasionally use Physician’s Formula Vitaimin C serum (Skin Booster Vitamin Shot) in conjunction with and sometimes in place of my niacinimide and zinc serum.
I use Cerave’s Moisturizing cream at least once a day and always use it at night. I use it in the colder dryer months in the morning too. If the weather is going to be hot and humid and I plan on being outside most of the day, I will use La Roshe-Posay Double Repair Moisturizer UV in the morning because its lighter weight than the Cerave Moisturizer.
Every other night I use the Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% HA peeling serum under my moisturizer in place of the niacinimide serum to treat my scars and to exfoliate. This is a super mild formula and has allowed me to ease into chemical exfoliators. Because I use a chemical exfoliator I also use sunscreen daily.
Because my skin is super dry and gets flaky easily, every now and then I use Elf’s Gentle Peeling Exfoliant after I cleanse. I am not a fan of physical exfoliation because it can be damaging to your skin (especially in the long term), but this one is super gentle and I notice a difference in my skin’s texture right after using it and it helps me control the tiny pimples I occasionally get on my forehead.
I love the hell out of Krave Beauty’s Beet Shield. It has a neutral, non offensive scent, goes on really easily, doesn’t leave a white cast, and keeps my skin looking moisturized and dewey (instead of caked up and flakey like other sunscreens do to me). Krave Beauty’s Beet Shield is not technically a “sunscreen” in the United States but does what a sunscreen does.
My La Roche Possay moisturizer also has SPF 30 in it so it is technically a sunscreen. When I wear the moisturizer sunscreen combo I don’t add more sunscreen on top.
What I don’t but should do is reapply sunscreen throughout the day. If anyone has some recommendations for lightweight sunscreens that are easy to apply over makeup and don’t leave a white cast please share it in the comments!
for the small occasional pimples I get that don’t resolve on their own within a day or two, I use CORSX pimple patches. I use the big stickers at night, and I use the small ones during the day. I can usually resolve a pimple overnight with one patch. Some of my pimples take two patches. Very rarely do I need to use more than one patch.
For a few months this summer I was getting really dirty everyday. Like dust and grime, old insulation, and sheet rock dust all over me and my face. This caused quite a bit of minor breakouts. When I get a cluster of pimples, I slap on some Neutrogena On-The-Spot acne treatment before bed under my moisturizer.
I love a face mask and have a little basket of sheet masks, clay masks, sleeping packs, and other fun extra goodies. I used to use a mask multiple times a week but I haven’t been since I moved back in with my parents. Once we settle and aren’t sharing a bathroom I might do more face masks. I do use a sleeping pack more frequently on top of my moisturizer before bed. Right now I’m trying to use up my Walmart knock-off watermelon sleeping pack (Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask).
I usually but don’t always follow the lightest to heaviest formula rule when layering my skin care. It entirely depends on if Im using an acne treatment that day/night or a sleeping mask, etc.
All of the products I use were recommended via Hyram or the Skin Care Junkie community (or is what was available to me locally). I used to try to only use “cruelty free” products.
I ultimately determined that “cruelty free” is a misnomer (and I can go into an entire post alone on why I believe this). So instead, I try to purchase from companies that are transparent about their business practices, have the ingredients I need, don’t include ingredients that I don’t need, and that work for my skin. I look for products with active ingredients towards the top of the ingredients list, that don’t include fragrance, and are formulated for my skin needs.
Do your research
I don’t want anybody to just go out and use what I use because everyone’s skin is different and ingredients do matter in your skin care routine. I suggest instead of using what other people tell you what to use blindly, that you take some time to learn about skin and skin care (probably go see a dermatologist while you’re at it), decide what you want and need out of your skincare products, and select products that have the ingredients you need in your routine.
Look into the products you already use and learn about them. The best way to make informed decisions is knowing how to research beauty products (which is not googling “best moisturizer” and picking the one that is at the top of some blogger’s list). Get to know your skin type, your skin needs, and learn about ingredients. It will be a game changer, trust me.
Should you talk to a doctor?
The short answer is yes. If you have problematic skin or skin that is always compromised (acne), I suggest you consult a dermatologist for your skin care needs. Also consider if you are on any medications that might be contributing to your skin problems. My worst skin in my life was the result of my Nexplanon Implant and I removed it because of that. But I was in a position where that was a safe option for me. Do not stop taking your medication if you think that’s what’s causing your issues; Consult with your doctor, they may have alternative options for you to consider.
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