Doctor's orders

by Amanda Posniak

Amanda has been told by numerous people that she's a real life version of Daria Morgendorffer. When she's not busy talking about her love of avocados, she's a Music Supervisor for a sports network. Amanda is also obsessed with pop punk from the early 2000s, SoulCycle, and drinking iced coffee in all temperatures. You can follow her on Instagram (@ampoz) to see meaningless millenial photos with a filter. 

The first thing you need to know about me is that I’m lazy AF. If it were socially acceptable to live off of dry shampoo, I’d be washing my hair once a week. I try to take the easy way out when it comes to any beauty routine. I live off red lipstick, eye liner, mascara and bronzer (because I’m Wednesday Addams pale). That’s it.

So at age 28, when my face was still breaking out I finally did what any lazy person would do. I went to a dermatologist and let them figure out what needed to be done.

Last May I met with my dermatologist and immediately became obsessed with her (What up, Dr. Strongwater!).  Within 20 minutes she had helped figure out what I needed to do to kick my dry skin on my chin and my oily forehead once and for all.

I should state that while I am on a skin routine, I am also on a prescription oral medication that is known to help with acne. Spironolactone is technically a blood pressure medicine that also helps with hormonal acne. Many studies have shown that female patients on spironolactone have seen improvement in the reduction of acne between 50 to 100 percent and reducing sebum secretion by 30 to 50 percent. It's a good choice for "recalcitrant" cases of acne in women: those who have tried most conventional therapies to no avail. It took about 3 months for the medication to kick in but since I’ve been on the medicine the only breakouts I’ve seen are small and during my period. It IS also a diuretic so for someone that drinks as much coffee as I do, it’s added to my many trips to the bathroom.  Besides being a diuretic, it’s also potassium-sparing meaning that I am at risk for building too much potassium. I had to stop eating bananas for good skin, my own personal Sophie’s Choice.

Next, my doctor gave me a list of what I should be using. Every morning and night I was to wash my face with Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Face Wash. In the morning, I was to follow up with with Finacea, a topical foam used to treat inflamed acne. It's also a treatment option for those who have rosacea, a condition where you typically have redness and swollen bumps on your skin. It works by killing the bacteria that causes acne and keeping my pores clean. It's not alcohol-based and it's fragrance-free so it won't irritate already reactive skin!

As for the moisturizer, I was introduced to my new best friend. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. The purified hyaluronic acid absorbs 1,000 times its weight in water, releasing moisture back to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in skin so adding it back relieves the dryness. My skin has always felt dry and I can feel this gel actually bringing moisture back to my face. I sometimes find myself petting my face because it feels so soft after using.

To help take off what makeup I do wear, I’ve been using Target’s Exfoliating Cleansing Towelettes. Almost every skin care company has their own exfoliating wipes, I’m just abnormally obsessed with anything Target related. The ones I use are alcohol-free and the cucumber extract is always a nice "spa" touch.

Since starting this regimen, my skin is absolutely unrecognizable. I grew up with cystic acne – the must uncute kind of acne one can have. While I applaud anyone who takes the time to figure out what works for their skin, I took the easy way out and went straight to the doctor.

For years I had tried every over-the-counter zit cream and nothing worked.  I want to kiss my dermatologist for helping turn my skin into something I actually want to Instagram. That’s not weird, is it?

Don’t make it weird.