Looking for experiences. Longest post ever so if you do manage to read it, thank you!!!!
Tl;DR: Mirena IUD. Tons of dark spots on skin. Combo skin, very greasy t-zone. Likelihood as result of IUD (birth control)?
I have had the Mirena IUD for 3 years. So “sudden” meaning a very obvious change from life to after getting Mirena. I don’t know if it’s just coincidence. The last couple years my skin has gotten really really bad, sun damage, red splotches, tiny spider veins near nose, etc. I know a lot might be genetic and from prior sun exposure (40y, fair caucasian skin, ultra-sensitive, don’t tan at all but get freckling on arms). A lot has even showed up on my eye lids, and a crazy amount/large on the left side of my face from driving. Wearing sunscreen daily when going out however I wasn’t good at reapplying and if wearing makeup, I don’t know if I was letting it absorb well enough before applying (maybe wiping it off?). I am starting to wear it indoor due to the effects of blue light/bright windows, seeing an immediate “flare” on skin going red from being near window (super sensitive to uv?).
Now, I might be susceptible for hyperpigmentation anyhow due to being very fair but this seems excessive for the past couple of years. I’m getting it indoors, wearing eye protection (uv filter glasses/sunglasses but not all the time indoors). I also am getting some bilateral rosacea (?) on the upper cheek/under eye “splotches.” Acne on chin/jaw line and sometimes are very big cystic acne.
It’s very strange too. I never had oily greasy skin except a wee bit on my chin under lip. It’s like super dry on forehead (tons hyperpigmentation too and genetic forehead lines) and super greasy on everywhere else except those rosacea-like patch on cheeks. This includes even my eyelids, etc. What the absolute heck is going on?
I didn’t become aware until recently that my IUD may be contributing to being extra photosensitive or if there is something else going on by chance.
Whatever I buy to try for washing my face = dries out my forehead too much or doesn’t combat the level of oil on my t zone etc.
I’m currently using alternating (Canada products):
I’m using Johnson Johnson I think Clean& Clear astringent with salicyclic acid (0.5 and 1.0or 2.0% I think and I alternate if my skin appears too dry, I use the milder %). This astringent seems to be the only thing to help a bit of the oil/greasyness. Regardless of what I do, if I don’t use this for a few days and just wash face-I break out huge. I also use Clean&Clear makeup remover which is a tad on the greasier side but due to severe sensitive eyes I stick to this as it doesn’t hurt. All the fancier things I buy to try actually sting.
Alternate between Riversol gel cleanser and Benzagel benzoyl peroxide cleanser mainly on t-zone which has definitely helped acne (unbelievable how much it helps, so maybe it’s a type of acne.
Recently purchased La Roche Posay exfoliator (fine scrub) and use 1x per week (found quite drying for my skin/made it tight feeling).
La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Fluid-lotion (ultra-light) Sunscreen 60
Moisturizer on forehead, top of nose/upper cheeks only-currently only using a teeny bit (any makes tons of breakouts) of Cetaphil moisterizing lotion for face/body because it’s the lightest lotion I have but need something even lighter. *recommendations appreciated!
Masks use has actually helped my lower face a bit. Not wearing makeup underneath has helped. If I put anything on including lotion, concealer, light foundation I get breakouts so making sure I’m not putting makeup on then a mask (hot, more greasy). Helping not having anything on my face. My face hates stuff lolsubmitted by /u/theresnoquestion
This tint works really well with my skin tone, its all mineral so a little scared it will dry my skin out as the uv elements did. Anyone have experience with this 1? Can you compare it to elements?submitted by /u/goldenmtsun
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Hellooo! I see a lot of more “natural”-leaning estheticians rave about this stuff, particularly the one from Living Libations. What’s the scoop? Has anyone used it and what’s been your experience? Have you used it in the same routine as a retinol? The packaging/marketing is speaking to me in an irrational way cuz I’m a sucker.submitted by /u/ccd1271
I’m 40ish so I’ve started using retinol for anti-aging purposes. My skin is on the dry side, and while I wouldn’t say it’s oily ever, I do get a lot of congestion on my nose and chin. I’m currently using TO’s retinol 0.5% in squalene most nights. I started slow and haven’t had any issues. I’ve heard though that there are better retinol products, the Cerave one and the Neutrogena ones have popped up a lot. And obviously I could go for adapalene or retinaldehyde but I worry those might be too drying for my cheeks and forehead. Anyone have any thoughts?submitted by /u/goodnightmoira
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