I wanted to get a little bit more personal on my blog, I mean, that’s the whole reason I created it, to share my thoughts and experiences about everything! This post is definitely personal, it’s something I’ve had to deal with for about a decade now and I think a lot of people just don’t understand if they haven’t experienced it. I wanted to talk to you all about my skin, and the journey I have been on with it.
I think I started to suffer with my skin in primary school, when I was about 10/11 years old, I started to get spots. No one else I knew suffered with this at the time, and it really got me down, so my mum took me to the doctors where I was given tablets, which I took for a year before I came to the conclusion that they weren’t doing anything. I was then given numerous different creams and medications, some of which worked for a few months, but my skin would always return to being problematic. I forgot to mention, I was so self-conscious of my skin, I started to steal my mum’s concealer in an attempt to cover my spots, I was wearing makeup in primary school to cover my imperfections.
As I grew older and went through puberty, my skin began to worsen, probably from all of the hormones. It’s difficult at this age when all of your friends look amazing and you have to cover your face in makeup to look semi-okay, but the makeup never fully covers it all, there are still noticeable bumps that no amount of makeup will be able to cover. I remember in year 8/9, so I was 13/14, I would have my bottle of foundation in my inside blazer pocket, and I would reapply my foundation in the middle of the day to ensure my spots were fully covered. The thought of doing this now literally makes my skin crawl, maybe because I have a better knowledge of skincare, or maybe I’m just not as bothered as I used to be, but I remember if I ever forgot my foundation, I would be so self-conscious, it was unbelievable.
I was still going to the doctors and trying all the medication they threw at me, but nothing was working long-term. My acne wasn’t that bad anymore, still noticeable, but nothing compared to what other people suffer with, either way, I still had major confidence issues when it came to my skin. My doctors knew how long I had been suffering with this problem, so they referred me to a dermatologist at the hospital when I was 15. At the hospital they told me they wanted me to try Roaccutane, if you have not heard of this, count yourself lucky, this treatment has endless side effects, including really dry skin, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, depression… Regardless of being informed of the side effects, I went ahead with the medication, I would have done anything to have normal skin. Taking Roaccutane requires a lot of hospital visits, measuring your weight and pregnancy tests (it can cause serious harm to a developing foetus) – I know, I was 15, I didn’t need the pregnancy tests, but the doctors insisted on doing them every visit. I think I took the medication for 1-2 months before the side effects just took over and I had to stop taking it. My skin was so dry, my mood was down all the time, I just didn’t feel like it was worth it anymore, so my doctors took me off it, and since then, I haven’t taken any medication for my spots.
I have decided to go down a different treatment avenue, mainly testing different products and seeing which ones my skin reacts the best to. Some people may think that this is a waste of money, and maybe it is, but I would much rather be doing this than be feeling how I felt when I was taking medication. I’m not going to lie, I have tried a lot of products, many of which just didn’t work for me. However, I have found a few products that help me to stay on top of my skin, they don’t exactly “fix” it for me but I would be a lot worse off without them!
I have to say, this is my holy grail when it comes to skincare! If I feel I’m getting a spot or already have one (which is most of the time), I will use some of this before I go to bed and wash it off in the morning. To apply it, you just dip a cotton bud into the pink sediment at the bottom (it’s tempting to shake it so the bottle turns completely pink, but don’t!) and just apply this to your spots. By the next morning, my spots are nearly or completely gone!
With using the drying lotion, the parts of your skin you apply it to can become quite dry, so it’s important to use a moisturiser that will help fix this. This face moisturiser is one of the best Lush do for acne-prone skin, as it’s very lightweight and doesn’t just sit on your skin. It doesn’t contain cocoa butter, making it less oily on your skin, which is perfect for me, as I already have quite oily skin. When I use this in the morning after washing off the drying lotion, my face feels so moisturised without feeling oily or my pores feeling clogged up, it’s great!
I use this every morning after I wash my face. It contains tea tree, which is an antibacterial, helping to clean your skin and get rid of the bacteria causing the spots. I just use this to prepare my skin for the rest of the day and for whatever else I plan on putting on it. Not only does it help to clean your skin, but it’s really refreshing, even if you don’t suffer from spots, I would still recommend it, or another type of toner water, I think they’re great. I’m planning on taking this on holiday with me to spray on my face when I get too hot!
So far these are the only products I have stuck by, I don’t have a go-to facewash or exfoliator, so any recommendations would be much appreciated! I’m about to start using Epionce products, as they were recommended to me by a skin specialist when I went for a consultation. I’ll give you an update on how these products work for me in a few months time, they’re quite expensive so I’m going to use them for a while and see their results before I recommend them to anyone.
I hope this has helped anyone who, like me, suffers from acne-prone skin. I feel like the most important thing you should work on is your self-confidence! Your skin doesn’t change who you are, and if people judge you on it, they aren’t worth having in your life! It has taken me a while, but the people who I’m closest to don’t care about my skin, so I’m comfortable to wear no makeup around them now.
I’m always here if anyone wants to talk about their skin, or any other problems for that matter because sometimes you just need someone to talk to!