Friday, 1 July 2016
MY SKIN CARE JOURNEY
Just a little disclaimer that I'm no skin care expert and I've found (through a lot of blood, sweat and tears, quite literally) that these products mentioned work well for my skin. Firstly I would like to tell you that I've struggled with severe acne in the past and tried SO many products its unbelievable. I'm still not 100% confident with my skin but it is a heck of a lot better than it was three years ago.
During my early teens, especially when I started High School, the pressure to have flawless skin was always at the forefront of my mind. I would cake on matt mouse foundation and cover it with powder so I wasn't 'shiny' and I looked like a walking piece of sandpaper. From caking this makeup on I began to get a few spots here and there, nothing out of the ordinary, just your average teen pimple.
At about 14 I began to notice a difference in my skin, instead of it being the normal oily, greasy teen skin, it was extremely dry and the pimples turned into clusters all over my face, back and chest area. Basically I had acne. Coming to terms with the fact that I was literally covered made me ridiculously conscious so I obviously carried on caking really bad drug store foundation on top of the acne.
Numerous drug store remedies and electric face scrubbers later ,I decided that the only choice was to take a trip to my local GP. Acne crippled me in a way. I would ever dream of wearing my hair up, constantly would be hunched over so nobody would notice my face, I could always see people staring and it was just all round horrendous. Of course, at first the doctor just dismissed it as a hormone teen problem and prescribed with some weird looking deodorant cream stuff that did absolutely nothing. Trip after trip after trip over a two year period to the doctors did me no favours, nothing worked and I became more and more conscious and it affected me mentally. My mum demanded that I should see a dermatologist but the wait was about nine months and I was really at a point where I didn't enjoy socialising because of it.
Luckily I was fortunate enough to be able to see a private dermatologist who was literally my guardian angel. He suggested that I should take a course of Roaccutane. Although these tablets are a kind of taboo they work absolute wonders. (If you are thinking of accepting the prescription of these and are hesitant about the side effects, definitely seek medical advice before you do so.) I had the god awful side effects that came with them, cracked lips beyond what you could imagine, a legitimate sweaty upper lip for about three months, dry skin and some of the mental side effects too (this is what I mean by blood sweat and tears). But in four months I had clear skin, it was such a relief and it was crazy how much confidence was regained.
After treatment I was so happy that I didn't have to cover my face in make up of with my hair and obviously people noticed a difference. This was the best part for me, having people give you compliments on your 'glowing skin' after having acne is the best feeling.
To keep up results I completely changed up my skin care routine. I researched products for my skin type and trialled a few. I've found that these products work best, Bio Derma micellar water, Lush Ocean Salt scrub, Lush Skin Drink moisturiser, Lush toning water and La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo cream. I will be writing a more in depth post about these products within the next week!