Let's Talk: Skin&Acne

Saturday, 25 March 2017



I've never felt nervous to write a post before now. I think it's because this one makes me feel a little more exposed and vulnerable than a makeup review or a ramble about friendships. Spots are spots, everyone gets them and they're nothing to be embarrassed about. Skin is sensitive in more ways than one; it's often the source of people's insecurities and something that can be detrimental to someone's self esteem.
I've been to hell and back with my skin and wanted to offer those struggling with acne evidence that shows things can improve. Obviously I'm not a dermatologist so my advice won't suit everyone but this is just from my point of view.

As a kid I always remember my skin being something that was complimented. OAP's in the family would always randomly comment on my clear complexion and how I should look after it. In retrospect, at the age of 9 I didn't think much of it and never really thought about the importance of it. My skin was just skin. It was never a big deal or something I thought twice about. It only really started changing when I hit puberty, which is completely natural due to all those pesky hormone changes. The odd spot here and there. A slight oiliness and redness to my complexion. No big deal right? It never really bothered me.

It got to the point where I wasn't the only one noticing it. Despite my best efforts to cover it all up with makeup, people commented on it. Not always in a negative way but more that it was something they noticed about me. It made me so self conscious that it was the first thing people noticed when they saw me and it started to really affect my confidence. Your skin is your barrier, your outer part and the first thing people see so when that's covered in red mountainous sized spots you're left feeling pretty rubbish about yourself.

Something that's stuck in my mind is hearing a boy in school once say "if girls stopped wearing makeup they wouldn't have any spots". To me that was just ridiculous, it wasn't that easy. Makeup was my comfort blanket. As shitty as I felt about my skin I knew that I was safe by covering it up in concealer. I did some research and actually found that wasn't the case: some ingredients in makeup products are comedogenic, which clog pores and lead to spots. It's best to use products that are labelled "oil free" and "hypoallergenic" if you're struggling with acne. 

My skin is also crazy sensitive; normal products by the likes of Clean&Clear and Clearasil would irritate my skin and often resulted in more breakouts so I decided that a trip to the doctors was in order. Getting help from the doctors about my skin was all trial and error. I went back so many times testing different creams, washes and gels that just made things 10 times worse. I ended up with burn marks, eczema and dry skin and had a few allergic reactions to things they prescribed. It was a long process and I was too young to take the pill or other antibiotics so carried on trying different products. 
The beginning of 2016 was when it was at it's all time worst. Although I know people had it much worse than me, my skin had never been so bad. Looking back now I can't quite believe how bad it was but at the time it was just my normal skin. I'd gotten used to always having outbreaks and there was never a time when my skin was spot free. I'd gone back to the doctors and decided that it was the right time to try medication. I was prescribed Doxycycline, which is an antibiotic commonly used for acne, and I've now been on it for 9 months. It's made such a difference as you can probably see by the photo. I still have scarring and my skin isn't exactly where I want it to be but medication has made one hell of a difference.

For anyone reading this who is struggling with acne or has struggled in the past, I know it can be extremely hard on your confidence. It may not feel like it but things can really change and improve once you find the solution best suited to you. It took me nearly 2 years of testing different products to finally find something that works for me, so if I can do it you certainly can. As someone who was surrounded by a group of girls with close to perfect skin, I know it can often feel like you're the only one. You're really not. Everyone gets spots, and not just on their face either. You only have to search "acne" into Youtube or Bloglovin to find numerous people going through the same thing. People who I've found particularly inspiring are Katie Snooks and Em Ford so I'd highly suggest you go and look them up.

So there we are. My skin journey, story, whatever you want to call it. I hope this has helped in some way, let me know. Also, does anyone know any good products for scarring and purple marks left from spots?

Liv x

2 comments

  1. I too suffer with acne maybe not as bad as it was couple of years back but I had it all throughout my school years and I totally agree with you that make up was also my comfort blanket. However it seemed to backfire as I was bullied for wearing make up and having bad skin. Glad to hear your treatment has worked for you! I've been using Isotrex gel which I think has been working too. I've been left with a couple of scars too but I'm not so sure on what products are the best. Thanks for sharing this post!

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Sorry to hear that, nobody should be bullied for their skin especially when it's out of their control! I've never heard of Isotrex before but glad that it's working for you! Thanks for reading x

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