Wednesday, August 05, 2015

My Skin Story

Hey Ladies,

So I have been sharing a lot when it comes to my best tips and trick when it comes to acne prone skin. It then dawned on me that I have never actually shared my skin story and what I have been through with my skin. For as long as I can remember I've never had "good" skin and from a very early age I started playing around with makeup and skincare. Skip forward a few years to just before pre-teens (before then I was a child who was oblivious!) and that's when it all really started to become an issue.

My oldest sister was the first person to say something needed to be done about it. My mother being my mother said she knew of this specialist doctor in town who could sort my skin out. I was given a whole heap of products such as medicine to take, bar soap to wash my face and a funny smelling ointment I was to use in the bath. Nothing worked and shortly after off we went to the doctors where I was prescribed the contraceptive pill at the age of 13 or so. The pill is usually prescribed to people with acne prone skin as it can balance out hormones which helps with the breakout. My skin cleared up a little but wasn't too much different. I have tried many different contraceptive pills over the years to see which one suits me best and Dianette is the winner.

In between my preteen years and coming up to my 18th birthday I tried a whole rake of different things from medication (Minocin and Bymcin etc but never Roaccutane) to skincare products. I probably put half of Boots to test and its a miracle I even have any skin left as it was scrubbed and washed raw daily (an obvious no-no). And don't even get me started on all the wacky diets I have tried too, I'm talking about the no milk no sugar gluten free I can only eat leaves diet. Google would lead you to believe that EVERYTHING is bad for you. Since then I have given up and try to eat a balanced diet (I TRY) but don't let people lead you to believe that junk food is the cause of bad skin, it doesn't help but chocolate doesn't cause breakouts!

And then there was the stint in college when I started doing laser therapy. Not as painful as you might think but didn't do a dicky bird for me either. I did about six sessions enough to get a good idea if it would work for me. The one thing I have discovered through all of this is no matter what you try a good consistent skincare routine will make acne prone skin more manageable even if it won't cure it. Keeping your hands away from your face is another demon, even though everyone says they don't pick at their skin they are a bunch of liars because everyone does at some stage. And if anything, picking at your skin is the worst thing for an acne prone skin, it makes it look ten times worse and prolongs the length of a breakout.

With an acne prone skin your mental health can also take a huge hit when it comes to confidence. There has been times when I have not wanted to leave the house cause my skin was so bad or when I though I was having a "good skin day" and someone would remark on how I always had breakouts or the kids would say why have you got spots. The worst of all is when someone asks you about your makeup or skin and you say "well I have an acne prone skin" and their first reaction is "god you wouldn't know". That really grinds my gears, you would know its fairly obvious.

Now at the age of 23 I still get the odd breakout and my skin is red and marked from years of various Uncle Carbuncle's as I like to call them. My main goal now is taking care of my skin in terms of anti ageing, sun protection and pigmentation/scarring. If you've had a long journey with your skin too I'd love to hear all about it so leave me a comment in the section below and let me know your struggles. If you have an acne prone skin what have you tried? what are your favourite products?

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