Until I was 25, I struggled with acne that had been with me since my early teens. It started off as usual teen acne, but by the age of 16 my face was red all over and I was prescribed strong tablets by a dermatologist. I was told that I would grow out of it but as I approached 19 years old, I had begun to wonder whether it would be with me forever. During my twenties, I would often be saddened when I looked in the mirror and more breakouts were appearing daily.
It knocked my confidence and I felt that it was a glaring beacon whenever someone met me for the first time. I’m not sure if it was that obvious, if it matters to anyone else. But it mattered to me. I felt vain for even complaining about it but I felt like I didn’t even recognise the person in the mirror. People just kept saying that it would pass, but I kept thinking “when?” And “why is this happening to me?”
So I began investing in good quality make up to cover up the spots so no-one would notice. Soon though, I reached the realisation that the tablets and make up were just masking the problem and I needed to tackle it head on if I wanted my acne to disappear for good. In the end, it did pass. And I’ll never know if it was time that was needed or if it was what I like to think of as my very own foolproof plan that did the trick…
Water Water Water
That’s an obvious one right? I am so bad for drinking water and usually forget during the day. So during this time, I would carry a water bottle with me to make sure I drank at least a litre a day. I have to admit that since have Emma, I’ve slipped back to being dehydrated some days. But when I make the effort, I also feel a lot more energetic so it’s win win!
Eat the good fats
I have to say that I didn’t change my diet too much, I’m a bit crisp and chocolate lover…I’m glad I didn’t have to lose either of those! But I did start to eat the good fats quite a bit – salmon, avocado, spinach and eggs – this seemed to work a treat and my hair and nails also thanked me for it.
This one helped me so much and I instantly saw a change to my skin. I prefer running, which opens up the pores as you’re sweating it out. Then afterwards, if I have the energy – I take a short swim. This is so good for drying out the oiliness of my skin and amazing for the muscles after running. I’m also a massive fan of the steam room too – it gives you that glowy skin after just 5 minutes steaming it out.
I often joked to my other half that we need to permanently be on holiday for the good of my skin! Sunshine and vitamin D are such a massive help if you have breakouts. I see a huge improvement after just a few hours of sunshine and also feel happier too! However as the UK are yet to see a glimpse of summer (what is that all about?), vitamin D tablets are the perfect substitute. Another vitamin that helps a lot with breakouts is zinc and I took these tablets for yeara while my skin was recovering.
This was a really long road to finding the products that work for me, and it’s so different for everyone. I have friends who swear by Clinique, but this was a terrible one for me as it is known to react badly with Asian skin. For me, eventually I found Dermalogica which is my all time favourite. I was also introduced to Mama Mio when I was pregnant and I love their Gorgeously Glowing Face Wash – it does exactly what it says on the label and I’ve continued to use it after the pregnancy. Finding products that complement my skin has been fantastic and really helped to boost my confidence.
Years later, my confidence has returned and I’m. It might have been a bit of a mixture of things such as hormones, stress and just genetics (my Dad’s side of the family have acne) but I’m so pleased to be on the other side. and do let me know in the comments if you have anything you might add!