Last time I wrote about my acne was back in May 2014, you can read all that here. So it has been a while since I have spoken about my current skin/acne situation. I still suffer from acne (ha!), still on medication (ha!), but it’s a vast improvement to what it was when I first started taking medication and my acne and skin has improved since May 2014 update.
I think I may have hit the nail on the head, when I say that you only notice the difference to your acne/skin when someone comments on it. The reason being because every day you are looking at your face, whether its when you’re washing your face, to you blow drying your hair and to you wearing makeup. You are constantly looking in the mirror and looking at your face so it is easy for you not to see the changes. My mum always kindly points out when I have spots on my face (gee thanks mum!).
Below are photos of what my face looked like before medication, what it looked like during medication and what it looks like now as of 25.02.2015. Be warned these photos are not pretty, (if you can’t handle it, then look away now! Also sorry for badly taken photos).
As you can see from the photo above, I had deep red scarring and lots of red blotchy spots. I would say this was when my skin was as its worse and for the first time since suffering acne at the age of 16 where I felt sad and upset by acne. It was then I knew I had to do something. Medication prescribed by the GP, which were either antibiotics, the pill or cream were not working, so I decided to take a different route to help improve my acne, which was Chinese medication.
During taking Chinese medication, words cannot describe how bad my face looked. I literally had a new active spots every day and they came in a strong army form (maybe a slight exaggeration, but you get my drift). I think it took at least about 4-6 months before my skin started to calm down and for the spots not to come in such large quantities.
At this current point, and just looking back at this photos, I am happy to say my ACNE has improved dramatically! The scarring on my face has improved, the marks are not as deep. I now tend to have an outbreak when my period is due (damn you mother nature!). At first I wasn’t so sure but these last two times before my period is due, I have been trying my best to limit the amount of times I eat out/stay out late and I can definitely say its due to hormones when I have an outbreak near my period. When mother nature is not calling, I get a few spots now and again, but nothing my spot cream can’t handle.
I mean it when I say this, that I wish no one suffers from adult acne. Though that is not always the case, but what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.
My advice would be that if acne is upsetting you, then please do speak to someone. Go and see your GP, if they give you antibiotics, please SAY NO. They do not work. Push for a referral to see a dermatologist or seek other ways of fighting acne, like I went to see a Chinese Doctor instead of taking Roaccutane.
As with products, my advice would be stick to products that are non comedogenic and does not contain any ingredients listed on this site here. If after using a product and your skin feels dry and tight. STOP. Your skin is telling you the product is too strong/harsh.
Finally, always remain positive and don’t let acne define who you are. There will be times when it looks like there is no light at the end of the tunnel and that acne will be with you forever. But it won’t, you just need to not give up and keep on fighting it! As one day you will be the winner.
Do you suffer from acne? How are you battling with acne?