I talk a lot about my skin care and products I enjoy using, so I wanted to create a little post to talk about my experience with acne, spots, hormones and the wonderful insecurities that come with it.
Here you go!
In my early teens my skin got really bad and it was a major insecurity of mine, although I know this isn’t particularly uncommon- it’s one of the sucky parts of being a teenager. But I had lots of spots under the skin and they were beginning to scar.
So after a year or so of trying out different high street products, my Mum and I took a trip down to the Doctors and we were given a cream named Quinoderm. Quinoderm literally stripped my face, it made my (naturally oily combination) skin very dry, itchy and sore. It also did not make my blemishes any easier to conceal… if anything they were even more pronounced on my face. Although, after the initial erosion of my skin, it did clear away my under-the-skin spots. But only for a few months.
My skin quickly became ‘immune’ to Quinoderm… or I assume it did! It just stopped working, and at this point the high street skin care was barely touching my acne. So I was essentially in a worse position than I was before I started using Quinoderm.
My Aunt recommended using something less invasive and more of a long-term solution… but more pricey: Clinique. I can honestly say that Clinique was a huge game changer for me. By 16 I was using Cliniques’ Teenage Skincare Kit that consisted of a foam, a cleanser and a moisturiser. It worked really well on my skin. But it was also far more expensive than I could afford. So it became one of those gifts I got at Christmas or my birthday, or even at airports!
Age 18-20 and a student, I used mostly high street brands and that was great, my skin had calmed down and I was able to get away with using products such as Garnier face scrubs and all things Simple.
When I was 21 I had a massive flare up but this time I could pin point why I had this sudden hormonal explosion and it was simply from changing from a combination contraceptive pill, to a progesterone only pill… and my face did not like it! Or my back… or my chest... and to make it worse, these spots were scarring again. I started using Clinique again and changed back to my previous pill and it all calmed down.
I still have the odd flare up now, despite being 22 (and feeling like I had my fair share of spots in my teenage years!) and I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have a little cluster of spot friends on my face. It can still really knock my confidence. Buuuut I love trying new skincare routines and I’ve found drinking lots of water is one of the best ways to overcome flare ups (I know, how booooring).
If you’re going through skin troubles, remember that we are hormonal beings and some days are bound to be worse than others. The best thing for your skin is natural products and consistency. Sometimes you have to wait to see the results, but it’s worth it.
P.S. No matter how bad you feel your skin is – YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL.