20 Years of Acne

My journey with skincare started 20 years ago, when I was 11. I wasn’t one of those girls who cruised through high school with prefect skin, puberty wasn’t kind. I broke out in acne all over my face, back and chest. It got worse over the years and being in a girl’s school, where most girls aren’t plagued with acne, wasn’t the best. But to be honest, it didn’t bother me a great deal, I was hardly the only 14 year old with acne, my mum was more bothered than I was.

I saw doctors and dermatologists to “cure” it. Of course it can’t be cured but it can be calmed down. I have tried pretty much most things for it; antibiotics, Ayurveda medicine, Chinese medicine, the pill, over the counter creams, brands advertised on TV, toothpaste, really strong hormone balancers, everything!

Everyone seemed to know what was best to cure the acne and I even had strangers offer me tips, like crush up onions and garlic and put it on your face. I may be acne free after that but I’ll stink so much no one will want to be near me, so not the best advice to give to a teenager! For years I used to use products containing benzyl peroxide which bleaches everything it touches. Slowly I realised these probably weren’t the best products for my skin because of what these chemicals are doing to the skin.

Five years ago, I did decide to stop using products full of toxic chemicals and start using the purer, natural plant based products. Shockingly, I found out I have dry skin, not greasy as every spotty person thinks they have. This meant I knew what products were more suitable for my skin, and after trying various products and giving my skin time to adjust, have found a winning combination.

I’ve noticed my skin improve, not only the acne, but it shines and looks healthy. People actually compliment me for my skin and spotty people never get complimented on their skin! So, be aware of what you are putting on your skin, do your research, test out products and find the perfect match for your skin. Get in touch if you want more information on what cleared my skin.

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