Dealing with my Acne: Part 1

Dealing with my Acne: Part 1

Okay, so doing a post like this is something I have wanted to do for ages and I have only recently plucked up the courage to do it, as I will be sharing some images that I thought only I would ever see. I want to share my troubles with acne because it is one of the main reasons why I am now so passionate about health and wellness. I know how lonely it can feel when you are going through skin issues, and how frustrating it can feel when nothing is working. I want to share what has worked for me so that others can take control and regain confidence in themselves, as acne it is such a personal issue. So please, if you know anyone that is experiencing problems with their skin, like acne, please share as I would love to see if my recommendations help.

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When I had bad skin, I felt:

  • Gross
  • Dirty
  • Self-conscious
  • Ugly
  • Paranoid

These feelings were horrible and if anything raised my stress and anxiety levels, which in turn, made my skin much worse. I was soooooo desperate to improve my skin. I would spend hours at night researching different products and medication. I went on lots of different antibiotics that the doctors prescribed and I used things on my skin that were so strong it would burn and make my skin so aggravated, itchy and worse.

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In December 2013, I made a new years resolution to not wear makeup to work. I was working 13-hour shifts in a nursing home, where I was in a hot environment, surrounded by germs and cleaning products, which was not doing me justice. So I decided going makeup free was one thing that I could proactively do to help my skin, so it could breathe. HOWEVER, this took a lot of courage and determination, as it meant I would not be able to hide behind layers of makeup anymore.

I remember the first few times at work not wearing any makeup and my colleagues would say “omg, what happened” “what’s wrong with your skin”, and to be honest I was actually quite shocked, because I always thought they knew I had bad skin underneath all the makeup. Anyway, I would just sit on my lunch break (if I got one) and look at my skin through the selfie camera on my phone…. and as you can see, take pictures, mainly to monitor any improvement.

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The most embarrassing thing about my acne was that I actually had a pretty healthy diet and drank loads of water, so I felt like I didn’t have an excuse for having bad skin. I felt like everyone was judging me and assuming that I lived off takeaways and pizza, which made me quite paranoid and I felt like I always had to explain myself and reassure people that I was healthy.

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Going make-up free encouraged me to really look at what was going on. I looked at my routine and tried to find a few other holistic things which could help.

I decided to…

  • Change my (100% cotton) pillow case every 2-3 days
  • Have a specific (100% cotton) flannel to dry my face and change ever 2 days
  • Religiously wash my face every morning and night (cleanse, tone and moisturise. Not using makeup wipes)
  • Continue to drink 2 litres of water or more every day
  • Drink peppermint tea instead of English tea
  • Not pick and touch my face! (this was one of the hardest things I had to overcome)
  • Not use my hands to apply makeup (I invested in Real Techniques brush collection and foundation sponge)

These are all things I still do day in, day out and I go make up free wherever possible.

I will be sharing more of my skin journey with you very soon, but for the meantime, I hope you have enjoyed reading.

Much L O V E, Nicky

 

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