6 months ago ➡️ today.
About a year ago, I started a battle with my skin that I thought I could fix on my own. Acne and other issues were starting to wreak havoc on my face but I automatically attributed it to stress from school. At the time, it made the most sense to me. When I say I tried practically EVERYTHING for my skin I’m not exaggerating. Proactiv, toners, face washes, serums, masks – you name it I probably tried it. I would read review after review that said how much the product helped and I was so excited only to be disappointed a few weeks later. I went from having occasional breakouts to having extremely oily skin, deep, cystic acne all over my chin that left scars, and skin that was always red and hurt. I was so frustrated. It got to the point where I would cry. I had no confidence and felt like everyone was always looking at my skin.
Back in June I decided to see a dermatologist. I learned that in order to treat my skin, I had to go below the surface (thanks, hormones!) I now have a skin-care regimen that consists of prescription creams, a great face wash, blood pressure medication (crazy, right?!), and antibiotics.
This process has been challenging because it seemed like my skin got worse than it was before. When I say my skin purged, it purged like crazy. It was a roller coaster of emotions; some days I was really happy with how my skin looked, other days it felt like nothing was working.
I’m now 5 months into my medications. My skin is responding great to the treatments. I still break out but when I do, the breakouts clear up so much quicker than before. Instead of getting cystic acne all the time I rarely get any now. My face is no longer oily and it isn’t red and irritated all the time. My dermatologist has without a doubt changed my life and given me my confidence back.