Hi guys. I have decided to share my acne story and how I got clear skin again. Lemme give a little backstory…
I’ve always had acne prone skin. I remember I was eleven years old, when I first broke out; I also remember thinking it was an allergy. My mum got me all the beauty products I needed and by the time I was sixteen, I didn’t have a face full of pimples anymore. My scarring had also cleared considerably well.
In my second year in the university, I stopped using cleansers and toners on my face. I continued to break out naturally – just before my period, so I wasn’t too worried about it.
In 2016, I experienced some changes in my life, I was depressed. The changes in my hormones led me to break out again. I had no clue so I attributed it to allergies again. What I had on (only the right side) my face didn’t seem like pimples; more like boils and I couldn’t sleep on that side of my face because of the pain I felt. It got worse and the pimples began to spread to my neck, it was at the point that my inner goddess whispered shit just got real. I was clueless so I’d cover my face in long braids, hoping that the pimples will miraculously disappear.
My roommate/friend at that time was a med lab undergrad so she advised me to use antibiotics. I did and my acne started to dry out. I was happy. But the minute I stopped the medication, my acne came back with full force. I decided to seek the help of a semi specialist, so I visited a pharmacist. They prescribed Epiderm cream and it worked like magic. Within a couple of weeks, my face was completely rid of the monsters.
I had read on the internet that creams like Epiderm had steroids in them and they weren’t good for the skin. I didn’t care, I was too desperate to care, I was ready to use the cream for the rest of my life!
Subsequently, my break out was more rash-like and I didn’t feel any pain. I basically looked like a girl with a face full of rash. That wasn’t cute, so I’d run back to my Epiderm crea, my ex holy grail.
Before I went to camp in November 2016, I visited my family doctor. I showed him pictures of the first time the scary breakouts started and he said it was cystic acne. He prescribed birth control pills (Diane 35). I used that for about 90 days and my face was back to normal again! Even camp had nothing on me! Lol. Shortly after I started working at my PPA, I broke out again.
This time I was just tired of it all. I didn’t care anymore. I didn’t cover my face or hide behind a full face of makeup (Although I wasn’t using makeup when I had cystic acne). My cousin (who btw, always had the smoothest skin) was breaking out too so she recommended some vitamins she was using. I wasn’t patient enough, so I don’t know if I would have experienced any positive changes with the vitamins. Almost immediately, I started to take probiotics because the internet said so – I didn’t get any results.
Side note: during this period, I stayed away from diary products and sweets. So my diet wasn’t the problem.
I started to notice improvements on my skin when I did the following
- I took a break. I stopped using every soap or cream I heard about and actually decided to find out the problem… hormones? Bacteria? I couldn’t afford a dermatologist in Edo State, Although my dad was more than ready to pay for one – because Tobi needs to find a man.
- I concluded that the hormonal imbalance had been cured and the problem was bacteria, coupled with the products I was using.
- I started to exfoliate my skin every week. Prior to all the meds and soaps and cream, I probably exfoliated once a month or not all , in an entire month.
- I got a soap (DUDU OSUN) and stuck to it
- I bought Micellar Water, and used it as a cleanser because it got rid of most of the dirt on my skin. I would use it before washing my face.
- I drank more water. I was one of those people that thought the drink more water people were scammers… they’re not. Try it, and thank us later!
- I got a good moisturiser. I used to use Neutrogena. Its a good brand and its expensive, so I believed I had to be on the right track. It was non comedogenic but it made me sweat and apparently, sweat breaks me out.
- I started receiving calls with my earpiece. I was scared of all the bacteria on my phone screen. There was no way I’d put that on my face!
When I have to take off my makeup
- I use wipes or olive oil (and a cotton pad) to take off my make up.
- I take off the rest of my makeup with some micellar water
- Wash my face with Dudu Osun and my cleansing spin brush
- Sometimes I exfoliate with my sea salt scrub (I ran out of my DIY turmeric scrub – I like to use that at night)
- I tone my face with Apple Cider Vinegar
- I use Cetaphil cream as a moisturiser
- Whenever I have a pimple, I use Neo Medrol as a spot treatment. It works like magic!
When I don’t have to take off my makeup…
- I wash my face with my fingers or my spin brush. it depends on how I’m feeling actually
- Exfoliate once a week (or twice when I’m being too lazy)
- Occasionally, I use my bentonite clay and ACV mixture as a mask (whenever I feel like pampering my skin – honestly, I don’t even remember).
- Tone with ACV
- I use Cetaphil cream as a moisturiser
- Neo Medrol as a spot treatment
If you’re dealing with acne, I know its a horrible feeling but it’ll get better. Educate yourself, visit a dermatologist and find out what works for you. Most importantly, be patient.
I hope this was helpful guys.