There are some moments in life, certain things would happen to you and everyone you know will suddenly become a seasoned expert at these things. This could range from pregnancy, menstruation, passing an exam, being a mother, starting a new job, unmarried at 30, or dealing with acne.
When my acne became fully blown and very visible, almost every human in my life has an advise or two for me. At some point, I got confused and wasn’t even sure which one to stick to. One thing was certain, this wasn’t the first time I’ve had to deal with acne. I once share my acne story sometimes last year, this shows that this is something I’ve had to deal with at different times of my life.When my acne became fully blown and very visible, almost every human in my life became a seasoned expert on acne Click To Tweet
In April, when I started seeing these little bumps, I knew the next few months would be trying times. My friends told me I used a soap meant for the body for my face. I tried not to believe them but it could be true so I got the right face soap but it got worse.
The Genesis of my Acne Story
My acne story started a very long time ago, right from when I was about 18 thereabout. It has always been an off and on issue. My face isn’t an entirely smooth face and it has always encountered bumpy rides. Some days, I have a face as smooth as a baby bum; and some days it’s as bad as a farm road. I think this is largely due to genetics. When my elder brother was between 16-21, his face was a mess. I remembered one joke we usually pass around then. We told him we’d get a gun loaded with pimples bullet so he can always shoot the big bumps when they appear.
My father also told us back then that my mom’s acne stopped when she started to have babies. Hence, we should expect to deal with it as we grow old. I never knew that prophecy was going to be fulfilled in my own life of all the 5 kids aside my brother.My face isn't an entirely smooth face and it has always encountered bumpy rides. Some days, I have a face as smooth as a baby bum; and some days it's as bad as a farm road. Click To Tweet
Related: How I Got Rid Of My Acne
The Bumpy Ride Between April To June
I was still celebrating fresh face after I dealt with it last year. If you read the story above, you’d understand what I mean. This made me abandoned a skincare regimen. I didn’t see the need to get separate towel for my face and body, and I sometimes forget I have a face cleanser and scrub.
Towards the end of April, I attended a wedding. While the make up artist was beating up my face, she brought up this. That was when I realized I had started another journey towards my acne story.
Did you notice the difference between the picture above? That’s about a week difference. That was exciting and I thought my face was on its path to restoration. I didn’t see the need to find a solution anymore, it was clearing. Hence, I stuck to the same products I was using. Until I had my birthday photo shoot and I almost had a mental breakdown when I saw my face even after the layers of make up.
I Reached Out For Help
It was no longer time to hide under the umbrella of ‘it would go, it’s just a phase’. It was time to actually start listening to all the counseling and ‘dermatologists’. I shared this acne story struggle on my Instagram story and I got a lot of referrals. Most were professional dermatologist, laser treatment, natural beauty products among others. Some of these brands sent me DMs, but I was a bit skeptical. I was really worried about using any products that will bleach my skin.
I went back to H-Medix to find ClearZit or Acne Out but couldn’t find any and I was too lazy to try other store. The pharmacist on duty gave me this Oxy 10 Cream to use.
I really wanted to visit a dermatologist but my pockets wasn’t agreeing with me. I decided to start with simple products and drugs I could afford.This Oxy 10 was really a bad market as my face was getting really dry and itchy. Another pharmacist friend gave me a drug (Itraconazole tabets, can’t remember the specific one now) to use and I started using it judiciously. I used about 3 sachet of this drug, yet no permanent visible difference.
During this period, I started seeing House of Coco products reviews from fellow bloggers. I read this on DemiAkin and Tonye’s blog and I thought to try it as it was a bit pocket friendly. I reached out to the page and chatted with someone whom I presumed have a good knowledge of skincare. After explaining my dilemma with pictures, she advised me on what to use and immediately I placed my order.
House of Coco Products
I received my order after about 3 working days and I started using this. Before I received this, a colleague’s wife who is also a doctor advised I get doxycycline capsule, sebamed clear face cleansing bar and Benzoyl peroxide cream. Who have I offended in this life with all these various medications and products just for my face?
I got the 4 in 1 cleanser facial toner and dermal repair face cream for day and night and a body cream from House of Coco. I could not find the advised Sebamed soap but later, I got it. The one in the picture above was used for my body while I started using the face soap strictly for my face. I also got a separate towel for my face.
All these I started using from July 4th.
What I Noticed With The New Products
House of Coco Products was working on my skin especially the Rose Water and Glycerin toner. Going forward, I must always have a rose water at home. The acne was drying up but my face became super oily. The spots became more visible and I felt even more sad. I continued to use all this non stop to be sure what was really wrong. I cut all fatty and oily food as everyone suddenly assume it was the food I was consuming.
16 days later, my acne story thus far. I thought it was time to really see a dermatologist as I wasn’t convinced enough. So, I called Skin101ng to book an appointment that will cost me N15,000. On second thought, I paused, if an appointment will cost N15,000 ($41), how much more will the actual treatment cost. I checked my expense for the month again, it would not fit in. I canceled the appointment and I assured myself I will try again.
Body Organics Product
A friend once referred this page to me, and when I checked the prices of their products, I said, ‘Not today Satan’. But on July 25, I told myself it is time to try this last product and if all fails, I am either going to go under the blade of a dermatologist for real or resign to fate.
I was really tired and angry for real. Everyone close to me knew how upset I was around this period as I was always cranky. I even stopped looking at my face in the mirror to avoid that heartbreak.
I went to Body Organics store in Garki, Abuja bare faced. The attendant carefully examined my face and told me to get this French butter Soap and Serum. I vehemently told her I wanted the ‘miracle in a jar’ that has been all over my Instagram page from their sponsored post. She was patient and explained to me that it is best I start with these as my acne needed to dry out and clear off first. I listened to her and got them. In addition, I added the Face and Body Exfoliating Brush 4-in-1 SPA Cleansing System and a rose water.
I took a picture of my face while at the store so I can monitor the progress days later. In addition, I got 2 face scrub/mask to try after reading non stop reviews. I got myself a St. Ives Scrub and an Absolute New York charcoal mask.
It has been quite a tedious and stressful journey but below is a picture of my face on the day I got these new products and what it is now. I am not very much there yet but so far, this has been the best of my face so far. I hope to still see a dermatologist and hope to get a permanent cure for the scars and future recurrence.
My Current Routine
To avoid coming back here to tell you guys about another acne story, I have found a simple routine that I think would work for me for a very long time and I am going to ensure I stick by it.
- I use the charcoal mask once a week, although it might be a bit painful and uncomfortable especially if it touches any hair on your face.
- St Ives scrub is my go to scrub twice a week. I plan to get a scrub at Body Organics soon.
- The Exfoliating Brush set, I use every two days so I don’t over wash my face. On the days I am not using it, I just cleanse my face with just water and soap.
- The face serum is a night routine everyday.
- I have stopped wearing make up. Truly, I still cannot believe I have but if that’s the solution to my problem, I am going to embrace it. My face now breathes well and I have been glowing. I would only wear make up going forward when there’s really a need to.
- Lastly, I spray the glow tonic on my face after shower. Nothing else touches my face. It also doubles as my face cleanser. I took the pictures below this morning. Can you spot the glow?
Is your skin acne prone? What has been your biggest struggle and how have you manage to overcome them? Are you someone who has a strict skincare routine, what is it like? What would you advise me to do differently? Kindly leave your comments below.
P.S: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts are entirely mine.
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