June is acne awareness month,
& after suffering with acne for many years it’s a topic that is very personal to me so I thought I’d tell you all about my acne experience.
Nobody likes getting spots, but sometimes they’re inevitable and can’t be helped. I first got spots when I went into puberty around 13/14 and I thought that they would go away once hormones settled and I got a little older. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case and the spots gradually turned into cystic acne, with it not just being on my face but my chest, shoulders and back. I was getting breakouts daily and I was getting so down about it. I used to cry loads to the point where I literally hated my skin.
After about a year of using different acne products I decided it was time to visit the doctors, who prescribed me various lotions and potions and all different kinds of antibiotics. I found that they would help for a short period of time, but once I stopped taking them the acne came right back and I was right back at square one again. It began to become so frustrating and I thought I was gonna have acne forever.
After about 4 years of trying different antibiotics and lotions, my doctor finally decided to refer me to a dermatologist who put me on a drug called Roaccutane .This is an extremely harsh drug that is prescribed as a last resort for acne, however the success rate is crazy high. The reason it is considered a last resort is due to the scary/ serious side effects such as suicidal thoughts. However, the most common side effects is dry skin and tiredness.
I finally found what I had been longing for… clear skin!!! After around 9 months of being on Roaccutane I finally could see the light at the end of the tunnel and I was finally feeling more confident within myself and my skin. I finally felt like I could look someone in the eye and feel as thought they’re not staring at my acne. It was crazy how getting rid of my acne changed me as a person and made me feel 100000% times better!!
Acne can easily make someone feel down, trust me I’ve been there. The amount of time I got told to just wash my face and drink more water. I tried everything from drinking 3L a day to various face washes. However, it’s not always the case, sometimes you just cant help it and it’s time to become more aware of acne and that is can affect anyone and it does not define you. You are amazing and beautiful whether you have acne or not. I want you to believe that.
I hope you all have enjoyed me telling you a little about my experience of acne and how I got rid of it. It has been about 2.5 years since I stopped taking Roaccutane and my acne has not come back. I get the odd breakout around certain times of the month but other than that my skin is pretty clear and I am so thankful.
If anyone has any questions about acne or Roaccutane, please drop me a comment down below and I’ll try my best to help.
Love Mercydes x