It has taken me a long time to tame, love and feel good in my skin. Growing up I never suffered from acne or other skin ailments like pigmentation, dryness and sensitivity.
However, as soon as I hit my late 20's BOOM my skin changed and i started suffering from the following:
My skin would easily react even to the most mildest of cleansers and moisturises, leaving me unable to use any products that I used to use as part of my daily skincare routine.
I would have massive pimples that would take days to shift even with the use of tea tree oil or any other mediated treatment specifically for spots.
This is caused when there is an excess of melanin which is the result of sun exposure. I had this on my neckline oddly enough.
*Vitiligo- This was a shocker and for those of you who don't know what this is - it is a loss of skin colour (pigments) on the skin. It can appear anywhere on your body and face. For me it happened just on neck and chin. Its an Autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to think that its under attack and over compensate it by going into overdrive.
I even visited my GP and after almost 8/9 visits and even a hospital referral they all concluded that there was nothing they could do for me.
Lets take a moment now because I want to Thank the NHS for this as it was the best thing that could have happened to me.
It made me realise that sometimes its not good to rely completely on medical experts and also that this is happening to me and to my body so I need to figure it out on my own,,,,which sounds a little depressing but can also be so overpowering. My plan of action was the following:
*Research research and more research I took to the internet and looked up everything from my skincare regime to what i was eating to my symptoms.
*Diet elimination- I figured pretty early on that if my skin was still reacting to things that i was putting on my skin and i was hardly putting anything then it must be what I am eating. The way diet elimination works is that you cut out a group of food for 6 weeks and see how you react to it first to go out what Gluten nothing changed here apart from having more energy then Dairy, now here were it all changed. In 3 weeks I noticed my skin tone improved and my acne subsided.
*I kept a Food diary this helped to monitor what i was eating to how i was reacting to it. I only kept this for about 3 months.
*Sunscreen- this is something I wish someone had told me when i was in my teens. You must wear sunscreen no matter what weather it is outside.
It has now been 3 years on and my skin has never felt better I have slowly added products that I couldn't use before to my skincare routine.
The current routine that I have established is as below:
Step 3: I then put a small amount of Aveeno daily Moisturiser all over my face to date this is the best heavy duty moisturiser that I have found that really gives me enough hydration without any excess oil. It is also perfect for sensitive skin. I also use this as part of my night time routine.
Step 4: This is something new that I have added into my routine over the last month. It is a primer facial serum/primer which basically mattifies my face in preparation for my foundation.
Do any of my readers have skincare issues that they have resolved on their own....do share?