This isn’t really a subject I ever thought I’d be talking about. Adult acne. I didn’t even know it was a thing, until it happened to me. My skin has never been amazing, it’s never been super clear and flawless, I’ve always struggled with breakouts etc, but they would always go and I always put it down to the time of the month.
About a year ago now I started to really struggle with my skin, the breakouts were becoming more permanent, the flare ups would seem long lasting, I’d have red blotches and red raised lumps and bumps all over. I’d also find the skin to be really irritated too and extremely sensitive to pretty much any product I’d use as part of my skin routine. Eventually I plucked up the courage to go to the doctors, and I was horrified when I was diagnosed with adult acne. I was shown a chart containing 5 images of different types of acne. 1 being the most mildest form and 5 being the most severe. When the doctor announced I was at a number 3, I felt like bursting into tears right there and then. I was prepared to take whatever treatment was offered to me.
I started on a course of anti biotics, called Oxytetracycline and so far we are about 6 months into the journey. I’ll be honest, I think I was expecting miracles overnight and when I didn’t see ANY improvement over the first few weeks, months even, I became extremely disheartened and I’d go as far to say depressed. I was just so self conscious, and I felt everything I was using myself, wasn’t working, if anything it made my breakouts worse. I should also say, I am on the waiting list to see a dermatologist, who I hope can give me some further long term advice and treatment, but for now.. I can finally begin to notice some improvements.
I cannot even believe I am sharing an image of my skin online without make up but this blog is all about honesty, and it doesn’t get much more real than my mug. When I did these side by sides tonight, I was hoping to see a huge difference in my skin, but what I’m seeing is also an incredible difference in my face shape. I actually have a shape!! Almost 3 stone gone forever, and i truly believe, as well as the anti biotics I am on, the weight loss and change to my diet has helped me massively with my skin.
I’m a long way off having skin that I am comfortable enough to be without make up when popping to the shops or even into town.. but for the first time in forever, I think I’m starting to see some changes which ultimately contributes to my self esteem.
I think I’ll keep you posted on what happens as far as the dermatologist appointments go & what the outcome will be. Hopefully I’ll be confident enough to share more make up free selfies, who knows.
All the love,
Mrs, Sinéad Anna Chalke x
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