Me, Myself and Acne

A few days ago, I found out that one of my family friend’s son has been suffering with acne to the point that he has completely shut off the world and does not got out at all. This triggered my own feelings and struggles that I went through and hence this blog post.

Acne. I was introduced to this word at the age of 18, been in a relationship with it from the age of 18 till present and I think the way that I experienced acne is quite unique.

It only started as a few spots (I thought they were just pimples/zits and would go away on its own) on the cheeks of my face, but then, it took a turn for the worse. My cheeks became an infested, breeding ground and the acne started to multiply, grow bigger and grosser.

You might be wondering why my acne is unique, I will tell you why…

I also had severe body acne.

My body acne was so severe, that at one point it was really hard to wear a bra as the straps and hooks of the bra would rub against my acne and make it even worse (sorry, if this is TMI!).

I used to hate my face and despised going out with friends/ family or take any kind of pictures of myself. The most embarrassing bit of information that I left out is that, it was not me who noticed that my acne on my cheeks were getting worse, it was my friends and family who politely pointed it out who then persuaded me to take an appointment with the doctors. The visits to the doctors began and number of prescriptions for medicines increased and changed often as most of them were not working. My acne on my face and body, along with my self-confidence grew worse.

At last, somewhere in 2011, I was prescribed with some antibiotics for my acne. I was to take them once a day without fail. I did this, even though I lost hope in having medicines for my acne. I also started to adopt slightly healthier lifestyle which you can read all about it here. After 2 – 3 weeks of having these anti-biotics, I saw a difference. I was overjoyed! My skin was not producing any new acne and the acne that I did have, was slowly starting to fade. I was starting to gain confidence and like how my face looked and felt.

My skin was starting to look more and healthier and I was very glad. A few months into the course, I was acne free, apart from a random pimple that does pops up.

In early 2013, the doctor suggested if I wanted to try going off the antibiotics because, obviously I have been on medication for 2 years and all these chemicals in my body could cause some side effects now or in the future. I took the plunge and was confident that it was all going to be okay. After a couple of weeks without my anti-biotic, it returned. I decided to go on the antibiotics again, but this time, my body wasn’t listening to the medication. This time, I started to develop acne (the gross kind) on my forehead and chin area too.

I decided to stop having any more medicines or anti-biotics because consuming antibiotics over a long time also has its own side effects. The doctor suggested that I try on a gel called Epiduo that needs to be applied once a day. Although I had tried several other prescribed creams/gels/lotions with no positive result, I had no other option and so I took it.

Long story short, I have been applying this gel since autumn of 2013 and my acne is under control. The gel has been good to me so far! Also, adopting that healthy lifestyle makes all the more difference.

There are still days when I still feel awkward and uncomfortable to go out whenever I have a crazy breakout of spots on my cheek or worse, on my forehead. I have learnt to accept that I might never be rid of acne, but I have learnt to live with it rather than hate it causing more worry, stress and anxiety to myself.

To those of you who are on your own journey in dealing with acne, I wish you all the best. It does get better with time. I learnt to be patient too. In hindsight, it is definitely sad to think that at one point I did hate my face just because of spots!

After reading this post, I hope this gives you some kind of encouragement… You are not alone ❀

Don’t let acne define who you are.

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13 thoughts on “Me, Myself and Acne

  1. fancypantsmommy001 January 23, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Hey! I know you weren’t asking for advice but I’ve dealt with acne like you since highschool πŸ˜” i went in acutane in highschool and it worked wonders!! But the effects of that stopped working eventually too! After having my third child (5 months ago) my face went crazy again!! I tried pills from the dermatologist but it kept giving me the worst stonach issues!! I even threw up one morning!! I was just about to give up because i told myself i wasnt going to take antibiotics anymore because i just hate putting anything unhealthy in my body!! As i gave up ny friend invited me to her launch party as a Rodan + Fields consultant and they had a complete regimen for acne!! They had created proactive and theres a 60 day money back guarantee so i figured what the heck if it doesnt work at least ill get my money back for once!! Sure enough it worked and now im a consultant myself because i love their products so much and i get 30% off!! If you are ever interested let me know! I know how hard dealing with acne can be!! Feeling uncomfortable in your own skin is the worst! I didnt even like putting my son on the bus without makeup! I figure you have nothing to lose with the money back guarantee and you can also use the products on your body! Just thought I’d share my story!

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    • withtinu January 24, 2015 / 9:27 am

      Thank you so much for sharing your story! I’m glad you got through it! Of course, I’ll let you know πŸ˜„ if my acne comes back with a vengeance haha!

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  2. fislittleblog January 24, 2015 / 5:30 pm

    I was the same, probably not quite as bad as you are discribing but from about the age of 14 I had acne. It destroyed my confidence to the point of not answering the front door unless am wearing make-up. Those with perfect skin don’t realise just how lucky they are.

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    • withtinu January 25, 2015 / 8:10 pm

      Yes i have been in those situations too where I just didn’t want to face people. Ahh that is so true what you said at the end!

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  3. Danielle January 24, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    Great post! I dont suffer with acne but i did suffer with eczema all over my face and body so i can identify with you on that loss of confidence and soreness 😣 x

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    • withtinu January 25, 2015 / 10:02 pm

      Thanks! Gosh, I didn’t know even Eczema could do all this!

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    • withtinu January 25, 2015 / 8:12 pm

      Hey Naomi! Thank you so much for the nomination! It really means a lot! πŸ˜„

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  4. sookri January 31, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Hope you are ride of acne soon! I spent thousands at dermatologists and after making adjustments to lifestyle, and monitoring and eliminating causes, I finally had it under control without antibiotics or roaccutane. After more than 10 years. For me it was lifestyle and stress induced.

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  5. Christiana February 5, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    Ah, I feel your pain. I had practically alabaster skin up until my mid twenties, then all of a sudden developed a bad case of (hormonal) cystic acne. I had a very hard time with it for ages (was also on antibiotics for more two years and they wreaked havoc on my whole system – I would definitely not recommend them to anyone) and finally managed to get it under control by using specially prescribed, topical anti- acne products and going on the pill (which apparently balanced out my out of whack hormones). To this day, if I stop taking the pill for more than 3- 4 months in a row, the bane of my life comes back. I am also left with the glorious remnants of previous bouts of it, in the form of scars and discolouration – even though I never so much as touched the cysts when they were all flared up. I guess anyone who’s ever had serious issues with acne knows it’s an ongoing struggle. You can only keep trying and hope for the best. Hope it all continues to go well for you in future!

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  6. NotQuiteLondon February 27, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    Awesome post and one that I can relate too so well. I have had acne since I was 13 (I’m now 30). It’s finally under control n thankfully I don’t need any more medicine. It can totally consume your life and it did with mine for so many years. Xx

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