So it's been a month and a bit give or take and I'd just thought I'd share some news on progress etc...
The first two or three weeks I didn't see any real improvement, I was still waking up to new spots and my skin still felt severely aggravated and painful to the touch. However, within the the past two weeks I am actually beginning to see some progress hurrah! My spots on my cheeks are no longer cystic and painful, they're mainly scabs and scarring. However, I have been experiencing a few bigger spots on my inner cheeks which aren't too friendly!
I have started using the 'Liz Earle cleanse and polish' and I must say I think that has helped my skin out a lot, it's no longer as dry and my makeup application is smoother and better. I'm not sure whether dianette is going to clear my skin up but it certainly has taken the pain away. I will still be visiting the dermatologist in a month and have just ordered the 'PANOXYL AQUAGEL gel 2.5%' in hopes that this will completely clear my skin, anything is worth a try eh!? Overall, I am quite pleased with my skin's progress though I do wish I was experiencing a quicker treatment. Patience is a virtue I do not possess.
Will post photographs tomorrow, my camera's battery is dead!
After a week, there hasn't been really much progress I must say, though I didn't really expect any until the one month flagpost anyway, you can't blame an impatient girl for being optimistic. I welcomed two new large friends to the party on my right cheek yesterday, just fantastic. At least they aren't as painful as the angry red surface that is the very bottom of both of my cheeks. It seems fate has decided that the red of my skin will really make my blue eyes 'pop.'
I think the reason for these two new arrivals seems to be the exam stress I'm currently experiencing, the first part of my last exams before university... how delightful. Not only am I consuming the entire contents of both fridge and cupboards, I'm spending about 99% of my time under a lamp revising the invigorating language that is English.
Despite this insufferable pressure-filled month I am still managing to smile and have a good laugh at myself which is key! I've attached a couple of recent photos, as you can see my right cheek is a lot better than my left cheek, it's always been that way, must be because I'm a righty! haha.
I figured I would blog as often as I could, so as I have some time to spare, why not fill you in on my day to day skin routine and how I help myself with the big issue of self confidence. Sadly enough, not everyone has bags of confidence and I'm incredibly jealous of those lucky sods who do! In order to give myself that little boost I do what most girls and women do, use makeup. You're probably all screaming at your computer/laptop right now, 'stupid girl it'll only make her acne worse!!!' Don't worry I know how stupid it is of me to wear makeup, but I find it's the only way I have the confidence to leave the house, pathetic as that sounds. In a world full of artificial advertisements and the idea of 'perfection' it seems concealment is the only way to get by.
So, here goes, the run through of my everyday routine...
Morning; I'm currently taking my dianette tablet in the morning as it is the only guaranteed time that I will remember to take it. Next, I cleanse my face using 'Clearasil' facial exfoliante, followed by 'Simple' toner. Next I used 'Oilatum' moisturiser as my face can get incredibly dry and I find this is the only moisturiser that soothes this. Next I apply the 'Witch' anti-blemish skin clearing primer and then follow with my makeup application.
Evening; As soon as I get in from college and or work, I remove all of my makeup using all of the above products. Of a night I usually apply 'Sudocrem' on spots I can feel beneath the surface in an attempt to hinder the evil beasts before they rupture the skin. Finally, once a week, usually of a weekend I use a face mask laden with tea tree oil and aloe vera in order to offer my skin a therapeutic break and helping hand.
I've attached an image of myself post- morning routine to show you that though my acne is partially covered it is still quite visible. Makeup it seems can't offer you the 'perfect face' it constantly is shown to promise. Chin up, it wouldn't be the first time the beautiful girls on the telly lied eh? haha.
First of all, a big hello to anyone who chooses to come along on this journey with me!
I suppose I should start with a little low down of my credentials, a little get to know me... my name's Lee-Anna, I'm seventeen years old and am a long sufferer of acne. Obviously. Having tried everything in the book, from antibacterial face washes to antibiotics and extensive creams, masks and toners I feel as though I'm reaching the end of my tether! So, I've decided to document my journey through both photographs and words on the pill 'dianette.' With all of the bad hype, I was admittedly nervous to begin with, but as things only seem to be deteriorating into a worse condition I thought needs must!
My acne has really hit me hard lately, and although I've suffered with it for the past three years it seems to have hit home over the past month or so how much it actually does effect me day to day. Avoiding mirrors, the inability to have any self confidence and sometimes being brought to tears by how your skin makes you feel is not something a seventeen year old girl should have to suffer. As none of my family or friends have really ever suffered with acne the feeling of isolation is a difficult one to deal with so just to tell you, you are not alone my friends!
Sure, the situation may be shitty now, but, well, things can only get better. Right? Here's hoping.
I've been on Dianette for just under a week now so extremely early days my friends! I'll attach some photographs for you to see the extent of the acne on my face, and what we're dealing with here people! My face is usually too sore to touch, and it hurts to sleep on one side for too long at night. There are new pimples when I wake up in the morning, typically whiteheads but sometimes there are a few gruesome blistery types too. Can't a girl catch a break? Haha.