My Skin Care Journey

Dear Acne,

If you’re going to live on my face, I need to see some rent. Let me be honest with you all and say I’ve never had great skin. For all those who have experienced acne we understand the battle all too well, my friend. Having to deal with the onslaught of unexpected breakouts can be stressful and frustrating and not to mention can have a toll on one’s self-confidence. There was a time I used to be so unhappy with my skin that I just wanted to cover every blemish and spot with anything I could find, and it really started to impact my self-esteem negatively.

When I was younger, I didn’t really think too much about my skin. It wasn’t until the age of 12 that I can distinctly remember noticing these bumps and dark patches appearing on my chin, cheeks, and forehead. I remember them being quite deep, nodular, and even painful to touch. Reflecting about how my skin was in high school, I felt quite embarrassed to show my natural skin with these red bumps sticking so clearly out. I used to try hiding my blemishes with anything I could find, including subtly using my hands or books to cover them. I also went down that rabbit hole where I started comparing my skin to others, because I began noticing that my breakouts were a bit more severe, and this made me feel insecure about my-self and put me in the mindset that something was wrong with my skin.

At this point, I started experimenting with a bunch of different products, trying out “at home hacks” and frequently washing my face, which just completely stripped my skin barrier and disrupted the natural pH levels of my skin. This left me feeling extremely dry and irritated

– this is the biggest mistake!

When a cleanser contains unnecessary surfactants and foaming agents that can be quite aggressive and stripping on the barrier. This can over dry the skin causing the sebaceous glands to work on overdrive to produce excess oil/sebum as it tries to recover your barrier to its normal state, thus leading to even more breakouts! Yikes. (We’ll have a deeper look into cleansers in the upcoming posts)

An ideal cleanser for acne skin should be:

✨ Non-comedogenic

✨ Non- acnegenic

✨ Non-irritating

✨ Fragrance & soap free

When I began my course, I came to a better understanding of how the skin functions, the cellular turn over process, the stages of wound healing and how ingredients work in a cellular level. I decided it was time to chuck these conventional products outside the window (before I was using Sukin and Clearasil- which I discovered to be stripping) and bring my skin care routine right back to the basics. I started by incorporating a gentle soap free cleanser, using active ingredients that worked with my skin, a moisturiser that’s fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, avoid picking at all costs, staying hydrated and most importantly using an SPF daily!

Over the last 4 years I have dedicated my blood sweat and tears to learning about skincare, and I can safely say that even though I experience a few brake-outs here and there (mainly maskne 😷 and hormonal) I’m happy with the progress. Everything that I have learned from my course, skin experts, evidence-based research and personally trying a variety of products and treatments, has given me so much knowledge and I hope that through these posts I can help many of you feel empowered and educated throughout your skin journey. The biological way you’re wired and the way your skin looks/doesn’t look isn’t something to be ashamed about. Everyone has their own stories and experiences and they can be a huge resource for you! And then you can be a huge resource for others who will come after you! Remember that you are not alone in this and to love your skin each step of the way!

Let me know in the comments if you have any tips, tricks, or survival stories about acne! Until next time my skin lovers.

~ D