Now let’s get a few things straight before I start- I am not and have not been one of those ladies that has amazing skin.
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 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 medicated 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 color (pigments) on the skin. It can appear anywhere on your body and face. For me, it happened just on the neck and chin. It’s an Autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to think that it’s under attack and the body overcompensate it by going into overdrive.
So with all of these issues, I spent a long time first looking at what I was putting on my skin, literally I went months trying all different brands and even tried herbal method by just washing my face with water and using coconut oil to moisture (imagine shine and excess oil issues).
I even visited my GP and after almost after 8/9 visits and even a hospital referral, they all concluded that there was nothing they could do for me.
Let’s 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 it’s 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, nowhere 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 4 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 1: I have been using Neutrogena facial wash for 4 years now and it has been the best in removing makeup yet still very gentle on the skin. I also love the grapefruit smell. I put two pumps on a wet Konjac sponge which is a natural sponge that gently exfoliates the face and stimulates blood flow to the face- you are basically giving yourself a facial first thing in the morning. I repeat the same routine at night.
Step 2: After patting dry my face I then place a pea size amount of Sunscreen on my forehead, nose, both cheeks, chin, and neck area. I don’t live in a hot country but sun protection is still so vital to protect your skin from UV rays and other toxins in the air. Also as someone who suffers from Vitiligo, it’s essential I wear sunscreen to protect and stop the spread of the white patches. I love the Garnier Ambre Solaire range as it does leave any white marks on my skin that most sunscreens that are over 50 SPF do
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.
This routine so far has been working for me, however, I do intend to add a night time cream and some facial oils that I have been eyeing up.
Do any of my readers have skincare issues that they have resolved on their own….do share?