To be honest there are still times when I wash my face at night and in total disbelief that I feel no bumps at all, I have to go to the mirror and check if it’s really real. Last year in Paris, I took several selfies with the Eiffel tower that I couldn’t bear to look at until now much more post in any social media account but just last month, one sneakily made it way to the ‘gram. Wow, talkin’ ‘bout some MAJOR difference in a span of a year!
To those who are new to this site, allow me to back up a bit. Inspired by one of my fave NY fashion bloggers who wrote about her hormonal acne journey, I broke down my very own battles in this post last March. To summarize, I’ve pretty much dealt with this shiz already in my teenager days. It was round the end of 2014 when I observed a few breakouts here and there which I tried treat on my own. Things got worst around 2017 when painful nodules that are cystic in nature would form along my jawline and they simply wouldn’t go away after trying different kind of treatments. I’m unlike some people who can get very dramatic and cry about it but boy it did take a blow on my self-esteem thinking they were the reason why things never worked out with some guys I dated. It was only the end of last year when a good friend asked me to consult a dermatologist who presented me a plan of attack to the problem. Here’s a list of things I learned from my treatment since early this year.
Consult a doctor. Our body has a way to tell us if something is off. So, it’s really best to seek an expert than try to solve things by yourself. If you read my previous article, up until now I never took that PCOS test because as Joey in Friends said, it’s a MOO point. Lol. I did consult my gyne about this though. Even if the result is positive, I can’t take pills because of my other delicate condition mentioned in the same previous post. What I’m trying to say is, for women like us, your acne could be a cause of another medical condition that needs to be treated that’s why it’s very important to get to the root cause and address it. In my case though, I had to take some other measures.
Some of you may have the same initial mindset like me and that is to avoid going to the doctor because of the cost it would incur and resorting to home treatments or any cheaper options but you know, any method of treatment takes time to observe (1-3 months atleast) if it works or not. Just save your time and consult a doctor.
Also, I’m so glad that I went to a derma because she just turned out to be someone who has the same interests as me and we actually extend our sessions basically just chatting to each other about travels, sports and healthy eating. I feel like I gained another friend. Hehe.
Follow the instructions carefully. Okay, this might just be me telling myself how stubborn I am when it comes to any oral antibiotics. And to this I tell myself, there’s a reason why doctor prescribes a medication for certain days, Cakes. 🤦♀️ On treating health issues in the past, I have this habit of stopping taking antibiotics when I feel better already. But in this skin case problem, I was really hoping that the treatment wouldn’t reach to the point of any oral prescriptions. They’re actually on the next plan of attack after chemical peels but as per observation, the latter are of modest, supportive benefit only and do not substitute for regular therapy.
My derma prescribed a month-long oral prescription of doxycyclines which initially I would just buy for 7 pieces (SMH, I know) and try for a week only to end up observing zero effects at all. It was only after religiously committing to it and ordering myself to “swipe up that card and buy that 30 pieces already” when I started to turn a corner. Skin was clearer, no more flare-ups but just the occasional zits here and there. Cystic acnes are gone! For the first time, I was satisfied!
So, so far that medication worked for me.
Beautiful – acne or not. While I am happy with my current state of skin right now, it’s still far from perfection. I’m glad that my website is more on outfit styling and travel-related and that Cakes and Styles never aims to project that image of a girl who has the perfect skin and body, clad in stylish outfits and enviable lovelife/lifestyle. Social media needs more “normal” people.
Now that I’m pimple-free, again as mentioned in my previous post, I’ve come to terms with how my skin looks without my used to be ever-reliable-can’t-leave-home-without tinted moisturizers and bb creams. Most of the time, I still leave the house with just my eyebrows/ lips done and just a slather of sunblock. I consider it my way of being sustainable too as I stop contributing to too much skincare products consumption.
Lastly, I’d like to end this post by giving a positive message that everyone’s beautiful, acne or not. I know it sounds superficial because I just had my adult-acne treated. But again, my case was something not normal to me and I wouldn’t find out about other reproductive system conditions if I had not gone to the doctor. I know some people have it genetically or having worse than mine cases or are still in the journey of finding solutions, my advice is to seek those people spreading body positivity images in social media. That’s our tribe and there’s a lot of them out there, I promise. Heck, if Kendall Jenner can go out and show her skin with acne to the world confidently, then why can’t us?