For pretty much half of my life I have had acne which is medically categorised as a skin disease which seems a bit over the top but I suppose there are much worse cases of acne than mine but it was really bad when I was younger. I started my period when I was nine years old so I experienced physically being a teenager before most of my friends did. I had big boobs and acne. If my face wasn’t covered in disgusting red dots I would have probably been considered a hottie for the tits alone but instead I became a bully victim because of the zits.
‘Bully’ is one of those words that when people use it they either give you an understanding look or they look at you like you’re exaggerating. The bullying started at primary school and continued to secondary. The bullying never told a physical form but sometimes I wish it had. At times I convinced myself it would have been easier than the mental torment. I still have self-confidence issues in regards to my skin till this day. I feel very uncomfortable going outside not wearing make-up or even being around some friends not wearing it. It is rare that I will go outside not wearing any and when I do I feel very paranoid. I know this does not make me special in any way as loads of girls feel like this but it can be good to share experiences and if it helps make someone not feel like an alien then my job is done.
The worst thing about being bullied about something physical or indeed something else that is happening in your life such as family is that half the time it is true. I could’t deny I had terrible skin. It was not only staring me in the face but all over my face and it hurt. Both my face and the bullying.
Here is one of my favourite posts on the subject of acne and from someone who has a shittier time of it than me: Scars by Dr Brooke Magnanti but you might know her better as Belle De Jour.
But back to the point – the reason I bring this up is because of the state of my skin right now and it reminds me of how crap a time I went through as an adolescent and it pisses me off that at 21 I am still dealing with it.
My skin did clear up for a couple of years – at age 14 I got put on Dianette which is a contraceptive pill but it is one that is very good for clearing up acne. So good that I have heard of men being prescribed it. If anyone reading this has particularly bad skin I would look into this. I then got took off that pill for being on it too long and my current pill has never helped my skin. Well that combined with an underactive-thyroid which means my hormones are everywhere. As if gaining two and a half stone was not bad enough. They should really rename hypo-thyroidism ‘ugly illness’. Ok, slightly dramatic but it certainly is not something that makes you better looking.
I cleanse, I tone, I moisturise and I have prescribed cream from the doctor but nothing is helping me at the moment. Since age nine I have been searching for the miracle product and I still have no found it so I thought I would ask on here on the odd chance that someone else has battled acne for the majority of their life and has been lucky enough to find this miracle product.
The cream I was prescribed off the doctors is called DUAC cream and it is very good but it just is not working for me at the moment but if you suffer from random breakouts I would go ask for some of this it should clear your skin up in a couple of weeks. However it also has a tendency to dry out your skin so pile a thick moisturiser on at bedtime.
If I had some photo’s I would show you’s but I actually do not have any digital photo’s from my youth and I wonder why this does not bother me.