I never realized how paralyzing acne could be until this past year. At the start of 2020, my cheeks started to break out to the point where my face was constantly red and it physically began to hurt. I had struggled with acne all my life but it was never this severe. My anxiety skyrocketed and I felt like I was a 15-year-old trapped in a 25-year-old’s body. I didn’t understand and tried so many different remedies in the past. You name it, I tried it. It began to take a toll on my self-esteem and I found myself crying most nights from the pain and from the insecurity.
You see in today’s world, we’re shown clear, perfect, smooth skin and that’s just not real. And understand, I love a good IG filter as much as the next person but our skin has texture, our skin has pores, our skin has lines and our skin is exactly that. Our skin. We should be proud of it. Our skin much like our physical features tells a story. Looking back, I remember telling myself that everything was going to be okay, that this was just a season. So this is me telling you those very same words. I hope you find the strength and courage to love the skin that you’re in.
Fast forward to June, I finally decided to see Dr. Brian William Morrison whose specializes in dermatology. A friend recommended him and I figured I had nothing to lose. So after our consultation, he prescribed me two different medications that drastically improved my skin. It was Doxycycline Hyclate (commonly used to stop the growth of bacteria) and Spironolactone (commonly used to treat high blood pressure, it’s side effects make it a good prescription for acne treatment). Along with this, he recommended a few products which I can go over in a different post. But I took these two medications for three months and it wasn’t until month three that I started to see my skin clear up. The inflammation and acne on my cheeks finally went away. My skin feels so much healthier and brighter now.
Dr. Brian had told me that the acne was just due to an imbalance of hormones and there really isn’t one single thing that could be causing it. It could have been multiple things. So throughout my time on the medication, I did monitor my dairy intake but I hardly noticed a difference when I ate dairy and when I didn’t. If the medicines hadn’t worked, the next step would have been Accutane which I didn’t really want to do. But I do have a few friends that have done Accutane and have had great results and experiences.
Nowadays, I’m dealing with acne scars so I’m just taking extra care of those and nailing my skincare routine down. If you’d like to see a separate post for that, let me know on Instagram or in the comments below. But I hope this post has been helpful and encouraging to anyone struggling with acne.