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I know the last time I spoke about this subject I got a lot of response from you guys on twitter and, consequently, I wanted to share more of my story with you. Basically, for those for missed it, I chatted a bit about ‘acne’, and how it effected me through my teenage years. You can see in this picture of me taken at age 16 that I had problems with my skin; from the age of about 12, up until present day, I’ve suffered from regular outbreaks of spots. In my last blog, I mentioned how it effected me psychologically, but in this post I want to try and help people who simply have no idea what to do in an attempt to reduce spots. Before I start, I just want to make two things completely clear- 1, I am in no way a health professional (I’ve had no training or education in dermatology whatsoever and am speaking from nothing other than experience. 2- EVERYONE’S skin is different; things that have worked for me might not work for you.
Okay- firstly I want to make it totally clear that it’s completely normal to experience acne; like I said last time, it is suggested that 80% of 11-30 year olds suffer, or have suffered from acne in their lives. So in the morning when you’re in the bathroom looking into the mirror wanting to go back to bed and hide, remember that hundreds of thousands of people your age are probably doing exactly the same thing! Trust me, I’m one of them sometimes!
From my experience, there are FOUR points that I want to share with you:
ONE- SEEK MEDICAL ADVISE - This is, in my opinion, the most important point to make: many people our age don’t realise that your local GP can help. I was referred to a dermatologist by my GP when I was about 13. I know it’s embarrassing to talk to people about your skin, but I realised that if I really wanted to try and clear up my skin, I had to get the courage to talk about it to someone! I’ve never needed any scary examinations or tests during any of these consultations so seriously, don’t worry about it!
There are a range of medications available for people who experience acne- in my personal treatment I’ve tried pretty much all of the creams, gels and tablets. It’s important to say that, because your skin is different to everyone else, it’s a bit of a ‘trial and error’ with acne medication until you find the one that works for you. I currently take tablets called Lymecyclin, as well as apply a cream every evening. However, when my acne was severe, I had a 6 month course of a strong medication called ‘roaccutane’. This was the strongest treatment available to me and it had some pretty horrible side effects so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure that you discuss the potential side effects of any treatment that is suggested to you. But seriously, I’d suggest to go to your doctor as it’s imperative you know that there ARE options for you.
TWO- REVIEW YOUR DIET- I know that there is supposedly ‘no proof’ that foods like chocolate affect your skin but, from my own life, I’ve realised that having a cleaner diet tends to result in having clearer skin! I’m not saying that you shouldn’t cut all treats out eating, but reducing things like greasy fast food, chocolate and fizzy drinks is something to consider. For me personally, I’ve actually decided to cut all foods deemed ‘un-heathy’ from my diet, but this is also because of my fitness. If you don’t mind trying, I’d recommend trying to reduce your intake of chocolate, fast food and fizzy drinks! What have you got to lose really other than your spots? ;)
IF THERE’S ANYTHING YOU CHANGE TO YOUR DIET, PLEASE DRINK MORE WATER- I can not tell you how important it is to drink water as frequently as you can- water keeps your skin hydrated and helps to flush out toxins!
THREE- FIND THE RIGHT PRODUCTS- Many people are fooled into thinking that all the ‘skin products for teens with acne’ are what they should buy; I was told by my dermatologist to avoid these products at all costs- I have very sensitive skin and the totally dry it out and actually make it worse! I’ve been instructed to only wash my face with plain soap, preferably liquid soap.
It’s the same with moisturisers- I have found that the only moisturiser that my skin can tolerate is the ‘simple’ range (you can get this from all major super markets and cosmetic shops). Remember though, this will be different for everyone, so it’s worth trying a few different brands and not giving up if one makes your skin worse. Whilst talking about moisturisers, I’ve recently found that only moisturising in the evening, and not in the morning, seems to work for me- not moisturising in the morning means that my skin isn’t shiny throughout the day; when my skin is shiny, I’ve found that my skin looks redder, and spots are highlighted. I’m not saying that this is necessarily the ‘best thing’ to do for your skin, as it’s obviously important to keep your skin hydrated, but this is a little tip that I’ve found to have worked.
FOUR- TRY TO REDUCE MAKE UP- Girls, I know this sounds so crazy when all you want to do is cover up spots, but make up is literally one of the worst things for spots. Since being in The Vamps, I have had to wear make up for photo shoots and television performances and, for me, I ALWAYS have break outs a couple of days later. Again, this will vary from person to person, but I’ve found that my skin is at it’s best when I haven’t been wearing make up. I know that this is the probably the hardest adaptation to make, but I’ve found that it really does help.
I hope that this has helped some people, and please remember that this is just something I’ve written from my own experiences. Please remember that your skin is different to everyone else’s, and it’s important to make sure you talk to your parents and health care professionals if you’re feeling upset about it. Just keep thinking that you’re not the only person with acne! x
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