I first developed acne when I was 13, tiny red spots and whiteheads all over my face, chest, shoulders and back. As a teenager you can imagine the insecurities it gave me, I felt hideous, it depressed me and I rarely left the house without my chest, shoulders and back covered up as I thought the sight of my acne would make others sick. My poor mother went through hell with me, wiping the tears, the temper tantrums whilst clothes shopping and the endless visits to the doctor.
Through my experience doctors regard acne as just "one of those things" teenagers go through, but here I am 26 years old still suffering acne, still have insecurities and have tried every lotion and potion that promises to clear my skin. I have been prescribed all sorts of antibiotics and no improvement, the only thing that managed to clear the acne was the combination pill, Dianette. I was on dianette for many years, although it did not completely clear my acne it worked a treat in clearing my face and chest and it gave me some confidence, but when I was diagnosed with retinal migraines I was taken off Dianette as it there was a risk of stroke!. Once the dianette was out of my system my acne has returned, now accepting acne is just part of who I am I just stick to using oil free products.
The attitude towards acne i find is quite dismissive, but what a lot of people do not realise is that everyone has a dabble with acne at some point in their lives, acne is not just for teenagers, adults suffer with it too. I have had comments whilst at work from customers such as "Aren't you a bit old to be having acne?" I've also had "do you not wash your face daily?" Rude right? As I need my job I let it go over my head and just smile at their ignorance.
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to an event hosted by Dr Stefanie Williams and her team at her clinic, Eudelo, in Vauxhall. Dr Stefanie Williams is not only a specialist in dermatology but she is also a qualified and registered doctor, so when I first read the email inviting the the #acne101 event I didn't even need to think about it.
Following the presentation Dr Stefanie held an interview with a fellow blogger Em Ford, Em is well known in the blogging community and the online world due to her acne, see her video below. I enjoyed but also felt saddened by listening to Em's experience with acne.
I next had a skin & facial scan that told me how hydrated or dehydrated in my case my skin was, rated elasticity, and measured pore size and UV damage. My results were horrifying, basically I need to drink a lot more water and use sun protection daily, below is my uv damage scan, the dark spots are the damage. Terrible right?
After my scan I had a skin match done by a MUA for Oxygenetix foundation, a breathable foundation solely made for acne. Most foundations suffocate our skin, even the ones that promise to help clear blemishes, covering spots just suffocates them causing the bacteria to grow, causing bigger and more breakouts. Since I have started to use Oxygenetix I found my skin doesn't get as oily, it has a full coverage and I don't get any new breakouts compared to the Beyond perfect foundation I normally use from Clinique. Only downside is that this foundation at cheapest is £45 for just 15ml.
Overall my experience at the Eudelo was unforgettable and has certainly enlightened me more, oh nearly forgot to tell you about my very first facial! Having very sensitive skin I have never had a facial done through fear I'll have a reaction or end up having twice as much breakouts, so when the lovely PR girls From Emmabw PR offered me a facial slot I jumped at the chance, I thought surely as it's an acne event it'll be a gentle facial? and I was right. When the beauty therapist invited me in to her room we had a good chat about my skin and decided that the facial offered wouldn't actually be suitable for me so she offered a manual deep cleansing facial, so I hopped on to the table and I was tucked up with a LUSH red fleece, and my facial began, the therapist was incredibly friendly and gently with me, we chatted away throughout the entire facial, she gave my skin a gently exfoliate, cleansed and then moisturised finishing off with an antibiotic cream which when I woke up the next day, all blemishes had gone! Just wish I asked what she used!
so that's it my very first facial and it certainly won't be my last. The team at Eudelo have certainly left an impression and I highly recommend Dr Stefanie and her Team. Links below to find out more!
Neostrata Clarifying Facial cleanser
La Roche Posey Redermic R
Dr Stefanie Williams Future proof your skin
*All products featured were gifted to me