Happy New Year to you all, and welcome to 2018! 2017 was a really good year for me & I am really excited for 2018, I hope you are all feeling super ready for the new year too!
To start off the new year on thatgirlfrom.com, I thought that today I would share one of my biggest battles of 2017 that a lot of you will already be aware of. I want to share this with you because it is something that many people go through on a day to day basis and I want to remind you that there is always light at the end of the tunnel – I’ve decided to be brave and share some photos with you to start this off…Ah, the battle of the skin.
My skin hit its biggest challenge to date in 2017 – every day there would be a new spot, a new rash, and my face would burn. It became so painful that I stopped wearing makeup, something that just added to my self confidence meltdown!
When I stopped being able to cover up the problem, my days became filled with the constant paranoia that people were making eye contact with that mahoosive spot on my chin rather than my eyes, and the belief that everyone was taking a second look at me on my walk to work.
The truth is, spots can be embarrassing and they can be extremely painful when they cover your skin! It took me months of feeling sorry for myself before I realised that maybe I needed a little help sorting the problem.
I visited my GP back when I was at school about my skin and was prescribed an ointment to start with and then a cream. Unfortunately both didn’t go so well for me and I had to stop using them after repeated issues. But when my skin flared up in 2017, I revisited my GP to see if there was anything else I could try.
I was prescribed a new cream which was described as “very powerful”… believe me it was. For the first week of using it, my spots were still visible but the swelling was reducing and it wasn’t so sore – result! But on the second week, I turned into the scarlet Katy on that second photograph above. I had a huge burn type rash appear on my face which lasted for two weeks (photos of which I will not be sharing…) and it was extremely painful – my entire face burned even from my moisturiser! I had to stop using the cream immediately. *Sad Katy*
It was only when I went back to the doctors and was prescribed antibiotics that my skin finally started to clear up. I am now on my 4th month of antibiotics and can quite happily say that my skin is improving (finally!)
I can only stay on the medication for a further 2 months max, but I am pleased that I seem to have made progress with my skin recently and am hopeful it will continue to improve even when I am no longer on the antibiotics. Teamed with the medication is an updated skin routine, which is now nicely tied together with the amazing products from Nip & Fab, which I would highly recommend, and the Soap & Glory face wash (again, highly recommended!)
So although I still have breakouts (and trust me, they are still regular!) I wanted to remind you that if you are suffering with your skin, don’t give up on trying new things. Not everything that you will try will work – when the cream failed (which I was told would be the last thing that could be prescribed to me as I’ve apparently tried everything else there is to offer) I literally sobbed! I was distraught! But then, the antibiotics seemed to work for me.
I’m also now increasingly aware of foods that break me out, so when I get to a point where my skin is turning, I make sure to increase the amount of water I’m drinking and decrease the amount of tea, milk & cheese (PIZZA!) that I’m consuming too, just for good measure…
My next steps will be to keep a close eye on my diet and skin care routine, and if the problem flares back up again in 2018, I am planning to visit a dermatologist (exciting…) – the point is, don’t feel like you’re all out of options, it gets better!
Happy New Year!