Skincare : How I Overcame Acne

June 26, 2015

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How did I overcome acne? It’s a long story so I’ll try not to bore you with it. It all started when I was 10.

I was very young when my parents realized that I started having pimples (I hate this word). It wasn’t anything surprising as half of my family was blessed with severe acne. Their first, and most obvious reaction was taking me to see a dermatologist. Ever since, I tried all sorts of topical creams and, later on, prescribed antibiotics.

Throughout the years, I learnt that creams are not the ultimate cure; they are tools to control pimples. My acne wasn’t getting any better, so my sister and I turned the kitchen into a lab: we rubbed potatoes on our skin to reduce redness, painted out faces with yogurt to dry and cancel out the pimples, applied alcohol to “purify” our skin (which is a terrible idea, do not try this), and pulled off all the tricks in the book that either temporarily helped or did nothing at all. However, one thing that absolutely helped was controlling what we ate; we avoided chocolate, fried and spicy food.

The last option that would clear my skin was Roaccutane. It took me a year and five different dermatologists’ opinion to decide whether I should go for this six-month treatment. One thing you should know is that when you take Roaccutane, you really have to take care of yourself. First of all, you can’t be exposed to the sun, wax, or get pregnant. Second of all, you have to take on blood tests regularly to monitor your liver and cholesterol. Third of all, side effects are your new best friends. It is known that Roaccutane has an exorbitant amount of side effects and everyone reacts differently to it. Fortunately, my side effects weren’t that bad, but more on that later.

After the treatment, my skin was flawless. Literally. Ever since, I took care of it religiously and got hooked on skincare. Today, my skin went back to its normal state again: my t-zone started oiling up and a few pimples appear occasionally. I’m using, along with my skincare routine, a prescribed cream to control the “enemy”. Your acne may come back, even if you went through Roaccutane – it sucks, I know.

Did I get bullied during my acne days? Not really, but I was the only one among my friends who had an army of zits of all shapes and sizes on my face. Gross. Very honest and straightforward people pointed out regularly “something” was happening on my face – I already knew that… obviously, but thanks for the reminder. Yes, I had a lot of desperate moments in which I was praying for a miracle. We all know it’s a bit more complicated than that.

If you’re going through acne treatments, my biggest advice to you is only time and patience will help you cure it.

What is your acne story?

– Zein xx

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9 Comments

  • Reply Kamogelo June 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I just talked to my dermatologist about going on roacutane because he fears that my skin will be permanently damaged by acne if it’s not taken care of. He gave me this information PDF will all the info about the medication and it’s side effects. It took 15 minutes of my mom reassuring me that I will not have liver problems or face depression (as mentioned in the information) if I take it. I’m going to get my prescription today and start! How long did it take for you to start noticing a difference? And which moisturizer did you use?

    • Reply Zein June 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Don’t worry! You’ll be fine as long as you monitor what you eat (chocolate, fried food, soft drinks, alcohol, etc.). I started noticing the difference during the second month. My skin was getting better and better! However, my sister who took the same treatment noticed the difference after the fifth month. It depends on how your skin and body reacts to it, really.
      I used on my face Bioderma’s Sebium Hydra (Avene makes good ones too) and Cetaphil on my body. I hope it helps! 🙂 xx

      • Reply Kamogelo June 29, 2015 at 10:19 pm

        Thank you so much! I’ve went and bought a moisturizer from Avene and it feels so good on my skin! I don’t drink milk and I’m trying to cut out as many saturated fats and unnecessary gluten from my diet. I haven’t noticed a difference (obvs becuase it hasn’t even been a week) but the changes to my diet make me feel so much better and awake!

  • Reply Rawan Moukalled June 26, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Cheers sister! I finished my Roaccutane treatment this April, and it was one of the best decisions of my life! Thankfully, all I suffered from was dry lips (beesline became my new best friend). My skin is now smooth and glowing, and I also developed the habit of never going out without sunscreen.
    Congrats on getting rid of your “blesssing” 🙂

    • Reply Zein June 26, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      I used Beesline as well and I still use it! Love it! I finished the treatment 3 years ago, and I still take care of my skin like I used to avoid breakouts as much as I can xx

  • Reply jennifer June 26, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    im too scared to try any kind of proper acne treatment but your story is definitely something i’ll be keeping in mind! ive only really got spots in the last year which is super annoying! going to try and clean up my diet for a start before i look any further…

    xx

    • Reply Zein June 26, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      I’m so glad this helped you! But you should pay a visit to your dermatologist for professional advice before trying any treatment xx

  • Reply Shafau Yusuf June 28, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Wow! Your story has given me hope that my skin will be flawless again. I have acne all over my body and face, and I think I would try this roaccutane buh I have never heard of it before. Thank you

    • Reply Zein June 29, 2015 at 8:37 am

      So happy to hear that! It’s a very demanding and harsh treatment for acne. It’s usually prescribed by a doctor, you can’t get it over the counter. xx

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