It’s been a while and I have a personal story to share. I want to share something that perhaps many of you can relate to. That is a sudden breakout of spots and the importance of skincare that actually benefits your skin and not harms it!
A couple of weeks ago I woke up with a massive red ”surprise” on my cheek. Oh boy, the look of it made me feel sick! So I did the usual, disinfect, exfoliate, masks, you name it. And for some reason it wouldn’t go away. As a matter of fact I started noticing more breakouts around my cheeks and temples.
Here I should mention that I do use sunscreen everyday, I use day cream and night cream and (my bad, at least during that time) light foundation to even out my skin tone. And in the evenings, I’d make sure that my face is super clean, by removing makeup first and then washing my face with a foamy face wash (and yes, I do exfoliate too). So, you’d think that I’m taking perfect care of my skin and my skincare routine is on point right? Well, at least that’s what I thought.
It progressed to the extent where my face was covered with red pimples. I started thinking that it might be an allergy, because I never experienced anything like this before, but no antihistamine medication helped it.
I was feeling hopeless, and honestly my confidence was rolling downhill each day, as it all happened sooo suddenly and like I said, I never had any issues in the skincare department. I researched tons of articles online, began drinking more infusions, stopped applying makeup, tried home remedies, yet nothing, I mean nothing helped.
I decided it’s time to go and see a dermatologist, believing that I’ve got adult acne.
To my surprise, I was told that it’s a result of the changing weather! Can you imagine? I was in absolute shock, but at the same time I felt relieved.
The doctor told me that with sudden peaks and drops in temperature as my skin was breathing, the heavy cream that I was applying (SUNSCREEN!) clogged my pores and resulted in an infection that looked like acne.
Ok! So, you’re probably asking yourself what should I do if I experience something similar? First, of all, don’t stop using sunscreen!
You have to match cosmetics to your skin type. I found out that I have sensitive skin and heavy creams are simply not for me. And so my sunscreen stick (which btw. I absolutely love) has to be put away and replaced with something much lighter, preferably oil free. Also, Zinc face wash is something you should be using, as well as a deep cleaning face mask twice a week. Why Zinc? It reduces inflammatory response to bacteria, but it has many more benefits in terms of skincare.
I know that many women struggle with acne and outbreaks for various reasons, but one lesson that I’ve learned? You should always consult a specialist, because home remedies and trying to tackle the issue yourself may not always be the best solution.
The earlier you react the better, and then just follow the instructions and make sure you don’t buy cosmetics just because they look pretty, or are trending among your peers. Buy products that will help your skin breathe and provide necessary hydration.
To finish, I’d like to say that it’s been almost 3 weeks since my visit at the doctors and my skin is back to normal, or getting there.
Till next time beauties!
featured image: Jenny Hueston sourced from Pinterest