I’ll admit that I never really had the healthiest skin. In my teenage years my skin would fluctuate between dry and oily with what I thought were just normal breakouts for my age. People would tell me that breakouts are to be expected because I was a teenager. When you hear something enough you tend to normalize an issue that’s right in front of you.
As a I entered into my mid-twenties the breakouts started getting worse. I’m talking large painful breakouts with extremely dry skin in some places and very oily in others. I’m sure it was truthfully a gradual issue that was worsening over time but it felt like it happened over night. I knew I had to seek advice from a dermatologist to figure out what was happening to my skin.
That’s when I found out that a thyroid disorder and another underlying hormonal disorder were causing an imbalance in my body. The imbalance was surfacing as hormonal cystic acne on my skin. I’ll be honest it was (and still is) completely embarrassing when you have a cystic acne breakout. You feel like that’s all people see when they look at you. Of course that’s not true, people are really too worried about their own stuff to be focused on what is secretly making you feel insecure. But there certainly were days where I wanted to walk around with a bag over my head. Ugh.
Any of you who have been through a similar situation know that seeing a dermatologist doesn’t mean that your problems are magically solved. I of course was given a topical prescription to help but it was really up to me to find face cleansers and moisturizers that would help make my skin healthy so the prescription could actually do its job. Everyone’s skin reacts so differently I didn’t realize the rabbit hole I was about to fall into trying to figure out what helped my skin instead of making it worse. Read More