So I will turn 22 on monday which should mean that all those things that happen in your late teens up to 21 should be long gone.
Instead I think my teens and my early twenties stages have been reversed-at least when it comes to my skin.
When I was in my teens, I had near-perfect skin. I had barely any pimples, and relatively clear and smooth skin. I didn’t need any make up and I was pretty happy with the way I looked.
Fast-forward to about a year ago, when I came off the contraceptive pill. Going on the pill was possibly the worst decision I have ever made in my life. I went on it as my boyfriend at the time- My first proper serious boyfriend, wanted me to go on it and at the time, I thought there was no reason for me to disagree with him.
When I came off it a year and a half ago, my body punished me for it- bigtime! I gained some weight (although this could have been due to the cakes at work) and I was hormonal, and this meant that my face broke out like crazy- big cystic acne that I had never had before. It broke out everywhere on my face, it was painful and itchy and whatever I did, nothing helped. I used all sorts of cosmetic products, tried different face masks, everything and anything and yet nothing seemed to help. The only thing that did appear to help a bit was using Aloe Vera gel straight from the plant, I used that for a week when I was in HK and by the end of the week, my skin was definitely clearer, but as we don’t have any Aloe Vera plants in the UK, I can’t use it again! T_T
Now, over a year later and I’m still feeling the effects of coming off the pill. My skin has calmed down a little so it’s not quite as bad, however I still get pimples breaking out near my mouth/chin/jawline which I have been told is where hormonal acne tends to appear and I have a lot of acne scars from the major breakout I had when I first stopped taking the pill.
I’ve been covering up the acne-scars and pimples with BB cream for uni but I’m actually starting to think that the BB cream might be another reason why it’s not clearing up fully. However, I don’t think I would be confident enough to go out with my face as it is.
This has really been a blow to my confidence, as up until a year or so ago, I could happily go out with no make-up on and feel fine, but now, I just want to hide my face.
I’m really hoping that it clears up soon, but I have realised that I am going to have to wait it out and hope for the best. 😦
In the meantime though…Can someone tell me how to return to my perfect skin days?!?! T_T