Taking another journey…

As some of you may be aware it’s not unusual for me to write about the journeys I am taking when i begin them. Most of the time these journeys are situated around my mental health and the things i may or may not be doing to improve myself. I do sometimes however decide not to include you in other journeys of my life for no particular reason other than i just don’t feel very confident in writing about them. Which brings us to the new journey.

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about my skin. Saying how using a product was helping me with the troubling parts of my skin. Now as i was growing up my skin was hardly an issue. Granted i got a few spots here and there but it was nothing very drastic and they appeared and disappeared quick enough without a fuss needing to be made. Bring me to around 17 and my skin started flaring up a lot, again not really in a way that i felt was troubling, if anything it was very normal for someone my age and although it took awhile to disappear it was no trouble and eventually it was gone.

Fast forwarding a tiny bit more to the end of 2016 and my skin again flared up. Being used to this I thought nothing of it and as usual carried on with my skin routine which looking back now wasnt a very good one. Months passed and nothing changed, if anything it was getting worse. Thats when i discovered pro-Activ+ and i give it the credit its due. It worked amazingly for around a month or two and then nothing. My skin was back to its old self only more sensitive.

I tried different facial washes, different treatment, everything. Nothing helped my skin. Bring us to today and in a polite way lets just say im not confident in myself in the slightest.I don’t want to go out without makeup on however I dont want to go out with makeup on because i fear it will only make matters worse. My skin became sore to touch and my face red raw for reasons im still not sure of. I let it breathe and decided to wash it with warm water for a while to see if it made anything difference. The only difference made was it became extremely dry, along with being sore which was made worse because of the cold weather in the recent months. I felt as though my face was on fire pretty much every time i stepped out my front door.

I’m not one for doctors, never have been and probably never will be. Nor am I one for going there if i feel like the situation isn’t severe enough but my face was causing so much agony that i just had to go. Getting there isn’t an issue, however seeing a doctor im not familiar with is a huge issue with me. I feel as though im going to get a bad reaction from going into the doctors about something so minor when someone else could’ve had my place. She was ok, personally don’t think she was very nice but i couldn’t 100% tell you whether that was because she was genuinely rude or i was just having a bad day and misinterpreted her way of helping as being rude so I’ll stick with she was ok.

I have acne, like everyone else. If anything im lucky because my acne is mild, from a professionals prospective. Obviously in my eyes its very severe, like anyones would in their own eyes but with a little bit of help it should go away within time. This brings me to my journey, I was prescribed with Duac which is a gel based antibiotic that you rub into the effected areas once daily.

Now im all for trying things out and keeping my fingers crossed so I thought i would bring you all in on the journey with me to see if and how it helps.

First impressions.

When trying Duac for the first time I found that it wasnt gel like at all, if anything it was more of a runny cream and a little bit goes a LONG way. I’m one of those people who do the whole a little bit with creams but then feel like it hasn’t properly covered the areas i feel it needs to but with this if anything i always put too much on my hand and i only use a pea sized amount every time.

It did however BURN. I was fully aware this might happen as the woman told me that I might experience some mild irritation on the first couple of applications what with having some open wounds however it was so bad i felt the need to fan my face until it eventually cooled down. Today however, 4th application, its calmed down and there’s no burning sensation whatsoever.

Something that’s alarming me however is one of the main ingredients. When I first saw the box i didn’t think much of what it said as i don’t usually keep the boxes to my creams because i find they always lose shape and become an ugly nuisance but when taking something new i ALWAYS read the instructions. The one thing that stuck out for me is the caution ‘May bleach hair and colours of dyed fabrics, furniture or carpeting’ which in turn made me look at the ingredients. One of the main ones being Benzoyl Peroxide. Now I havent got a clue on the medicine side of things, im beyond clueless but i cant help but find the word peroxide on my skin somewhat alarming? and for me to read that, someone who panics at the slightest thing im starting to wonder if i should truly carry on trying this? If someone has an answer i will be forever grateful!

Any change?

Yes and no. My face is no better, quite obviously, it hasn’t been even a week yet so I don’t expect there to be a positive outlook quite in sight. However if anything my spots are so much more noticeable and red. Some i used to be able to hide because they were there but they were very faint looking and didn’t really have much going for them but now its like they’ve come out of their shell suddenly and every spot on my face is as red as possible and beyond sore. Some even feel like they have some pressure to them causing my head to feel a little sore.

I’m hoping this is just a ‘has to get worse to get better’ situation but again I cant truly say anything until I’ve been using this for at least a month or two. I can only keep my fingers crossed and hope that they at least become less sore and painful.

I’ll keep you updated on the skin side of my life at least once a month, with other blog posts in between, to let you know how im getting on.

Have a good day

Sky x

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Skincare review…..

I must admit before you read any further into this blog im not in the slightest informed in the beauty aspect of things but i personally promised a few people i would do a review on this product after purchasing the 3 step set.

I have always had some trouble with my skin but in the past couple of years it had seemingly gotten worse. To the point makeup would make my face look worse and i would hide away instead of hiding the problem areas because to me it did absolutely nothing but highlight what was wrong and would result in my face becoming extremely sore. The first time my face broke out majorly i went to the doctors not really being aware of what it was as this was so bad and sudden that the thought of it being an allergic reaction came to mind. Turns out it was acne. I got given this godsend of a cream and within a month or three it had all disappeared and i felt somewhat normal again.

The second time i had a major breakout i asked the doctor for the same cream again but got given some stand in and it was absolutely horrible and made my skin feel on fire and full of product 24/7. So i stopped taking it. Whilst i was wondering what to do my dad mentioned the ProActiv+ advert he had seen on TV and said to try it but because of the price i was somewhat reluctant. I’ve never spent so much on mainly myself before. All of my makeup is drug store and many of the brushes are ones I’ve found laying around shops. Yup long story short, i brought it. The name of the one i brought was 30 day 3 step core system.

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In fact i was lucky that at the time they had an offer on so i got near enough half of the price knocked off plus a free deep cleansing brush and face mask. I mean i could sit here and say i waited and was really apprehensive about the whole thing seeing as personally i have very sensitive skin but no like a kid in a candy shop i went straight for it and washed my face almost straight away.

My first impression

After thoroughly reading through the instructions i saw they stated to use a pea sized amount, i myself use abit more as my forehead resembles that or Ant Mcpartlin but a pea sized amount is just about enough for people with a normal sized forehead i reckon. The skin exfoliate went on smoothly and didn’t feel gritty as all compared to most. If you follow the instructions and apply it to a wet face then it apply smoothly and is easy to spread around your face. The pore treatment to me is like a normal cream. I have definitely seen a difference with it and I’ve only been using this for 2 weeks.

The Skin Hydrator was another thing altogether. I hated it straight away. Not for the way it applied but for the smell. I absolutely hated it and it made me feel somewhat horrid the first day i used it. I cant really describe the smell which is the most difficult thing but as i have no other hydrators to compare it to i dont think i could give a fair view on it. However now im perfectly fine with using it, i seem to have gotten used to the smell and im perfectly fine with it. Its one of those smells that takes a while but you get over it eventually.

Obviously when purchasing these products i looked up about the face mask and indeed saw that you were able to put it on problem areas that were trying to show their face overnight and it would help calm it down. I hardly ever leave product on my face overnight just because im very cautious about those things. However because the sides of my face were coming out really bad i felt as though it would be the perfect time to test the product. It worked. The mask didn’t completely take away the problem but it definitely calmed the area down. The mask does dry after 10 minutes so i was worried about it making those areas dry but after washing it off with the 3 steps it felt just as good as it was before.

The deep cleansing brush i tried the first week or so but it made my face very sore as i said my skin is very sensitive anyway so i prefer not to use that but i do thing its great how it has two settings so depending on your preference you can choose and the new silicone brush is brilliant for washing as it doesn’t take as long to dry as the normal bristle brush

Results

The two pictures on the left were taken the first day i started Proactiv+ and the picture on the right was taken the 13th day of doing proactiv+

Personally to me there is a HUGE difference. The picture on the right is mainly just after scarring and the last of the spots to go. The picture on the left is pretty mild to what it would usually be but is still inflamed with many a sore spots crowded up to eachother. Obviously my whole face is being done in proactiv+ and i do have many a more problem areas but this was my main one and to see the progress its done in just 13 days makes me want to carry on with it. Definitely worth the somewhat expensive price especially with the results i had. It made my skin overly smooth within the 3rd use and by the 4th day i felt like my face had already made so many improvements. I mean granted it is difficult to be able to stick to having to wash your face and put so many creams on your face twice a day but it brings brilliant results!

Have a good day 

Sky x

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