Personal Skincare routine
My skin is fairly oily, scarred, red and I still get active acne. I use an extensive Dermalogica routine, with the odd Banish products thrown in. My routine consists of 'pre-cleanse', oil based cleanser, anti-redness serum, spot treatment, SPF and moisturiser – I do try to use a face mask twice a week also. I have noticed a massive difference in the quality of my skin since using a consistent routine, and whilst it hasn't made much difference to my acne/scarring, my skin is so much healthier and glowy!
I struggle with sensitive skin and eczema, and I find most skincare brands too strong for my skin, but with Dermalogica I have never had any problems.
Although my skin journey hasn't made much progress, I like to focus on my personal growth.
In March 2019, I decided to stop running from my acne and embrace that it makes me who I am. Creating @barefacedbelle account was the best thing I ever did, I get to help others feel confident in their skin whilst helping myself. I wanted to join a movement of encouraging people everywhere to love their skin. And contributing to the next generation of removing the taboo on skin issues! I want young girls and boys to scroll through their feeds and see real people with real skin, so they know they are not alone. This acne community is an army, an army of loving, supportive people who genuinely care about every single one of their peers/followers.
My advice to anyone suffering with their own barefaced battle, or any battle of any kind, is to be kind to yourself. Cut yourself some slack, it makes the world of difference. Acne is beautiful! Feeling better and confident has to start with yourself, you have to think about what the worst thing will be and rationalise with yourself. Acne does not make you less beautiful, less worthy, less important or any thoughts you're thinking. Acne makes you strong – probably stronger than your non-acne peers, it represents your journey and makes you who you are.
And you're amazing.