For as long as I can remember, I have always been insecure about my skin. I had really bad acne which affected my confidence and self-esteem.
To make matters worse, people being people passed sooooo many (unsolicited) comments. From “you’re a pretty girl but your pimples aren’t helping matters” to “don’t you wash your face?”. Some even went as far as recommending various types of face products for my skin. Annoying, right?
By the time I got into Uni, I became a product junkie — I basically hopped from one skincare brand to the other. Those products seemed to work after applying them for the first two weeks, then I’d hit a plateau and then buy products from another brand and still ended up in the same cycle. (I think I used every drugstore skincare brand lol). It was super convenient for me to pop into Boots or Superdrug just to buy skincare products off the shelf from any brand which appealed to me. But guess what? My skin didn’t improve. (Looking back, I don’t blame it tbh because I applied waaaay too many products in quick succession).
After I moved back to Nigeria for Law School in 2016, I think I was finally loyal to a particular brand — but my skin didn’t really improve regardless! At that point, I was tired of using various skincare brands and seeing minimal results, so I didn’t care anymore. I had accepted my fate and believed I wasn’t destined for flawless skin. Yup, I was that fed up!
Fast forward to 2019, I broke out tremendously! It was crazy!
Everyone who cared kept asking me about my skin and why It looked the way it did. The breakouts looked like rashes and were really itchy. I tried every single thing; organic skincare, chemical peels — you name it! It seemed like it was even deteriorating with each passing day. 😩
At that time, I was already engaged to be married and we had chosen a wedding date so I was even more worried. I didn’t want to walk down the aisle with a face covered in pimples (at the risk of sounding too vain😂). When I travelled to England to see my husband (then fiancé) a few months later, he suggested that we see a medical professional. We then went to a pharmacy to consult with a pharmacist who gave me some products to use (see pictures below).
- Face Wash – I washed my face with this face wash twice daily.
2. Exfoliator – I used this product on my face about once to twice a week.
3. Moisturiser – I used this to moisturise my skin after washing it with the face wash and using a toner which I already had before the consulation.
4. Spot Treatment Gel – I usually used this directly on any spots overnight.
5. Sunscreen– I applied sunscreen after moisturising my face every morning.
I did my research on the products before applying them (plus extra research on acne generally due to my inquisitive nature), then I found out I had Fungal Acne. I read about it, found out the causes, prevention methods and ultimately, the best treatment for it.
The lifestyle changes that worked for me:
1. Managing my stress levels – I was stressed from trying to achieve the perfect work-life balance. Looking back, I think living in Lagos played a major role in the appearance of my skin — anyone who lives in Lagos will understand (people often say “If you can survive in Lagos, you can conquer the world”, and I agree Lol). I had to intentionally manage my stress levels because I didn’t want it to impede the little progress I had made with my skin; it was a deliberate effort.
2. Using the right products and having a skincare routine – After consulting with the pharmacist, she recommended suitable products for my skin condition. This time I was relying on professional advice as opposed to winging it and randomly buying products. I also had to be more intentional about developing a skincare routine and sticking to it (even when I got back home from work at 10pm 90% of the time). This took a lot of discipline and dedication but everything worked out in the end.
3. Prayer – Guys!! I cannot even overemphasise the power of prayer. I had started praying to God about my skin even before I saw the pharmacist. I just didn’t want rough skin on my wedding day and God came through for me! Hallelujah!
4. Keeping my hands off my skin– This was by far the toughest part of everything, especially because the fungal acne made my skin so itchy. I realised keeping my hands on your skin will only make it worse, as I’d be introducing more bacteria to my face.
Finally, ensure you track your progress. Take daily/weekly photos no matter how “slow” you think the progress is.
Voila! That’s how I got rid of my Fungal Acne!
Have you ever experienced fungal acne?
Does your acne make you insecure?
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Disclaimer: I am not a skincare expert. I’m only sharing what worked for me 🙂
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