Updated: May 3
Since I was in my early teens I have experienced acne. But it was never really that bad until I went to college. During secondary school, my skin was a little blotchy and rough but I never had massive breakouts that would linger for months on end. When I went to college and my emotional health took a plunge, my skin started to suffer a lot more. I wasn't eating regularly and what I did eat was unhealthy and unlikely to stay in my body for long so I was lacking a lot of nutrients. It was then that I started to notice my acne and become very self-conscious of it.
Those two years at college were not my finest in any account but I learnt a lot from them. I was, however, so much more conscious of my weight than my skin that the acne didn't bother me as much as those around me expected it would. I wished I had clear skin but my primary goal at the time was to continue losing weight so my skin insecurities sat on the back burner. Since getting better and improving my body image drastically, I have been left to notice my skin again. I have been using expensive products and a plethora of supplements to try and clear up my face but to little avail. I have been on the contraceptive pill for two years now which has definitely helped, but it hasn't eradicated the spots as I wanted it to. I've tried anti-biotics and given up dairy, became so close to going on Accutane but chose to prioritise my mental health (which was right for me but not necessarily right for you), and nothing has worked.
Recently I've been taking CBD Oil which has left a massive dent in my bank account, but it has improved my skin. However, I'm starting to get used to the idea that I can be worthy in the skin that I have. And so can you! Acne, blemishes, pigmentation, facial hair, scarring and everything else isn't the be-all and end-all. If we spent as much time trying to improve our inner beauty rather than what's on the outside then we'd make for a much more interesting race!
The #ReelSkin wave of videos on Instagram created by the wonderful #FreeThePimple Movement continues to grow - why not join us? And it's not just for those suffering from acne but any skin insecurity you have can be busted by supporting the movement.
2.4K views of my first reel! Obviously, people like it when we take our make-up off and show our real skin. Try it and tag @lounorthcote on Instagram with the hashtag #reelskin.