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Having spots can be miserable and when it comes to getting help, sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. If you’re reading this post, the chances are you’re a person that’s suffering with acne, or knows someone that is. How to Get Rid of Acne is part of a series that I started to help people by sharing my experience of having spots and how I’ve helped many clients to overcome it too….
I no longer suffer with acne, and this is such a wonderful thing. You can’t beat the feeling of running your hands over a smooth, spots free face after years of suffering from the dreaded things. There’s nothing like it, and I’m sure it’s something that many people take for granted too. I often kick myself because the steps that I took to getting help were prolonged by many factors. Amongst other things I assumed that my spots were not bad enough, and thought that expensive cleansers etc would cure them too. I didn’t want to bother my doctor and when I did I totally lost hope after the lotions and tablets he gave me didn’t work. It would take me ages to find the confidence to keep going back. Anyway, today I’m going to talk you through the steps you could take to get help in the order I did it myself:
1. Assess your skincare routine Sometimes blackheads and spots can be caused by or made worse with a poor skincare routine or using the incorrect products. If you feel like yours isn’t up to scratch I would advise you to diagnose your skin type first, then establish a good regime. Make sure you’re using products that suit your skin type and that work for you. If you can’t afford to spend much on skincare then try using products from the Simple range. I always use these if I get problems with my skin (e.g. I get a reaction to a product) because they don’t irritate. Finally, make sure you check your skincare products for ingredients that might be causing blackheads and spots, or irritating your skin.
2. Visit your doctor Firstly, I must say if you’re suffering don’t wait around to visit your GP. Book an appointment to visit your doctor right away, and work on getting that skincare routine together at the same time! Please don’t feel like I did and worry that you’re bothering them, after all that’s what they’re there for. I found I had to try quite a few lotions and potions before the doctor was able to start prescribing tablets, so if things are still the same it’s best to get the ball rolling straight away. Sadly nothing worked for me, and if I could turn back the clock I would be much more persistent with the doctor. Really, you need to know how long you should try each lotion or medication before accepting that it isn’t working and once that period is up go straight back and try the next thing. I didn’t really do that because I often felt hopeless with it all, so there would be long periods of time where I had given up on even curing it at all. It just seemed like nothing made a difference. Also people would often say ‘you’re still young, you’ll probably grow out of it’. I just kind of hoped that was true. But at the age of 23 I knew it wasn’t the case, and that takes me to my third, and final step.
3. Ask your doctor to refer you to a dermatologist If nothing is working then maybe you need to see a skin specialist. Being referred to my dermatologist was the best thing that ever happened to me. He prescribed Roaccutane which cured the acne and changed my life. Taking this drug isn’t something that is to be taken lightly though as it can have many side effects and is said to be dangerous at times. I remember I had to sign a form to say that I would not get pregnant as it can cause serious complications when on this drug. That said, there’s so much that a dermatologist can do to help someone suffering with spots these days – there might be other options available too.
I guess my main point is don’t wait around wondering how to get rid of acne, because if I could rewind time I would have pursued each step much quicker than I did. I think I probably suffered with spots for 10 years, and that’s far too long. Instead of being cured at the age of 23, it would have been better to be acne free by 18/19. If you’re suffering I hope you can find the confidence to go and see your doctor. Don’t put anything off. Go out there and get the help that’s available to you. The sooner you do, the sooner you will feel happy in your own skin again. Writing this is making me feel sad because I know that there are probably loads of you going through what I went through, probably thinking there is no hope. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and I have my nice smooth, spot free face to prove it!
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