Oh yes, finally! An update on my skin story!
So, to give some of you (or all of you) a quick background: I have been struggling with acne since high school. But I have only started documenting after college.
I have been managing well, for at least 2 years after my last blog post. But early this year, my breakouts have been so unbearable that I had to seek help from my dermatologist, Dra. Paula Edna Reyes-Gatan of the Gatan Clinic. Working from home has its limits and sadly, I was hit with stress with a dash of anxiety and lack of sleep. Yes, I have been an irresponsible young lady–sleeping late, eating junk food, not washing my face at night, dirty hands, popping my own acne, etc. You name it, I did it. Haha! #sorrynotsorry
Anyway, I needed help… and I needed it badly because I am starting to see a stressed version of me and it ain’t cute! Here are some photos for reference:
And of course, you all know the drill: Dra. Gatan had to thoroughly clean my face after assessing the damage and poof! Puffy, tomato Karen is back!
As always, I was dying to go home after the procedure. I just wanted to sleep for a week and wake up to a new me. But of course, I have to see my darn, puffy red face for at least a week or so. Argh!
After cleaning, scabs will appear the next day and they will be extremely irritating and itchy. I wanted to get rid of it fast so I resorted to these 3 solutions:
1 Hot towel compress – I googled DIY ways on how to make scabs disappear and most of the articles I have found recommended a hot towel compress. It wasn’t a quick solution but it surely alleviated the itchy situation on my face. Helped removed dead skin cells, too.
2 Baking soda paste – This can give your skin a little reaction but don’t worry, it’s harmless. Also helped remove dead skin cells from the scabbing but made my skin a little reddish during the process so I only used this for 2 days.
3 Tea Tree Oil – This can sting but you can feel it working wonders on your face. Better if you dilute this with a little water. Use clean fingertips to apply on your scabs. I wouldn’t really recommend using cotton buds since it would be a waste of tea tree oil. I use this twice a day–once in the morning and once at night. This also helped banish/lighten blemishes from scabbing.
Cover Up for Confidence
Unfortunately, a week after my cleaning, I had a weekend out with friends so I had to cover up the whole situation. I wasn’t exactly proud of my appearance at the time and I wasn’t ready to ask questions on what happened and whatnot. The truth is, I didn’t need that much coverage after a week but I needed to cover the reddishness and blemishes left by some scabs. It was summertime back then so I had to control oiliness and humidity as well.
Truthfully, my makeup is as simple as it can be:
1 Skincare (cleanse-tone-moisturize-protect)
2 CC Cream
3 CC Cushion Compact
5 Brow Mascara
7 Lip Tint
My skin was getting dry as well especially around the cheeks and chin area due to scabbing after-effects so I just make sure that I get my skin moisturized. I also make sure that my cushion compact has moisturizing effects so that I don’t look as dry as I feel. LOL!
Bad Habits Die Hard
Just when I thought I am on my way to getting my good skin back, I was troubled with excessive stress again. Bad habits do die hard, and I have to learn how to be more optimistic and less resentful. My face was loaded with hormonal acne just about 3 months after my last cleaning. I had to see Dra. Gatan again. You know what comes next.
Oh la la la laser!
Your girl needed a confidence boost and she needed it right away. I wanted to feel happy about how I looked, and didn’t want to deal with massive breakouts, blemishes and scars no more. I asked Dra. Gatan for possible solutions and I chose to get a RevLite Laser treatment a month after my cleaning session.
It was my first time to try RevLite. The laser treatment that I used to get at Dra. Gatan’s wasn’t available anymore so there I was. Her laser clinic was located at Pasig, so we had to set an appointment there. I was late for a good 20 minutes because of heavy traffic that I was unable to anticipate. Anyway, good thing Dra. Gatan was understanding (hehe!) and I got my laser treatment started right away.
RevLite felt like there were “sparks” on my face. It was tolerably hot but it was okay. It was only difficult to converse with Dra. Gatan because I didn’t want to move that much. Hahaha! All in all, it was a good experience. I looked in the mirror and I didn’t look red or puffy at all. You won’t see the results right away so I was excited for the next couple of days and weeks. RevLite is supposed to rejuvenate the skin and give it that youthful glow. Hence, my excitement.
After the treatment, Dra. Gatan slabbed sunscreen all over my face for protection. I was also given instructions to put on sunscreen everyday. A girl’s gotta protect her skin after all!
The Final Results
I am very happy with my skin! A week after my laser treatment, I can clearly see the difference. My blemishes were definitely lighter and my skin got brighter and plumper for sure.
I had way fewer breakouts, too! I am so happy. I can take photos, aka “selfies”, without the need for filters and makeup. Just my bare face. Yas!
Never ever neglect yourself. Always take care of yourself. No matter how stressful life can be, always choose yourself first. Do not give in to negative feelings of regret, resentment, failure, weakness and whatnot. Always choose yourself. Always love yourself. With that in mind everyday, you are one step closer to a better outlook and better skin!
This blog was supposed to be published 4 months ago but (messy) life happened and I neglected to have this posted. As I write this “Extras” section, I am on the second day of my period, suffering from hormonal acne, occasional but tolerable cramps, terrible mood swings and delightful food cravings.
Current facial situation is unbearable on the chin area, since this is where the breakouts are right now. If only I can pop them out but since they are hormonal, there’s no way but to hydrate, drink tea, enough sleep and proper diet. I promise to update more often, chingus (friends)!