I receive lots of DM’s on instagram from girls at there wits end due to Perioral Dermatitis. The pictures I have shared up to this point dont even show the extent of how bad my first breakouts were. I have no evidence of this time because I deleted any photo that showed how red raw or bumpy was skin was back then. There is so many of you girls and guys ( I see you) out there with more intense breakouts than me and if I can give any enlightenment or support to how I coped or improved my skin I will. This is why I share images of my broken out skin on the internet its to connect to you and let you know this doesn’t last forever. But I’m also here to tell you that clear skin requires a commitment not a miracle, but even small changes in your diet can have a massive effect.
The key to happy skin is sticking to products that work for you and resisting the urge to constantly change up your skincare products. Social media marketing is programming us to think we always have to have the new 'it' product. I observe real product junkies on Instagram, girls with bathroom cabinets heaving with products. Before even half way through a bottle they are out buying a new trending product "because I just have to try it". I totally get it, I was her at one point, devouring recommendations from beauty bloggers who were often sponsored or gifted those items. Find an honest source you trust.
Now I choose to follow brands with heart that have carefully thought through their whole process from non-toxic natural ingredients to respecting the earth’s resources. Brands that care how their production and packaging effects the planet. I stopped following beauty bloggers with unachievable beauty standards years ago. Influencer’s that photo shopped and filtered their photos to a point that when I met them at brand events I didnt even recognise them as they looked nothing like their online profile. Stop comparing your skin, your body to girls that dont even look like their own pictures on the internet it's really not healthy. If you feel like your breakouts are effecting your mental health it might be time to express that to your doctor to get that referral to engage with a dermatologist. Remember I am always here xx