So I have some BIG NEWS to share...I am pregnant!! I am now on week 17 and although the morning sickness (OK, more like an all-day queasy feeling) has dissipated, I am still stuck with some stubborn acne on my jaw and chin area. You guys are probably familiar with acne myths but the biggest ones I've had to come to terms are these:
1. Acne is a teen problem: you think that the agonising years of teenage angst were the worst of your suffering..? Think again! I was always struggling with pimples when I was a teenager and it only got better after school and when I started using contraceptives. I was on and off medications like penicillin and Roaccutane and only now realise just how harmful these chemicals can be to your body. With both my previous pregnancies, I also struggled with acne, to varying degrees. So if you are in your 30's, like me, and still have breakouts, don't feel alone!
2. Eating certain foods like dairy increases acne: This is not generally true, but the answer here is to listen to your body! I, for one, can definitely say that after a slight chocolate binge or cheese indulgence I will have more pimples the following week. Keep a food diary and test culprit foods individually.
3. The Sun clears up acne: For some reason it always feels like a beach holiday does wonders for my skin and I always contributed this to sunbathing and relaxation. The latter might have played a role but I've since learned that the sun actually weakens the immune system in your skin and that it will only cause sun damage and pigmentation if you don't watch out...another factor that might have contributed to clearer skin after a seaside holiday is the wonderful properties of seawater bathing! No sun for me, segnorita!
Apart from the some external contributing factors, and internal ones (note - those stubborn hormones!!) - I have found that a solid skin care routine can do such a lot to lessen the appearance of acne and new breakouts. I was fortunate enough to try out the Sebium range, recommended by the excellent Bioderma team, to combat my problematic skin. It has been three weeks now and my skin feels clean (WITHOUT that tight, dried-out sensation) and the redness and inflamed appearance is virtually gone...here are some images to show you the results (NEVER thought I would share #nomakeup pictures on a public platform, but oh well, here goes!)
Even though my skin is not yet perfect, I am embracing the changes in my body that pregnancy brings about and focusing on having a healthy lifestyle for me and baby!
Please share your skin care secrets with me below - would love to hear all about your journey to clear skin!