Following on from my original post almost 8 weeks ago… You may remember me writing about the troubles I have had with acne in my adult years and the many regimes that I have tried to combat the painful bumps.
I get stress spots around my chin and jawline (like clockwork) about a day after I have had an anxiety attack or if I am under a shed load of stress. For my next ‘experiment’ to fight the spots, I gave evening primrose oil capsules a try. I’ve taken them every day for 8 weeks… and these are the results. In hindsight – perhaps doing this little ‘experiment’ while going through a house purchase, move, 2 exams and the organisation I work for having a massive administration review wasn’t that great of an idea. But I have some little aspects to feedback and my before and after photos to allow you to make your own decision.
During these 8 weeks, I have noticed a remarkable change in my hair, nails and stomach – my period cramps and bloating have been almost nonexistent and my overall mental health has been surprisingly more calm. With regards to my acne… it is a lot better (this of course could now be because I have completed the house purchase, moved, passed my exams and had confirmation that I do still have a job). I do still have some red scars but I have had no new spots in about 9 days now – which is my PB! As well as this, my skin also feels a lot smoother, hydrated and balanced.
From the way I jabber on about it, you probably think that I had the Alps growing on my face. I know it’s “not that bad” and that “others have it worse”, but to me they were a huge weight on my self esteem and confidence. I felt like a little girl again who nobody would take serious because my skin made me look 10 years younger. But not any more *touches everything within reach that is made of wood*. So here they are… my before and afters…
Before (this was taken on a ‘good’ day) 😖…
After (also know as, TODAY! See that on my chin? No? ME NEITHER!) 🎉…
See ya later pimples, you will not be missed!
If you follow my blog, you will know I have tried every kind of cleanser and potion for my skin, with no effect. I have tried 3 different types of contraception pills and implants (which by the way, made things hella worse!) and even antibiotics prescribed by my GP.
Next on my list is Evening Primrose oil. I used to take this religiously when I was a teenager as I was a big sufferer of (or my mum was) mood swings. As a teenager, I did not have spots. None. Not even if I was due on my period.
“Evening primrose oil hormonal acne treatment hinges upon its ability to maintain hormonal balance in the body which in turn helps to offset the associated complications such as acne breakout and mood swings.
Cystic acne is also caused by hormonal fluctuations and overactive sebaceous glands and as such, evening primrose oil is usually an effective treatment. It may take time though, so don’t be one of those people who try evening primrose oil acne cyst treatment and give up before they can see the results.”
COULD THAT HAVE BEEN WHY?!?!?! I can’t remember when or why I stopped taking evening primrose oil and I can’t exactly remember when my adult acne started – so I can’t make any connection. Damn it.
There is only one way to find out!
Today I have been into town and bought myself a tub of the stuff. I will take one tablet a day and after 6 weeks, if not before, I will write another post with photographic evidence of improvement – you guys have no idea how tightly I have my fingers, legs and everything else crossed as I write this!
Stay tuned and wish my skin luck!
If you haven’t read the prequel to this post, you will have no idea what I am talking about in this post. You will probably need to read it, you can do so by clicking here.
Ok, so I may be writing this two weeks later, rather than one as stated in the linked post – but I’ve been super busy (updates will come, but for now, I’m not going to risk jinxing anything! 🏡).
So, has shaving my peach-fuzz face turned me into a yeti? No, it hasn’t. The ‘fuzz’ has grown back thinner than it was before. Although, you will notice that this post does not come with any photographic evidence… why? Because what it did give me was acne. Lots and lots of acne.
HOWEVER – I’m not one to push blame; there could be another reason to this breakout. Due to my f*#ked up, womanly body; my Doc has switched up my birth control – so this horrible, lock yourself away for a week breakout could have something to do with that? So, I will need to shave the face again once my body has got used to the different hormones flowing through my body, right?
To shave or not to shave? That is the question.
Nah, you’re alright.