A woman who was so embarassed by her breakouts that she refused to leave the house without make-up has revealed how she’s accepted her skin, despite being covered in bumps and cystic acne.
Kara Eden, 25, from Manchester, always had clear skin before she stopped taking the contraceptive pill at 18.
But she started to suffer from acne on her face and back, which she initially tried to cover up by avoiding certain clothes and wearing make-up all the time, even to take her bins out.
Today, she has learnt to embrace her acne and love her skin, wearing whatever she wants and going make-up free.
Kara Eden has learnt to accept her acne-prone skin after suffering from breakouts for seven years
The 25-year-old found that her, previously clear, skin erupted with cystic acne after she stopped taking the contraceptive pill. Pictured with clearer skin before her acne
Despite being offered the option to go back on the pill to help her skin, Kara felt that the other effects she felt while on the medication was not worth it
Kara said: ‘I used to wear make-up even to take the bins out. I was so self conscious.
‘I hated how my skin looked at first, I’d never suffered much with acne before so it was really difficult for me.
‘If I was out shopping and I saw something with a low back or backless I’d avoid it because of the spots on my back.’
Kara revealed that when her skin first broke out, she remained in denial for six months before seeking advice from her doctor.
Having clear skin before (pictured) made it difficult for Kara to accept her breakouts at first. In denial, she refused to go to the doctor for help for the first six months
Kara said: ‘When I came off the pill my skin just completely blew up.
‘At first I was just in denial, because coming off the pill does impact your hormones, and my skin had been fine before I started taking it.
‘I wasn’t having regular periods either, and I was convinced that once they got back on track my skin would just clear up.
‘I’d never had any issues with my skin before, it was always perfect and clear, so it was really difficult when it broke out.’
When Kara discovered acne on her back she would avoid shopping for any clothes that might have a chance of showing it
After Kara’s acne started to show up, it went from a few spots and acne on her back to cysts on her face
Kara sought advice from her doctor after six months of her skin not returning to normal.
Kara said: ‘At first they suggested I go back on the pill!
‘But I felt much better for coming off it so I didn’t go down that route.
‘They put me on antibiotics, because it looked so inflamed, but they made my skin even worse.
The acne sufferer went through various topical treatments, but none successfully cleared up her skin
Seeing other people embrace their skin helped Kara to accept her own acne and stop covering her face with makeup
‘It went from a few spots and acne on my back to like cysts on my face.’
Kara also went through various topical treatments, but none successfully cleared up her skin.
Kara said: ‘I felt like no one could help me, because everything the doctors were trying made it worse.
‘It almost made it seem like I was weird or abnormal because things that should be working, weren’t.’
Kara has now cut out dairy to try to improve her skin and shares her journey on instagram to inspire other
Kara eventually sought out natural remedies for her acne, which led her to find people documenting their acne journey on instagram.
She said: ‘I would look at these people posting pictures of their acne and think they were so brave.
‘I was so self-conscious about my skin, but seeing them made me think, “If they can do it, I can do it”.
‘I started to document my journey and I was trying things like cutting out dairy to improve my skin, and I’ve gained a bit of a following.
‘It really helps to support people, and acne can make you feel like you’re so alone, but I’m hoping my page helps people not feel like that.’
WHAT IS CYSTIC ACNE?
Cystic acne – the most severe form of the skin condition – occurs when oil and dead skin cells build up deep within hair follicles.
If these become infected, it can cause boil-like blemishes.
Spots occur when a pore in the skin gets clogged, usually with dead skin cells. If bacteria enters the pore, it can become red and swollen.
Cystic acne takes place when this infection goes deep into the skin, creating tender bumps that are full of pus.
If the cyst bursts, it can spread the infection, causing more break outs.
Sufferers are usually in their teens or early 20s, but can be as young as eight or as old as 50. Cystic acne is more common in men.
The face, chest, back, upper arms and should are most often affected.
Cystic acne’s exact cause is unclear but is thought to involve the hormones androgen.
Androgen increases during puberty and can result in pores getting clogged.
In women, the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause or polycystic ovary syndrome can also worsen acne.
Over-the-counter medication that can ease milder acne often have no effect on cystic forms.
A dermatologist may prescribe oral antibiotics that control bacteria and lower inflammation.
Creams and gels containing retionoid, a form of vitamin A, can also help to unclog pores.
Birth-control pills may also help women to regulate their hormones.
It is important to seek treatment to prevent scarring.
Acne sufferers should not pick at their blemishes as this may push the infection deeper and make it spread.
They should also lead a healthy lifestyle. Research suggests sugary diets can worsen acne.
Sufferers should also try and relax due to stress causing the body to release more hormones.
Source: Web MD