Let’s start at the beginning…
BUT…before we do, two things you should know about me is that I like to solve problems and I like to do so quickly. This entire journey to get my acne under control, which began around over 4 years to date, has thoroughly tested the little patience God has given me as well as given me a little more (by force).
My reason for starting this blog is so that women who are currently experiencing the wave of emotions (shame, anger, depression, frustration etc) that come from having adult acne caused by imbalanced hormones can find some sort of comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their struggle as well as I’m hoping to create a forum for discussion about this issue.
I’ve found that there is a hesitation to discuss hormone related issues and when it is spoken about it’s usually in hushed tones or whispers? Why? As women, our bodies are beautifully complex and we should never be ashamed to discuss matters that concern our intricate design. Never.
I remember when my face initially started breaking out and what felt like my body had waged some war against me, I felt complete confusion, shame also but mostly I felt alone. No one my age (I was 25 or 26) or who I associated with daily could relate to my struggles as they all had near flawless skin. This was something that preteens suffered with, not someone my age! As a teenager, I had some forehead pimples that was caused by school stress during exam times but when I left high school my skin cleared up pretty quickly after.
‘They’ aka my hormonal acne, came overnight it seemed as I would awake with a big ‘bump’ on my chin or cheek in the morning and in addition to them being huge they were very painful. I had always been regular on my menstrual cycle so I quickly attributed it to getting older and ‘that time of the month’ so I could make sense of what was happening. However, as I soon realized, more would come and it didn’t matter what time of the month it was. More and more came and they came quick and they were not leaving fast. In a span of less than three months, my once flawless face was now covered by huge and painful hormonal acne and the acne marks they left behind left me completely devastated. I felt like I had to go into hiding also because the questions from friends and family came as expected and I had no answer for them. I had no clue what was happening. It was frustrating more than anything as I am usually the one that my friends or family come to with their issues or if they need a level-headed answer to a problem and for the first time I needed someone to talk to but no one could help. I got more questions than helpful suggestions and I was left disillusioned but more so alone. I felt isolated.
I would later find out by my gynaecologist after doing an ultrasound that my symptoms sounded like I had PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and not Polycystic Ovaries (the ultrasound showed no cysts or growth on my ovaries) as my cycle was still and continues to remain regular. Other than the breakouts, I was experiencing hot flashes, extreme fatigue, hair loss and thinning etc. In my future blogs I’ll go deeper on this subject but this initial post is aimed to break the ice on the topic of hormonal imbalances and to let you the reader know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Please feel free to message me if you have questions or would like to have a discussion about this. I am here.