I’ve been pretty MIA on the blog, and even on Instagram of late. I realised I hadn’t even done March and April favourites and updates yet, which is pretty poor effort. I’m going to try and make this blog post to not be a sob story. Try.
So I thought I better let you all know what’s been happening in my life of late. If you weren’t already aware (I’ve talked about this a little on Instagram Stories) I switched out my contraception from an acne fighting pill that I had been on since I was about 16 to the Implanon, a bar that its put into your arm.
Reasoning for this was basically because I was sick of taking a pill every single day, and wanted to explore an alternative. I thought that since my skin had been pretty much fine, being almost 28 and all, it’d be safe. I was so wrong.
I made this switch back in July 2016, and also stopped taking anti-depressants under the guidance from my GP back in February 2016. I was feeling pretty great. In about December 2016 it was apparent that my skin had taken a toll. I was having a lot of cystic acne, blackheads and white heads appear despite taking better care of my skin of late. Infuriating.
If you’ve had acne, or have acne, you know the constant feeling of shame and embarrassment.
I decided in March that enough was enough. I’ve been using various skin treatments from Laser Clinics Australia and some of the best skincare I’ve used before, Skinstitut, but it wasn’t enough to stop new acne breakouts from happening. Don’t get me wrong, the reducing of active acne and scarring from these two things worked wonders. But it’s just not enough for my skin right now.
My GP and I decided to try for me to go back on the pill to ease my skin problems, and also allievate some issues I was having with my cycle (TMI? meh). Other options were Accutane (not great for those who have been depressed previously) or antibiotics which I was not keen on due to previous stomach lining issues.
It’s only been two months back on the pill, and my skin has dramatically improved. Unfortunately, with my improved skin, I’ve been feeling not myself. I have a lot of anxiety (especially at work, and about silly things), and feel very depressed about life in general. I know that it’s hormones messing with my brain, but it’s difficult to control.
On top of this, I also have been working hard for a promotion at work, which I was able to get! This has opened a whole new basket of anxieties along with it.
But, I am pushing through and trying to be more positive. I will be visiting with my doctor again in June and hopefully we will be able to find a more long term solution that won’t make me super sad!
Sorry for the venting post, hopefully it can provide some clarity over my lack of inspiration of late. Have you dealt with hormonal acne? I would love to hear what worked for you.