The April Edit – REAL TALK // acne + depression

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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.

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  • Oh Kate! I really feel for you and totally understand how disheartening the experience of coming of the pill and having your skin play up must have been for you. I had a similar experience, although not as severe and after a almost 12 months off the pill and no improvement I found getting my hormones tested a really beneficial path for me. I found I had a big hormone imbalance which I’ve been taking supplements for and my skin has changed completely – especially with the introduction of a zinc supplement.

    I know that won’t help you right now as you have a few other things you need to keep in mind sorry I just pretty much wanted to say you’re not alone! Coming off the pill was such a huge, insanely hard experience and although I didn’t replace it with anything my body hated me!

    Just know every woman who has come off it it has been a mind fuck. I’m sorry you’ve had a tough few months and hopefully in June your doctor can provide you with an easier pathway. I don’t want to sound like a hippie or be like ‘oh have you tried this’ but I wholeheartedly recommend a naturopath (if you can find a good one) to everyone however understand I’m totally not experienced with depression and anxiety etc.

    Work will be SO FINE and I know you’ll rock at your new role once you find your groove so try to allow yourself a bit of time to get things sorted in that aspect…

    Anyway. GOOD LUCK KATE! We love you xx

    Sarah | More Than Adored

    PS – i really hope that didn’t come across as ‘you should do it this way’ you know what I mean hopefully xoxo

    • Kate Flint

      Thanks so much for your kind words Sarah! I’m thinking a hormone level test will reveal a lot and I need to find a better alternative to this, because it’s clearly not working. I would definitely be interested in checking out a naturopath, I have never been to one but I am all about finding a better alternative then just medicating (I get it’s sometimes necessary but I’m a huge believer of what you put into your body and how you treat it also plays a part). Thanks for your advice and your story Sarah, I really appreciate it xoxooxoxo

      • No worries Kate! I really helped me (I saw a dietician/naturopath) and it was life changing for me but I didn’t want to be one of those people who pushes that onto you because hey sometimes we do need medicine/doctors and I’m no expert 🙂

        Good luck lovely lady and I hope you feel better really soon xx

  • Hi Kate! Wow, I feel like I can really relate to a lot of things in this post. I am still struggling with hormonal acne, and take the pill, which I think just stabilised my acne, but I still have really horrible breakouts sometimes around my mouth, chin and jaw. It can be so debilitating! I have been told my ASC that I may have some sort of hormonal imbalance, so I wonder how I would go about getting this checked? I have been using a new skincare range which is very gentle and simple, and it seems to have calmed down my skin finally but I have scarring, almost identical to yours. Aren’t we lucky! Fortunately, I don’t have the same issues with the pill messing with thoughts/feelings/emotions but I can only imagine that on top of the skin issues would be horrible to deal with! I have lots of strategies I can share with you that have worked for people I have worked with, so let me know if you ever want to chat about that! It’s good it seems like you have a really good doctor who listens, and also amazing friends 🙂 Sending lots of love to you. Congrats on the promotion!!! You will be amazing!!!!! You got this! Sarah x

    • Kate Flint

      I am thinking I might get my hormone levels checked too, I am guessing it would just be a blood test perhaps? Will you be doing a review of your new skincare, I’d love to check it out!

      Thanks for the offer, I am always up for chats 🙂 I used to see a psychologist for anxiety and depression which was really helpful, but that was close to 7 years ago now, it’s always good to have a refresher!