My Skin Story
I have been so hesitant to share this with you guys. I know this sounds crazy, but this brings back a lot of times where there were tears, hiding, and embarrassment. However, I don't have to walk around feeling embarrassed of my skin or decline friend dates because I did not want to feel like I'm being judged. But I am excited to share with you my skin story and reveal the hardest thing- my before and after pictures.
In late July, I started breaking out with cystic acne around my chin and mouth area. It was very painful but I told myself that it would get better. I started using different products like Murad and an organic skin care line. By October, which is when I took these before pictures, is when it got completely awful. It spread around my cheeks and temple area, causing to be diagnosed by a dermatologist with "bearded acne". Bearded Acne comes from pretty much screwed up hormones. My dermatologist advised me to visit my gynecologist to get hormone test done and to see if I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This was very very scary to me. The gynecologist did find many cysts around my ovaries but not enough to be PCOS. While switching my birth control as well as being on topical creams for my skin and antibiotics, the doctor then prescribed me medication for my hormones that would get rid of the hormonal acne.
When I say nothing worked... not even one pimple would go away. It just got worse. I then decided to contact one of my friends who had introduced me to Rodan + Fields last summer but I refused to use it. Stupid, huh? Once I gave Rodan + Fields 60 days, my face started clearing up TREMENDOUSLY!! And now to this day, I have not ONE blemish on my face. You guys, I believed in these Doctors so much that I have decided to join these Doctors and bring clear skin to all of you!
So you will see my before and after pictures below. As I am looking at these, I am thinking to myself "man.. Elise, I know how hard this was for you. You lost a ton of confidence. But one thing you have learned, is that no matter what your outside looks like, your inner beauty remains." But THANK YOU R+F for making me confident and giving me back my skin X10!!