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My Acne Treatment Journey With The Clifford Clinic – Part 1

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I have skin issues.

You probably scoffed at that sentence.

You wouldn’t think I do from the picture above, would you? A combination of a good angle, lighting, a good camera, and of course, makeup went into the production of the photo. Not theatre-thick makeup, but thick enough to cover up certain blemishes I am uncomfortable to go about my daily life unconcealed.

No Photoshop magic was cast on the picture; I uploaded it ‘as is’, with the exception of text inputs.

If I could choose, I’d rather not pile it on. I’d like to one of the countless irritating (because I’m jealous) people in the world who can leave the house without makeup, or get ready in 5 minutes because their skin is flawless or at least less flawed than mine. In short, the lucky people who are blessed with good skin, or manageable skin, at least.

We all react to different insults differently. I feel absolutely fine when people call me a shortie, tell me I suck at Math, or laugh at my flabby arms. What hits my raw nerve is questions or comments of any kind related to my blemished skin and acne condition.

The stupidest question I’ve ever been asked was “Why do you have so many pimples?”. It’s like asking why a dog barks, why the sky is blue, why a woman has ovaries. -.-“ I shared on my Dayre some insensitive comments about my acne a guy at work said to me which made me really sad, and I’m thankful I had the support of you all.

And then I had another person ask “Why are you so anal about your pimples?” Well, how about ‘because I’ve struggled with them the WHOLE of my adult life and I HATE them’??

These questions might seem harmless to a person who does not experience the kind of mental and emotional pain associated with adult acne, but to the sufferer, every acne-related question takes the form of a dagger being pierced through the ribcage and extracting an internal organ.

I never wished for acne. :'( 

I know there are ways to deflect insults, like ignoring or using insults to build a kind of immunity against criticism, blah blah whatever. I could if I wanted to, but how about dealing with the REAL issue first?

Instead of wishing people would stop mentioning my acne, and before giving up hope and trying to attain nirvana, I want to tackle the problem.

I want to get rid of my acne!

My Skin Diary

I have always had acne-prone skin, but nothing too serious. It became worse after the life-changing facial. The severity of my acne fluctuates, I’ve never had flawless skin, not even near flawless. There will always be countless pimples, bumps, and old scars.

Then Clifford Clinic came along and you will see from my journey how my acne is now under better control! ^_^

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In this post I share my story on my many skin problems – new acne, old acne scars, clogged pores, dull skin, uneven skin tone, and how Clifford Clinic has helped alleviate these.

I will write this post like a diary, a daily journal documenting what I truly felt on that day. I made sure to write little notes in my phone for every day I took a picture, which was almost every day. Here are some I selected to tell my story.

Day 6  /  25 Jan

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Argh! Look at those ugly spots and bumps! :( I’ve also been having neck acne for a few months now and they itch! How weird, coz I’ve never had neck acne in my life.

Had my first session of Q Switch at Clifford Clinic 6 days ago. Q-switching is a technique by which a laser can be made to produce a pulsed output beam.

According to Dr Gerard, Q Switch is a laser treatment using laser light to kill bacteria and destroys sebaceous glands. The superficial carbon peeling controls acne inflammation, reduces sebum production, unplugs pores and minimizes pore size. It can also improve some acne scars, uneven pigmentation, reduce red spots after inflammatory acne and poor skin texture.

Sounds promising!

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I hate how all these bumps show up even under makeup. Foundation and color correctors do just that – correct colors – but bumps are 3D and are impossible to conceal.

Day 10  /  29 Jan

Had my second Q-switch session yesterday and I must comment that the angry red bumps have lessened. Still very spotty, but they’re not so dimensional now.

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According to my doctor, this drying up and peeling of the skin is a good sign of skin renewal.

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There are much less pimples on the right now, blemishes like brown spots and freckles are what we have to tackle.

 

Day 12  /  31 Jan

Oooooh, look! Many more areas are drying up as a result of oral medication and acne-appropriate skincare from Clifford Clinic.

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No one except myself knows that underneath the layer of foundation, my skin actually feels like dried cement. LOL. However, apart from the texture, the skin looks much smoother under makeup now. While we’re on the topic of foundation, because excess sebum secretion is under better control, I can actually wear foundation that does not have that much oil control. Chanel Perfection Lumiere which I previously didn’t like because it made me look like an oil sleek is now one of my favorite foundations.

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Check out my before and after makeup pictures.

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All pictures taken for this post were posted ‘as is’, zero editing except for adding of dates and watermark. Of course, good lighting and a good camera help.

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Makeup is awesome, but it can only do so much. Beauty starts with beautiful skin and I’m on my way to achieving that! :)

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