“There’s beauty and grace in the flaws of your face. All candor and style in the crook of your smile.” – Am I Pretty? by The Maine
Happy International Women’s Day to all my lovely readers! Remember that you are beautiful, and I pray that you flourish in everything you do!
I remember looking at myself in the mirror and I ask myself, “What happened?”
My breakouts started to appear early 2018. I was taking care of my skin, bought really expensive 10-step Korean Skin Care, but nothing happened. No improvements at all. I have tried so many products for my acne. Even consulted a dermatologist, but no matter how many prescription meds they gave me, still the problem did not go away.
It went on and on, until last year. When I started having teleconsultations with a derm online, and gave me effective treatment for my acne. It was August 2020, when I finally saw my skin clearing up, for the first time in 2 years. I researched and researched on the best products to use, especially for my hyperpigmentation. I actually came across The Ordinary and used the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and it really helped my skin heal and fade those pesky red acne marks away. I was consistent with my minimalist skin care routine, (cleanse, serum, moisturize, SPF) and was always checking on with my derm for updates on my skin.
It was this January 2021 when my acne started resurfacing again. I was in stress, not gonna lie. So I thought that was the main reason why I was breaking out again. However, when I checked my period tracker app, (I’m using Flo), I noticed that my cycle is longer than usual.
Normally, my cycle is 28 days-32 days being the latest. But recently, my cycles have been 42 days, and the latest was 44 days. I was quite alarmed, and realized that besides the irregular menstrual cycle, I always experience dysmenorrhea for the first 3 days of my menstruation. I remember spending time in our University clinic during my first day of period since I cannot really handle the pain. I also call in sick at work during my first day, because it was really a struggle to get up and walk. I also experience throwing up because of the discomfort it brings me.
That was when I decided to schedule a consultation with a gynecologist.
During the initial consultation, she noticed that I have some acne and she actually pointed out that it could be a sign of hormonal imbalance. She then got me a request for a sonologist to have my ultrasound, to see what’s really in there. After two days, I went for my sonologist appointment and the results came in. I have Polycystic Ovaries. Both of my ovaries have cysts, and the root cause of all my period pain dilemmas, irregular cycle, and acne breakouts. I immediately sent the results to my gyne, and prescribed me pills to regulate my hormones, and hopefully control my acne breakouts as well.
All along, I thought I was using the wrong products for my skin.
All along, I thought my period pains were just normal.
Something to learn here, is to listen to your body. When things are starting to be out of the ordinary, then it might be the best time to speak with a professional or seek medical help. We cannot always find the easy way out, or find solutions on google, or try the latest recommendations from influencers. Consider doctor check-ups as part of your self-care routine every year. Stay safe out there!