Skin Stories: An Ode To The Red And The Blotchy

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Everyone overthinks about what their skin looks like, even models aren’t always comfortable about having a bare face. It’s important to realise that no one is perfect and no one is 100% happy with their skin and, I’m not going to lie, it took me quite a long time to realise this myself! With this in mind, I would like to share with you the skin story of a different person every week. I’m going to start with my own so you know that we’re all in the same boat despite our differences. I’ve never had much confidence in my skin, not that I have a severe condition but it is very oily and that causes quite a few problems.

It has only been the past five years that I’ve been self conscious about my skin, before then I was more concerned about my body shape, due to some rather mean comments at school. When I hit 17 it felt like my skin got bad overnight, suddenly I was aware of how oily my skin was and spots started appearing on my face more often than not. My biggest issue was and still is my T-zone and the pores on my nose, I recently found out that they’re not blackheads which is what I just assumed. What they actually are is sebaceous filaments and they’re not really something that I can get rid of. A sebaceous gland aids the production of naturally occurring oils that can cause these filaments – i.e it’s best not to disturb this balance for the sake of my skin anyway!

The first way that I attempted to rid myself of these sebaceous filaments is through using pore strips and peel off masks. Neither of those things helped but the peel off masks help in a different way, they make my face feel clean.  Last year I tried to get rid of them by going through a course of microdermabrasion but honestly, I wouldn’t rate it! It left my face feeling sunburned and the treatment had no affect on my annoying skin issue, in fact, I suspect that it irritated it and made it worse. The problem is, when I was researching microdermabrasion some people said that it was helpful and some swore it was a skin hindrance rather than a skin saviour.  The truth is, it’s different for everyone but it just wasn’t worth it for me.

I’m still very much on my skin journey but I thought I would give you all an idea of what to expect from the rest of my series. The next person whose skin story I will be sharing is my best friend Autumn who has had eczema throughout her whole life. If you would like to be featured or you want to leave me some skin advice, you can leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP!



  1. I love this post, Aymie. I have been struggling with skin issues. When I was a teenager, I didn’t even have one pimple on my face. My friends used to say they’re jealous of my smooth and clear skin. But from the past few years I have been having skin issues. Despite of visiting well-known dermatologists, nothing is helping. Last year, one of the dermatologists diagnosed my skin condition as Rosacea. I have decided to accept my skin condition, after spending my a large chunk of my money on dermatologists and treatments lol. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for reading! I can identify with getting bad skin once everyone else is through the worst of it. I’m so proud of you for accepting your rosacea and being confident despite knowing you have the condition. You’re crushing it! 💛

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