If you suffer from acne, you are not alone! It is estimated that acne actually affects 9.4% of the global population, making it the eighth most prevalent disease in the world. I have suffered from hormonal acne since I started high school. At the tender age of 12, I started slapping cheap makeup on my face that was so oily and about four shades too orange for my face, combined with some serious hormones and I had myself a breeding ground for acne.

My acne has always been localised to my chin, which is a clear sign of it being hormonal acne. It’s only now at the age of 28, that my acne has settled. It takes time to clear up acne and, in my case, years. Unfortunately, there seemed to be no quick fix for my acne, which was exactly what I was looking for when I was younger. It’s only now that I realise, it doesn’t just take one miracle skincare product but a combination of diet, skincare regime, exercise and even some things that are out of your control. For example, on that last point, as I’ve got older, my hormone levels have stabilised too, which has massively helped my skin with not being as acne prone. Don’t get me wrong, I do still get the occasional breakout but it’s lessened to one spot every couple of days, rather than a couple of spots every day. It wasn’t just spots that were my issue. After a breakout, I was left with dark marks on my skin for 6+ months after a spot disappeared and acne has left with me red blotchy skin, which I still have to this day.

I've included a picture I took below of my acne during a breakout. Its one of the few pictures I have showing my acne as I tried everything to hide it. I actually wish now I'd taken more pictures of my acne to appreciate how far my skin has came.

My breakouts localised to my chin.

When I was younger, I was obsessed with finding that product that promised to clear up my skin in a short period of time but the sad fact of the matter was that the vast majority of them didn’t deliver. I spent so much money from my part time job, I had as a teenager, on skincare. I tried everything to get rid of it, but NOTHING worked. My friend suggested a cream that had helped her acne and instead of clearing mines up too, it burned my skin to the point it peeled and made my acne 1000x worse. I tried going on the contraception pill, which helped massively but I could only be on that certain pill for 6 months as it could cause blood clots. I tried sunbeds which did help the acne but worsened the scarring and not to mention, the amount of makeup, I put over my spots to try and 'hide' them, envitably making them worse (picture below for reference).

I just couldn’t seem to shift it. Just to be clear, I do not endorse any of these dangerous measures I took to clear up my acne, I guess I was just desperate, and acne can be really annoying, especially when it seems everyone has perfect skin except from you. Now don't get me wrong, I completely understand that in the grand scheme of things acne is not a big issue, and I'm completely grateful for my good health overall. However, when you are a teenager or young adult dealing with acne, it can seem all-consuming.

So, lets get to the point of this blog post and the reason you are reading it. This is the product I'd been using for the two years which has been a game changer...

The Ordinary Niacinamide

You've probably heard of it as its became very popular. Niacinamide is also known as B3 and it's a powerful antioxidant with anti-redness, anti-aging and anti-acne properties. It's also known to improve skin texture and strengthen the protective barrier of the skin. After, investing in very expensive skincare that had little to no effect on my skin. I was skeptical that a product which is under £5 could make any improvement to my skin. Oh how wrong I was!

I used the Ordinary Niacinamide product along with their retinol product. However, I found this combination didn't work for my skin. One of them was causing me to badly breakout and I was very close to stopping using both products. I decided to persevere with the Niacinamide applying it everyday and night, and reduced my retinol to once every week or two. I found that Niacinamide was still causing me to breakout for a couple of weeks, possibly 'purging', which is the process of clearing out what's underneath the skin, however, Niacinamide is not supposed to do this. After about 2/3 months, my perseverence started to pay off, the Niacinamide really started to calm down my inflamed, red skin, it also smoothed my skin texture, and caused my acne and dark marks to reduce. Niacinamide did cause my skin to dry out but I managed to combat that by using a light moisturiser. Overall, it's completely transformed the texture of my skin.

The Ordinary Niacinamide.

Below is how my skin looks now after using Niacinamide for two years. My skins still not perfect, but it never has been and I don't think it every will be. However saying that, I have seen a drastic improvement using this product and its been an excellent addition to my skincare regime. That's not to say, its the only thing that has caused my skin to improve. It probably a combination of factors including using Niacinamide, having a proper calming skincare routine, regularly exercising, changing my diet, drinking more water, stabilisation of my hormones and also, no longer wearing makeup everyday that has helped my skin.

Make-up free.

I think the thing that impresses me the most about Niacinamide is the fact its only £5. Its so powerful for being so cheap and I would highly recommend this product to anyone suffering from acne prone skin.

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