- Take a break from makeup, even if it’s just cutting down on products, your skin needs to breathe.(or you could have makeup free weekends/ take everything off once you get home)
- The sun is great for your skin so soak up as much as you can (of course while wearing sun cream)
- Try using less harsh products and use gentler products such as tea tree face wash or witch hazel face wash (extra chemicals can be harmful)
- Ask a pharmacist what products are best for your skin.
- Go to your GP and try medication if nothing has worked ( don’t give up on trying because some medication didn't work, it takes time to find what works for you)
- Ask to be referred to a dermatologist.
- Try cutting out parts of your diet such as meat or dairy as some foods can irritate your acne.
- Work on accepting your acne while you go through this process, follow Instagram pages such as @unesjomajo and @doddleoddle who have personally helped me realise that we can be beautiful with acne.
Remember that this process takes time, but you aren’t any less worthy because of how your skin looks. We are all beautiful no matter what shade or texture our skin is, and we must love ourselves before we let others bring us down.
This picture was taken on my first day of treatment – July 26th, 2017.
I am now undetectable (therefore untransmittable) and have been for some time thanks to great medication (Genvoya) along with emotional support from my family and closest friends.
It has been a very rough and tough past couple of weeks but I wanted to make this post to let you know that it does get better. There are people in your life who love you unconditionally and will be there for you through the ups and downs.
I hope there are not, but there may be people who tell you very hurtful things when you tell them your status. They are not worth being in your life. Those who lack the willingness to learn and educate themselves do not deserve your time and energy.
Undetectable is a reachable goal. You are not a weapon. You are strong. You are the same, wonderful person you have always been and will live the rest of your full and joyous life as normal.
There will be hard times. But you can get through it.
I’m posting this because I couldn’t find an online community outside of Poz.com (great, btw). Any of you who are recently diagnosed and just need someone to talk to are always welcome to message me. My inbox is open.