WHY I CAME TO HEALTH & AESTHETICS?
Before being prescribed Roaccutane by her local GP, the patient had tried everything to help clear up her skin – from over-the-counter products to spending hours on sunbeds – in the hope that it would dry out her spots. She explained: “It had a huge impact on my mental health and shattered my self-confidence. I used to hide behind heavy makeup, and I’d drink a lot when out with friends so that I didn’t feel as self-conscious about my skin.”
And if she wasn’t already self-conscious of her skin, she says strangers would often comment on her complexion and recommend ways she could treat her acne. She continued: “I used to get a lot of comments from children who would ask what had happened to my face.
“Adults would be a little more kind but would still often make suggestions of treatments before we’d even have mentioned my acne – making me even more self-conscious, knowing that they’d noticed it.
“People always thought that they knew the answer and would tell me to cut out sugar when I was already eating a very healthy diet which just hurt more. I felt particularly upset about it when I went travelling in Sri Lanka with friends. I don’t think they had ever seen acne so would ask ‘What is wrong with your face? What’s that on your face?’
“And, while it wasn’t said with bad intentions, it only made me more aware of it.”