My skin is a weird one. I hit puberty pretty late and so I got to the age of 17 without ever having had a spot but then what all my friends had gone through at ages 13-15 where your hormones are going crazy and leaving painful pimples on your skin I went through at the age of 17-19. Even then though I was pretty lucky I didn’t have a lot of spots and I can’t complain because I know people whose skin has been a lot worse, however, the spots I did get were big, red and painful. The under the skin ones that look like you’re about to spout a new head any second. The weird thing about me, however, was that I only ever get spots on my forehead. I think in my 22 years on this planet I have only maybe had a max of 2 spots below my eyebrows. Weird right? I have googled this endlessly and the only thing I have found is that apparently if you’re getting spots on your forehead it means you’re eating too much dairy but I’m a vegan so I don’t see how that works.
I finally went to a dermatologist about two years ago now, who told me the sort of spots I was getting were hormonal, and as every other health issue I have seems to lead back to a form of hormone imbalance I thought that made a lot more sense that the vegan who consumes too much dairy. The dermatologist gave me a topical cream and off I went feeling sure I had solved the problem. Yes, I knew what was causing the spots and yes I had a medical cream designed to tackle them and yet no such luck. The cream worked a bit at first it took the spots down a bit and reduced the time they stuck around, but I was still getting the spots and the cream was really drying my skin out leaving it pretty irritated. So I gave up, I focused on eating well, drinking enough water and looking after my skin the best I could. I had only ever got 1-2 spots at a time but they were sticking to one area and they were so big that, to be honest, I’m not sure any more would have fit. Just picture me with two little red devil horns, that’s a pretty accurate representation.
So around Christmas of 2017, I had had enough and I went to my GP and asked if there was anything else I could do. She wanted to prescribe the same cream I had before but I told her that I was fed up of having to deal with the spots once they were already on my face in their full glory I wanted something that was going to stop them at the source. She listened to my concerns and put me on a 6-month course of antibiotics. I started taking them straight away no questions asked as I was desperate for a cure. She only gave me the first 2 months worth and I had to return to the doctors to get the rest after I’d taken them. So I did so, and my skin did clear up, not fully and not quickly but it got better and I was thrilled. So after my two months, I went back to the GP for the rest of my course, however, it wasn’t that easy. I saw a different doctor who was shocked that I had been prescribed such a long course as the antibiotics I was on could cause quite serious liver damage. I was shocked as the first doctor had said nothing of this and in my haste to fix my skin I had bypassed any research into the side effects it could have on the rest of my body. The second doctor also told me that although it was clearing my skin up nicely antibiotics aren’t a long-term solution and that chances are the spots would come back after I’d finished the course. So that was pretty shit. She prescribed me 1 more month, so I took 3 months worth in total but I also had to go for blood tests to check my liver was doing okay as a result of me taking them. At the end of the 3 months, I did have clear skin but I also had to get my liver checked on, which isn’t great let’s face it.
The fear of the spots coming back at any time scared me and I was just waiting for the painful lumps to reimage, I knew I wouldn’t be able to go back on antibiotics after having taken so many and the only other treatment the GP can offer for acne is hormonal treatments which you will know I steer well clear of if you’ve read my ‘Why I Stopped Taking The Contraceptive Pill’ post. I knew what was causing the spots and I knew I needed to tackle the problem from the inside but didn’t want any more harsh chemicals flowing through my body, and as if the skin fairy was watching over me Botanycl Natural Skincare and Beauty Supplement found its way into my life (by that I mean I had a nice chat with the PR team). So here it was, a bottle of pills that literally ticked all the boxes for me:
Evidence-based Botanycl support androgen hormone balance, maintaining clear, blemish-free skin.
Rich in vitamins A and C, omega, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, to support healthy collagen formation and skin healing.
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
Gluten-free and non-GMO.
100% plant-based ingredients.
‘Botanycl SkinClear Elixir’s patent-pending formula combines carefully-selected botanicals proven in research and testimonials to combat oily, hormonal skin; supporting healthy and blemish-free skin.’ I don’t know how it does it I just stole that from the website because it sums it up better than I could. But what I can tell you is that it really works! Well for me anyway obviously everyone’s skin is very different and I cant guarantee it will work the same for you, but if like me you know you have hormonal acne and nothing seems to be shifting it I would highly recommend trying these supplements. I’m not a fan of taking medication, it’s the hippy vegan side of me, I would always rather treat something naturally and that is exactly what these supplements do. They get to the root of the problem without using harsh chemicals that are going to leave you with a whole list of other side effects.
My skin has never been as clear as it currently is and I now have the assurance that I am not causing my body damage in other ways by tackling my skin. I hope you found this post helpful if anyone else has tried Botanycl Elixir please do let me know how you got on with it, or if you decide to try it I’d love to know if it works for you too.