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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Trip to My Favourite Clinic

When people asked me, "How do you take good care of your skin? It looks flawless!" I will disagree with their statement. When I disagree with them and laugh it off, they think that I am acting humble but the truth is, I try to brush it off. In actual fact, my skin doesn't look smooth and flawless in real life. Like they say, photos does wonders. By adjusting the lighting effects and adding filters to your photo, you can actually cover up all the flaws that can be found on your face. Brilliant apps! I feel REALLY bad for lying to people about how I really look like behind those make up and filters because I try to be as real as possible. Being a girl by nature, you just can't help but to look as good as you can be. At least in photos if not in real life. I sound like a typical bimbo. I had to resort to such thinking because I've never felt this horrible (about my face) before! Note that sometimes, even filters can't help! That's how bad my skin condition was. Concealers can't help either. It was a major nightmare for me. 

It started around November-December 2013 when I was going through a bad break out. I didn't know what went wrong. I was figuring out, maybe it was my food intake, or the facial cleansers that I was using at that point of time because I remembered I kept switching it around, or maybe it was because of my hormones. I got no clue at all. I woke up every day feeling unmotivated. My confidence level hit rock bottom.

I felt that way because it has never happened to me before. I was clueless, I didn't know how to resolve it. I was shocked at how badly it turned out to be. I've always thought that as long as I stick to my usual facial routine, every thing is going to be fine. But, it was nothing like I visioned it to be. 

I may sound like looks is everything to me. But, really, it's not about that. What I was mainly concerned about was my hygiene. I am very particular about my cleanliness; how I take care of myself. I've been taking care of my face for so long and to know that it was out of control, it got me so upset! Like, I questioned myself, "What went wrong?"

Maybe it's just one of those moments where you have to go through a major break out at least once in your life time.

It affected my self-esteem a lot ever since then. I rarely take selfies and post it up on Instagram or Twitter. I rarely post pictures of myself even. It was mainly about food, clothes, throwback photos and other random things. It came to a point where I dread waking up every day and avoid looking in the mirror. The pimples, the scars, everything; just the sight of it makes me cringe.

I got so desperate that I went online to search on different ways to get rid of pimples and scars. Tried a few cheap tricks and nothing worked for me! I invested money on pricey facial cleansers, thinking that it will work on me but unfortunately, it got worst. I felt like chopping my itchy hands off. It was a wrong move for me to buy it on impulse because I should have known that it wasn't suitable for my face condition. I got so pissed off with myself. Everything was in a complete mess. I easily get agitated when things doesn't go my way.

I couldn't emphasised how badly it has affected my self-esteem. I had no mood to dress up because I felt that despite putting in a great amount of effort in looking good or presentable, I will still look horrible anyway. My glam season was officially over for me. I don't even want to leave my house. 

Good thing was, my boyfriend didn't leave me. Hahahaha! A keeper indeed.

I had to go through this phase for a 'good' six months. I was completely lost. It was until in May 2014, Freda told me about clinic which was worth trying. I heard that it was well known among the tai-tais, both local and foreign. They would visit clinic regularly to maintain their healthy, glowing skin. I was pretty excited about it. Made an appointment with clinic that month itself for a consultation.

It's free for every first consultation. So, why not right? I went to clinic for the first time wearing a mask over my mouth, covering about 70% of my face. I didn't had the courage to go out bare face in public. Afraid that people might think that Halloween came too early? Hahaha! Lame. I didn't want to scare anyone. I knew the mask was not needed in the first place but it made me feel less weird I find. Hahaha but anyway, I did took it off shortly after because they had to check the condition of my skin. They took "snapshots" of my affected areas using this scary looking machine to keep as a record. 




Came into a room with two doctors and one of them is a well renowned doctor. He is the one that set up clinic with products that are specially created by him.  He had quite a number of awards hanging outside his office wall and I was impressed with every of his achievements. It was an honour to meet him personally because I felt that he must be the right person to go to. I felt anxious, excited and nervous all at once because FINALLY I am doing something to my face. Do you know how sucky it feels like to always be made fun of? Ugh.

The doctor said that it can be treated and that I will be happy with the results at the end of the day. I admit, I teared a bit because I was just too happy. Overwhelmed with joy. Finally, this nightmare is going to be over soon!

The range of products 



If you guys are wondering how bad my face used to be, scroll down to have a quick look of it.

Scroll at your own risk hahahaha!

Maybe it's not that bad to some of you, but to me, I think it's bad enough.

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TADA!

Not that flawless as you think, huh?
*cheeky smile*




I was told that I had acne and I freaked out. Acne........ everyone's nightmare.

The doctor suggested a few range of products for me to purchase and try it out for a period of time. You have to be hardworking enough to carry out this routine twice a day every day in order to see the changes. I did. Of course. I was so desperate to get rid of all the pimples, small bumps and scars. Why wouldn't I be hardworking right??!!!


The first set of products I received




Through out the follow up(s) I had every month, I would be given additional products to use in order to help me improve my skin condition further.


C1 Cleanser
Helps to remove all impurities and dirt on your face



T1 Toner
Spray twice on your clean face and gently dab



Pore
Apply it on areas which you think it's oily such as your T-Zone

By applying this, it will be easier for you to remove blackheads and whiteheads on your face.



C+ C-Plus
 Helps to reduce the redness and marks on your face



Clear-Plus 
(also known as the Voodoo Cream because it works wonder!)

Apply a small amount of this on small bumps and/or pimples on your face.
Wait for a few days and it will be gone. Magic!



S2 Sunscreen SPF 50
Apply this on your face before heading out (in the day) to avoid the sun from damaging your skin




Probiotic Mask
 Use this once a week so as to reduce the oily-ness on your face

Note: If you use it too often, it might dry up your skin.




It seems like there are too many products that I have/need to use all at once but not really. The important ones are the cleanser, toner, pore and C+ Plus. The rest depend on my skin condition at the point of time. For example, if I have a pimple that is about to grow bigger or small bumps that decides to appear out of nowhere, then I will apply the Clear Plus. When I feel that my face is too oily, I will then apply the mask. It varies.

I was given pills as well to help reduce the small bumps because I was told that I had stubborn ones and it was hard to get rid of it. Good thing was, there weren't any side effects and it did work on me! 

I was given about three months to use the above products to see how far it can help to improve my skin. I would be lying if I told you that all my imperfections vanished immediately. It did improve my skin condition to a certain extend. The marks on my face have lightened and the number of small bumps have been reduced. I was delighted with the results but there's definitely room for improvement.

I went back to clinic for my 4th follow up and I was recommended to do the AAT+ treatment which is the Advanced Acne Treatment Plus. First timers are entitled 50% off (for any facial treatment) which I thought would be good for me to try it out. I was told that it includes cleansing, ultrasound and extracting. I am not going to lie, it was a painful experience for me. Beauty is pain they say. My tolerance level isn't that high. I teared a bit. A BIT only. Hahaha!!!

The treatment started off by cleansing my face, making sure my face is dirt-free. Once done, they used the ultrasound method to loosen up my pores so as it will be easier for them to do the extraction. It looks like a tiny metal wand. A cute yet scary one.

Afterwards, it was time for extraction. I'm glad that I survived and went through it. It's like once and for all and I don't have to go through it again (IF I take good care of my skin). They started to pinch my face in order for the black and whiteheads to come out. However, the stubborn ones remain untouched.

My face turned red after the extraction was completed. My face felt swollen but it wasn't that bad as I pictured it to be. I thought that I would leave the room with a red face but I was wrong. They applied a cold mask to reduce the redness on my face before I could leave the room.


My happy face before extraction





The mask that I had to put on to reduce the redness



My black and white heads. Blergh~



Finally it's time for the transformation! Before and after photos!
(I sounded like as if I went for plastic surgery hahahaha...)


THE TRANSFORMATION


Right cheek:

BEFORE 
Small bumps/ugly marks (and my beautiful freckles hehehe)



AFTER
No more small bumps due to extraction. Smooth complexion.



Left cheek:

BEFORE 
Small bumps



AFTER
Gone!



Forehead:

BEFORE 
Stubborn bumps and marks



AFTER
Big difference!



Overall Face:

BEFORE 
Even when wearing make up, you can't hide the bumps. If you have bad complexion, means bad complexion.



AFTER
Smooth and glowing!



My skin up to date:

This was taken from a make up tutorial I did one week ago.

After the treatment, I carried on with my daily facial routine and it continued to improve my skin condition. Even though my face is not as flawless as a baby's butt, I am MORE THAN HAPPY at how far I've come. Please save all the negative comments to yourself and let me have my moment. Hehehe :)

Now that my face has improved, I can now do make up tutorials and show off my bare face.
(WHICH I WASN'T ALLOWED TO DO FOR 6 MONTHS!!! TORTURE AH!)



My first ever make up tutorial video is going live in the next post.

HANG IN THERE!!!



10 comments :

  1. You are a natural beauty, talking about the inside as well :)
    But really, once you've hit 18-19 onward, if you haven't had acne before that, it'll hit you like a truck.
    Unfortunately we can't all afford skin treatments and pampering :/

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    1. I had no idea about that. I was quite shocked when it had a bad break out all of a sudden. Thank you for the compliment :)

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  2. How much did you spend?? Do they have treatment for males??

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    1. Average for one product is about $70-90 depends. The most expensive one would be around $140? Yes, they do have treatment for males as well :)

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  3. Dyu mind sharing how much in total did you spend on all the products together with the treatments? It would be great if you can do that! (:

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  4. I don't exactly remember the break down of the cost but I can roughly say about $700?

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  5. Hey asyiha. Can i ask? So during the treatment process, do you still apply make up? Or you are not allowed to wear any make up at all?

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  6. For the $700 that you've spent for your treatment, is it one session treatment only or afew sessions?

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