Teacher, 23, who spent thousands on remedies during a ‘hellish’ six-year battle with cystic acne reveals how a £13 cream transformed her skin
- Mim Padgham, from Southampton, developed severe cystic acne at age 16
- Relationship with now husband, Alex, struggled because of crippling anxiety
- Cream helped her get rid of cystic acne and she now only has mini breakouts
A teacher who says she spent thousands on medications and remedies during a ‘hellish’ six-year battle with cystic acne has credited a £13 cream with transforming her skin.
Mim Padgham, from Southampton, first developed severe cystic acne when she was 16, and it got worse every year after that.
The condition left her with crippling social anxiety, and she started wearing her makeup 24/7 – even in bed with her now husband, Alex, who she met before her acne began to appear.
Having tried most medications and treatments, Mim found antibiotics prescribed privately left her stomach and digestion ‘in pieces’, and she lost weight.
Detailing her journey on Instagram, Mim was introduced by fellow sufferers to Clarol, which promises to increase good bacteria on the skin to fight off acne.
Mim Padgham, from Southampton, developed severe cystic acne (pictured) when she was just 16
She spent thousands on private treatments, including antibiotics which left her stomach ‘in pieces’, but she eventually banished her spots with a £13 cream. Pictured: after getting rid of her spots
The condition left her with crippling social anxiety and she started to wear makeup 24/7 – even while in bed with her now husband, Alex
Although she admits there are no ‘one-stop miracle products’, the £13 cream has rid Mim of her cystic acne, and she said now any mini breakouts are much more manageable.
Mim, now 23, said: ‘When it’s bad, acne affects most aspects of my life, my relationship and my work, and yet the doctors have told me that it’s still considered as only a cosmetic issue so it’s been a battle to get treatment for it or be transferred to a dermatologist.
‘If you have psoriasis or some other skin conditions, you get transferred immediately. But with acne you are usually just left to cope with it.
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‘Strangely doctors take depression and anxiety more seriously if it’s not linked to acne. I’m sure if I described how down I felt and how much anxiety I experienced to my GP and how much it affected my work and my social life and we were not discussing my acne, he’d treat me immediately.
‘But because it’s about acne it’s not considered as ‘serious’ as other types of anxiety they just encourage you to kind of put up with it and give you advice about washing your skin regularly and that kind of thing.’
Mim, 23, feared her relationship with Alex would change after she developed cystic acne and she began obsessively covering it up in front of him.
She struggled with severe acne, pictured, for six years, and even dreaded the festive season as it meant attending more social events and taking photos
She began to document her struggles on Instagram and fellow sufferers pointed her towards Clarol products
The skincare range increases good bacteria on the skin to fight off acne and helped her banish spots
She struggled with meeting his friends, worrying they would gossip about the state of her skin or the amount of makeup she felt compelled to wear.
Mim added: ‘When my acne started a year or so into our relationship I felt very insecure.
‘To go from clear skin to cystic acne is a massive change and I thought if my appearance changed it may affect our relationship.
‘I thought my face looked dirty all the time so I didn’t feel confident meeting up with him when my acne was bad.
‘I was constantly re-applying my make up whenever he wasn’t looking. I used to wear make-up day and night so he didn’t notice the change in my skin. I was just so insecure and convinced myself he’d feel the same way about my skin as I did.’
Now that her acne is at a ‘moderate, normal level’, Mim has regained her confidence, saying she doesn’t ‘feel [like] everyone is staring with horror at my skin’.
Speaking about her previous skin problems, pictured, she said: ‘I used to wear make-up day and night so he didn’t notice the change in my skin. I was just so insecure and convinced myself he’d feel the same way about my skin as I did’
Now she’s regained her confidence and is looking forward to a Christmas break with Alex in Copenhagen
Mim is now looking forward to a Christmas break – a time she previously dreaded – in Copenhagen with Alex without worries – as it should be.
She added: ‘I haven’t looked forward to Christmas in years because it’s the worst time of year for my skin.
Mim believes these Clarol skincare products, pictured, helped her tackle her spots
‘I hate it when everyone is taking photos and I feel obliged to go to so many social events.
‘Plus the change in diet and extra alcohol usually triggers a particularly bad outbreak so by New Year I don’t really want to leave the house, let alone go out and celebrate.
‘Alex proposed to me on Christmas Day 2014 so it should be a very special time for us and I’d love for once for my main concern over Christmas and New Year not to be my skin.’
Mim says that since she started using Clarol her skin is much calmer, and any breakouts she has are mini and not painful.
She added: ‘Now when I wear make-up, I don’t look like I am covering up brail on my skin, in fact you can’t really even see I have acne.
‘This is a miracle as I used to feel that even with a few layers of really thick foundation, everyone could still see I had acne, which is true because you can’t really cover cystic acne, it’s too lumpy.’
She added: ‘Now when I wear make-up, I don’t look like I am covering up brail on my skin, in fact you can’t really even see I have acne’
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