For some people, choosing to share their experience with their skin is a way of helping them cope with it. Beauty influencer, Kadeeja Khan, has struggled with acne for over 12 years, which is due to hormonal imbalances caused by polysistic ovaries. As well as severe breakouts on her face, she also suffers with painful acne on her back and chest.
In a bid to make people feel more confident about their own skin, Kadeeja set up an Instagram account to document her journey, discuss the products she uses, and show others her tips and tricks to concealing blemishes. Although she hasn’t seen any success from making lifestyle changes, she has seen a vast improvement by using certain products. There’s a tonne of incredible before and after pictures on her gram, so we decided to reach out and see exactly what she’s been doing – and using on her face, that has made a real difference.
Talk us through your morning/evening skincare routine?
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First, I’ll drink cucumber, lemon and apple cider vinegar in warm water. Then I’ll wash my face with The Body Shop Tea Tree Cleanser, £6.50, to ensure I have a fresh base.
After this I’ll apply Pixi Rose Tonic toner, £10, to my skin, to remove any oil that’s left over. Finally I moisturise with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial, £24.50, to keep my skin hydrated.
In the evening I’ll use sensitive wipes to remove any makeup worn during the day. Then I’ll wash and tone again as I do in the mornings.
Have you had any professional treatments or facials – if so, what worked and what didn’t?
Hydrafacial was one of the first treatments I attempted to try, as it’s extremely popular and promoted by many successful clinics. Unfortunately, the treatment aggravated my acne and so I had to discontinue it. So far, I’ve not found a salon treatment that has helped my acne.
Have you used any products to help with acne scarring?
Murad InvisiScar Resurfacing Treatment, £35, is an amazing product that you can use in the comfort of your own home. It’s a cream that you apply all over to reduce deep scarring. So far, so good – I have seen such a huge impact on my skin and can’t recommend it enough.
What would you like to say to others struggling with acne?
I would like to say to anyone who suffers the way I do. Please don’t hide away. Beauty comes in different forms, shapes and sizes. Even if you feel like your scars are really bad, or your acne should be hidden. Please understand that acne isn’t something the defines who you are. Never change your self because of others. You’re perfect! Acne or no acne.
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