A nurse who suffered from acne breakouts for seven years, which severely affected her self-confidence, has finally cured her skin condition by using an £18 fake tan.
Emma Young, 23, a pediatric nurse, was skeptical when she read reviews saying self-tanner had cleared up blotchy skin, as she had previously tried to treat her painful red acne pimples with antibiotics and creams steroids and the fake tan normally caused breakouts on her cheeks.
Emma, who lives in Glasgow with her boyfriend, Bradley, 24, a carpenter, said: “I didn’t expect this to work for me as I had tried every skincare product under the sunshine and nothing would help my sore red skin.”
Suffering from acne since her teenage years, Emma had tried everything to lighten her complexion.
She said: “My skin got so bad that I ended up going to the doctor when I was 14 and was put on antibiotics and steroid cream for the next five years, but they Made my skin dry and didn’t do much to get rid of the acne.
“And I never used to tan my face with self-tanner because it always caused breakouts, which put me off self-tanning.”
But Emma, who would never leave the house without wearing heavy makeup because she felt so embarrassed and didn’t want anyone, not even her boyfriend, the way naked, was desperate enough to try the fake tan when even in April 2020.
She said: “I thought I would give it a try because I had tried everything to fix the problem and at this point I had nothing to lose.”
The results took her by surprise.
She said: “I was really shocked that after one use my skin was already clearer.
“Within a few uses I started to see so much improvement and after a few days my face was completely blemished free.”
Now she uses it all the time, even if it means her face is always tanned.
“I wouldn’t be without it,” she says.
Although she wasn’t the only child with skin problems in her early teens, she says her spots were worse than those of her friends.
She said: ‘It’s normal for kids this age to have acne, but mine was so bad.
“While my friends only had a few spots here and there, my skin was flushed and the spots were all over my face.”
She added: “It never cleared up and was really bad, to the point that my mum booked me a doctor’s appointment.”
Prescribed by her doctor for various skin treatments, Emma says her condition has not improved.
She said: ‘There were certain creams that seemed to fix the problem, but it only lasted a few days.
“I was put on steroid creams from when I was 14 which was very harsh on my skin and my face was so dry because of it.”
She added: “The steroid cream and the antibiotics temporarily reduced the amount of acne I had, but the cream was burning my face and leaving spots on me because it was so strong.”
At 19, Emma decided to stop using the steroid cream and antibiotics she had been prescribed.
She said: “I quit taking the doctors’ meds because they were so harsh on my skin and started trying new, more natural skincare products again.”
But again, nothing worked.
She said: “It really started to affect my confidence.”
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Emma admits she wouldn’t leave the house without full makeup, which she says made her acne problem worse.
She added: “It was a vicious circle. I thought makeup would help cover up, but my acne was so bad you could see my bumpy skin under my foundation.
“I was trying a lot of products but nothing helped and my skin was very sensitive.”
She continued, “It was dry and sore and almost scabby.
“It looked so red that people always told me it looked painful.”
Emma’s skin has also made her embarrassed by her boyfriend, Bradley, who she has now been with for eight years, having met him when she was 15.
“I used to worry about not having so much makeup around him,” she said.
She continued: “I was afraid of being judged for my skin.
“I didn’t let him see me without makeup at first.
“Eventually I did, but it definitely made me embarrassed.”
Then, in 2020, when she was 21 and in her second year at Glasgow Caledonian University to study nursing, Emma heard friends talking about utan x Jamie Genevieve CBD Tanning Water.
Now for my routine I use my tan water and hydrate every night and it makes a huge difference
Curious, she started checking online reviews, saying, “I wasn’t sure if the product would work, but I decided to give it a try.
“I couldn’t believe it when it worked. I feel free for the first time in seven years.
And it’s not just Emma who noticed.
She said: “Even the family members said what a difference it has with my skin.”
She added: “A few of my friends commented that I looked so much happier and brighter. Even Bradley noticed the change.
“He’s been so supportive of me through everything and I think he’s just glad I’m happier now.”
Emma still gets the occasional spot, but says her skin is now much more manageable.
She said: “Now for my routine I use my tan water and hydrate every night and it makes a huge difference.”
The tan water facial mist costs £18 for a 100ml bottle, which Emma says lasts her six months.
She said: ‘I apply it daily which means my face looks more tanned than before as it’s a self tanner but I don’t mind it.
“Sometimes I do my body and my face, but most of the time I just do my face and don’t deal with any other places. It gives my face a nice glow.
“My skin is clear, which I never thought I would say.”
But Emma says the biggest difference has been her confidence.
She said: “I’m not afraid of social events and there are often days in the week when I don’t wear makeup at work, which never would have happened before.
“Wearing masks at work would dry out my skin and definitely make it worse, but now even with masks on my skin is so much better.
“I also feel better around patients – I don’t feel like I have to constantly hide my skin anymore.”
She continued: “I rave about all my friends saying the fake tan is the best thing I’ve ever used.
“The most important thing is that I now feel much better about myself.”
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