Anyone who has suffered with cystic acne knows only too well the physical and emotional pain it can cause - but one makeup artist is convinced she's found a cure.
Kellee Kernohan, an Aussie from Queensland, showed her 36,000 followers on Instagram the terrible state her skin was in just last year.
Constantly worried about her appearance, Kelly wrote: “Not only did I feel horrendous externally, but internally. I couldn't even apply foundation over my cystic acne because I was in constant agony.”
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According to Fabulous, it wasn't until her dermatologist recommended a much more purse-friendly cream to tackle her acne that she finally managed to clear up her skin.
Kellee credits the affordable £9.50 Gentle Wash by QV for calming her skin, helping relieve active spots as well as make her scars fade.
The soap-free mild foaming cleanser promises to maintain skin's natural protective properties. It doesn't strip away natural oils like soap can, it's pH balanced, has a low-irritant formulation and is ideal for people with dry skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.
Kellee told her followers: “I’m proud I can now share with you all as you can see how far I’ve come” as her acne was 100% cured.
In the comments section, Kellee’s followers backed up her simple method for a spot-free face, one writing “You have spoken SO much truth here”. “I use a £12 face wash and I cut down on junk food and oils, and that helped me so much.”
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One of the more severe types, cystic acne causes large pus-filled lumps that look a little like boils, and which pose the biggest risk of scarring, leaving many people suffering with a permanent reminder for years, if not for life, even after the acne has cleared.