There are few things more frustrating than waking up to the sight of a giant spot. Even if you've perfected your skincare routine, cut down your carbs and glugged three litres a day, it's a maddening fact of life that bad breakouts don't necessarily end when your teenage years do.
For those suffering with cystic acne however, bad skin can ever more debilitating. When you're faced with a sore, swollen blemishes that no amount on concealer will disguise, many of us will resort to pricey products that promise to cure our skin woes.
For one Australian woman though, the answer to conquering her cystic acne came in the form of a Turkish skin secret called 'kese' that costs little more than your lunch.
30-year-old Jessica Niall battled severe cystic acne for 10 years until she came across the traditional Turkish exfoliating technique which completely transformed her skin for good.
Known as 'kese', the defoliation technique is commonly used for the removal of dead skin, peeling and for increasing blood circulation.
Until stumbling across the kese mitt while browsing the internet for skincare remedies, Ms Niall had been told by dermatologists that the only way to cure her intensely scarred skin was through laser needling.
There are a whole host of options for Turkish kese mitts available on the internet, including at .
'Although the effects were instant, the more I used it, the more I was noticing how dramatically it was changing the skin on my entire body,' she told
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'Not only were my acne scars fading, everything felt insanely smooth and my skin had a glow to it I had never seen before (not even in my pre-acne years).'
Within weeks of using the specially woven mitt, the repeated exfoliation had shrunk large open pores, removed stubborn blackheads, and drastically reduced her acne suffering.
There's plenty of other benefits to the Turkish technique, thanks to the unique weave of the fabric that gently sloughs away dead skin.
As well as purging the skin of oil and dirt, the kese mitt can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, combat stretch marks, and reveal a more radiant, smooth complexion.
Jessica has become so determined to share her skin journey that she's even around the Turkish kese mitt exfoliator concept in Australia, and after seeing the pictures we have to admit - we're tempted.
Natural beauty never had a better meaning.