As anyone who has suffered with cystic acne knows, it can wreak havoc with your confidence and that's something that 25-year-old Charlotte Lloyd-Davies, has had severe cystic acne since she was 17 years old, knows all too well. These past seven years, it's been a major concern in her life, affecting her ability to leave the house, see her friends and maintain a relationship.
The mental health nurse from Shropshire ended up in hospital when a cyst on her cheek burst and went septic. She was put on a medication called Isotretinoin combined with steroids for months, which made her lose a significant amount of weight. She had nose bleeds and her eyesight was affected so badly, she had to get glasses. Whenever she's come off that medication, the cystic acne - which causes tender, red bumps that look like boils to develop on the skin - would return. It's been an absolute nightmare.
Finally, after struggling most of her adult life to get her acne under control, Charlotte claims she's found a cure in the form of a £12.95 facial serum containing silver.
"Since using the serum twice a day my active acne has now stopped, which is giving my skin time to heal and the redness to settle down," she told .
After trying rounds of antibiotics, which had no effect, Charlotte discovered Clarol's Silver Serum on Instagram. "The reviews seemed very genuine and there were a lot of them, so with a degree of skepticism I decided to order some," she said. "It took around four to five weeks to help calm everything down and my skin is still improving week by week. This is now the longest period I've gone without a cystic outbreak while being off medications since I first developed cystic acne."
While her skin is feeling calmer and smoother, Charlotte plans to get started on some laser treatment for her acne scars and get back on with the rest of her life.