The state of my skin has been a major preoccupation for me since childhood.
From birth, I’ve had eczema and incredibly dry skin, and spend significant amounts of my time trying to remedy the situation.
As a child, it was all QV baths and slatherings of sorbolene. As an adult, it’s body oils and yet more sorbolene. During puberty, my face developed a delightful new condition: the dreaded oily T-zone, though for me it’s just an oily nose-zone. And what comes with that? Blackheads.
Despite considerable time having passed since those pubescent years, nothing I have ever tried has diminished my oil situation, so I’ve taken to relying on powder to mop up the excess.
So, here I am, going through life with a dry face and an oily nose, when my skin pulls yet another bit of tomfoolery on me. My nose (the oily one) starts flaking. YET REMAINS OILY. So it’s oily and dry all at once?
Make-up makes it worse, exfoliation has no effect, and I’m constantly concerned that people are staring at the dry bits of skin hanging from my nostrils.
The perfectly contoured selfies of Instagram are not what I see in the mirror. Even if I wanted to use that much make-up, it would make my skin an even bigger mess.
I’m so confused. I have no idea how to remedy this. I realise it’s time to call in an expert, which is where Amy, my Ultraceuticals beauty therapist comes in.