A woman felt too self-conscious to have sex when acne flared up across her body.
Mandy Naz, a human resources manager, was only 15 years old when she began to battle the skin problem in September 2007.
Dr. Mandy Naz, a human resources manager in Paris, was just 15 when she began to experience severe nodulocystic facial acne. This condition can cause pain and scarring.
A 29-year-old woman from Paris, France experiences pustules and discomfort on her neck, back, forehead, chest and chest.
And that’s not all, as she found a cyst on her groin a few months later.
Mandy was diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa – a painful long-term skin condition that causes abscesses scarring.
She said: “Acne and hidradenitis suppurativa have limited me a lot in my life.
“The outbreaks of the condition are located in the large folds of the body where there is a lot of movement which restricted my ability to do sports for many years – movement was not possible because of the rubbing.
“When the abscesses became too painful, I had to have them incised by a doctor which forced me to miss classes at school and later to take time out of work.
“Because of the rubbing, it was difficult to maintain intimacy and my relationship.
“The hardest thing about this skin disease is the unpredictability. You never know when a new flare-up is going to happen and when it does, you wonder how long it will last.
“Sometimes you have to cancel planned activities with friends at the last minute and you end up cutting yourself off socially because you can’t live the way you want – for many years, I couldn’t even wear the clothes I wanted to wear like jeans because they were too tight.”
Mandy continued: “My self-confidence was very badly damaged during the years I suffered badly from acne because I had to face the stares of people looking at my face and bust. The looks were derogatory as if I were dirty.
“When I had a boyfriend, it impacted the intimate moments of our relationship because sometimes it just wasn’t possible.
“I was afraid my abscesses, cysts and pimples would disgust my partner even though I knew he loved me.
“My acne scars, particularly on my forehead, and back, have always made me very conscious. I wore makeup all my life and would not wear low-back clothes, even though I wanted to.”
Mandy was prescribed creams with drying products like benzoyl peroxide by a pharmacist – but they did little to help.
It wasn’t until her doctor told her about the Diane-35 pill – a treatment used on severe acne when other forms of medication haven’t worked – that her symptoms eased.
Mandy was on the Diane-35 for ten years. She decided to stop taking it after her 27th Birthday in 2018.
Mandy tried a naturopathic approach to her acne, but it caused her to become more severe for four months. It was difficult to get out of bed or sleep at night.
Her condition has improved significantly over the past 18 months thanks to her natural remedies, which include healthy eating, medicinal plants, exercise several times per week, lymphatic massages and sauna, as well as vegetable and essential oils.
Mandy is now free from cysts and abscesses for over two years. This is something Mandy had never done before.
Mandy said: “I have a great interest in the natural world and am convinced Mother Nature can give us everything we need.
“I stopped eating gluten and dairy products as both are inflammatory and started doing detoxes with the help of Naturopath.
“I worked on my anxiety and mental health which is very much related to my skin issues. I learned to meditate and breathe properly and use herbs to drain toxins, relieve pain and cleanse the body.
“I now feel more confident in my skin and can live a normal, healthy life.
“The advice I would give to all those who suffer with skin disease is that it’s normal to devalue yourself sometimes but you have to believe that you are worth more than your skin. Love yourself because no one will do it better than you.
“You are not harming your body, it is doing this to balance you. Don’t be afraid to look into other options.
“I often say ‘it’s not the quality of our skin that matters but the quality of our thoughts about it.'”
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