LYS JOURNAL

WHY JOURNAL?

If you are tired of saying no to life on account of your acne, this journal can help you let go of your anxiety and take back control.

Having struggled with acne for thirteen years before understanding the nature of my breakouts; I know how debilitating it can be. Believing the best way to achieve long-lasting results is to target the root of the problem, I created this journal to guide you on your own journey to discover, heal and love your skin.

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The LYS journal has been designed to inspire and guide you through the next three-hundred and sixty-five days. Use the beautifully illustrated writing and colouring pages to help free your mind of negative thoughts and enjoy some much needed digital downtime.

FUNDRAISING FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

For some, living with acne can result in more than just physical scars. A side-effect often overlooked is the lasting damage it can have on our mental health. To raise awareness of the psychological effects of acne, I will be donating £1 from each journal sold to MIND mental health charity. If you would like to donate or view the amount of funds raised by the LYS journal click here.

MY STORY

Being a teenager is hard. Being a teenager with acne is even harder. It is a time when our bodies go through extreme changes. The most noticeable is the physical change. This leaves emotional outbursts unchecked; dismissed on account of raging hormones.

It is hard for me to separate my struggle with acne and becoming a woman because I dealt with both simultaneously. I went from being a care-free child to a paranoid, self-loathing young adult. Suddenly, how I looked was important. Was this what it was to be a woman?

My basic cleansing routine evolved from using a bar of soap to ten different products overnight. In my desperation I tried anything to clear my skin; despite the risk of lasting damage. When all that failed I convinced myself that contraceptives, antibiotics and isotretinoin was the only way to achieve clear skin quickly.

As the years passed I clung to the promise that by the time I reached my twenties I would simply grow out of acne. While for some this can be true, it encouraged me to leave acne to fate rather than understand the cause of my breakouts. By the time I reached my late twenties I felt utterly hopeless.

Even now (approaching thirty), I wake up early to begin the meticulous process of concealing my skin. The very thought of being seen in public without makeup sends fear bubbling up into my throat. And simple, everyday decisions are dictated by how I feel about my skin.

Although I recognised early that I dip in and out of depression, the guilt I used to feel for allowing acne to have such a debilitating impact on my life deterred me from seeking the help I needed.

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