“My acne was so bad that I stopped having sex – but now I’ve found a natural cure”

Mandy Nazé, 29, says her face, forehead, chest, neck and back were badly affected and she had a thick layer of pus and secretions which caused her a lot of pain.

Mandy worried her partner would be disgusted by her cysts and abscesses

If you’ve ever suffered from acne, it’s easy to see how 29-year-old Mandy Nazé felt at low points.

She was just 15 when she first had acne in 2007 – with doctors diagnosing her severe outbreak as nodulocystic acne.

Her face, forehead, chest, neck, and back were badly affected, and she had a thick layer of pus and secretions that caused her a lot of pain.

A few months later, she discovered a groin cyst caused by a long-term painful skin condition that causes abscesses and scarring.

It usually occurs near the sweat glands where there are hair follicles usually around the groin, buttocks, breasts and armpits.

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Mandy started suffering from acne when she was 15
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This made her fear intimacy – as she believed her partner would be disgusted by her abscesses, cysts and pimples.

The 29-year-old was diagnosed with various creams which did not help and was offered Accutane but refused to take it due to its side effects.

It wasn’t until her doctor told her about the Diane-35 pill – a treatment used for severe acne when other forms of medication didn’t work – that she found a product that helped relieve his symptoms.

But a decade later, she ditched the pill in favor of a naturopathic approach.

While stopping hormone treatment initially made her condition worse, she now says she’s found a natural solution that works for her.

This includes a healthy diet, herbal remedies, exercise several times a week, lymphatic massage, sauna, and herbal and essential oils.







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Now her acne has gone down considerably
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Now Mandy has seen her condition reduce dramatically, leaving her cyst and abscess free for two years, which she had never achieved before.

Mandy said: “It affected my relationship as it became difficult to deal with intimacy.

“The hardest thing about this skin condition is the unpredictability. You never know when another flare-up is going to happen and when it does you wonder how long it’s going to 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 as jeans because they were too tight.

“My self-confidence was very damaged during the years when I suffered a lot from acne because I had to face the stares of people who looked at my face and my chest. The looks were derogatory as if I was dirty.







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“When I had a boyfriend, it impacted the intimate times of our relationship because sometimes that just wasn’t possible.

“I was afraid that my abscesses, cysts and pimples would disgust my partner even though I knew he loved me.

“I’ve always been very, very embarrassed by the scars left by my acne, especially on my forehead and back. I always wore makeup and refused to wear low-backed clothes, even if I wanted to. really.”

Mandy says her self-care routine now includes healthy eating, cold showers, hot baths and saunas, and changing her entire cosmetic and makeup routine to herbal and healthy products.

She says the most important thing for sufferers is to not shut down and talk about how they are feeling to the people around them.

Mandy said: “I worked on my anxiety and my mental health, which is very much related to my skin issues. I learned how to meditate and how to breathe properly.

“I feel better about myself because I can finally enjoy a normal life.

“The advice I would give to anyone who suffers from a skin disease is that it is 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.

“Your body doesn’t do this to hurt you, it does it to find balance, so you have to help it. Feel free to explore other avenues of treatment.

“I often say ‘it’s not the quality of our skin that counts but the quality of our thoughts about it.'”

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