Regular readers will know I have been testing the SQOOM for some time to help my acne. It’s a trendy little gadget, which is rather exclusive and expensive and is all natural. Initially I was supposed to test it for just six weeks, but it’s not a quick fix and it was clear I was going to need a lot longer than that, so I’m very grateful that, three months on from the original end date, I still have it to test.
When I wrote last time, my acne had improved a bit, got worse a bit and basically stayed the same. Initially I was also using it to try to improve my exczema on my hands, but I really didn’t have time to do it all, so I decided to just focus on the acne, which is my main issue (although the eczema can be really flipping painful!).
After I wrote last time, I stepped things up a gear and introduced anti-ageing. This was pretty full-on. I’d gone from eight minutes one day and 12 the next, to 16 minutes one day and 20 the next. I had to cleanse using the SQOOM every other day, then use two different programmes on each side of my face for four minutes each every day. I also alternated the second programme I used every day to get maximum benefit. I was mixing the gels I put on my face – two thirds anti-ageing (hyaGel xcential) and one third acne (AK).
After three days I noticed the anti-ageing was working. I literally did a double take as I caught sight of myself in the mirror – it was almost miraculous. My eyes looked prettier. I suppose my by getting rid of the fine lines, my eyes seemed to open up more and they looked much nicer.
Although anti-ageing wasn’t what I’d originally set out to do, I was very pleased with the results. It wasn’t dramatic – it knocked maybe two or three years off me. But when I looked in the mirror, I saw the person I expected to see, the person I saw in my head, not the person who was pushing 40 with fine lines EVERYWHERE.
But there was a downside. A big downside.
My spots were getting worse and worse. Not just more of them, but bigger.
They started on my chin, which is the main place I get spots, but then I got them on my nose, my head and my forehead. I’m not exaggerating to say they were probably the worte spots I’d ever had. I knew I couldn’t go on. So I stopped for a couple of days.
I took advice from SQOOM and they recommended I go right back to a very gentle approach. The acne treatment isn’t 100% reliable, it works for about 95% of people. I really don’t want to be the 5% it doesn’t work for. But I guess from the huge quantity of spots on my back and chest (which I don’t actively try to get rid of), which are there despite taking oral antibiotics, I might just fall into the 5%.
But I really want to get rid of my acne. For myself, of course, but also because the nice people at SQOOM have been so good to me in letting me test this for so long. I’d love to show them some good results.
So here I am, I’m back to basics. I’m using the SQOOM just twice a week for eight minutes – four minutes on each side of my face. I’m only using the AK acne gel.
A week after I stopped the anti-ageing treatment my old (in all senses of the word!) face was back.
But the good news is, it’s early days, but I THINK the acne is looking promising. I’ll keep you posted.