Contrary to popular opinion, acne doesn’t magically solve itself when you leave your teens behind. For some people, it persists well into their 30s and 40s.
That’s the case for Abbie Chatfield. The reality TV star has always struggled with her skin, she had acne flare-ups in her teens and her skin is still problematic, usually during her period or when she’s going through a stressful time. Unfortunately for her, her chosen profession of being a reality TV contestant is all about stress. And her skin responds. You can see it during her latest stint in the jungle on I’m A Celebrity.
“My skin was at its worst when I was filming for The Bachelor,” she says.
“The stressful environment, plus the heavy makeup every day took a toll on me and my skin.
“I still have some scarring and my acne is a constant battle. I try my best to look after my skin but now and again I have an intense breakout. Normally when I’m stressed, eating badly or sleep in my make-up after a night out – we’re all guilty now and again, right!”
Luckily for Chatfield, her adult acne doesn’t dampen her confidence.
“I’m a confident person so I try to feel good in my own skin, break out or no break out. The truth is everyone has good skin and bad skin days, it shouldn’t affect you as a person,” she says.
“That said, there are days where I wish my skin would just clear up.”
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Like most of us, Chatfield knows that healthy living contributes to healthy skin. And like most of us, she lapses occasionally.
“I mean, I would love to say I always eat healthy but I don’t. There is definitely a correlation between breakouts and bad food so I just try to do everything in moderation,” she says.
“Breakfast is probably a soy latte or iced latte. If I’m hungry, an almond croissant from the coffee shop, if not some corn thins with avocado and fetta. For lunch, I stick to a salad with chicken, salmon or halloumi. Dinner at home would likely be a Hello Fresh meal or some kind of protein with rice and veggies. If I’m out, I have to do burrata or saganaki – cheese lover here!
“Snacks are massive for me. Mainly fresh fruit, nuts or vegemite toast and after dinner I would do some cookies and cream ice cream or microwave popcorn. Sorry, not sorry.”
Chatfield says that when it comes to products designed to clear her skin she has “tried them all.”
“I find products are either super harsh on my sensitive skin or do nothing at all,” she says.
Eventually, she tried TBH Skincare, which made a visible difference.
“Like most people, I found something that works for me so I stick with it,” she says. For those struggling with acne, Chatfield recommends consistency.
“Get a routine and stick to it. Most products take a while to work, so commit to it,” she says.
“And try to stay comfortable in your skin. Everyone has something they struggle with, but help is out there.”