At Olivella we always search the Instagram to spot new exciting accounts to follow.. there is a sense of community when we finally find that “perfect match”. After a few weeks following @taylor_unfiltered we decided to interview her.
“Your account is very much focused on #acnecommunity, and we really want to know more about you.”
When did you decide to start talking publicly about your acne? What inspired you to start your account?
I decided to start talking publicly about my acne about a week in a half into my Accutane Journey. After I started noticing some side effects I was eager to see others experience. After seeing a couple of accounts documenting their accutane journey and realizing how helpful it was to me, I decided to start documenting my own.
What is your daily skin-care routine?
I like to keep my skincare simple. I am now off of Accutane and my main skin concerns are dryness and acne scars. At I use a double cleanse with an oil cleanser and then a gel cleanser, I apply hyaluronic acid serum, EGF serum, moisturizer, and facial oil. In the morning I wash my face, apply hyaluronic acid serum, vitamin c serum, moisturizer and then finish it off with the most important, SPF 50!
What is one of the biggest misconceptions about treating acne?
I think one of the biggest misconceptions with acne is that it can be cured. Even after 7 months of Accutane, I still get the occasional breakout and that’s okay. Thank goodness it is way less than it used to be. But because I have acne prone skin I have to be extra careful about the ingredients I put on my face while keeping a consistent routine.
You are a plant-based vegetarian, does this food choice have an influence on your skin? Can you share with us your experience?
I am a pescatarian, I eat fish 1-2x per week. While I can’t say i’ve personally noticed a difference in my skin because I went pescatarian while on Accutane, some believe that eliminating/limiting consumption of meat can definitely help your skin. Everyone’s skin is different though, and there is not a one size fits all with diet.
Acne can be a real blow to confidence for most people – what would be your personal advice for someone who also suffers from acne?
I have struggled with acne since I was about 12/13, I can’t really remember because it didn’t start to affect my self esteem until I was in highschool. But, I am now 22 and finally clear for the first time in my life. My biggest advice, and I preach this on my page more than anything, START LOVING YOURSELF. It doesn’t matter where you are at on your journey, self love is the key to overcoming insecurity. If I didn’t accept myself with a face full of acne, I definitely would not appreciate my clear skin.
We really liked this chat with Taylor .. and we could not agree more that… you have to:
“Start Loving Yourself !”