Thank you so much for visiting my blog! My name is Shereen Magnus, I am the Co-Owner (along with my husband Mark) of SKN Med Spa here in the YXE! I have been wanting to start this blog since early spring of 2022 as I felt like I needed a platform to share all the things I've learned over the years. And to be honest, I sound a lot smarter in writing.
I am a mother to one wild & extremely busy 3 year old, wife, Entrepreneur and a skincare junkie. I've been in the industry for 10+ years and have been skin obsessed since I was 11.
My skin journey started at the age of 11 when I started to get acne. I was unable to get my acne under control due to a number of factors, mainly because I was uneducated about the subject. I saw Doctors and Dermatologists on and off, and I was often told that I would "outgrow my acne at 20."
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I remember flipping through magazines as a teen often wanting to cry. Seeing such perfect, flawless, PHOTOSHOPPED skin sent me into a very dark place filled with self-doubt and envy. My self-confidence was in the garbage. How come my friends and family had such perfect skin even though they slept in makeup, didn't use skincare, and used the same wash cloth on their face as their 🍑??
Regardless, my struggle fueled my desire to help others feel more confident in their skin and to learn the root cause of acne.
Fast forward to my adulthood. Oily t-zone acne turned into hormonal cysts. My focus at this point was to just cover it up with as much foundation as I could. I felt I had tried all the skincare products (including prescriptions) and nothing worked. People would often accuse me of being vain, because I always felt the need to constantly check and reapply my makeup. My friends and family had no idea how bad my skin was, it was constantly smothered in makeup, no one was allowed to see my bare face.
Birth control did little for my skin, prescription retinol burnt my face. Pregnancy gave me the WORST acne of my life. Cysts and pustules wreaked havoc on my skin, predominantly on my right cheek. Hyperpigmentation and hypo-trophic scarring once again sank my self-confidence. I have so few pictures of myself while pregnant because I could not handle looking at myself. To this day it's one of my biggest regrets. SCREW YOU ACNE!
And here we are today.
I still struggle with occasional breakouts, I still have large pores and some scarring that will probably never be 100% gone. But I have learned that my acne is a SYMPTOM of an internal/external issue (future blog post to come). Acne is your body's way of signaling that something is not right. It doesn't hate you. It doesn't want to ruin your life. It is a messenger & protector.
I understand the frustration, the years of searching for a miracle, and the desperation. If you're struggling like I have, please understand that this is a journey and not a quick fix. Take a deep breath and we'll conquer this b**** together! If you're not sure where to start, feel free to book a free Skin Consultation at SKN Med Spa. We'll go over a couple different factors and get you on a plan that will work best for you!
Till next time, keep fit and have fun!