…skin just like pearls.

My relationship with my skin is a tricky love-hate situation. Caring for my skin has been one of my biggest struggles over the years. I have had to fight acne & hyperpigmentation constantly since I hit puberty. I know you’re probably thinking where’s the acne? Just because I don’t have them sprawled all over my face doesn’t mean it’s not a struggle right? In the course of this journey to perfect skin, I have explored numerous remedies. Some have worked and some have scarred me for life. Here we go:

1. FUNBACT-A: I was probably in SS1, my aunty had come to visit and I shared my acne struggles with her. I mean it only made sense to do so, seeing as her skin was flawless in my eyes (thinking back I realize she had makeup the whole time). She handed me a tube of “Funbact-A” and told me to apply on my trouble spots. I was so eager to deal with my acne so I went ahead and applied a generous amount on my cheek area and my forehead. After a few days I noticed my skin was clearing out and I couldn’t wait to thank my aunty on her next visit!

Fast forward to two weeks later or so, my mum told me I had gotten lighter and I thought, this woman doesn’t understand that my beauty is now shining through. Turns out she wasn’t the only one who noticed this change; my friends at school started noticing too. It was then I took a closer look in the mirror and I realized my forehead and cheek area were much lighter that the rest of my face. I realized this was not what I bargained for.

2. DAMATOL: I don’t quite remember where I got this one from. I mean the pack does say hair and skin treatment but I know this was just wrong from the get go. The smell alone was strong enough to knock one out. Never ever again. ERROR!

3. ALOE VERA: This one was pretty easy and straight forward. Truthfully it did improve my skin but over time I didn’t feel the need to carry on with this routine. My reason was justified when my aloe vera plant mysteriously dried out.

4. NIXODERM/SHIRLEY/POP CREAM: Only OGs know these bad guys. I’m sure my mum must have wondered how these products finished so quickly but never quite guessed I was the responsible for the reduction in quantity. I didn’t stick to these ones for too long because they made me sweat and I wasn’t having that. Till this day, I’m not sure what these products were supposed to do and if they worked. I guess I’ll never know!

I must mention that while exploring all these remedies I didn’t understand the importance of certain routines like washing my face at night, not using a sponge on my face, using a separate towel for my face, or changing my pillowcase often. Touching my face was almost second nature for me. Did you know that on average we touch our faces about 500 times a day? I probably did double the figure…don’t judge me, I didn’t know better.

This post is a two-part series and will be continued.

I’d love to read some of the remedies you’ve tried on your quest to perfect skin.



Omosede · May 5, 2020 at 7:14 pm

I really had a bad reaction to a soap not so long ago. It was so awful that it hit my confidence hard. I couldn’t go out without makeup and I am not a makeup person. If I go out without makeup I’d subconsciously bend my head… it was a sunburn on both sides of my face. But what worked for me was plain old fresh aloe Vera. See eh I had time. I’d rub it first thing in the morning when I come back in the afternoon and at night and it worked wonders. Then I used natural vitamin c and e oils aswell. Now I can say I’m in a good place.enough of my lengthy talk. Great job jesuisuntold. Looking foward to more posts. Cheers

    Joanne · May 5, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    I experienced the exact thing recently. My self-esteem was low, it was almost depressing…saving that for part 2 of this post.
    I’m glad to hear you’re in a much better place now.
    Thank you so much for stopping by Omosede.


    Tolumi · May 6, 2020 at 12:32 am

    😅😅😅😅😅you took us all the way back!

    Looking back now, there was absolutely nothing wrong with my skin I probably just thought it’s what big girls use🤦‍♀️😭 no thanks to my sister and her friends.

    Nixoderm was a BURNER, tried it once and never dared after that. Now the skin troubles I was looking for back then have popped up and let’s just thank God for things I whip up in my kitchen and some non-toxic products.
    This really brought back memories😊

      Joanne · May 6, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Hahahaha! I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane.
      I really wish I was one of them DIY skincare enthusiasts maybe life would have been better.
      Thanks for stopping by Tolu.


Stephanie · May 5, 2020 at 8:04 pm

Hahahahahaah omg this is so funny . How in God’s name did you use that hair cream on your face 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂 this is so funny. That shirleys cream pop cream those bad boys ! I actually still don’t know what they do. But back then all we did was rub almost anything rub able. 😅😅😅 if only our skin could speak of the tales of horror we put it through . I enjoyed reading this!

    Joanne · May 5, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Girl! If I was my skin I’d have rebelled too… I’ve put it through so much LOL!
    I need to find out how Shirley and the gang worked for people that used them because I don’t understand o.
    Glad you enjoyed reading.

    Thanks Stephanie.

Faith · May 5, 2020 at 8:25 pm

Lol is Nixoderm not for eczema or other serious skin related issues? Funbact-A is also an OG o lol but everyone that used Funbact-A said to use it for only a short period because it works like magic and then it starts lightening your face. I never had to use any of those though, I just started paying attention to my face and skin this year, don’t judge me. Looking forward to your part 2. xxx

    Joanne · May 5, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Hello Faith! LOL, you’re right about Nixoderm but truly I didn’t know better, I just rubbed whatever was within reach.
    I now understand that people use Funbact-A differently and does the work. Some of these experiences are from over 15years ago, I’m sure I can be pardoned LOL.
    Better to start your journey to great skin now than later.

    As always, thanks for stopping by!

Oremeyi Sanni · May 5, 2020 at 8:43 pm

I understand that feeling… I had acne and one of my classmates suggested this powerful combo (Maclean’s Toothpaste and Dusting Powder mixed in a little water and rubbed on the face overnight). I decided to give it a shot and when I woke up, I saw parts of my face had peeled off! 😳Lo and behold! We had to go on midterm break soon after and there I was with patches on my face. I knew without doubt that I was in big trouble. On getting home, the first thing my guardian would notice was my face.😟 When she asked me what happened, I told her I had an accident in the lab while we were carrying out an experiment. Good thing, she didn’t demand to know the experiment we were carrying out because I am sure I would have blurted out something stupid in my confusion. There and then, I made up my mind to stick to the basic soap and water facial wash.

    Joanne · May 5, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Mummy! This is soooooo hilarious, how have you never given me this gist? LOL
    I’m sure your Guardian would have caught you because why are you doing Physics experiment when you’re an art student? LOL

    Thank for sharing and sorry for using your POP Cream and the gang without your permission.

    Love you!

    Tolumi · May 6, 2020 at 12:38 am

    😅😅😅😅😅🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂even I felt the pain on my face from reading this.

      Joanne · May 6, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      I never expected it!!! LOL

Abuoma · May 5, 2020 at 9:22 pm

I remember once when I had just realized the importance of exfoliating and decided to over do. I used this coffee scrub thing that I had been using for my face and it was so bad. The coffee grinds were big and had super sharp edges so I ended up cutting into my skin on face. Definitely calmed down after that. And that’s why I prefer chemical exfoliation hands down.

    Joanne · May 5, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Goodness gracious me! That experience is more than enough to calm you down, sorry…
    I have a similar egg shell story I’ll share in part 2 of this post.
    Chemical exfoliation is the way!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by Abuoma.

Eve · May 5, 2020 at 9:39 pm

This read cracked me up big time especially the part where your forehead and cheeks got lighter. I couldn’t help but imagine how you looked.🤣
Kai, can’t forget my experience in uni with Nixoderm, ahhh! Baba burnt the hell outta my face!
I don’t even know what to make of my skin rn, have finally decided to see a dermatologist once the lockdown is over. Can’t deal anymore!😭

    Joanne · May 5, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Hahahaha! This clear skin life has had us doing the most my goodness.
    Please what were you trying to achieve with Nixoderm, I’m curious…
    Honestly, it’s best to see a dermatologist but brace yourself for the road ahead it’s not an easy ride.

    Thanks for stopping by Eve.

Dami · May 6, 2020 at 4:08 am

DAMATOL???!!!! 😂😂 Girl I couldn’t even use it for my hair cause it burns like fire ! How manage ??? I can relate with all the others though! The joys of teenage hood… Can’t wait for part 2 !! Looking forward to some useful tips too 🙏🏽

    Joanne · May 6, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Hahahaha! Dami don’t judge me please, I promise I know better now.
    Keep it locked, coming through with lots of juice in Part 2.


Hassan · May 6, 2020 at 10:35 am

That Damatol was dizzying! Felt like my eyes were constantly closing.

    Joanne · May 6, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Fam!!! The worst… Never again LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by Hassan.

Soba · May 6, 2020 at 5:10 pm

Lol,the Damatol part got me rolling..🤣🤣I understand the need and struggles for clear skin because I had friends with acne issues and I always felt bad for them. I use Funbact A only when I get a reaction to something and the discard again. Can’t wait for the part 2 of your post….

    Joanne · May 6, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    LOL Soba please don’t judge my ways, those days are behind me now!
    You’re one of the chosen few who can do whatever and get away with it, blessed are you among us LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by.


Okeyinfu · May 9, 2020 at 7:08 pm

I really enjoyed reading this. Main struggle – Pinching. How do I cure that? I am waiting for tips in part 2

    Joanne · May 11, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Hahaha! That pinching I think we’ll need higher level expert advise because we are plenty on that table.

    Thanks for stopping by, stick around for part 2.


Gordon · May 15, 2020 at 1:52 pm

Nixoderm and Damatol the real OG’s! Can’t say they worked for my skin back then.

    Joanne · May 15, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Hahaha!!! I’m still struggling to find whose skin they worked for.

    I guess we’ll never know.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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