Living with Acne
It’s been a while since I’ve given you an update on how my skin is currently doing. I’ve been battling severe acne-prone skin since I hit the beginning stages of puberty back in elementary school. Since then, it’s caused major insecurities that, to date, affects me on a daily basis. Living with acne is a constant battle between frustration, discomfort, and loneliness. I’d rather spend my days in the comfort of my own than stepping foot outside in the fear that I’d be judged and stared at. In my own personal life, I don’t know anyone who is living with acne the way that I am. Why does everyone else seem to have, maybe not flawless, but clear skin and not me?
Have I lost a bit of confidence? Yes (Not for long). But am I letting that fear control me any longer? No fucking way. I’m no longer in hiding, living in fear, and disguising my acne with a shit ton of makeup. I do love makeup, though. Let me be clear, I also have never edited my pictures out, only lighting, I’ve just learned which angles work for me best.
This is me. Without makeup and without fear.
These pictures were taken within the last two weeks, at the peak of the worst of my acne. I always used to complain, as a teenager, at how ugly and horrible my skin was but little did I know it’d only get worse as an adult. Within the next few weeks, I will be seeing a dermatologist, with hopes that we can figure out the root of this issue, most likely hormonal. With a few recommendations, thank you Jennifer Graff, I’m trialing Dermalogica. I started using the MediBac Clearning Skin Kit on January 21st and have seen slight improvements. My acne cysts aren’t inflamed as they used to be and my skin is much smoother. I’m still in the process of testing this out, so once the trial period is over, I’ll be able to fully give a review plus an update.
With hydration, balanced meals, and maintaining a strict skin care routine, I know I’ll have this all under control in no time. If not, I’ll consult with my doctors to see what options I have and make appropriate decisions from there.
If you’re suffering with acne, I want you to know that you’re not alone. Your skin DOES NOT define you, your character, and worth. As cliche as it sounds, real beauty comes from within. Living with acne might have changed people’s judgements of me but it hasn’t changed my own. I’ve learned to accept my own imperfections and never doubt the value I have to offer to the world around me. Stop hiding and show the world just how fearless you are.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who has reached out, given me advice, and support on my day-to-day life and social media. I’m slowly try out the tips and tricks you’ve all sent me! I will be trying them out. Let’s pray these bad boys start disappearing ASAP 🙂
Are you living with acne, how are you managing it? If you have any extra tips, please leave them in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you.