25 January 2017

My Acne Story + Tips

When I was 13 years old, not only did I grow hair here and there, not only did I start to develop 'the girls' but I developed what at times felt like mountains of sebum which changed my once flat face into a somewhat bumpy, potholed or incorrectly-tarred road surface which not only could I feel, but on display for all to see. I developed acne.

I found that I got acne a lot earlier, for a lot longer and at a worse severity than most of my peers- talk about a triple wami! Possibly due to the influence of my older sister, societal convention, or just me, I started wearing foundation to cover up my pimples the best way that an inexperienced 12 year old could (which is not very well). At first it was just the one pimple and the surrounding area that got covered. Then it was three pimples in close proximity to one another. Eventually, it was a fully-fledged face of pimples that all needed covering. To make matters worse, my darker-than-vanilla-lighter-than-cream complexion and an inability to blend and buy correctly resulted in a firm, darker than skin tone 'halo' around my face which left me constantly begging my siblings to tell me if I had a 'line' every time I went to school which ultimately led me straight into the school's bathroom to salvage my appearance for the day to come.  

As time went by, my acne got worse- and it was probably my fault. No, it was definitely my fault. When mountains appeared, I yearned for flatness. With two fingers on each side of the mountain and a little (okay, sometimes a lot) of pressure, I  made craters. And that, girls and boys, is exactly what NOT to do. However, has anyone watched those pimple-popping videos? Honestly, and quite ashamedly, it's very satisfying.

Time continued to pass and my make-up applying skills were still against me. One day, one very thankful day I came to a realization, a very important realization. Everyone knew I had acne. I wasn't fooling anyone. My super foundation skills meant that my foundation didn't last the whole day with already minimal coverage. I spent a great part of my first few years in high school practically walking around like a clown- discoloured face and all. The day after this realization, I didn't wear foundation to school. I survived. So, I did it the next day, and the next and the day after that. I was surviving high school with no judgement (at least not any that I knew about). For the first time, I was showing my acne to what felt like the world- untainted- and it felt empowering.

I walked around school unashamedly me from then on. If I could pass on one piece of advice to anyone that's still reading at this point it would be this: if you love yourself, you're invincible. I got to a point where I was okay with my acne which ultimately meant I was okay with people seeing it. Never once did I think that having acne devalued me as a person- no matter how bad it sometimes became. I think I actually became more respected amongst my peers for highlighting what is commonly hidden.

I went through some good patches but those seemed to last for a shorter time than the rough patches that followed. To this day, I still consider myself a sufferer of acne, although the good days are more frequent and much longer.

Going through what I've been through, I think I can pass down 'expert' tips, tricks and advice to combating acne as a teen:

1) Don't pick your pimples ( I made this mistake and heavily regret it)
2) Don't touch your face unnecessarily
3) Wash your face with an acne cream twice a day.
4) You don't have to go on medication for acne if you don't want to. Many people do choose this route, I personally didn't because I don't like to take medication that is not essential.
5) Drink lots of water
6) Clean your face thoroughly after wearing make-up
7) This is the most important tip- love yourself. Having acne can be tough. Depending on your social environment it can be tougher. Be your own supporter!

Till next time-


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  1. Hey,
    I'm one of the happy girls and boys who haven't had acne but that statement don't say having no problems with your faceskin. I have chapped skin over my face, so makeup wouldn't be a solution if I wasn't lazy in the mornings.
    Neverthess one boy in my class changed his nurture because of acne. He mainly spare white sugar, wheat and pork. Admintally he steamed his acne a little bit. Furthermore I think drink enough is important for everybody, I'm a candidate for to dirnk less.

    1. There are other things that can happen to a person, besides acne. Do you use special moisturizers on your chapped skin?

      I understand what the boy must have gone through. If it's really bad acne, a person can lose self-confidence and become reclusive.

      Water definitely helps!

      Thank you for leaving a lovely comment, Lea!

  2. This is great, Steph! I stopped wearing make-up on a daily basis this year and while it felt like a "big change" for me since I have worn at least a little make-up almost every day for the past six days, nothing really changed when I stopped. No one treated me differently. No one looked at me funny. And I didn't really change either. My face is happier and healthier without make-up and it's empowering to know that people see *my* face every day, not a painted mask.

    Don't get me wrong, I still love to dress up and wear make-up on occasion. But for the everyday it's just an unnecessary expense.

    Thanks for sharing this, Steph! :)

    Dani xoxo
    a vapor in the wind

    1. I found that too. Although my face way bare with every bump, groove and pore visible to the world, no one treated me differently.

      You're right! It's a great feeling to not have to veil yourself behind make-up, every day, but once in a while, it's just plain old glam and fun!

      Thanks Dani!

  3. I totally get what you mean! I've never really been one to cover up spots using foundation, but since the majority of my acne is on my forehead, ive created a side fringe to cover it all up, but I'm pretty sure everyone knows it's acne anyway. It's not really bad, it's not super severe or anything, but I always a few pimples on my forhead... ALWAYS... and it makes me feel self-conscious. I refuse to go on medication though, so I'm going to try and stick through this!
    Aleeha xXx

    1. I admire you for trying to find other ways for living with your acne- other than popping some pills and they're gone. Stick it out...and when it's all gone you're due for another haircut- although, why not get one now and show yourself off...acne or not!

      Thank you for stopping by and for leaving personal comment!


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