Acne turns perfectly nice skin into a daily preoccupation.
You can go from waking up in the morning and maybe putting some make up on of you feel like it, to waking up to angry looking painful feeling skin that (if you’re anything like me) must be tortured with spot products then slathered in the make up equivalent of paint. Ah acne.
Over the last year I’ve gone from looking like an unfinished game of join the dots to having skin that’s clear most of the time and, AND… I’m comfortable going outside without make up on (gasp).
Here’s what I’ve learned (and what I’ve used)
1. I’m quite vain. Not painfully so but dear lord did I not feel like myself. I’ve never really been wildly into make up but ask me about foundation and concealer now and I’ll have the information that you seek.
2. Hormones are a bitch. My acne was stress induced. Stress did a complete number on me, seriously. It knocked my hormones off to hell. I’m not going to recommend yoga or meditation here because screw that, I was STRESSED (note: it probably would have helped) act on your stress before it gets out of hand. Just do what you’ve got to do, but I will say, if acne has sprung out of nowhere get yourself to the doctor. But…
3. Prescribed acne cream is the devil. It’s horrendous. I got some on the carpet and I kid you not, it bleached it white. I was given ‘acnecide’ and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
4. I will squeeze spots. I will regret it every time.
5. Learning to enjoy taking make up off properly makes this whole thing a lot easier.
6. Moisturiser is a blessing. Just make it unscented.
7. Time will pass whether you’re helping your skin or not. So you may as well help it. Drink water, ditch some of the food that you know is bad for you. Check if dairy inflames your skin. Don’t torture it with drying products. Change your pillow covers often. If you have long hair wear it up at night.
8. Don’t use cliniques spot fighting line, it’s expensive and will make your face as dry as the desert. If the desert had spots and a fear of mirrors.
9. Find some products that work for you, and stick to them. For me it’s:
Ocean salt scrub – Lush
Midnight recovery concentrate – Keihls
Facial radiance pads – first aid beauty
Then fragrance free washes, moisturisers etc (the joys of having awful sensitive skin too)
Not all at once, not all everyday but they’re pretty solid products in my book that I’d not be without now.
10. When the spots are gone you still have crap to deal with. Red marks… Tiny dimples… Discolouration! This is annoying because you’ve already done your time! Just stay the course, exfoliate and moisturise. Exfoliate and moisturise. That’s the mantra.
Overall the whole process sucks. It’s frustrating and time consuming. It’s a preoccupation and a worry. It will, however, go away. It will!
I’ve no pictures to show you a before and after because if you’d come near me with a camera when my skin was bad I would have bitten you.