Acne sucks, there’s no other way of saying it. I thought I left that life behind in my teens but I’ve recently been dealing with the most stubborn breakouts. Just when I thought l was flourishing, glowing up and living my best life, my skin had other plans for me. So, what have I been doing wrong? I have no idea. As we get older, our body tends to change so much, things that once worked are no longer working. I have a somewhat decent skincare routine, I get monthly facials and I try to drink as much water as I can and eat as healthy as I can, but that’s just not enough.
Having acne is a shot to one’s confidence. I consider myself a pretty tough individual but dealing with a breakout leaves you super insecure! While I can simply cover up my scars, breakouts and imperfections with makeup, it’s not something that I’m wholly comfortable with. I’ve been in such a rut that I’ve put a lot of content shoots on hold because I simply refuse to wear a ton of makeup or photoshop and filter my skin. But, I can’t and I refuse to let adult acne control my life. To anyone who is dealing with this or any other imperfection, know that you are so much more than your imperfections.
I know that I’m not the only person suffering from adult acne and I’ve had so many women ask me about my skin regimen and confessed that they’ve stopped taking photos and leaving the house because of it. It’s crippling, I know! So, how do you get past this? While each individual is different and the root cause of our problems may be different, here’s what I’m doing.
- Schedule A Dermatologist Appointment: My esthetician, just as frustrated as I am, recommended that I visit a dermatologist because the problem just seemed to be a little deeper, maybe an internal issue. After holding off for a while, I finally decided to take her advice. If you can afford a dermatologist, I highly recommend it. They are able to diagnose the type of acne that you have and how best to treat you. While there are things that you can do on your own, it’s best to leave the heavy lifting to the professionals.
- Enlist an Esthetician. Your pores might be clogged and you might just need a good deep cleaning. Facials help to slough off that dead skin and give your skin the boost and glow you’ve been longing for. It also helps to diminish scarring from acne. The benefits are endless.
- Say No To New Products Another thing I’ve changed about my skin routine is I’ve stopped buying and incorporating new products into my routine. If something is working, don’t break it. Yes, you might want to try the new cult favourite you’ve been seeing on Instagram and Youtube, but when you’ve got sensitive or acne prone skin, you can’t try everything. Sorry!
Acne is simply a part of life and I know it’s easier said than done, but you can’t let it control you or take away your confidence. Today was the first day I stepped out of my house with absolutely no makeup on and went out in public. It was absolutely refreshing. Get out of your head and get out of the house. Those who love you, will love you through your imperfections and those who won’t, do they even matter?
Better skin days are ahead!