My Acne Story

by - April 30, 2018

It's no secret that I've had problems with acne for most of my life. I don't even remember when it started but it was very early in my life. I was so young that I didn't even notice it was a problem until my friends started getting a pimple or two as well and started to freak out about it and I thought "You're freaking out about a pimple? I have hundreds! Should I be worried too?" and that's when I started to feel more self-conscience about my acne. I tried loads of products, the kind that show up on TV and that are of easy access. Nothing worked. I kind of gave up and tried to feel more comfortable with my skin no matter how hard it was. And it WAS hard. It was hard to feel comfortable when people looked at me like I was a monster. People who had no idea what it was like to have acne would judge me constantly. They wouldn't understand why I wouldn't do anything to treat my acne and I just wanted to scream in their face that I had tried everything and nothing had worked.
After years of judgment, I decided it was time to put myself first and take my problem more seriously. I told my parents I wanted to go to a dermatologist and soon enough I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I wasn't expecting to have perfect skin right away. In fact, the dermatologist warned me that first, my skin would get even worse and then it would start to get better. I knew what to expect so I wasn't too bothered when my skin got red, dry and started peeling off. I knew that in the end, my skin would become much better. It was a long ride but after two or three years my skin was so much better than it used to be. I was finally feeling more comfortable with my skin but people were still judging me even though now because I was a bit older, I knew they were only judging me because they had insecurities themselves so I wasn't too bothered.
It wasn't until recently that my skin really started to clear up. My problem then was another. If you've ever dealt with acne then you know that after the pimples go away, they leave a trail behind. And that trail can stay on your skin for years. Slowly, my scars are going away but they still haunt me. I have some good days and some bad days. On the good days, my scars are barely noticeable and I feel completely comfortable without makeup. On the bad days, they are extremely noticeable, my skin is red and bumpy and my pores are huge. On those days, I go the extra mile to clean and moisturize my skin so that the next day can be a good day.

Now, I'm gonna tell you some tips if you have acne or scars. Besides the basic ones like always take your makeup off and cleanse your skin every day, I have some non convencional tips.
One thing that I find helpful is only cleansing at night. When I was doing the treatment, my dermatologist told me to wash my face with a cleanser in the morning and at night but now I only cleanse at night. I think my skin is calmer, not as red and I don't break out as much. I feel like over-cleansing is counterproductive and ends up washing away important oils that keep your skin in check. In the mornings I only clean my face with water and then put on moisturizer.
Another thing I usually do is actually not doing my nighttime skincare routine once a month or so. I usually do this on a day in which I haven't worn makeup and then before going to bed I simply clean my face with water. I notice that the next day when I wake up, my skin looks amazing. I don't know what the science behind that is but it works for me so maybe it'll work for somebody else too.
Another big tip that I highly believe in and I know I'm not the only one is that less is more. The fewer products I use, the better my skin is. I've heard tons of people say the same thing too so it does work. The only products I use are a daily moisturizer by day, cleanser, toner and eye and face cream at night.
Some other basic tips that sometimes we forget is to never put your hands on your face, wear makeup that doesn't clog up your pores like mineral makeup or natural makeup, protect the skin with sunblock, always moisturize and don't pop any pimples so that you don't get scars.

Tell me down below what your story with acne is! Also, don't forget to share any tips you might have that work for you.

I hope you're having a great day,
Marta Ribeiro xx 

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