In high school I had the worst acne. In fact, it started even before that. I vividly remember in the fifth grade, I was standing in line ready to go out to recess when… let’s just call him “Jake Downton”, for the sake of anonymity, called me “pizza face”. I would share a picture of my terrible acne days however in my sophomore year of high school I did a pretty good job of making sure those years never existed by deleting every picture ever taken. Now three years later people are surprised to find out that I struggled with my skin and honestly I still would be today if I hadn’t learned a few simple tricks along the way…
First I want to preface what I am saying with the fact that every person has very different skin and what works for someone may not work for another. That being said, my acne was not a battle that I overcame alone. In my senior year of high school my dermatologist put me on a prescription of Accutane. The first two months were horrible! My skin got worse and I got even more frustrated. My lips and skin were SO dry, cracking and peeling all the time. I must have spent over $100 on chapstick! But my doctor assured me that this was normal and that the medicine was purging my skin of all the impurities below the surface, ew. Five months later, (and yes you have to have faith it is going to work because it takes a while) I had the best skin ever! No blemishes, no red puffiness, no blackheads. It was amazing. Accutane definitely cured my acne but I still needed to find a good skin care routine that kept my skin looking this good.
It doesn’t go away if you cover it up, in fact it just gets worse. This is the most common mistake when it comes to acne, and one most people know and still make. It’s hard when you have a huge zit to just leave it. The best thing you can do for your skin is let it breathe. Even today I still get pimples every once and a while and it is so hard, but I just try to leave them. Most days I try to go without makeup all together.
My mom always used to tell me to, “drink more water it’s good for your skin”. I used to think that she was crazy and that I would never see a difference….but boy was I wrong, (sorry mom)! I started drinking water, alot of it, everyday and I noticed that not only did my acne go away but my skin was brighter, firmer, and healthier too. I never drink sugary juices or soda and I have noticed a huge difference. Someone once told me, you are what you drink, and the cells in your body are going to get filled with the liquid you put in them. Since our bodies are already primarily water that is what our body’s crave.
Clean deeper than the surface of your skin. This requires that you wash your face twice. Once to remove the oils and makeup from a long day, and again to actually clean your skin. Do not go to bed with makeup on! The easiest thing you can do is clean well. If you’re lazy you can buy makeup removing wipes but still wash your face once after using them. I personally don’t recommend them because sometimes the ingredients used to scent the wipes can irritate your skin and you may have removed the makeup but your skin is not clean until you wash it.
Like I said before every type of skin requires a different skincare routine. The natural oils that your skin produces are good. But if you have oily skin like I did those oils may be clogging your pores. And if you have dry skin you may need to supplement with over the counter moisturizers so that your skin stays hydrated. I have combination sometimes oily and sometimes dry skin so I let it produce oils on its own during the night and I moisturize after I shower and in the morning. It has taken me 21 years to figure out my skin and what it needs and even still I don’t always get it right. The best advice I can give is to be patient with yourself and relax. It may seem like the biggest deal to have problem skin but I assure you it is something everyone struggles with even people without visible blemishes.