Ah yes, the good ole’ acne chat. Where to even begin. When I was in high school, my skin was as clear as the water I’m currently drinking. No issue whatsoever. Then, college came, and BOOM. Breakouts galore. And these weren’t just your normal whiteheads, I suffered from painful, cystic acne. I remember feeling so embarrassed that I would keep concealer with me at all times, and was always sneaking away to the bathroom to put more on. So, I decided to go on birth control. Let’s just say… wrong move. Yes, my skin was clear which should’ve had me jumping up and down, but I had gained so much weight and I was very unmotivated and unhappy- which is unlike me (I was also living in LA at the time… maybe that had something to do with it, haha). So, I said goodbye to the birth control and left it at that. My skin was okay for a while, then when I moved to New York in October, it flared up again. I decided to go on Tetracycline, which is an antibiotic that can be used to treat acne. It worked okay for a while. But, it was very expensive, and my skin was still not where I wanted it to be, so I decided it wasn’t worth it. When it was time to refill my prescription, I said “eh, I’m going to go off it and see what happens. It’s COVID, I’m not seeing anyone, let’s just see.”
And here I am. I would say that right now my skin isn’t perfect, but I am so thankful it is not as bad as it was when I first moved to New York years ago. Now I’m using these COVID times to do some trial and error. I’m playing with new products, taking out some food groups, and just seeing how it goes. So, I’m not going to give you guys a “THIS IS HOW YOU GET CLEAR SKIN EVERYONE READ”, because I currently don’t have it. But, here’s a few tips on how to embrace what I like to call “red freckles”. Plus, I’m still working out which products I’ve found to work the best, but I do have 3 that are my favorites and I swear by.
How To Embrace Your Red Freckles:
- First, remember that people are far more concerned with themselves to be looking at your skin.
- Give yourself a pep talk. Ask yourself “Am I going to let this ruin my day?”, “Am I going to waste time staring at myself in the mirror?”
- Don’t apologize for your skin! Your skin is beautiful, because it’s a part of YOU.
- If you’re wearing makeup, put it on and then don’t think about it. You don’t want be stressing about if some of it came off etc., there’s more things to stress about.
- Tell yourself multiple times a day that your skin is beautiful, it sounds silly but it works. Write it down if you have to.
- Remember that everyone has gone through some form of acne in their lifetime, you are not alone.
- Sometimes people will try and give you advice about your skin, just say “Thank you” and move on. They’re not an expert. One time someone told me to make sure I was getting enough sleep. If you know me, you know I’m in bed every night at 9:30pm anyway. I said “Ok” and moved on. *eye roll*
Backne: I consider this acne that is anywhere on your shoulders/back. Which I have some issues with. But, it’s because I work out every day, and take dance classes every day, which means I SWEAT. There’s nothing I can really do to try and avoid sweating, so I just make sure to take a shower as soon as I get home. I also care to my skin on my shoulders/back as I would with my face.
Maskne: A new one! This is any breakouts you may be experiencing by wearing a mask on your face. The one plus to this, your mask covers it! Be sure to continue washing your masks frequently, and play around with which fabrics work best on your face, but make sure they’re still doing their job of protecting you.
Trust me, I’ve been through the “No one will ever love me because of my acne” thing. It was not fun. To be honest, thoughts like that still pop into my head whenever I’m having a bad skin day. But, I cannot let it get it to me. I have to keep on living my life, I can’t stay inside forever. I think one thing I can do to inspire and empower others with skin difficulties, is to start posting more pictures of myself with no makeup etc. I don’t airbrush any of my photos, but the filters I use help to make my skin look a lot clearer. I encourage you to post as well! We’re in this together. If I gotta do it you’re doing it with me!
3 Products I Swear By
(I’m not trying to force you to buy them or say that they’re the “cure all”. But give ‘em a try if you want!)
This is for anyone who hates wearing foundation (ME!). It gives you enough coverage to serve as a foundation, but not too much that you look crazy.
I usually find makeup remover products to be too harsh for my skin, but these are the opposite! Beautycounter is a clean beauty brand, so this makes sense. Check out the ingredients!
I wanted to find an exfoliator that wasn’t too harsh for my skin, but would still get the job done. This company is based in Brooklyn, NY (woohoo!) and also focuses on real, clean ingredients- there’s a trend here.
Lastly, I want you guys to remember that you are not alone in this. So many more celebrities are opening up about their acne insecurities and how their skin is depicted on camera isn’t real life. We all go through this. It is the most frustrating thing when you feel like you’re doing everything right but not seeing any results, I am right there with you. I encourage you to use the tools I wrote about earlier and to stop letting your Acne, Backne, & Maskne ruin your days!
P.S. If you’re into affirmations, here are some I use to help me feel better about my skin. If you’re not into affirmations, I suggest you try them out! They’re a great way to help your trick your mind into thinking positive thoughts.
- I take good care of my skin, and my skin is happy.
- I completely love my skin no matter what.
- I choose to see my skin with love.