If you have ever suffered from acne, breakouts, or blemishes, you know the aggravation that comes with it. Especially if you are like me and take excellent care of your skin. But sometimes washing twice a day and watching what you put on your face just isn’t enough. In my experience with dealing with people who suffer from the same issues I do, there isn’t one solid answer on how to stop breakouts. I have tried every product out there claiming to be “overnight blemish cures” and “all-in-one treatments” but the facts are that nothing is overnight and there are no miracle products. When you find a product that works for you, the key is persistence and following through.
Recently, I started a whole new battle with acne. Between birth control, working out, and just being a teenager in general is enough to completely destroy your skin. 85% of teens between 12 and 24 have acne. I ran out of the acne wash that I had been using for months and decided to try something new. Immediately I am concerned because trying new products and giving them enough time to see results is very hard. While waiting to see if it is going to work for my skin, I have to deal with blemishes and pimples. The most difficult part is dealing with the breakouts for a week or two and finding out that this is clearly not going to work for me. Time to start on a new cycle.
I am one in a million in the acne battle. Acne doesn’t discriminate against age, sex, or race. 60 million people are suffering from acne today. Acne goes beyond those gross skin bumps and oily faces. It leaves scars. Anyone who has dealt with serious acne knows the scars I am referring to. Once you finally get your face cleared up, now you have scars that you have to cover up. You cover them up with make-up, which in turn gives you acne! You just feel like you can’t win. I have tried prescription medication, topical creams, vitamins, scrubs, everything you could think of!
I have finally found a product that is working for me and I make sure I use it twice a day everyday. The keys to keeping your skin clear is knowing what breaks out your skin and targeting those things. For me, my make-up makes my skin break out. I wash my face as soon as I get home from work so I can spend the least amount of time in make-up. I have also switched to organic make-up which has seemed to help. I also have been getting more break outs since I started working out. I go home and shower immediately after including washing my face, but that just wasn’t enough. I have found taking off all my make-up and washing the oil off my face before seems to work for me. When you sweat, your pores open and that allows whatever is on your face to seep into your pores. My point is that you have to watch your face. You have to find out what is causing it and what to do differently.
The biggest thing my acne affects is my self confidence. I can lose weight, get my hair done, or get a brand new wardrobe and none of it will make me confident if I look in the mirror and see my face is broke out. Sure, I can get make-up to cover all my blemishes and raise my confidence. But we all want to feel pretty without make-up. The person whose opinion I value the most is the person who sees me the most without any cover up on my face. I don’t want to have to wear make up to the beach or running to the store real quick.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to monitor your body when you have acne. Acne is caused from what you eat, drink, hygiene, medications, bacteria, hormones, etc. When you start to notice what things cause which reactions regarding your acne, it will help you narrow down what is going to help and what is clearly hindering. Take it from a girl that knows acne inside and out!