I’ve struggled with acne for a long time. It started with just a few spots here and there. I remember my family telling me not to worry, that it was normal for a teenager. But as I went through my teenage years it seemed to get worse, not better. I tried everything that’s out there for acne – every product, treatment, or pill. Doctors continued to give me remedies that didn’t help. They always said it gets worse, and then better. But better never came to my house. He probably skipped my street.
So, acne made me feel self-conscious in a big, big way. I felt like I had pizza face. I felt like people judged me. I felt unattractive and less confident. I felt like people were staring at me all the time, that they were looking at my acne instead of me. And that gave me a lot of anxiety making me feel really, really bad about myself. I wasn’t beautiful, and it was so important to me to be beautiful.
I used to cake make-up on, and it never seemed to be enough. People always told me that make-up causes acne. Fun fact: it doesn’t cause acne, but it does clog pores.
When I was about 15 or 16, I went to see a dermatologist, and he gave me some cream and some pills to take. My acne got worse and worse, but then it gradually got better as time went on. I’d see good results, but every time I saw good results, I’d stop the prescription creams and pills. A few months would go by, and sure enough, acne came back even worse than before. I finally started using the cream again, and really sticking to it and thought it was gone for good.
I was about 17 when it popped up like crazy all over my face. There seriously wasn’t a space between what was a pimple and a space that was clear. It tore at my confidence. It made me feel so bad that I finally just told myself: I love my acne, and I love myself. I just really didn’t give a f*ck about what people thought.
Finally, I found a brand – Origins. Turns out sticking to one brand that contains all natural ingredients was one of the main keys that helped me control my acne. I’m happy with myself today. Yes, I still have marks and some acne here and there, but I love my acne because it’s a part of me.
So, here’s a big Life Lesson: At the end of the day know that you’re beautiful and strong. Never let anyone tell you you’re not. Stay true to yourself and love yourself. I think that is one of the most important things ever to know in life. ~ Gean