dealing with acne is hard, especially when you’re 23 years old and thought your pimple ridden days were over. truth be told, i’ve always been pretty lucky with my skin, so i think this is my retribution! as far as keeping up morale when you feel like a piece of pepperoni pizza, here are my tricks. it’s gonna be a looong one!
do what you can // keep your skin clean and moisturized. keep in mind that oily skin is not necessarily hydrated skin, and that acne may cause your skin to be more oily than usual. my skin is on the drier side, so i make it a priority to keep it moisturized. having a clean and moisturized base will also make your makeup apply and look that much better. while keeping your skin clean and hydrated will not necessarily cure your acne, it will at least give you the piece of mind that you are doing all you can. i wash my face with cerave foaming facial cleanser (actually for normal to oily skin but i love the foam and it doesn’t dry me out at all) and moisturize with cetaphil moisturizing cream. i’ve been trying out the klurskin rose hips and calendula serum, which helps with scarring and dryness, and occasionally use mario badescu drying lotion or acnefree terminator 10 to spot-treat my bigger blemishes.
see a dermatologist, if you are able to // this step is essential if you can make it happen. a dermatologist will help diagnose the issues that you are having and recommend products and procedures that may help. keep in mind, it could take many different products before you find something that works. i recently saw my dermatologist, but ended up having adverse reactions to the products she prescribed (think swollen face and eyes on christmas eve. gorgeous). i’m obviously no longer using these products, but with my dermatologist’s diagnosis, i have been able to find some other products that i think will make a difference (i suffer from hormonal acne for the most part).
figure out how you can feel your best // i don’t really enjoy wearing foundation or a face load of makeup, but i have found some products that cover my acne to an extent where i feel comfortable. i’m not looking for perfection, so you can definitely still see my blemishes, but i feel a lot better when i have a little bit of coverage. as i’ve mentioned before, i’ve been using nars sheer glow in mont blanc and nars concealer in vanilla almost every day for at least a month (the foundation is new to me, but i’ve been using the concealer probably for a year). i went into sephora a couple of times and got a ton of samples of anything that i thought was interesting and could work for me. i settled on nars sheer glow after going through two sample pots, and i think it’s a really good fit. it’s dewey and not cakey, is a great color match, and offers good coverage (in my terms) while still looking like my skin and showing my freckles. i’m also trying out the dr. jart day tint, which i put under the sheer glow for a little extra coverage and glow. it’s working really well! think of it this way – who doesn’t love wandering around sephora and trying things out? it’s kind of an amazing excuse to get out there and find what works best for you.
remember it’s not forever // sometimes – and this is where i’m at right now – nothing you try really gives you the results you want. while i don’t recommend overloading your face with harsh, heavy duty acne fighting products, i do recommend doing your research and trying some things you really feel might work. since nothing (seriously nothing) will cure your skin over night, be patient and stick to a routine that works for you. yes, acne and even the occasional breakout can be an absolute confidence crusher, but don’t let it get you down! this too shall pass, even if it feels like it never will. you and i are beautiful and our pimples are merely part of our charm!
> please note, i am in no way a dermatologist or skincare expert. what works for me may not work for you, and vice-a-versa. please take my tips with a grain of salt, as this is simply what helps me get by.