Y’all know the type, “OMG! I have the biggest pimple right now!!” They say with their small pores, smooth skin, no blackheads, and one tiny white head. Any other serious acne sufferers want to smack them?
I have struggled with acne since I was about 13…and 14 years later, I’m still dealing with acne. What is acne though?
Google tells us, “Requires a medical diagnosis
Symptoms range from uninflamed blackheads to pus-filled pimples or large, red, and tender bumps.”
And let me tell you, I’ve experienced it all and tried it all. Blackheads that my dad would take a needle to my face to get, cysts that hurt so bad it would make me cry and swell up, bacne so embarrassing that I wouldn’t wear tanks tops or ever wear my hair up, blemishes so hideous that I would wear pounds of caked-on make-up that I knew looked terrible, hundreds, probably thousands, of dollars spent on products that just let me down, changing my diet; okay you get it, I need not go on.
It fucking sucks, people will literally judge you for having acne, as if you haven’t tried everything in the world to help yourself. It’s a painful and embarrassing thing to have acne, and I feel like it’s even worse as an adult. As I have gotten older, I have tried to come to terms with my acne, as if it is a part of me. It’s definitely not a welcome guest, like that relative you wish would call before coming over and leave when you start to yawn, but there they are.
I want to share with and hug my fellow acne sufferers, and tell you, I understand.
Y’all know I follow a gluten free and plant-based diet and that definitely helps, but when it comes to the rest, that’s where I usually fall short. I now take a holistic approach to my skin in hopes that abusing my skin with years of chemicals, I will start to see results. Currently, I am using DermaE products and their Clear Skin line, Young Living Satin Mint Face Scrub, along with my Young Living essential oils, specifically Frankincense, Lavender, Tea Tree, and Lemon. My scarring is another big issue now and I am also trying to combat that.
My least favorite thing to hear:
“Have you tried __________?” Thanks. Never thought of that. While your standard acne sufferer appreciates your concern, they’ve probably spent hours upon hours researching help for their acne, I know I have. And while I think the acne-embracing beauty is great, I’m sick of this shit. I want it gone forever.
I will be updating y’all on what works, and doesn’t work for me and MY skin. I have very pesky and finicky skin, if something doesn’t work for me, that’s not to say it won’t work for you.
We’re in this together my pimple toting, friends.