As someone who has struggled with acne since the first grade, I know a thing or two about the acne struggle. I’m not talking about your occasional pimple here and there…I’m talking full blown cystic acne.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried it all – ProActive to Clearasil, Neutragena to dermatologist visits – and it probably worked for a little and then after a few months you were back to square one thinking, what more can I do?
For those of you who have been blessed with clear skin, say a little thank you to the powers that be, because here are seven things you probably don’t understand about the acne struggle.
- We wash our face. In fact, we probably wash our face more than you.
- We’ve tried ProActive….and everything else that you could buy over the counter…and believe it or not, we do have a skin care routine. I know most of the time people are just trying to be helpful by suggesting it…but I swear when someone asks me, “have you tried ProActive?” I want to punch them in the face. Yes, I’ve tried ProActive.
- Some of us seek medical treatment. Personally, I’ve been to a dermatologist since I’m 16 years old for my acne. She told me ProActive is too harsh for my skin and even recommended that I go on Accutane (the most powerful drug on the market for acne).
- Even the dermatologist treatments don’t work. They help clear you skin for a period of time but then after a while you find yourself in a losing battle.
- Some acne is hereditary. In my case, my acne is hereditary…so I’ll probably be cursed with pimples for the rest of my life. It’s just in my genetics.
- We struggle to keep acne under control. For acne sufferers, it’s a daily struggle trying to keep our acne under control. We are constantly trying new things and using trail and error to figure out a way to manage our skin. Trust me, it’s not for a lack of good personal hygiene.
- IT’S NOT NICE TO POINT OUT SOMEONES ACNE. I can’t stress this enough. Personally, acne is my number one insecurity and when people point it out on me I get so uncomfortable and self-conscious. I know it’s there. I’m aware of the masses growing on my face…please don’t point them out. I know everyone with eyes can see what I see. If you take anything away from this post, take this! Please! ….Or the ProActive thing. You can Take that one too.
And there you have it – seven things people without acne don’t understand. Do you struggle with acne and can relate to any of the above? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you. On the contrary, if you’re someone blessed with great skin, take this time to say thank you to the divine energy that granted you such a blessing. (For real, acne sucks.)