When you think about acne + you think about something that happens to teenagers + and young adults. I never had acne when I was a teenager + but I did in my early 20s. I don’t even remember how I got rid of it during that time or how I felt but + I do remember when it came back again in my 30s. When I turned 49 + it was the worst + and most traumatic that it had ever been. It was late 2016 + and my breakouts would start off small. Just a pimple on my forehead + or around my jawline.
I tried my usual arsenal of products but nothing really worked + and my face began to get progressively worse within 3 months. I started to notice more acne + and between March + and July 2017 it blew up. I felt defeated + and I didn’t really know what to do. Going out + or to work was stressful + because you feel like everyone is looking at you + or rather looking at your skin. I had what you would call hormonal acne because it was under my jawline + but it was also on my forehead. I even had ance broaching my neck area.
It’s the general assumption when you see people with bad acne to think that they’re not doing anything about it + because of the mere fact that it exists. In general + it’s a stupid assumption + because when you have acne you’re doing anything + and everything. The questions that I would get asked by friends and family were worse than the looks I would get from strangers.
It was always … “wow you’re breaking out really badly” … “have you tried this” + or “have you done that” + or “you should look into this”. Never assume that people who are dealing with acne aren’t doing everything we possibly can to manage it. Over time my responses turned to … “don’t you think I’ve tried everything that’s is out there” … “It’s not working!” Well … actually + I hadn’t tried everything but when you’re using different face washes + acne treatments + or creams + and switching them out every two weeks + you’re not giving the product the opportunity to actually work because you want results. There are no instant results with ance.
I mentioned that I did try several things [and I did] + always hoping for a better result. I tried drug store products like Clean and Clear + I used straight alcohol + and Garnier skin products … all with no results. I started with Mario Badescu’s ance line + Derma E’s acne line + Alba Botanica + Tea Tree Skin Oil + Mad Hippie Facial Oil + CSI Rose Hip Cleanser … I mean I was all over the place. Then I began looking at YouTube videos + which is so much content all at once. I was overwhelmed. I thought the problem was my diet + and some of it was + so water was the only thing I drank. I thought dairy was also the cause + so I stopped eating all dairy products + and opted for plant-based. I started taking several vitamins + as instructed by YouTube influencers + and info about acne online like Lysene + Vitamin A + and Zinc. I did this for 4 months [or longer] and each week a new batch of acne would blow up on my face. I can remember using lots of concealers to try to mask my problem + and I was so miserable I would literally cry about it almost every night.
I went to a funeral in August 2017 and my skin was just terrible [pictured above]. I felt really self-conscious about getting to close to my relatives. While in the hotel room my daughter and I were talking about using a stronger medicine for my skin … Differin Gel [A non-prescription retinoid cream]. I was very apprehensive after reading the reviews + and if you’ve ever read any Amazon reviews you will know why. So in late August 2017 + I got my first tube + and used it as instructed with a little help from Dr. Dray. Let me first say that I was very skeptical about everything thinking that this product would purge my skin + and make it worse. At this point + I just wanted something to work so I just went for it.
By September I didn’t really notice too much of a change in my acne + but the texture of my skin was changing. By October + [and I’m sorry I don’t have more images but when you have acne the last thing you want is to be photograped] I was seeing a slight improvement but the acne was still there. By November I was starting to see my skin emerge + but I still had the acne marks [which can be worse than the ance] but it was dissipating + so all was not lost. December + January I was able to streamline my skincare routine as the Differin was doing its job. I could use my Bentonite clay mask + and I stuck to the same routine with no drastic changes. February through April  my skin was clearer [with acne marks that I would mask with make-up + but better].
I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing … fast forward to now + and while I still have a pimple here and there [I blame me + and the Halloween candy … lol] it’s nothing like what it was a year ago. The pictures above were taken with no make-up. My problem throughout most of this process is that I wanted the quick fix + but everything I read was saying the opposite + and I just didn’t want to hear it. When your 50 with acne + it’s a direct reflection that something is not right. I was so focused on what I looked like + and the fact that I was older + it made me close my brain to what was right in front of me. I learned later that the cause of my severe break-out was a mixture of menopause + and the Type 2 meds that I was prescribed.
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So if your suffering with acne [this is not a plug for Differin] do what works for you + and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Learn about what may be the causing the breakouts. Is it stress? Your period? Change in diet? … or medication? There are times when your breakouts can be a result of something that’s happening from your body chemistry changing within. You can fix what goes into your body + and streamline your lifestyle. These things can have a major impact on your skin. I’ve had to change everything I thought I knew about skin care to get to the point where I am now. As women + it’s hard not to be self-conscious about your skin + or your body + and you can’t just stop this behavior + but I can be curbed over time.
Do you have an ance story? or Are you struggling with your skin? Drop me a line in the comments + let’s help each other. I know this was a long one + and if you read to the end I love you + and if you didn’t and still came to my page [this doesn’t matter] but I still love you. Thanks so much for visiting today + and don’t forget to like + comment + and follow. — Peace —
Next Wednesday: Make-up that’s good for acne-prone skin.
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