Acne can be (no, it is) one of the most frustrating things to deal with whether you’re a preteen, teenager, or even an adult. Seriously, why couldn’t acne be something that we get on a part of our body that the world doesn’t see every single day?
The moment we look in the mirror it is our first thought. So what do we do? We get our make-up bag out full of creams and cover-ups with a hope and a prayer that something will mask that huge bump that appeared while we were sleeping the night before. Then, as if we haven’t done it a thousand times, we get online and search for the best product to clear up our complexions. It is like a vicious circle that never seems to end.
I can remember being a teenager growing up with 3 sisters. I was the ONLY ONE suffering with mild acne. When I say mild, I just mean that it wasn’t the severe form that leaves life-long scars, but at the time, it sure felt like it. It kind of shaped who (or what) I would become as I grew older. Less confident, and less willing to make direct eye contact about sums it up.
The good news is that in today’s scientific age, there have been so many advancements with skin care science that there are actually products that work. The bad news is that we also have the internet, which is a breeding ground for everyone and their mother to review an acne product. Hell, they probably never had a pimple in their entire life!
My promise to you is that I am a veteran when it comes to dealing with a less than perfect complexion. I am in my early 40’s when most women my age are looking for the best wrinkle serum. Lucky for me, I have pampered my face for so long with acne products and creams that it actually helped with the aging process!
It’s almost not so bad at this stage. Frustrating? Yes!
I have used countless products from Neutrogena, Clean N Clear, X Out, Proactive, Biore, prescriptions, and then some. Some worked, some didn’t. What I have learned over the past 25 years is that what you put on your face will determine how your skin will look as you age, whether you have acne or not. It’s simple really. Treat your face well every day, and it will treat you well in the long run. A simple cleanser, toner, and moisturizer is the most important part of any skin care routine. I found a great review of X Out and Proactive that you may want to take a look at. If you are interested in Proactive, check out this site for more information.
I read an article once about an interview with a celebrity dermatologist (I can’t remember his name for the life of me), and I remember him saying that people with oily skin are afraid to moisturize for fear of their face breaking out. He stated that it is actually the opposite. Moisturizing your face does not cause acne. It actually helps with the natural oils that are already present in your skin. Fear not, and treat your face every day with a regular cleanser, toner and moisturizer, and you will not regret it when you get older.