I have struggling with acne for about 3 years and recently I started getting really frustrated with it. Their are hundreds of videos and articles about how to clear up acne. A lot of them say the same things; don’t eat dairy or sugar, wash your face, use this product, don’t touch your face, change your pillow case every three days. I have tried all of those things, no dairy, no sugar, changing my pillow cases, all of it, and some of it helped a little, but nothing has been able to clear it up.
I decided to take two weeks and baby my skin. Face masks, lots of water, trying not to touch my face, making sure to wash my face when I’m supposed to, and no makeup. This ended up being harder than I thought it would be. First off, I touch my face a ridiculous amount. Playing with my hair and touching my face are both nervous habits of my and I also do it when I’m bored or focused, so I caught myself a lot. It’s also pretty hard to not pop my zits, this is a really bad habit of mine and I even have acne scars from when my acne was at it’s worst and I would always pop them.
As far as not wearing makeup, when I decided to do this I wasn’t nervous at all, because I only started wearing more than mascara and a little bit of concealer in November, so I thought it would be easy. I was very wrong in thinking that this was gonna be easy, some days I didn’t care at all, but I had a few days where I felt so insecure about my acne, or the dark circles under my eyes, and just wanted to put makeup on to hide the things I don’t like. It has gotten a lot easier not wearing makeup then it was at the beginning of this and I realized I notice way more than other people do. My acne got a lot worse during the first week, I think my skin was detoxing, but as the time went on I noticed my skin improving, and even my scars have even lightened a bit. I also drank a lot of water during this to try and help my skin, because everything I have read about clearing up acne talks about the importance of drinking water.
I defiantly messed up during these two weeks, I would forget to wash my face, pop a pimple, and wore concealer one day because I was feeling really bad about how I looked and needed something to get me out the door. This was surprisingly difficult and not for the reasons I was expecting. My acne definitely effects my confidents. I don’t have a lot of pictures of my skin when it was at it’s worst, because I never wanted my picture taken and would avoid the camera as much as I could. I didn’t start having cystic acne until I was 17 and I was so upset and had no idea why I suddenly have such bad acne.
It’s taken a really long time to figure out a few things that help my skin and I’m still figuring out how to get my skin where I want it, but I’m really happy with how much better my skin looks even compared to a year ago. I’ll probably wear makeup less often, because it ended up saving me so much time, but I am looking forward to being able to do makeup again. I think it was good to give my skin a break and I also used the past two weeks just learning how to take better care of my skin and things that help me reduce my acne and my acne scars.
I hope you found this post helpful x