bySonu BohraOct 02, 2016 #Beauty101 4 Likes
It may not be pretty or fun, but it’s bound to hit everyone. Luckily, adult acne is treatable, and while you’re going through it, you can pick up on a few important skin care (and life!) lessons, like I did
#1 Life’s tough, deal with it
Acne is an expected part of your teenage life, just like those awkward crushes. So when it strikes again, life does seem tough. I’ve had many moments of shame, embarrassment and self-pity where I’d avoid eye contact, hide behind my hair as much as possible, and even reduce social interaction. I realised it’s no wonder I can’t be happy in my own skin, so to speak, because our Photoshop-addicted culture can’t accept this kind of imperfection—or any imperfection for that matter. My phase of adult acne made realise how we fear imperfections and skin-shame ourselves over a few zits. Our skin’s “imperfections”—whether adult acne, wrinkles, sunspots or scars—do not define us.
#2 Get a trustworthy dermatologist
Having said that and coming to terms with reality and the state of your skin, it’s also necessary to realise that adult acne is a sign of some hormonal changes. Engaging a well-reputed dermatologist is the practical next step. A professional can diagnose the real reason behind the outburst and prescribe the right medication and treatments. My dermat treated my acne with a controlled medication and explained how stress, food, sleep and exercise – or lack therefor- all have a positive or negative effects on one’s skin.
#3 It’s all about dedication
Above and beyond the medication, I was extremely dedicated to a skin ritual. I made sure to take my medication as prescribed and crafted a 5-6 step skin routine with the occasional masks. One major change I made was that I started to invest in beauty products rather than just makeup. I went at that routine as though having clean and clear skin was my sole agenda in life. For the longest time, makeup was the primary focus and moisturising more often than not ignored. That not only gave me an uneven base to apply my makeup but also open pores which caused acne. So, next time you’re in a store and deciding between an anti-oxidant serum or the latest foundation, you know which one to pick.
#4 Accept your flaws
I know that in today’s #wokeuplikethis world, there seems to be a zero tolerance policy towards flaws and imperfections. Adult acne certainly contributed to my already self-deprecating personality that further added to poor self-esteem, borderline depression, and as mentioned earlier altered social interactions. And because I suffered with these issues I would only focus on them when it came to myself and others. I wouldn’t say I successfully coped with the emotional effects of adult acne but it definitely gave me perspective. In a world where there’s constant war, hatred, poverty and famine battling my issues seemed extremely insignificant, and my focus on them was beyond insensitive. I hope to someday find myself humbled by what has often seemed like a fight against my own vanity. So the next time someone kindly tells me, “I don’t see what you’re seeing” or “Your face looks fine to me,” I can accept her words and simply say “thank you.”
My last lesson from those few torturous months was that I’ve mastered makeup. Right from colour correcting to contouring, it’s safe to say I’m a small-scale makeup pro. I now have a few tricks and hacks in my arsenal that helped me survive those nights out and dinner dates during the worst of the break outs. But more than those tricks, I cherish the fact that I can finally step out of my house without makeup. It has helped me to let go of my once-strong shame and instead of dismissing compliments, I finally accept them. When my vanity goes unchecked, and insecurities boil over, I remind myself that there’s much more to life than appearances.
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