By Krisna Ra
I’ve been dealing with acne since my first year of college. I had never used any products on my face (not even a cleanser) when I was in high school because my skin was perfectly clear and plump. My first year at college I began seeing my colleagues using facial cleansers and scrubs on their face in the bathroom. I thought to myself if I should be doing the same. My roommate and I had a chat and she persuaded me to try her facial cleanser; I believe it was Clean and Clear Skin Burst. I was hesitant at first since my skin was clear but my roommate mentioned to me that there is always some gunk/dirt/oils that are hidden in your skin.
I took a quarter size of the cleanser on my palm and ran some water through it. I took both of my hands together and rubbed them until fluffy foam was created. Gently, I messaged the cleanser on my face and boy oh boy the feeling was great! My skin had never felt so squeaky-clean. On top of that, the scent of the cleanser was delicious enough to eat.
I went out to my local drugstore and bought the exact cleanser my roommate was using. A week passed and my skin was glowing due to the daily cleanse, however one morning I woke up and realized small bumps occurring on my checks. I wasn’t too concerned about them until a few more days passed the small bumps formed into pimples; and these pimples hurt! I panicked. My once flawless face has been infected with these hideous pimples.
Immediately I stopped used the cleanser and prayed to god, literally prayed, that the pimples went away. I began popping my pimples because I hated the way it looked. Yet soon enough my acne began to get WORSE! Never have I looked in the mirror and cried. I cried myself every night to sleep and the only thing I kept asking myself was, “why me?” Sometimes I look back and wonder if the cleanser made me break out or was it the stress from college and the emotions from being away from.
It’s been 6 years now and I have finally tamed down the acne by using natural/organic products on my face. I’m glad that I have found a way to be partially acne free but every time I look again in the mirror my scars remind me of the horrible past.