By Alvina Chowdhury
I’ve had acne for as long as I can remember, and as long as I can remember I have always been self-conscious of myself. Hi, my name is Alvina Chowdhury, and I am a 21.5 year old woman who has suffered through brutal acne since the age of 10. I remember when it began, I was in the 6th grade, and I had begun to see little bumps form on my chest and back. Sixth grade promotion was coming up and I bought a red and black spaghetti strap dress. I was so nervous and thought to myself, “How am I going to cover up the bumps on my back and chest? My hair isn’t even long enough”.
At the time my hair was up to my shoulder and there was no way my hair could cover the few tiny bumps that began the struggle of my acne journey. Funny to think, that, I would die to have those two or three bumps today compared to the millions of bumps and scars I’m left with 11.5 years later. Never did I imagine that eleven years later, I would continue to have those bumps and that it would worsen.
I have used every topical medication, as well as pills you can imagine. I have used so much that I probably cannot name all of them considering that I began taking pills for acne starting at the age of twelve.
Acne is one thing that has impacted my life strongly. It has impacted how I dress, how I talk to people when they talk to me, how I plan my day, how I eat, how I have kept my hair length, how much I have had to save up for acne medication when I had a job, and even my past relationships. It has even got me to burn my skin due to layers upon layers of different acne medication on my chest.
I have damaged my skin plenty of times by doing that. People don’t understand me when I explain to them that acne has impacted my life emotionally, people get confused when I have told them that there are days I don’t leave my house and hang out with them because of what’s on my face. People just don’t understand.
When I began doing research on acne and reading other peoples videos and blogs is when I knew I wasn’t alone. Many other people just like me suffer from acne not only physically and emotionally as well. My roommates think I’m crazy for spending hours on the internet reading reviews on an acne product, or trying weird home remedies, or desperately spend crazy amounts of money on cures that end up not working. But why would they understand? They can’t relate to me considering that they have flawless skin.
My desperateness to achieve clear skin has gotten to the point that though there has been various law suits against Accutane with well-known health risks, I didn’t care I wanted to take that risk, and till this day contemplate if I should try it out or not. But now, I have discovered the BANISH acne scarring system, and it is another product that once again has intrigued me. I hope to have it help me achieve the close to flawless skin I once had years ago.