How to deal with Stubborn Acne
I’ve been dealing with acne since I was 13 years old. It’s something that is frustrating, embarrassing, and, often, painful. My self-esteem relies heavily on the state of my skin, so it’s safe to say I have not been super confident for quite a while. It’s not that I have a lot of acne, but when I do get a pimple, they are of the cystic variety, and they linger for weeks on end. You know the kind - the ones you can feel coming, but are helpless to stop them, and then once they arrive, they take their sweet time healing so that you’re stuck with a mini-volcano on your face for the next few weeks. So fun!
The worst part of this type of acne is that it’s often caused by stress, but the pimple itself stresses you out so much that you only perpetuate it! Luckily, over the years, I’ve discovered some tools to help the process along. Below are a few go-to tactics that I employee when these uninvited guests appear to ensure that I 1) don’t make them worse and 2) don’t go crazy!
Treat Yo’ Self
Now is the time for the pamper sesh, and I don’t mean piling on the products. Your face (and your mind) may need a little break, so treat your pimple by taking care of yourself. Light some candles, splurge on a fancy oil or bath bomb, draw a warm bath, and soak your troubles away. Give yourself a pedi or mani, pull on cozy pj’s, and curl up on the couch with Netflix and a mug of tea. Giving yourself a break from the hustle and bustle of life will help to de-stress you, and you’ll distract yourself from your zit in the process.
Do something meaningful
It’s so easy to get caught up in things that really aren’t that big of a deal, in the grand scheme of things. That’s not to say that feeling insecure because of bad skin is not valid, but it’s definitely not a life and death matter. Volunteer for a day at a shelter, help a friend move, or offer to mow your neighbor’s lawn. Devoting a day (or even an hour) to help someone is a great way to boost your self-esteem and to get a change in perspective. It can even be something as simple as e-mailing an old friend to see how they’re doing these days - it doesn’t have to be a big thing.
As I mentioned above, stress triggers acne which triggers stress which...you get the idea. Thus, de-stressing is key in treating stubborn acne. My personal de-stressers include gentle yoga, hot bubble baths, and strolling through the forest near my house. Being patient with your skin is incredibly difficult to do (trust me), but is truly one of the best things you can do to treat your acne. Not to mention, some products require several weeks’ worth of use to start working. Just breathe, stick with it, and it will get better!