It all started with a single pimple that popped out of nowhere in the summer after graduating from elementary school. I was actually happy when I saw this pimple because it indicated that I was finally hitting puberty, which ultimately meant to me that I am in the stages of becoming a man… Oh man, what was I thinking!
My acne was not the severe or mild type in the beginning stages of my journey. I would get a pimple here and there, and it wouldn’t bother me much. My acne started to bother me when I came to realize that these pimples that I thought would go away with time, left discoloration marks. These so-called ‘acne scars’ or ‘discoloration marks’ was what really frustrated me. At this stage of my acne journey, I was very ignorant about how to properly treat acne. It was as a result of my frustration and ignorance about acne that caused me to do some research. At that time, the most commonly typed keywords that I would make on Google would be, “how to get rid of acne overnight”, “homemade remedies to get rid of acne fast”, and “how to get rid of acne scars fast”. Notice how all I wanted to do at that time was to get rid of my acne as fast as possible and not actually educating myself as to how acne develops and how I can lessen the chances of it developing in the future.
The result of my research: more acne! Something that I was proud about quickly became something that frustrated me and caused me to become self-conscious. I couldn’t understand how the many DIY acne remedies that I did for my face didn’t clear up my face. Looking back at this stage of my journey, I would say that my acne was caused as a result of my unhealthy eating and increasing hormonal levels (i.e. puberty).
The next highlight of my acne journey is when I started to invest in acne products. Some of these products effectively diminished the occurrence of developing more acne, whereas others were a complete waste of money. It was then when I sought professional help from my dermatologist and family doctor. I was prescribed with a cream containing benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin. I think this medication helped me a lot. The only issue was, once again, my ignorance regarding how this medication was to be used. At that time, I reasoned that the more I use, the faster my pimples would dry out and disappear from my face. This decision coupled with no use of moisturizer only aggravated my acne even more. Oh man… I definitely did not think that I was a man at that point.
So, where am I now in my acne journey? I have properly educated myself about how acne develops and how to lessen the risk of developing more. My acne has significantly subsided and the only concern I have is the discoloration. I am currently using Retin-A to get rid of the discoloration. It’s slowly but surely getting rid of them! All I can do is to be patient! ☺