We asked our audience to share with us their acne stories, they were so touching that we were left teary eyed. Acne is more common than we think, and a lot of the times the more we try to control it, the worse it can get. Acne is common, normal, and out of our control, so don't let acne define you.
In high school, I had perfect skin until halfway through 12th grade. Like, picture perfect skin - hardly any pimples ever. I specifically remember thinking to myself "wow, I am so lucky to not have acne like all my friends". If I only knew then what I know now...
In 12th grade, I started to get large pimples all over. Stress from college made it worse. I developed a habit of picking and popping them which only made the situation worse. My acne wasn't too severe, though, probably on the more moderate side. I started a birth control pill and that seemed to help. My acne went away with the exception of a few occasional pimples.
In college, it started again during a particularly difficult senior year fall semester. I think stress brought it on combined with the fact that I went off my birth control. This time, the pimples were painful, itchy, and deep under my skin.
I went to see a dermatologist and they prescribed epiduo (topical cream) and minocycline (antibiotic). I think the antibiotics really helped to clear it up. My acne was back under control and I let my skincare routine slowly slip my mind.
About 6 months later it came back with a vengeance. It started right before I graduated which really sucked. I got the dermatologist to prescribe me some more antibiotics but only for a few months’ worth because I didn't want to make that a long-term solution. It helped for the period between graduation and starting my new job.
But then the stress of starting a new job (that I don't like), moving to a new city (where I don't know anyone), and realizing that I don't know what I'm doing with my life caused the worst breakouts I have ever had. At any one moment, I have at least 6 huge painful cysts on my face and a handful of scars from previous ones.
To make matters worse, I accidentally got the worst haircut of my life just before my job started. I went into the salon with collar-bone length hair and asked for a shoulder-length bob (or lob). Instead, I got a horrible asymmetrical cut with the front to my chin and the back of my ears. I have never felt less feminine/less "me" in my entire life. Combine that with the acne and making new friends/putting myself out there became an almost impossible task. It's been a rough six months.
I got a new doctor in my new city (who I love) and got prescribed epiduo and aczone (topicals) and yaz (birth control) as well as a strict morning/night skincare routine. My overall skin texture has improved greatly and I see a bit of improvement with the acne (maybe?) but I still have the deep, painful pimples and a lot of scarring (I'm struggling to kick the picking habit).
Of course, a lot of times I forget these things. I also spend way too much time looking at my face, picking my face, and trying to cover my acne with makeup.
For anyone else out there who can relate to these struggles, try to stay positive and know you're not alone. Sometimes it's hard when it seems like everyone else looks so flawless but remember that everyone struggles with self-confidence.
La Tarris’s Acne Story
I started to get acne at the age of 12 when I entered junior high school. Unfortunately, my family wasn’t that educated about acne, even after my older sister began with outbreaks first. I don’t ever recall going to a doctor about it. Therefore, I thought it was just a part of puberty and that it would eventually fade away. At least for my sister it eventually did. Here I am, almost 30 and still dealing with acne. While it is much better than when I was younger, the fact of the matter is I still have outbreaks.
Even more so, I have dark scars in certain areas of my face to further prove it. I remember my mother always wanting to pop my sister’s and I pimples. Since we didn’t know any better, we allowed her to. Never thinking about the final result….acne scars!
Eventually, this led me down a road of popping my own pimples. I went on throughout junior high school and high school with acne problems, even to my young adult years. For some odd reason, it did not dawn on me nor my parents to seek professional help about my acne issue. Actually as I ponder more about it, I don’t recall ever seeing it as an issue or as an insecurity of mine. I mean, yes, I hated breakouts, but I never considered it to affect my beauty. I think my weight was more of a concern than my acne.
Thus, I have struggled with low self-esteem, but my acne was never a cause of it. Today, I have confidence in myself and I know that I am beautiful—inside out! How much I weigh nor the scars I have on my face does not define me! I am an overcomer! As I got older and became more involved in my own health, I began to take better care of my skin. When you know to do better, you begin to do better, and that is what I exactly began to do.
I began to invest in myself. I have tried various products to help prevent acne. As I went down this road of discovery, I found out that some products worked and some didn’t. Ultimately, I became more enlightened about my very own skin. I found out that some of the causes of my outbreaks were due to the change of seasons or to what I was eating or due to simply touching my face with my germy hands! Currently, I do not use any popular brand product to prevent my outbreaks. I simply use a daily cleanser, which is organic and I keep my face moisturized. While I still have outbreaks from time to time, one of my main concerns is about my acne scars. Thank God for Banish! I am ready to leave the past right where it belongs…in the past! Bye, bye acne scars!
All throughout high school (grade 9-12) my skin was pretty much clear (no discolouration, no acne, barely any redness, just freckles around my nose), aside from the monthly PMS blemish or stress pimple during exam times. It wasn't until my first year of university where the problems started to occur.
Now, here's my theory of why I think I started getting acne:
Basically, university = no sleep = stress = lots of stress eating = poor health choices.
In my first year my acne really, and I mean really flared up and I had a bunch of pimples and small bumps which caused me to pick at them and pop them (which if you have active acne right now DO NOT do! It is so bad for your skin). The summer after my first year I decided that I needed to do something about it because it really bothered me. I tried out the Spectro Gel for about 4 months and saw little to no results.
Then I decided to splurge on the Cetaphil line and thank God I came across that brand because it did wonders to my skin. But Cetaphil cleared up my acne and got rid of all my active acne which left me with the scarring that can be seen in many of the pictures that I post in my blogs. Now I'm trying out theBanish Kit system to hopefully transform my face.
Bridget’s Acne Story
When I was growing up, I always had perfect skin, and then BOOM one day my Junior year I broke out with acne like crazy.The cycle began, and the discomfort set in. I was so embarrassed of my skin. I thought how in the world am I suppose to go and be in all my sports, clubs, and activities when my skin looked gross.
My parents told me they had acne when they were my age, and that they both took medication that made it clear up. When you look at my parent's skin you can't even tell that they once had bad skin. My parents told me they would take me to the doctor. Long story short, no medication, no cream, no birth control, and no store product helped my skin! It would get dried out and then be clear and then break out again.
I luckily was really good at doing make up, so that way I could cover every inch with Clinique acne foundation, and that is where I found comfort in my own skin was by painting my face just so I could go live my life.
Experiencing acne was horrible and I will never forget the pain that came along with it. My Senior year, I was able to get my skin somewhat under control by healthy eating, drinking tons of water, working out and doing a green clay mask.
I thought this is my life, I will always get break outs, but hey at least they aren't as bad as they use to be..right? WRONG. I was so upset still. I didn't want to feel like I always had to wear make-up all the time just to feel decent looking. I wanted to go to the store, workout, and just be care fee with no make up on. Finally, one day I came across a page where someone was promoting Banish. That is when I decided this is for me!
I saw the pictures, read the reviews, and knew if I wanted to get rid of these scars and what acne I had left I needed something natural and safe. That is when I ordered the pumpkin masque, then aloe, then the different sprays, and now the charcoal masque. These face products changed my life and made me feel like myself again.
I am a loyal customer and have recommended over 15 friends to these products. Each and everyone of them has loved it! They all order because they saw my incredible results! I don't even have to wear make-up anymore, and when I do it is a light powder. I can't thank Banish enough for helping me feel beautiful without make-up on. My friends always said I was pretty with the makeup on, but it is nice to hear it when I am all natural. SO if you want results for you skin then you need to order this stuff! It is so amazing and changed my life for the better and they are all for acne and skin positivity too!!
When I look in the mirror at my face, it's difficult for me to see anything but my acne scars. I have become skilled at the art of avoiding my reflection in the mirror and I've become even better at applying makeup strategically to cover up the scars on my cheeks and chin. Finding new ways to conceal and hide my skin has consumed a large part of my life for the past 2 years, and I am exhausted.
From ages 15 - 21 I had beautiful skin. It was soft, smooth, and vibrant. My skin was something that I was quite proud of, however, when I turned 22, cystic acne took over my face, chest, and back. I thought perhaps it was a phase, but after 6 months of relentless acne, I began to accept that this was now my reality. People don’t understand that acne legit made me cry because I tried everything I could to get rid of it, but it wouldn’t go away.
After years of using countless creams, seeing tons of doctors, trying various products, and shedding way too many tears, my acne finally let up. Finally, my skin was clearing and I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I figured out that with the right diet, workout routine, and skin care regimen my skin was responding positively. I had hope again and the reality that I could have clear skin was actually believable. What I did not anticipate or plan for, though, was the acne scars that were left behind.
It had never entered my mind that after the acne was gone there would be dark spots on my face that I could not get rid of. I found myself at the beginning of a new battle, trying to figure out a way to cure my skin and simply feel confident again.
One of the biggest struggles I have faced during my battle with acne and acne scarring is that living on a budget means there is only so much you can do to help yourself. Finding creative home remedies to cure my skin has become a hobby of mine born out of sheer desperation for relief. The truth is, I have found some really amazing ways to pamper myself with homemade masks, scrubs and creams. There comes a point though where home remedies simply won't do the job.
I spent so much money, and went to so many doctors and naturopaths but I saw very little improvement over 4 years.
I spent so much time trying to find a cure naturally, that I eventually just let it go because it was consuming my life. My family noticed my personality wasn’t the same, and I almost lost my job from the depression as a result of my acne.
After that realization,, I stopped attacking my skin with 15 different products, I simplified my routine and got out of my head. My number one supporter was my mom, she held me when I cried and always listened. If it wasn’t for here I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have her support.
My advice for others dealing with acne is that letting go of the need to fix your skin will make you feel so much better. See what you can put out into the world, and this mindset will help you find yourself again after struggling with acne.
My acne started at 16 years old.
I’ve been taking antibiotics, birth control pills and I’m back on spirolactane. I’ve tried eating clean and drinking water but I’m still getting acne.
Acne has affected me mentally and it’s caused me to look down, and not go out. I try to go out more without makeup but it’s still really hard. I feel like people will still judge you when you have acne, even though I have no control over it.
I felt like having my acne get worse as an adult affected me more rather than having acne in high school, because in high school it’s more common. Everyone I know now doesn’t have to do anything for their skin, or they don’t even need to wash it and they don’t have acne so it is a struggle.
I really like looking at the banish page because it helps me validate my feelings with acne and it’s great seeing people who have acne recommend what helps with their skin so I like getting advice from them.
I have learned that there is a fine line between over-indulging and simply partaking in self-care. It is important to do what you can for your well-being and health. No one should ever feel guilty for loving themselves and doing little things to feel confident. If you are reading this, just know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and all you have to do is take it one day at a time.
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