Not everybody has the privilege of having a clear skin. For those of us with acne, pimples, acne scars, we know the struggle of how we stare at our reflection and wish that all the scars just disappeared already.
For the most part of my life, I’ve had pimples. My earliest memory of pimples was at 10years old. They started out mild but as time went on, they became worse. It already wasn’t easy being a teenager but being a teenager with skin issues was a bigger problem. I used many recommended products/creams trying to clear the pimples and while some of them worked, my skin would get used to the product and it would stop working or the product will get scarce or overly expensive and I’ll stop using it eventually.
I eventually got tired of trying new things and left my skin to do whatever it wanted to. This was after secondary school. I found out that the pimples started clearing on their own but after a while they would appear again. This routine kept on occuring and I noticed it had a pattern which was during my menstrual cycle. So I googled it and found out that I suffer from hormonal pimples. A week to my period I’ll start seeing new pimples and they would stay till my period is over before they start clearing, but not without leaving scars or turning into acne which then causes dark spots on my face.
Acne and pimples are curable but they tend to take lots of time before they go completely, especially the scars. In the meantime, you can’t stay sulking or feeling down about your skin. I see the dark spots as my battle scars and the imperfections that add to my perfect self. Being dark skinned has helped me not to bother so much about the dark spots because they are not as prominent as they would be if I were light skinned.
Here are some ways to be confident in your skin with acne/pimple scars.
Don’t scrutinize every dark spot/pimple/blackhead.
Yes it’s a flaw, but it’s still normal to have acne or pimple scars or dark spots. The more you scrutinize your skin, the more critical you’ll be over the tiniest flaw and start building doubts about yourself.
Know it’s not as obvious as you think.
Your scars may not even be as obvious as you think. Most times we’re always the worst critics when it comes to our own skin. You think you’re going through a really bad acne phase while it may just be mild and not as serious as you think.
Stop comparing yourself.
You are you. Stop looking at that person and wishing you were her or him. They might also be wishing to be someone else, or have skin like someone else’s own too. Stop caring what others look like and start practicing self love. Learn to love your skin in all it’s stages and it would love you right back.
Embrace the skin you find yourself with.
Whether you have clear skin, hyperpigmented skin, oily skin, acne prone skin, dry skin, embrace it and accept it. There’s only so much you can do and you just have to let your body naturally fight it. If you don’t accept it, you’ll start feeling stressed and stress causes more breakouts of pimples and acne. I have a set of affirmations I say everyday and whenever I’m feeling down about my skin because there would be days when you would feel fed up with everything.
Realize that you’re doing your best.
You’ve probably tried a wide array products and none of them seem to be doing the work. No skincare routine seems to be working, but it’s okay. Your work would pay off soon but in the meantime you have to be confident in that skin.
Acne/acne scars/pimples/dark spots do not clear overnight. It takes a lot of commitment and dedication to see results. Consistency is always key. The products you’re using require time to work and heal your skin cells. Being impatient would only be putting more stress on you and remember, stress causes more breakouts which would hinder your progress.
Do that face mask, get some sleep, buy yourself something you love, take a day off, do whatever you need to do to feel good with yourself and try to make it something you do often as long as it’s healthy for you. I love painting my nails or doing my hair.
Do what makes you feel carefree and comfortable.
Feeling carefree is important when trying to boost your confidence. You have to be comfortable with yourself and not care who is looking at you or who is talking about you.
Delete all negativity and stay positive.
Stay away from people who make you feel insecure and conscious of any part of yourself. That is bad energy and you need to be leave that behind you. Surround yourself with positivity. Be where you feel happy with yourself.
I’ve learnt to be happy an confident in my own skin because honestly, I’m tired of being bothered. I’ve also found a way to curb the hormonal pimples so that I can focus on clearing the residual spots. I’m excited to share my routine and products but that would be when I have good and visible results.
Thanks for reading ☺️