What Having Acne Has Taught Me

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There’s always something to learn from every challenge you face and having acne is no different. I’ll be sharing 6 things I’ve learnt dealing with acne.

Patience

This is like the biggest of all. Acne doesn’t go overnight and no product can work overnight either. It takes a whole lottttttt of patience to see a drastic difference. And most times with acne treatments it gets worse before it gets better so you have to stay strong and consistent.

Empathy and kindness

You know you reap what you sow? Do to others what you want others to do to you. Physical flaws are just physical flaws. Having acne has made me able to empathize with what others go through, be it acne or not. It has made me sensitive and gentle towards others. I would never point out physical flaws, not even in a joking manner because you don’t know what that person is going through.

Self-care

And I’m not just talking about the physical part. I’ve learnt to be gentle and easy with myself. It’s not my fault that I have acne. Periodt! Acne affects mental health a whole lot and so it’s important to protect your mental health so I take it one day at a time. There’s only much I can physically do. I take time to breath and tell myself I’m more than how my skin looks anytime I feel down.

Positivity

I’ve learnt to be positive because I know that one day it would go away. That’s where my love for affirmation comes from. Yes, acne can’t be cured completely but it can be managed if you know your triggers and stay clear from them.

Discipline/Consistentcy

Whew! There are days where all I want to do after a long day is to just lay down and sleep but I remember that I have to at least wash my face. It’s not easy being consistent but it’s worth it.

Don’t panic

I only learnt this last month. With every fresh batch of breakout it comes with the urge to just make it go away so as soon as it forms a head I’ll be quick to pop it😩 The breakout I had in May taught me this lesson. After 2 months plus of no serious breakouts, when I had one in May during my exams I just wanted it to go away so I began popping and pressing and stressing and doing the most so it’ll go away. When it finally went it left serious dark spots on a particular area of my face which have now set me back. But we move. Now I no longer pop my pimples. I’ll let it run its course and go away.


Do you struggle with acne? What have you learnt?

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Story Corner||”What’s wrong with your face?”

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People can be really insensitive and this post is going to be very short. I’ll be sharing what happened to me early this year.

Like I said in my previous skincare post, I started this year with good skin. But somehow I had a very bad breakout just about when school was supposed to resume so I felt really bad. I was going to be resuming school after a year with fresh breakouts. I consoled myself and told myself it is what it is.

So as part of my preparation for school I needed to take new passport which is something I should have done earlier on, but procrastination won’t let me be great so I was forced to take it last minute with fresh breakouts on my skin😩 I felt insecure about my skin already but I didn’t have a choice.

On my way to school I stopped at a random studio to take the passport and all was good and fine until it was it was time to print out the picture and then the million dollar question was asked. “What is wrong with your face?” My guy didn’t stop there oh. He went ahead to tell me that I’m a fine girl but I should look for what to do to my skin. “Is it that you don’t wash your face? If you use Dettol soap all those things would clear in one week but you girls want to use all the beauty soap that would bleach you and destroy your face”

I was mortified. Have you ever been shocked that you don’t know what to say or how to react? That was how I felt. I wanted to cry there. I took my passport and left the place. I cried to sleep that night because I was hurt. I have had my fair share of rude stares and unsolicited advice but hurtful comments like that was my first time.

Acne is normal. It can happen to anybody and even adults. Not only teenagers suffer acne. It may just come in your adult years if you missed it as a teenager so be kind to others. It’s not expensive to be kind.

And no, acne just doesn’t go away. Stop bullying people who are trying to find a way to cure it. Stop telling them they have too many products and that’s what’s causing more problems.

Be kind. It costs nothing!


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Acne Awareness Month

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Let’s pretend like I didn’t ghost y’all and have this interesting conversation which I’ve been meaning to have but have been too busy then lazy to type this out because it’s really long. My department is after my life guys. School isn’t supposed to be this stressful but I’m glad to be able to blog again.

June is acne awareness month and acne; skincare basically is something I love to talk about because I can relate to it on a personal level. I’ve battled with acne basically throughout teenage years till now. It’s one of those things I’ve come to accept about myself because the truth is that acne cannot be cured but can be managed.

I know that I’ve done about 2 posts addressing acne issues but I thought I’ll use this opportunity to address some things because as common as acne is, people are still ignorant and say insensitive things to people who have acne. I’ve had my own share of insensitive comments and it’s really hurtful and triggering.

One thing about my acne and skincare journey has taught me is that healing is not a straight line but a zig zag line. There would be good days and extremely hard days. There would be random breakouts that you won’t understand what triggered them just after celebrating a few weeks of smooth or clear skin. I’m still learning to be easy with myself during these periods.

Since this is such a sensitive topic, I hope I pass the message across properly because it’s really triggering but it feels good to let it out.

  • Acne is not linked to dirtiness.
  • Stop giving people with acne unwanted advice. Please keep your opinions to yourself, unless you’re a professional and even then, if you’re not asked for it, it’s not needed because you may mean well but may not be passing the message across properly.
  • Stop giving people with acne weird stares and looks. Acne is normal.
  • Acne doesn’t make anybody less beautiful.

To my people struggling with acne💜💜

  • Acne doesn’t make you less beautiful and that’s on period!
  • Be patient with yourself. The goal is healthy skin and not perfect skin.
  • Adult acne is normal and it’s not as a result of dirtiness.
  • Your acne would get better. There’s a rainbow after the storm.
  • Don’t take advice from anybody who’s not a professional.
  • Know your acne triggers and avoid them.
  • Educate and enlighten yourself about acne. Trust me, it goes a long way when you know how these things happen and what ingredients fight against it. The resources are endless on Google, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Don’t let acne cause you to start isolating yourself. Life is too short and it comes at you fast. Live your life❣️
  • Hydration is your best friend. Learn how to use acne fighting ingredients properly so you’re not overdoing it and damaging your skin in return.

This year has marked a turnaround in my skincare journey because I’ve put in a conscious effort to go the extra mile and educate myself about acne causes and management and I’ve learnt a lot to know that I was making a lot of mistakes which triggered my acne and made it worse. Black soap for example triggered my acne. I know that I could have sworn by black soap in my last skincare post but it backfired at me and I knew why it’s said to be too harsh for acne prone skin. I was planning to do a series on this but I don’t know if anybody would be interested in it(let me know in the comment section).

In as much as clear skin is nice, blemished skin is still beautiful. Textured skin is beautiful and acne prone skin is also beautiful.

From my last skincare post, you would see that I was excited about where my skin was. I ended 2020 and started 2021 with the best skin I’ve had since I can remember but sometime mid January I started having the worst breakouts and I didn’t change anything in my products, routine or lifestyle. School had not yet resumed so I couldn’t blame it on stress. Once I stopped using blacksoap, it calmed down and from there and changed my whole routine.

I’m very proud to say that I now have a skincare routine that works. I’ve dropped everything diy skincare and that’s the best thing that has happened to my skin, blacksoap being the second. I could go on and on about this but I’ll rather not bore you guys and then I’m already tired of typing.

But then enjoy this photo dump of my skin at different times this year to show you how zig zag my journey has been.

January

Ending of May

Beginning of this year

Beginning of May

April

March

Beginning of May

March. At this point I was dealing with just dark spots and acne scars

June. Stress caused this particular breakout

If you’ve read till this point please engage on this post. Let’s gist in the comments section😊.

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My First Time Trying A Sheet Mask.

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Face masks used to be my favourite step in skincare but I’ve found a new love which I’ll be sharing another time, so let’s go back to my old love for a minute. I’ve tried lotssss of face masks. From DIYs to clay masks and peel off masks (which I’m never using again) see my thoughts on it hereAnd then there are sheet masks.

Sheet masks are basically materials soaked in serums. Even though it’s not a necessary step in a skincare routine, it helps with hydrating the skin.On one of my visits to the mall, I came across this sheet mask by facefacts and it sold for 840naira which was quite affordable, but given that it contains just 2 packs and can be used only once according to the instructions on the pack, it’s not so budget friendly if you want to have a staple hydrating product in your routine.

This product specifically says it’s for hydration and the ingredients were geared towards that as well. It contains aloe vera, cucumber extract and sodium hyaluronate which nourishes and attracts moisture to the skin(would you be interested in knowing more about particular ingredients in skincare products? Let me know in the comments)

So the material of the mask felt like a thin fabric and it was light. I applied it after cleansing and toning my face. It applied well on my skin and it didn’t threaten to fall off at any point. It stayed put for the 20 minutes I had it on. My face felt supple, hydrated and glowy after I took it off. It’s not meant to be rinsed off so I went ahead to pat the excess serum on my face into my skin then applied my moisturizer over it.

I used this at two different times of the day to see if it would make any difference. It said on the packet that it can be used on the skin to get a great base for applying makeup. When I used it in the morning and wore makeup that day, my face looked really good. A good balance of dewy and matte finish which made the make up look natural and didn’t need to blot as much oil from my face like I would have done on a normal day.

When I used it at night, I woke up the next day with well hydrated skin. Again, my face didn’t feel oily and my skin felt supple. That’s what hydration does to the skin. And yes, oily skin needs to be moisturized too.

Overall, I had a great experience with this but would only repurchase when I’m feeling bougie and want something extra. It’s better to invest in serums and moisturizers than sheet masks because sheet masks give temporary fixes and they’re not economical or cost effective because you get to use them only once.


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