My Journey With Acne

Growing up, I always had some amount of acne or breakouts on my face. In high school, there would always be a pimple lurking somewhere on my face… on my chin, nose, forehead…

The acne was pretty manageable. It never got out of control but it always there. There was a short period of time where I remember my face cleared up a little bit. It was when I was using a face brightener/whitener product that my aunt gave me. I didn’t think much of it at the time but it was doing something that cleared my face for a while. When the product ran out, the acne came back.

And then fast forward a few years to college. I studied abroad in Korea and ran out of Proactiv. Since I needed a new face wash, I ran to the nearby convenient store and bought a Korean version of Clean and Clear. And within two days, my skin was CLEAR! All of my acne disappeared and my scars minimized. It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. To this day, I don’t know if it was the product or the environment I was in, but it was a miracle.

When I came back to the U.S. and the product was all used up, I bought an American version of Clean and Clear thinking my clear skin would continue. Boy was I wrong. My face broke out like crazy. The breakouts were the worst it had ever been in my life. The pimples came back with a vengeance. My acne was no longer manageable and the I had pimples and zits all over my face. This went on for a year.

Luckily after a year or so, the acne subsided. I still broke out but it was no longer a huge flare up. Fast forward to now, I have a lot of acne scars left over from all my acne days. I started to use Lancome and Estee Lauder moisturizer that I received as a gift with purchase and these moisturizers have helped with my skin. I also think because I’m eating better the breakouts aren’t as bad anymore. These days, I’ll have a small pimple here or there.

I’m envious of people who have naturally clear skin. I try so hard to keep my skin clear but it seems like it’s a never ending battle.

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