PET PEEVE: when people who have had perfect skin their whole life try and tell everyone that if you just “drink more water” all of your acne will go away. Maaaaaaan, stop lyin. I carry a huge jug of water with me everywhere. I probably drink more water than you. The only constant non-water beverages in my house are unsweetened almond milk and aloe Vera juice. I have no choice but to drink water.
And don’t even get me started on the tea tree oil, witch hazel, and everything else everyone talks about. It may work for some people. But definitely not for me, cute.
During my sophomore and junior years of high school, my face was out of control. I would walk around school or wherever else I was, praying that no one would stare at my face for long periods of time or mention all of the craziness going on with my skin. It got so bad that no lie, I would cry myself to sleep. Pretty melodramatic, but it’s the truth. I felt pretty close to hopeless because I had tried so many different products, both over the counter and dermatologist prescribed. It still didn’t work. Acne sucks.
And, I’m not the type of chick who wears makeup because 1. I don’t really know how to 2. It takes too much time/effort and 3. I just don’t care enough, + I’m chill with my natural look. Because of this, whenever I do have acne, it’s even moooooore noticeable.
At the beginning of my senior year, my mom decided that she wanted me to try Proactiv. At first, I wasn’t too sure because I had heard so many stories of it not working, but about three months in, I truly started to see a change. My cheeks were covered in acne, and to all of a sudden see all of the bumps go away really shocked me. I started having less and less breakouts, and over time, I’m noticing how much my skin has really transformed. Won’t He do it.
Even now as I’m going into my first year of college, I look at old pictures and think “man, we’ve come a long way.” In one picture in particular, I remember the day I took it and myself thinking about how much clearer my skin was than the previous year. Now, I look at that same picture and think, “wow, if I thought that was relatively clear skin, old Kaesee should see me now.”
My skin is still in no way perfect. I still have a lot of scarring and dark spots, but in terms of visible acne, it is a million times better than it used to be. And Proactiv may not work for everyone, but for me, it was God sent.
So, thanks God for letting this become a reality.
If you struggle with acne, don’t give up hope! It may take longer than you’ve wanted, but you’ll find something that works for you. In the mean time, don’t let your situation keep you from being social or feeling confident because more than likely, people are probably like you and are too busy worrying about their own imperfections to even think about yours.
If you don’t feel beautiful, know that you still are, even though your skin may be disagreeing with you. This too shall pass.
Stay strong my friend,