My Acne Story
|Me at age 18 with NO makeup on.|
I had this lovely, smooth porcelain skin speckled with soft, youthful freckles and accented by warm rosy cheeks. Not too oily, not too dry but just slightly glowing and nearly always perfect. That was my skin growing up. I barely ever wore foundation in high school and there were girls who envied my perfect skin. I was proud of it and didn't want to cover up my flawless skin with makeup. Then I turned nineteen and my skin changed into a temperamental monster that I've been dueling with ever since. I'm pretty sure I'm losing.
At first, I thought it was the stress of college that was making these lovely giant zits randomly pop up on my chin. College brought changes like procrastinating work, studying, a new diet of crummy college cafeteria food, making new friends, pledging a sorority and transitioning to a relationship with Brian that was no longer long distance. Basically, it was a lot of change at once. Then in December of freshman year, I started on the birth control pill and the hormones threw my skin a whole new curve ball. But after a few months, things settled down and my acne pretty much went away before the end of freshman year. Very rarely, a pimple would pop up but they were usually few and far between and not that big or noticeable when I did get one. And then I moved to Florida.
Once again, there was a lot of transition in my life. Within three months, I graduated from college, got married, changed birth control pills, moved 900 miles away from home, and started a job as a first year teacher. Any of you who are teachers know how much stress that can be on its own. The pimples started again and just seemed to get worse as time went on. Three years after we moved to Florida, I had finally had enough. I counted twelve active pimples on my face at once, along with many other inactive ones that were left behind and healing. I was tired of feeling ugly and I wanted a solution. A friend of mine had suggested that I try Proactiv, as it had worked well for her acne so I ordered the starter kit and had it rush delivered.
|Me at age 28 with NO makeup on.|
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