Today is Sunday, March 11, 2018, and it’s daylight savings time! I’m excited because spring is right around the corner. Before we begin, have you heard Janelle Monae’s new song titled, “Make Me Feel?” As an artist, she is brilliant, stylish, iconic, and talented. She collaborated with Prince on this one and it is hot! I digress. Listen to it and watch the video. Tell me how it makes you feel.
Skincare is part of overall health, in my opinion. Throughout my teenage years and well into my early 30’s, I’ve battled with severe acne. It was so horrific that I had a tough time leaving the house every morning. Makeup would not cover what I was dealing with externally or internally. The worst part about it was that I was well into my career which requires me to be in the public’s view every day. In addition, someone always had something to say. “Wow, what are using on your face?” “You’ve really broken out.” People would make comments as if you didn’t look in the mirror every day. It was mentally taxing. The only thing that kept me motivated was the fact that I had bills to pay and my children had to eat.
Runs in the Family
Unfortunately, acne is hereditary, sometimes. Several of my family members had to battle problematic skin issues at some point in their lives which was discouraging. For some reason, it took longer for mine to go away than it did everyone else in my family. In fact, mine was worse as an adult.
I had gone through great extremes to try to rid my face of acne, but nothing worked. I tried just about everything based on listening to myths. I became a vegetarian for about 10 years, that didn’t work. I eliminated sugar and fried foods from my diet, that didn’t work. I lost weight but I did not lose the acne. Finally, I had succumbed to the strongest drug on the market, Accutane.
Accutane was brutal. I had to go through two 6 month rounds of it! It’s difficult to get a prescription because of the side effects. Severally chapped, bleeding lips, sunburn, and severe back and neck pain are just a few side effects that I had experienced while using the medication. I had to have my blood drawn monthly which was an inconvenience but it was required to continue the medication. It got a lot worse before it got better. After several painful months, it finally cleared up. It was a process. There was a lot of crying, praying, mental anguish, depression, and hiding going on during that time in my life.
And This To Shall Pass
Skincare didn’t stop there. My dermatologist prescribed birth control pills to keep acne at bay. As an African American female, it’s not necessary to wash my hair daily. However, the doctor said I needed to wash my hair frequently because it gets so oily. I have to frequently wash my pillowcases. I wash my face at least twice a day, using Panoxly or Cetaphil. I moisturize twice a day using Cetaphil with sunscreen, which is also important. I drink lemon water and I ensure that I’m getting half my body weight in ounces again. I slacked off there a little, but I’m tracking my water intake now. I occasionally use Bare Minerals make-up for special occasions. My dermatologist recommended it. I also use the Bare Minerals face mask from time to time. I make sure that my plate is colorful, eating plenty fruits and vegetables.
Reader, this is an emotional topic for me. It was depressing and there seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel when I was going through it. If you know someone who suffers from adult acne, please don’t make unnecessary comments. I’m sure they see it and are probably doing everything they can to get rid of it. If you are suffering from it, find something else that motivates you to move forward until you can get it under control. Do you have any skincare tips for our community?
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