I've been dealing with an unsavory complexion since I was a fledgling teenager. As I entered my twenties still strapped with breakouts, I realized I had to start calling my pimples "adult acne," which is almost as disheartening as waking up with a zit right between the eyes (or on your nose, or chin, or cheek, or forehead …). This stuff is not going away any time soon.
I've tried everything—Proactive, Equate, Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, Burt's Bees, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and prescription-strength creams and pills. I've scoured the Internet (and my facial skin) for home remedies. All procedures work for a while, until like a supercomputer or that kid that can complete a Rubik’s cube really fast, my skin outsmarts lab technicians and highly trained dermatologists.
I asked our Facebook followers what methods of facial care work best for them.
Kristen Tatil says: "Drink lots of water, don't eat junk food or fast food, remove makeup before bed (not wearing makeup at all is a big help, but I know girls hate the thought of going to school without it), workout, and St. Ives Apricot Scrub for blemish-prone skin was a blessing!"
Sam Hawkins says: "Honestly, nothing beats going to the dermatologist and just getting some prescription medication. In the end, it's a LOT more effective than over the counter stuff and will save you money."
Emy Houston @MWSOT2013 tweets: @fourpoints wet asprin, or ibuprofen applied right to the spot, resduces swelling. (:
(I also asked Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri about her daily skin care regimen. Stay tuned for her answers in the December issue of fourpoints!)
After years of scrubbing, peeling, toning, and moisturizing, I may not have perfectly clear skin, but I have learned something. A girl is not defined by her acne. Although I'm sure to notice my most recent breakout when I look at my face in the mirror, the state of my skin is not the first thing others see, if they notice it at all. I've struggled with self-confidence as a direct result of my acne, but I know holding my head high and smiling will make a bigger impression on people than ducking my head in shame because of a few (or a LOT of) zits. Take it from a twenty-six-year-old who is willing to go to bed with toothpaste on her face, because Pinterest said so.
Written by: Erika Rose is fourpoints magazine's staff writer.