I feel like in this time, there is a weird obsession with having skin that's smooth, with no blemish, no spots, soft like clouds….just perfection. Obviously, this is unrealistic, everyone is not built the same and not every product is going to work. If you scroll through your Instagram feed or explore page...you’re probably gonna see a good amount of influencers that have perfect-looking skin...and you sit there wondering..how? Personally, my skin growing up wasn’t going crazy with acne until the end of high school. I started watching youtube videos on skincare to see if I can revert this uncontrollable acne that came out of nowhere...and when I tell you...I was trying everything. Buying different face cleansers, tried out toners, trying to find a proper moisturizer….and nothing worked. It would look like it was working then my face would just break out again. I would sit and wonder “what I’m I doing wrong? I’m drinking more water..even with lemon, using appropriate skin products, and eating better...am I cursed or something?” This was the moment when I was getting obsessed with the thought of having “perfect skin”.
Now before we into anything more, let’s go over the general stuff, shall we? Acne is a skin condition that happens when the hair follicles get clogged up with oil and dead skin cells. Other several factors can cause acne such as:
Reactions to medications
And also family genes…
Like I said before, not everyone is built the same, so a product an influencer or a celebrity using may not work on you...also...these people can afford expensive skin treatments and products. All those factors need to be taken into consideration when you wanna create a proper routine for your skin. Can't listen to random strangers and take their “advice”. Also, you need to figure out what type of skin you have...whether it’s dry, oily, sensitive, or combination...this will help you even more with knowing how to take care of your skin. I think it’s very important to do your own research on different techniques, products, and ingredients so you can determine what’s right for you. If anything, you can make an appointment with a dermatologist for some professional advice.
There’s nothing wrong with taking inspiration from those pictures of people with clear and smooth skin and making it a goal for yourself...I also have a goal to have healthy skin but I’m being realistic that it not gonna happen instantly. Not everything can be instant...remember patience is a virtue...you gotta practice it..and definitely when it comes to skincare.
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- Anissa (TheQuietGirl)