Buying creams and treatments from the store can cost as much as a phone bill, so when the funds are low, you have to get creative with things; especially treating those pesky pimples. Here are the top 10 things to pick up at the store next time you’re out to help you out.
It’s always been delightful to see a makeup wearing model doing an acne commercial. Like, how did she just splash water on her face but still look like she just walked out of the makeup chair after a two-hour session? Like many other products, acne ads and all those commercials are selling the world what they want; an idea that if you use this product, they will be perfect – but honey, do we always have to revert back to Hannah Montana? “Nobody’s perfect.” Remember that.
Growing up the daughter of a tomboy and the sister of two boys, it was clear that being an easy, breezy, beautiful Cover Girl was not something pushed on me. My mother likely still owns that same pink and green bottle of mascara (I Googled for clarification as I once used eye shadow on someone’s cheeks in theater), and she only wore it on insanely special occasions. The same went with any other ancient makeup relics found in her bathroom. When I started to get around the age girls start asking their parents to buy them this and that in the cosmetics department, I never felt like I needed to. Deep down maybe I thought it’d only make me look like Wesley Snipes in Too Wong Fu. Really though, I just didn’t care to spend all that time, energy and money on painting myself up every day – and it’s all thanks to my mom pointing out that boys don’t do that shit, so why do women have to? Point taken mom, point taken.
Of all the social media platforms I have, I could go the longest without Facebook. It’s not as quick as Twitter, not as insanely pleasing as Tumblr. It’s, as the kids say – basic. However, without it I would have never scrolled along and stumbled upon Dinuki Suraweera’s Huffington Post article, “How Having Adult Acne Made Me More Accepting of Other Women.” In it she detailed her struggle with facial imperfections after moving to New York City, which she told me of the move and the outbreak, “I think your skin takes a toll when your life is thrown off balance like that.”
At first I wanted to talk to a dermatologist about this topic, but after contacting a few and not hearing back – it was fate this article popped up in my feed. A doctor can tell you this and that, but when it comes to living with it, who better than someone like Dinuki? So we’ll find out more about this 31-year-old copywriter’s struggle with acne as an adult and how she got through it all.
Pimples, zits, acne – whatever you call it, it’s a commonality of life. There is no one on earth who’s gone through puberty who hasn’t had at least one or two or three breakouts that have left them freaking out. I mean, just one pimple on prom night has been the plot line of at least 300 teen-related TV shows and movies, right? That’s teenagers though. When you’re that age, looks are weighed ten times heavier than any other era of your life…or so we think. According to Richard Fried’s Healing Adult Acne: Your Guide to Clear Skin & Self-Confidence, “Recent studies suggest that adult acne is becoming increasingly common,” adding, “…many will have their acne worsen substantially as they enter their twenties with more extensive and inflamed lesions.” He says it’s because “Adult acne lesions tend to be deeper, more cystic and more localized” than the kind of acne that comes about in your teens.