Ah, teenage skin. The joys of having teenage skin. Acne, breakouts, hormonal skin, redness, all part of the package. Do you have a picture in your head about these dilemmas I’m talking about? I’m not going to lie, having teenage skin can really stink. To those of you who have seemingly perfect skin: I’m jealous of you. Extremely.
Although I don’t have “terrible” skin per say, I do have occasional breakouts on my face. And blackheads. And redness. And my skin is more on the oily side. Two years ago, I couldn’t complain. I only had the occasional breakout (yes, singular- I usually only had one pimple at a time) on my forehead, and I wasn’t too worried about it. My mom always told me that my skin would never be bad, and I had great skin. My older brother on the other hand, had what I define as “extreme acne”. He had terrible breakouts constantly, and eventually had to go on medications to get rid of the acne. Now, he doesn’t struggle with it anymore, but still, he had pretty bad acne. My other brother did have some acne, but it wasn’t as severe as my other brother. He never needed medication or anything, and I was convinced that he had acneic skin because of his habit of eating Five Guys three times a week, and it was also due to the fact that he had never washed his face. Anyhow, once he grew out a big fluffy beard in college, strangely enough, his acne went away. Weird, right? Well, I can’t grow a beard, nor do I want a beard, so I’m stuck with my few breakouts.
I mainly breakout on my forehead, although I do have the occasional pimple on my cheek, which always leaves a mark on my skin- convenient. I think that the cause of my breakouts is from diet and from changing up product too often. But a year or two ago, I used to be pretty obsessed with makeup and I wanted to change and try out the newest product whenever it came out. Because I did this, my skin suffered. I started to breakout a lot from this, and I now realize that my sensitive skin cannot deal with a lot of change.
My skin goes through phases. It gets really clear for about a week or two, and then it goes downhill and pimples appear everywhere. I am then inclined to change up the product I’m using because I theorize that “my skin has gotten used to the product”. I’m not sure if this myth is actually a myth, or if it is true, but my skin does best when sticking to a routine.
Also, last year, I started to get really bad pimples, or so I thought, on my forehead, and especially my cheeks, which is an odd place for me to get breakouts. I went to the dermatologist, and he prescribed me some topical cream, and although it helped a tiny bit, it didn’t take the breakouts away as promised. I went to a different dermatologist, and I was told that I had a staph infection that got transferred from my knee to my face somehow. Like how does that happen? I have no idea how I contracted this staph infection, nor do I have any idea how it got on my face. I went on some antibiotics and everything cleared up, with leaving some marks on my face- of course.
I know that my skin is not the worst that it could possibly be, and I am thankful for that, but I do want to find a product that will control the breakouts that I do have. I know that my skin is not, by any means, extreme, and I should probably stop calling my skin acne prone, as my skin gets “bad” only a few days out of the month.
I’ve stopped wearing foundation and a lot of products on my face, and that has definitely helped clear my skin. I also try to not wear makeup when I don’t have to. It really helps to let your skin breathe every once in a while.
So basically, I am still trying to find the “right” product for my skin, and I will continue through trial and error, but I will definitely post updates. I’ve come to the conclusion that Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide help short term, but they cause my skin extreme dryness in the long term. So in finding this “right” face wash, and toner, and moisturizer, I will be giving updates and reviews on the products as my skin (hopefully) responds well to them. So yay for teenage skin.