“It’s just hormones! The teenage phase love, it’ll pass, I promise”
My mother chimes this far too often, she uses a semi patronising tone that resembles the coo of a bird. And I stare back at her blankly wondering if violence is an option. Like any Mother Hen to her Ugly Duckling, there is an element of self-centred reassurance to be found in her statement, ‘I couldn’t have created such a monster!’ Alas, one of us has to be honest, and the fact remains that at 24 pushing 25, it is not puberty attacking my face. That stage of my life is very much over. Gravity has taken hold of my once perked DD cups, handstands and the splits are a thing of the past. And where I use to think the gym was exclusively for overweight people; well let’s just say I’m rethinking my theory.
In all honesty, whether I stuff my face with veggies, change my contraception, or strip back on the carbs the Skin Gods do not respect my life. Maybe like me you’ve spent the noughties looking like crater face Keisha but you know what, I’ve paid my dues. I’ve done my time. So quite frankly adult acne is taking the pee. I decided a few months back I was having none of it. #RantOver
Like so many women I have used a variety of beauty potions to get a uniform facial complexion, concealer, primer, foundation blah blah blah.. but what I truly long for is that get out of bed skin. My aim was to perfect my skin rather than cover it. (I sound like a really bad, cliche beauty advert and for that I apologise Lol) But I have listed a few things that helped my complexion/acne improve in the hope that it may help some poor dear or pre teen. See below. 🙂
1) H2 the Izzo: They do not lie when they say water helps. I started drinking 1.2-2L of water a day, and at first my skin purged. Had to say sorry to my work colleague, who had a close up view of the crap growing on my face for about a week. But I bought her chocolate and after that, we were fine. lol
2) Good Skincare regime: Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise. I will never understand women who spend hundreds of pounds on heels that scrape the ground, or clothes that touch dirty tube seats etc, but your skincare is cheap. When all is said and done, when you take off your clothes and shoes, what do you have left but you skin and hair. The women in my family advocate that you take care of it! And if you can’t afford high end, go for a brand with the least junk. The Bodyshop do good alternatives.
3) Don’t Touch: Sounds like common sense, but I was shocked at how many times a day I touched my face before. I stopped, and as a result I get no spots on chin. Lovely!
4) “It’s Not For My Skin!”: If you’re not black please feel free to skip this step. lool Black people we have this annoying tendency to think that the only creams available to us are cocoa butter and astral. *sigh* It’s 2015 let’s branch out. If you have acne and you’re rubbing cocoa butter on your face, you may be part of your own problem..just saying.
5) Not everyday: I have stopped wearing makeup everyday. Get comfortable with looking at your skin with blemishes, marks etc. Sometimes it’s nice to go commando if you get my drift. (No pun intended lol).
Products I’d die without…
Avene Cleanance Range
Nuxe lip balm
Embryolisse lait-crème concentré
Bioderma or Garnier Micellar water
Cold Pressed Coconut Oil