How did I overcome acne? It’s a long story so I’ll try not to bore you with it. It all started when I was 10.
I was very young when my parents realized that I started having pimples (I hate this word). It wasn’t anything surprising as half of my family was blessed with severe acne. Their first, and most obvious reaction was taking me to see a dermatologist. Ever since, I tried all sorts of topical creams and, later on, prescribed antibiotics.
Throughout the years, I learnt that creams are not the ultimate cure; they are tools to control pimples. My acne wasn’t getting any better, so my sister and I turned the kitchen into a lab: we rubbed potatoes on our skin to reduce redness, painted out faces with yogurt to dry and cancel out the pimples, applied alcohol to “purify” our skin (which is a terrible idea, do not try this), and pulled off all the tricks in the book that either temporarily helped or did nothing at all. However, one thing that absolutely helped was controlling what we ate; we avoided chocolate, fried and spicy food.
The last option that would clear my skin was Roaccutane. It took me a year and five different dermatologists’ opinion to decide whether I should go for this six-month treatment. One thing you should know is that when you take Roaccutane, you really have to take care of yourself. First of all, you can’t be exposed to the sun, wax, or get pregnant. Second of all, you have to take on blood tests regularly to monitor your liver and cholesterol. Third of all, side effects are your new best friends. It is known that Roaccutane has an exorbitant amount of side effects and everyone reacts differently to it. Fortunately, my side effects weren’t that bad, but more on that later.
After the treatment, my skin was flawless. Literally. Ever since, I took care of it religiously and got hooked on skincare. Today, my skin went back to its normal state again: my t-zone started oiling up and a few pimples appear occasionally. I’m using, along with my skincare routine, a prescribed cream to control the “enemy”. Your acne may come back, even if you went through Roaccutane – it sucks, I know.
Did I get bullied during my acne days? Not really, but I was the only one among my friends who had an army of zits of all shapes and sizes on my face. Gross. Very honest and straightforward people pointed out regularly “something” was happening on my face – I already knew that… obviously, but thanks for the reminder. Yes, I had a lot of desperate moments in which I was praying for a miracle. We all know it’s a bit more complicated than that.
If you’re going through acne treatments, my biggest advice to you is only time and patience will help you cure it.
What is your acne story?
– Zein xx