Acne is a pain | My Skin Story

**Disclaimer: LONG STORY. My face has been through a lot..**

First of all, I’ve been suffering from acne the second I hit puberty. My beautiful soft skin turned into a bumpy, red mess :( Around 17 or 18, I started using Proactiv and it worked decently well.  I would still get the occasional break-out, but it wasn’t as frequently as before. I have been to the dermatologist before… once. I was about 19 or 20 years old when I went. And I only went because my mom scheduled an appointment for me without asking. At that time, I didn’t care too much about my acne; I was able to live with it and not mind it because I was using Proactiv. The doctor just gave me a sample of oral medication & gave me some samples of topical cream to help with scarring. He told me to come back 6 weeks later, but I never did. I just didn’t mind having acne at the time because it was manageable!

However, I stopped using Proactiv because it was way too expensive to keep up with. I used it for quite a few years, but I always bought it with my extra financial aid money. I barely got financial aid for my last year of college, so I knew that the last time I received my 3-month supply of Proactiv was the last time I’d use it. Luckily, my brother found an alternative that he deemed, “Faux-activ“, which is just the Walgreens version of Proactiv. It has the same 3-step system with the same active ingredient & the same amount of the ingredient, but much cheaper. I started using it and it gave almost the same results as Proactiv. I still broke out here and there, but it was better than not using it at all.

After I ran out of the “Faux-activ”, I decided to try just simple face wash (Cetaphil) & the Hollywood Beauty tea tree oil as my skincare regimen + a ton of different facial masks to use (my faves: 1 | 2). It worked decently until I tried a face mask that made me break out INSTANTLY and ALL OVER MY FACE. It was the Freeman Beauty Mint & Lemon clay mask. I’m almost sure it simply purged my pores, but I didn’t want to risk using it again. After that happened, my face as been hell. It slowly started clearing up and then ANOTHER massive break-out happened… reasons unknown.

And this is the state of my face right now.

I decided to go back on the “Faux-activ” to see if it’ll help, but it hasn’t. I think my skin isn’t used to it anymore, so it broke me out a little. I’m not patient enough to continue using it & wait the few weeks to see if it helps.

Starting yesterday, I decided to try using oatmeal to help with the inflammation & redness. I’ve read really good reviews & watched youtube videos about how beneficial oatmeal is as a cleanser/mask. Since I just started using it, I can’t see too much of a difference yet, but my face feels softer (the parts that don’t have annoying, irritating red bumps) and I feel less oily (I HAVE VERY OILY SKIN). You can watch bubzbeauty’s youtube video to see how I use oatmeal on my skin. She has a ton of DIY skincare videos that I intend on trying out!

I’m pretty sure half of my current acne break-outs are hormonal. It will be my time of the month some time next week & I always break out a week before. Sorry if that was TMI haha. But I’ve been suffering with this massive break-out for a few weeks now! So I know that it isn’t ALL hormonal… This puzzles & upsets me :(

So yeah… that is my face at the moment. I’m also intent on not going anywhere this week, so I don’t have to put on makeup. I just want a whole week of nothing on my face, so hopefully it’ll clear up faster! If anyone has any tips to help with my sad, sad face, please let me know! Any drugstore or DIY recommendations would be highly appreciated :) I’m an unemployed college graduate at the moment, so I can’t splurge on high-end skincare!

Anyways, thanks for reading my sob story about my skin.. And sorry if it was all over the place! It’s 1:00 in the morning & my writing skills tend to decline after midnight. I hope that if you have acne problems that we can help each other get through it. ACNE IS STUPID!!! (Sorry, that was the adolescent in me..)

Have a nice day! Time for me to sleep.


  1. I just did about with my experience with acne, and you are not alone! I have suffered with mild acne for 8 years now! I know how awful it is, but remember to keep looking at the good things about yourself, not just your acne. Acne is a part of you, but it doesn’t define who you are. Keep your chin up. :)

    • Aw, thanks! Definitely slowly, but surely, accepting my bare skin. Loved your “me without makeup” video! :)

    • Roxy
    • May 20th, 2013

    I feel your pain! I had bad hormonal acne and I will breakout a week before I got my period. It was very frustrating, I couldn’t go anywhere without putting make up on. However, I tried the Aloe Fleur de Jouvence by Forever Living Products which are aloe vera products and my face cleared up in 30 days. I still breakout before my period but not as much as I use to. Before, I would get like 5 pimples. Now, I would only get one. I know you are a broke college student and your budget is very limited but these products really helped me and it might help you too. Visit my blog if you are interested. :)

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