Acne… Again?!


04 Mar Acne… Again?!

I can still recall the first time I got a zit on my face.  I was 13 years-old and thought I was going to die!  You know, the typical “my life is over” teenage tantrum.  To make matters worse, my younger brother was the one who first noticed it and so lovingly pointed it out by nicknaming me “pizza face”.  Can you imagine my horror?!  Luckily, I did not have to experience those feelings of sheer terror too many times after.  I was one of the rare, fortunate ones who didn’t struggle with teenage acne.  Other than the one or two zits I got once a month during my monthly cycle, my face was pretty clear.  Though, I can not attest this to being a conscientious teenage girl who took care of her skin.  In fact, I rarely washed my face and always forgot to take off my makeup.  I was so careless then, that I’d reapply new makeup over the old one.  Yes, I know how terrible that sounds. Just saying it gives me chills, especially in hindsight, but that’s the way it was.  Partly because I was in that “I know what I’m doing and don’t need anyone to tell me what to do” phase that all obnoxious hormonal teenagers go through, and partly, pure laziness.   
Now that I’m older (not too much, of course) and wiser, I’ve learned to appreciate the blessing I’ve had of good skin, in spite of my carelessness/laziness for so many years.  I’m ashamed to admit that it wasn’t until I turned 30, when I fully realized the importance of taking care of my face. Funny how aging has a way of putting things into perspective. 
So now that I take care of my skin and am well pass my teenage years, you’d think I no longer needed to worry about acne.  Unfortunately, that is NOT the case.  I’ve actually began to experience frequent break outs.  Can you believe it?  Just when I thought I was in the clear.  This of course led me to research the causes of adult acne, and the findings came as no surprise. 
1. Leading the pack is STRESS. Unfortunately, I can totally relate to that.
2. Changes in hormones (birth control/pregnancy/ menopause)
3. Certain drugs/medications 
4. Foods such as dairy products and those with a high glycemic index
5. Excessive oils in skin
As I read these causes, I realized many of them were within my reach.  For instance, keeping my face free of excessive oils was definitely something I could do. To help with that, I began incorporating a consistent daily skin care routine, combined with these amazing Neutrogena products, which have kept my acne in check! I highly suggest you try them if you too are having trouble with acne.
Oil Free Cleansing Wipes- Pink Grapefruit: I use these in the morning as a quick pick-me-up to eliminate any excess oil that may have accumulated over night.

Neutrogena Naturals Acne Foaming Scrub: I use this one at night before bed to cleanse my face.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Spot Gel: I use this baby for acne “emergencies”. It clears breakouts fast! It’s my secret weapon against those pesky zits.

  • Arlene
    Posted at 09:03h, 05 March Reply

    Girl, I am 51 years old and still fighting off acne! Dear Lord, when is this puberty thing going to end?! (lol) For the "slightly" older ladies like me, I would also recommend updating your skincare routine if you've had one since your younger days. Skin, like every other part of the body, changes with age, and what may have worked wonders in the past might not be ideal anymore. There are lots of anti-aging products on the market, but do your homework! There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to skincare.

  • One Sunday Morning
    Posted at 16:47h, 05 March Reply

    Totally agree. Thanks for the advice!

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