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It's Time To Take Control

haleyb

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No more pretending. This is a skin disease. It is. It messes with your head in a way no one can understand unless they've had it. It hurts when people throw out the painfully obvious: wash your face. You can't wash genetics off with soap...

I am so much better than I was. I am so aware of it. I only feel sympathy for kids I see going through what I went through- especially during those dreaded high school years. But really I need to change. Not just because it will help me know my body better, but because I want to show young adults dealing with acne that it is not a burden too heavy to carry. Yes, it can feel hopeless. Yes, it sucks. Yes, you feel ugly. Yes, it hurts and burns and makes you ache thinking about it. But you don't have to play the victim and you don't have to let acne win. I'm sounding dramatic I know. But I went through that! And I have a feeling I'm not the only one. I am fortunately, for the most part, as peace with where my skin is at now. I have tried every topical gel/cream/wash under the sun. Mostly prescriptions. I did accutane. Guess what? Beauty comes from within. It's true and honest. Love yourself first and then work on healing your acne. This was the greatest thing I ever learned. I always had the mindset "once I have clear skin, then I will feel...or be... or do..." or whatever you fill the blank! You always think life will start after your acne stops! Life will just fly by and you know where you'll be? Sad, lonely, depressed, and even worse- self obsessed with your image. That is a sad road you don't want to go down.

ALL that being said (I'm a ranter in case you don't already know), let's break that. It starts from within. That I know. I know acne is only an AFFECT of what's going on internally. So what is going on internally? I want to know. I need to know.

love yourself everyday



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you said it perfectly girl. i have learned that this is the best way to deal with it. i have tried accutane too. enjoy everyday and don't worry about your physical appearance so much, it will pay off and make you a better person in the long run.

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I always had the mindset "once I have clear skin, then I will feel...or be... or do..." or whatever you fill the blank! You always think life will start after your acne stops! Life will just fly by and you know where you'll be? Sad, lonely, depressed, and even worse- self obsessed with your image. That is a sad road you don't want to go down.

If you'll pardon the pun, that is spot on. For 13 years, I always thought that things would be so much better when I cleared my skin; I'd have confidence and self esteem; I'd be able to make friends; I'd be outgoing and be able to approach girls, and so on. Not the case. When the time came and I had nothing else to hide behind and nothing which I could use to justify holding myself back, I felt so sad. I'd pretty much wasted half my life and hidden away for all that time, for no real reason at all, aside from the fact that I just didn't feel brave enough to face people with bad skin.

That realisation did me more harm that good at first and I've pretty much had a breakdown this year because I concluded that after all that time, I didn't like where I'd ended up and didn't actually like being me. But when you're at the bottm, the only way from there is up.

I've always said that cane gives us qualities which we might not otherwise have had. It allows us to become more understanding and empathetic. They're great qualities and things which people admire. They're of more worth than perfect skin as well so we all need to be brave to let our qualities shine through and learn to love being who we are. It's never easy to take leaps of faith and let go of those fears, but it will never pay off unless we try.

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LOVE what you guys said :) If I could tell everyone on this website one thing: it would be to learn to love yourself first! acne is only what you let it control you to be...

love yourself everyday!

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