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Dear Readers,

Like all of you, I have suffered from acne problems for a while now, still do, and I decided to share a little on my thoughts.

Before I carry on, I just want to clarify that I am not an expert or anything. I have not found a solution or cure to acne. I still get them every now and then, and the red marks never go away. I am just here to share my thoughts.

Ps: I am not a writer, and I am not very good at writing, so I am not going to draft my thoughts into a nice little piece of article and make sure everything flows nicely. I am just typing out whatever flows into my head. And my English is not very good, so bare with me.

Pps: I just woke up one day and decided that I am going to write an article on this, so it might sound like a whole lot of rubbish, and I apologize in advance for that

Ppps: The more I write the more I feel like I don’t know what I’m talking about, I apologize about that

So let me just share a little bit of background information about myself. I am a guy, 22 years old, and had suffered from acne since I was 19. My acne type is moderate. And I have, like almost all of you here, tried everything I can try to cure acne. I have spent thousands of dollars from high range skincare products all over the world from east to west, Japanese to American, topical to oral medication. EVERYTHING. I know how it feels when it doesn’t work. I even change my diet tremendously into more vege less meat, no alcohol, no crisps no fries… so on and so forth…..basically I tried everything.

My thoughts on this whole acne ordeal:

1) I believe that our (as in us acne sufferers) skin is SENSITIVE. Doesn’t matter if you are born with sensitive skin or not, all the acne treatment stuff you put on your face will make your skin sensitive and fragile. They are all chemicals after all. Slapping on layers and layers of chemicals on any part of your body will definitely irritate it, let alone our delicate facial skin. Hence, I started using the simplest skincare products specially made for sensitive skin. I believe that pimples, all that pus, all that redness, all that painful cyst, is a reaction to irritation the skin is facing. So my theory for this is, you don’t irritate your skin and your skin won’t irritate you.

2) Having said that ALL facial skincare products are one way or another CHEMICALS, I am not saying not to use them at all. Use them, but not use too many types of them. Let me illustrate this with my own experience.

When I was still finding THE PRODUCT that will save me from acne, I was always on the look out for new products to try. I will search online, read magazines, read reviews, buy and try, if it doesn’t work, discard, and the whole cycle repeats itself. And in order to make the most out of this whole experimenting frenzy, I have different sets of products for day and night. Different cleanser, toner and moisturiser for day and different cleanser, toner and moisturiser for night. This allowed me to try out many products in the same period of time. This went on for quite a few months, or even a year. It didn’t work. I kept breaking out. One fine day, when I was doing my usual skin routine, I just looked into the mirror, look at my acne clad face, and I just said to myself, F*** THIS SH**!! I give up.

So I selected the mildest, least damaging ones, and threw away the rest. From then on, I just used the same cleaser, the same toner and the same moisturiser day and night.

Changing products often pisses the SH** out of my skin. It is not happy with me constantly feeding it different chemicals. Let it get used to one and that is it.

Having done that…..I would say my skin is LESS REACTIVE….BUT! Unfortunately I still get pimples every now and then (one or two every fortnight)….smaller ones….less reactive and angry.

3) As I mentioned in point 2, I discarded all ‘damaging’ products. Here, I will describe what damaging is, in my point of view.

One of the cleansers I’ve used for a couple of months is a DAILY DEEP PORE DETOXYFYER with microbeads in it. It is made for oily skin, and has beads in it but not as intense as a scrub, it has clay to absorb the excess oil of the skin. This cleanser gave me a lot of problems. It is made for daily use but I guess our delicate skin cannot withstand being rubbed against a sandpaper every day. The Skin will be pissed and react by forming inflamed spots we call pimples.

And I would say the same with scrubs.

4) Don’t look into the mirror often!!! And don’t wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is scan your face with your fingers to spot any new pimples. IM SURE WE ALL DO THAT. It is as if we look for pimples on purpose. Here is my friend’s theory: the vicious cycle. The more you think about it, and be stress over it, and get depressed over it, the more pimples you gonna get ( yea I think pimples has something to do with stress coz it screws with your hormones). And when you get more pimples you stress more, and go into depression and the cycle goes on and on and on.

So…..in the end….I just don’t give a SH** anymore. Well I have to admit I don’t entirely not give a SH**. But I learnt to move on. I feel a pimple coming, I still go OMG NOOOOOOO!!! But after I take a deep breath…..tell myself LIFE GOES ON!....keyword here: LIFE GOES ON. Its true, so what if you get a new zit, yea u feel like the end of world is here, but you still have to live, you still have your daily activities, your family who really loves you, your friends who are always there for you, the people you love and care for. SO MANY REASONS TO LIVE. And watch motivational materials once in a while. One time I saw this talent show, showing this armless Chinese boy playing the piano with his feet. I was like damn, this is some really intense message this boy is sending out to the world. If he can conquer his disability of being armless, what is a couple of zits compared to that! And don’t get me started on the poverty and war and a whole lot of other issues this world is facing out there. I’m not trying to be mother Theresa or anything, I am just saying, if you divert your thoughts away from your zits to something of a bigger scale, you will feel much better.

5) GO OUT AND GET INVOLVED!!! I have been through the phase of : SH** I got so many zits now, I’m hideous, I don’t want to get out of the house, I don’t want to be in pictures etc etc etc. Been there done that. But I have to say, the more you hide yourself, the more you get cooped up at home BECAUSE OF YOUR ZITS, the more to shy away from socialising. It is gonna make things worse. Because when you stay at home because of it, you WILL thinking about it….and not to mention the MIRRORS AT HOME……depression….vicious cycle…you get my drift. GO OUT, HAVE FUN, JOIN ACITIVITIES, ANYTHING….when you’re out and about, not only u stop thinking about it, you will start to feel that there is so much this world has to offer, so many new people, so many new things. Basically, the world does not revolve around our zits

6) I don’t wanna get photographed. When I go out I feel like everyone is looking at my acne clad face. YEA I FEEL THE SAME TOO. But then again, I am not sure if I am giving out the correct message now but I have learnt to….not care so much.....more like I give up caring. Some people are born into this world to be movie stars, pimple free, good skin…very very good looks. They are just made for holywood. Leonardo Dicaprio, Zac Efron, Megan Fox, blab la bla bla. And for the majority of us, we are not. Some of us are a little overweight, obesed, short, not in the right proportion, head too big, head too small, acne, blab la blab la and the list goes on. The world is made like that. We are only human. Despite people saying that this world is a torture to be in, we are put into this world to suffer, I believe when you open your horizons……and learn to not care so much about the petty little stuff that is not so smooth in your life, instead learn to embrace all the goodness this world has to offer, and of course, care about the others who are less fortunate, who are unable to stand on their own given their conditions. Channel your care and energy to them instead (because their problems are on a much bigger scale compared to yours) and you will soon learn to not care so much about your acne problems.

7) OK I THINK THIS IS GETTING TOO LONG NOW. So how is my condition right now. Like I said I still get them. Once every fortnight or so? Red marks are still there. But it is definitely less reactive. And the pimples I get are smaller now, goes away faster…

8) Oh and I have to say……for us sensitive skin it is VERY VERY IMPORTANT TO MOISTURIZE!! I feel like it is more important than your oil controlling whatever sh**tz. Moisturize your skin…it will be happy, irritate it further (including overly oil controlling it) it will be pissed at you. So now….Im using a gentle cleanser, Moisturizing toner, moisturizing and soothing serum…..and a moisturizer…….everything made for sensitive skin…..I have oily skin but I choose to just stick with moisturizing instead of oil controlling, and I feel that it doesn’t get oily (or oilier)….so yea….as long as the skin is happy….



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