This will be the beginning of my series on acne. I will try and cover all of the different aspects of this annoying and complicated disease. I will be adding to it from time to time. I hope you enjoy…
Acne sucks, lets just get that out of the way. I’ve been struggling with acne for about 20 years. I always say that my skins ‘normal’ state, if left to its own devices, would be broken out. I’ve had every type of acne, from blackheads to whiteheads to major cystic lesions. I’ve tried any and all dermatology options: pills, topicals, birth control, I finally finished it off with Accutane. So I’ve really done it all! When I was 18, a day spa opened up right around the corner from where I was working. I stopped by and got a brochure and wanted to go so badly! So for my birthday that year my mom sent me the spa, and I met with an esthetician who changed my life. At that time I was getting by with drugstore products and the Derm, I had some cystic acne, and whiteheads and blackheads galore. My skin was oily beyond belief and I was using terrible makeup and causing more problems than I was solving. The esthetician I saw had had bad skin, she could totally relate, and I was so excited that I had someone who could share her stories with me. She taught me how to use the correct products, and did thorough extractions and told me to come back in a month. So I did. My skin continued to get better, and better. After being a client for a bit, I got to know the girl at the front desk pretty well. I ended up taking a class with her randomly and found out that they were looking for a new person for the front desk, I got the job, and never left! Once I saw the day to day job of an esthetician, by working at the front desk, I fell in love. I went to school and got my esthetician license and haven’t looked back!
Being able to help people with their skin is so rewarding. I can truly commiserate with my acne prone clients. I share my acne stories, I listen to their struggles and try to be a good support system. Because something that people who have never had acne don’t know is: acne is REALLY hard emotionally, for a very long time. I still struggle with some acne today, and somedays, if I’m feeling emotional, tired or hormonal, I get really down about the state of my skin. It’s no where near as bad as it was years ago, but the fact that I still get breakouts can really effect my mood and the way I feel about myself. So when I have clients that come in, frustrated with their skin, upset, and beyond over it, no one understands more than me.
I still work very hard to keep my skin clear. I use good products, I mask a few times a week, I wash my face EVERY night without fail, and I get facials very 6 weeks or so. My skin still likes to breakout hormonally, or when I change my diet, or get stressed, but I can get rid of them much easier and faster then when I was younger. But don’t get me wrong, it’s still annoying! Also, we are all our own worst critics, so I see the worst in my skin, which no one else really sees (thank goodness!). I know that overall my skin is in good shape, but the years of acne and painful cystic lesions make me frustrated to get even one little pimple. Anyone who has suffered with acne knows what I’m talking about. But what I have to say is: I’m grateful for my acne-prone skin, because it led me to my passion, led me to my calling and allows me to help people with their own skin issues on a daily basis. I’ve learned a lot over my 20 years with acne, and I’m here to share it with you… I hope this offers some help or guidance for all of you who are dealing with your own skin issues. With this series I will try and cover any all topics about acne I can think of… if you have any issues you would like specifically addressed please let me know 🙂
Thanks for reading! XO’s~ Jennifer