By: Nell S.
When I was younger I had no acne and never thought it would be a problem in my adult life. But like most people, acne hit me during puberty and has remained since. I had a lot of misunderstandings about acne when I first had it. At first I thought it was because I was not clean because I was always active as a child. I learned that later on hygiene.
Because of this, I started washing my hands and face and showering every other day, but that didn't help.
I got more pimples every day. I was desperate for a solution and blamed the products I showered with. I changed my shampoo and conditioner, but there were still no positive results. Many years have passed, many products have been bought, but there is still nothing that has really helped with my acne, and ultimately it has burdened me with acne scars and affected my personality and self-confidence.
Since this terrible puberty, I have encountered problems time and again. I don't leave the house without makeup to cover my scars and pimples. I don't go to the beach or sleep because I'm afraid that someone might judge if they see my bare face. I don't even feel comfortable with relatives and cousins.
I used to have a lot of active pimples. The good thing is that it has lost weight, but the downside is that it has left scars on me. I still have pimples, but my biggest concerns are about my acne scars and that they could never fade.
Even though it is a small problem compared to other problems that my friends and others of this age are struggling with, it is still a major blow to my confidence and I feel that my friends are not really understand do.
The main problem with my experience with acne is that I still don't understand the cause. It could be the hormonal imbalance in the body, but I try to stay healthy whenever I can. I eat a lot of fruit, vegetables, drink a lot of water and also stay active. But it seems that that didn't help at all.
I also wash my face and clean every day. I've used many different products and I'm still trying new things, but I have no high expectations.
I am tired of my acne, I can no longer see acne scars and I have no time or money to continue trying to fix it.
My acne has somehow restricted my life. I am almost 18 years old and have been suffering from acne and fighting acne scars since I was 13. Since then, I've been using makeup every day and I can't say that makeup caused my acne because it started before I used makeup. These pimples and acne scars started as the cause of my insecurity and misfortune. I'm afraid it could also be the reason why I never had a boyfriend. This affects my self-esteem a lot and I am ready to find a solution.
Acne accounts have been appearing on social media lately, where they are proud to show off their skin and tips on how to safely deal with acne. This really helped me not to feel so alone in this fight.
Banish also focuses on acne positivity and creates images that empower people with acne like me. I hope that others feel less that something is wrong with them and that they accept themselves and their skin better after seeing these positive acne reports.