by NATALIA JASTRZAB
I used to have seriously terrible skin.
I’m not talking about having one or two pimples. I’m talking a whole colony of the ugly little things that invaded my t-zone and made me look like Harry Potter’s Dobby going through puberty.
It’s the sort of thing we say when we’re trying for dramatic effect but as a teenager, I actually did spend nights lying awake and imagining how much better my life would be if I just had NICE SKIN.
I’d have enough confidence to be able to take Joel up on his offer of a date. And talk to my friends without worrying that they were thinking about my pimples rather than listening to what I was saying.
I know that compared to many, many other things, pimples are a first world problem. But they are an embarrassing problem that had serious consequences on my self-esteem as a teenager.
For two years of my life I made it a rule to avoid general eye contact. That’s not really a great way to live.
And I tried everything to clear up my skin. I sampled about a thousand different products over the years, including a weird industrial-strength cream that discoloured half of my clothes. I stopped eating chocolate, which for me was kind of like the equivalent of a fish giving up water. I changed my pillowcases every day. I didn’t squeeze. Then I did squeeze. Then I got scars.
It took a looooong time, but eventually, my skin cleared. My hormones stopped their raging benders, settled into old age and started doing things like knitting jumpers and playing Bingo.
I felt instantly better. More carefree. Like an inflamed, puss-ey weight had been lifted from my shoulders. (I’m sorry I used the word ‘puss-ey, which is not even a real word.)
But here’s the truly unfair thing. I’m an adult now and I STILL get pimples.
It’s nothing like it used to be but there are still occasions when I’ll go to look in the mirror and BAM, out of nowhere comes a big red bump.
When I’ve got bad PMS or am particularly stressed about work – the first place it shows is on my face. WHY?
I’m no longer a 14-year-old. I’m an adult. In my eyes, it’s the epitome of unfairness.
But at least there are now companies that are producing products that actually work to cover up and treat pimples.
So I can still dress up, go out and have a great time – without retreating into the hermit ways of my teenage years.
Oh, and all my clothes stay the same colour. Bonus.
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What was your skin like as a teenager? Did you have problems with bad pimples or acne? Do you still get pimples as an adult?
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