When I was growing up in high school, my skin was pretty normal. I’d get a pimple here and there, but it was never something I worried about. I never even wore any makeup until I was 16, I didn’t feel like I had to.
Since then, I’d say I’m a skincare junkie. From 17, I was all over my skincare routine and religiously went and got facials using “high end” products. This is why I couldn’t understand when in May, 2018, my skin changed overnight.
I’m not really a stress-head and I don’t let things get to me, and at that time in my life, I wasn’t particularly stressed. Nothing had changed, I had the same job, same diet and was using the same products. It literally happened that one day, I woke up with a pimple, and it got progressively worse every single day after. The acne was mostly on my cheeks and the pimples were painful, red, angry and irritated.
The Mamamia team tried the Glam Glow Glitter Mask and things got… weird. Check it out below, post continues after video.
For someone who has always been confident and comfortable in her own skin – I’ve always felt comfortable with the way I am and the way I look – it really changed how I saw myself. I’d wake up in the morning and cry because I hated the way I looked. Most days, I’d just cry. It was terrible. Every time I looked in the mirror, I hated what I saw. It sucked. That’s not the kind of person I was before, and I hated what it did to my sense of self. I’m a headstrong woman, but my skin affected my mental health quite badly.
I know a lot of people have worse skin than mine and are struggling, but when I went from having great skin and a great routine to it changing out of my control, it messed with me. Sure, you can chuck on makeup and cover most of it up, but there were some parts I couldn’t cover. If someone was looking at me, I’d be paranoid they were looking at my skin. I’d always have my hand over my face and every time someone was talking to me, I’d feel like they were noticing how bad my skin was.