Stress almost always manifests itself through my skin. My senior year of college, while having the most intense word load I’d ever had, I had a seemingly permanent patch of dry skin on my forehead that no cream could resolve. At this time I wasn’t stressed because of unhappiness, I was stressed because I really just wasn’t getting enough sleep or taking care of myself as much as I should have been. It was short lived and manageable but because of this, and other times like it, I realized I can now tell exactly when I need to make changes in my life.
Perhaps I get too overwhelmed by the stressors in my life or I invest too deeply in the things that make me unhappy (because I’m too hopeful and forgiving), but I find that I always end up pushing myself too hard in places that maybe don’t deserve my energy. Because I get so invested in things that make me less-than-ideally happy, my acne blows up as a result, and then I’m in a downward spiral of insecurity that feels impossible to get out of. As much as I love the idea that applying manuka honey to my face or taking Accutane will just magically solve all of my problems I know it's not true.
I don’t want to act like de-stressing is the only thing I did to cure my acne; I reduced my intake of dairy and finally have a skincare routine that works for me, too. I just want to emphasize how important reducing stress was for my skin but also my overall health. Ridding people in my life who don’t help me grow, removing myself from situations that are less than ideal, or practicing mindfulness at least once a day are just a few things that have helped. I’m not saying that these are things that everybody can just do, but I am saying that they are practices to consider. For me, acne is a direct reflection of how I’m feeling inside.
After taking care of myself, and my skin, I finally look like this after about 4 months:
I hope to talk more about my skincare journey on this blog along with reviewing ads and products I see on Instagram. I hope to see you along the way!
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