I’m gonna take it back in time here.. way back to those pesky days of puberty.
Oh come on, it happened to all of us.
When I was around 11 or 12, I suddenly began to get acne, and I got it BAD. For the next 7 years of my life, I would try absolutely every potion and tonic to rid myself of these pesky red marks on my face that just would not go away. I tried every single cleanser on the shelf, every tonic from the infomercials, every tube of goo that I could order from China on eBay (not kidding). I tried switching my diet, I tried not eating chocolate on some crazy notion that actually thinking about not eating it would fix my skin (fiction, btw). When I was around 15 or 16, my mom took me to the doctor and he told me I had Acne Vulgaris, which is basically just a fancy turn for a severe case of pimples. That day I was put on my first batch of pills to help curb my case. I remember seeing moderate results, nothing that got rid of the bumps altogether though. Then I was given a medication cream, which I actually still use to this day. However, after nothing else seemed to work and I was going on 18, I was put on hormones. They worked.
To this day, I’m on a low dose of them to control my acne. They may also explain why I’m so chill.. (har har). Every now and then, when I forget to take a pill however, the acne comes roaring back full force and doesn’t go away for MONTHS at a time. Diligence is a necessity with my anti-acne regimen.
Along with pill popping, I do have some other tricks of the trade I’d like to share, one of them being a face mask.
When I think face mask though, due to childhood conditioning, I automatically think of Julia Roberts in My Best Friends Wedding.
I got her beat (I totally look like evil murderous May in this picture; RIGHT?)
Anyways, my recipe (I have no idea the portions, but I guess they would depend on the size of your face? I kid):
A bit of an avocado
Sugar (great exfoliant!)
Honey (to draw the crazy nasties out)
Cinnamon (Nice and spicy but gentle)
Oatmeal (to thicken it up)
Mint extract (a couple drops; works as an anti-inflammatory)
(mix it together, slather it on, wait a bit, take some photos, wash it off)