Hello guys! It’s me again!
I’m writing today to share a great experience that I truly believe will help many people in a similar situation. After many years, I finally found myself to be ACNE FREE…YESSS!!!!!
Before I proceed, I want you to know that I’ve given a lot of thoughts about sharing this blog due to the fact that it is somehow embarrassing for me. As stupid as it sounds, acne has the ability to destroy people’s self-esteem, just like it did to me. This is something that you probably want to share only with your best friends, family and the doctor. You wouldn’t imagine how many times I have decide not to post this blog, because deep inside I felt that I needed to protect myself of this huge vulnerability of mine, but then I realized that I’m not alone in this situation and finally decided that if my experience, mistakes and solutions can help even just one person, then its worth every sentence. In my teenage years, acne was really painful, not actual pain in my body, but mental and spiritual pain. At school, I was bullied a lot, directly and indirectly, and because of that, locked my self up just to avoid being pushed to that limit. I know many people out there might agree with me on this, but if you never felt that way, be proud of yourself, because you are stronger than most!
Like many teenagers, my acne started when I was 13 years old. My mom said that it was in the family genes; she used to have acne too, as well as her sister, my grands and cousins and my dermatologist told me it was in the gene pool too. I just said to myself, hey, “it’ll go away, I just need to grow out of my puberty stage and everything should be fine“. Although it affected me in school, the way people looked at me and the way I looked at myself, I just kept telling me…”it will fade away…this will pass…everything is going to be fine!“
Now, lets move forward to a 23 year old me, the girl that has spent 10 years of her life with severe acne. I tried everything you could imagine to get rid if my acne, and by everything, I literally mean EVERYTHING…from healthy eating, strict diets, antibiotics, natural remedies, light therapies, countless creams, every new magic solution that was released in the market, many doctors and I swear to you, if there was a shaman healer where I lived, I would have visited him too. Nothing that I tried worked! In fact, the more I tried to get rid of the acne, the worse it seemed to get. I just couldn’t handle it! Now, add my passion to the equation; modeling and photography, where I had to wear massive amount of foundation on a daily basis to cover the acne from my face. Imagine the stress that this was causing me, and as you’ve probably heard, stress is one of the main causes of acne breakouts – my skin entered its worst phase ever.
I was in complete desperation and needed to do something about it, I tried more creams and even visited a few more cosmetic clinics…everything in vain. My acne got so bad at one point that even with foundation I could see the volcanoes in my face from a mile away. I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning to even look at myself in the mirror, many of you know what happens in the morning after you wake up; the acne seems to have been partying on you all night long. I didn’t want to see my friends or go out to meet people. Also, I constantly felt like quitting modeling and photography, and all the things that I love.
My family have always been so loving to me and understood what I was going through. My mom always said: “it’s always darker before the dawn”. I hadn’t really understood that phrase until in one of my acne episodes, I read an article on the web about this product called Adapalene. Well, this drug has been my dawn ever since! …But what the heck is adapalene? -I’ve never heard of that one before. Well, adapalene is basically new drug in the market to fight acne. It is a powerful acne medicine available only through prescription, or at least it was, until I kept doing my research and found that the prestigious company Proactiv has develop a new line with that active ingredient on it; the product is called proactive MD. There are many reviews out there about this product, but one good news is that now this product can be purchased online or over-the-counter – there is no need for a prescription to buy it, at least for now…you know how this pharmacy stuff works!
I kept looking on the internet and read that a lot of people with severe acne like me are having awesome results from the Proactiv MD solution. You may also read that some people felt like a burning sensation and redness that eventually fade away after the first application. All of these reactions are normal when using acne products on your skin for the first time. It happened to me with many other creams as well, it may happen to you, but eventually your skin will get used to it. I talked to my mom about this new product and decided to book an appointment with my dermatologist. I reminded him about my history of acne and everything I’ve been through. I also mentioned about the Proactiv MD product. To my surprise, he told me that he was recommending his clients to use the product and to combine it with a regular face wash; he confirmed that the results for people with severe acne have been promising. As I mentioned before, there is no need for a prescription to get this product. You can subscribe to it online through their website Proactiv.com and it will deliver directly to your door.
After leaving the doctor’s office I ordered the Proactive MD, I was so thrilled that I couldn’t wait for the product to arrive and begin my treatment. It took 2 days for the package to arrive. That same night, I started with the treatment and as expected, I got the burning feeling on my face, followed by redness that eventually faded away after a couple of minutes. I went to sleep as usual, and woke up the next morning hoping the product have done it’s miracle, but I was disappointed. My skin seemed to have worsened, but at least there was one good thing about it; it wasn’t feeling all “greasy”. I told my mom how I was feeling and the disappointment, and she told me to wait, maybe that was a normal effect of the product. Well, I have no other choice, after all, most of the products, treatments and creams I have used have done nothing. I kept using the Proactiv MD solution for a couple of more days. To my surprise, every time I woke in the morning an looked in the mirror there where no new pimples, cyst or new redness on my face…Oh yeah! This looked promising! After a week and a half of using this proactiv product, my face was finally looking healthier and only with a few pimples here and there, but nothing bad and embarrassing, I was even able to lower the amount of foundation I had to apply in my face. I felt so happy that I was finally seeing my skin clear.
Now, after 4 months of using this product my face is completely acne free!!!! I have absolutely clean spot-less skin, with only a few scaring from previous breakouts that are fading away quickly. I am now FREE after being imprisoned by acne since my teenage years.
I sit here writing today, struggling to imagine why I didn’t find this product sooner. Adapalene gave my life a 180 degree twist and returned my confidence for which I’m forever thankful.
The struggle has been real, painful and tiresome, but learned A LOT along the way. Here is what I want you guys to squeeze from this… Firstly, learn not to judge anyone in life. You never know the struggles they are actually facing. Like me, people might put on a hard shell; a protection wall, but can be suffering from the inside. Therefore, never make fun of someone based on their looks, this can shatter self esteem and it is very hard to get back from that point. We have to empower each other and not tear each other apart.
From the bottom of my heart I’m grateful for everything that has happened to me; for the acne, for the rude comments, for the struggles and for everything I’ve been through, because they all made me a strong woman today. I just hope this helps you guys the way it did to me. And for the record, this blog is not intended only for women, I know many guys that are in desperate need of these tips, men that also struggle with acne. This is a chance to try something different that may actually help you. Remember that You have control of everything!
One last piece of advice to anyone who is currently going through acne, don’t lose hope – there is lots of options to cure it, no matter how severe it is, take me as an example. Go see a dermatologist and get it looked at. I know it can be expensive for some, but in the long run you will save a lot of money by visiting a dermatologist than trying out every other method known to man in hopes of curing it.
I’ll share the link here for the Proactiv Solution, you can try it out if you like and share your results here for everyone to see, I know results can vary from person to person, and the more we know the the more information we can get about it.
Just click the banner for the official Proactiv website
Without further delay, here are real life photos from 4/5 months ago (sorry they are poor quality); these are old selfies I had on my old phone.
These are selfies I took 4-5 months before treatment. See the ugly redness? I have gotten worse, but I don’t have pictures of that…sorrry!!!
And these are selfies I’ve taken since the treatment started working. They are my completely bare skin or just with a mild bb cream on. I’m in love with my skin today. Now all I have left to tackle is a bit of minor scarring (I can write another post on that soon too).
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to leave them below. I’ll try to reply as soon as I can!
I love you guys very much and thank you for being on this journey with me.
Without your constant support, I would have quit on the blog many times. Your words touch me like no other and now I hope I can touch you with my stories!