…skin just like pearls.
My relationship with my skin is a tricky love-hate situation. Caring for my skin has been one of my biggest struggles over the years. I have had to fight acne & hyperpigmentation constantly since I hit puberty. I know you’re probably thinking where’s the acne? Just because I don’t have them sprawled all over my face doesn’t mean it’s not a struggle right? In the course of this journey to perfect skin, I have explored numerous remedies. Some have worked and some have scarred me for life. Here we go:
1. FUNBACT-A: I was probably in SS1, my aunty had come to visit and I shared my acne struggles with her. I mean it only made sense to do so, seeing as her skin was flawless in my eyes (thinking back I realize she had makeup the whole time). She handed me a tube of “Funbact-A” and told me to apply on my trouble spots. I was so eager to deal with my acne so I went ahead and applied a generous amount on my cheek area and my forehead. After a few days I noticed my skin was clearing out and I couldn’t wait to thank my aunty on her next visit!
Fast forward to two weeks later or so, my mum told me I had gotten lighter and I thought, this woman doesn’t understand that my beauty is now shining through. Turns out she wasn’t the only one who noticed this change; my friends at school started noticing too. It was then I took a closer look in the mirror and I realized my forehead and cheek area were much lighter that the rest of my face. I realized this was not what I bargained for.
2. DAMATOL: I don’t quite remember where I got this one from. I mean the pack does say hair and skin treatment but I know this was just wrong from the get go. The smell alone was strong enough to knock one out. Never ever again. ERROR!
3. ALOE VERA: This one was pretty easy and straight forward. Truthfully it did improve my skin but over time I didn’t feel the need to carry on with this routine. My reason was justified when my aloe vera plant mysteriously dried out.
4. NIXODERM/SHIRLEY/POP CREAM: Only OGs know these bad guys. I’m sure my mum must have wondered how these products finished so quickly but never quite guessed I was the responsible for the reduction in quantity. I didn’t stick to these ones for too long because they made me sweat and I wasn’t having that. Till this day, I’m not sure what these products were supposed to do and if they worked. I guess I’ll never know!
I must mention that while exploring all these remedies I didn’t understand the importance of certain routines like washing my face at night, not using a sponge on my face, using a separate towel for my face, or changing my pillowcase often. Touching my face was almost second nature for me. Did you know that on average we touch our faces about 500 times a day? I probably did double the figure…don’t judge me, I didn’t know better.
This post is a two-part series and will be continued.
I’d love to read some of the remedies you’ve tried on your quest to perfect skin.