As a teen, hormonal breakouts were horrible but accepted. Teenage skin, you know? Problem skin.
In my twenties it was more of a question of when is this going to end? Googling ‘how old until I stop getting spots’?
Now, hitting 30, i’m still asking the same bloody questions!
Recently I have had the mother of all breakouts but what i’ve come to learn over the years, is that it’s stressful but it can’t always be controlled.
Obviously you can control it to a degree. Drink more water, eat healthier, sleep more, change your sheets often, don’t smoke. Look after your skin. You know the drill.
The problem is, I do all that! I drink a lot of water, I eat a lot of veg (not so much fruit, granted.. and I could probably give up the odd sweet treat but all in moderation), I sleep well and look after my skin.
I know a lot of people will look at the picture above and wonder why i’m complaining. What do I know? Someone else will always have it worse and I know that but what you don’t see is the redness and the scarring that I cover for months after a breakout.
My breakouts tend to be spots/pimples and those really sore under the skin spots, dare I say, cysts. Mainly on my forehead and my chin, although they are also on my cheeks at the moment.
In fact, I had 5 of those cyst like under the skin spots on my chin at once. And it really gets you down.
What I have learnt to embrace, as uncomfortable as it might seem, is that less is more.
Believe it or not, in cases like mine the less makeup you wear the better your skin looks. I obviously focus heavily on covering the redness but I don’t wear ‘heavy’ makeup as it just sticks to the problem areas, becomes oily, more clogged, the dryness is far more apparent and it just really doesn’t look good.
What I decided would work best for me is that if I am going in with the ‘less is more’ mindset, let’s commit.
Keep everything simple, wear a light foundation, or just a full coverage concealer if you can get away with it. I use the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint which is a great drugstore alternative to the Bobbi Brown corrector, which I then top up with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I lightly, and I mean ever so lightly powder to set this but not enough to fully mattify and dry the area out. This isn’t about pretending I don’t have spots, just minimising the issue.
Rosy cheeks and rosy lips are youthful right? I then lightly fill in my brows and slap on mascara and I actually feel good about it.
I know my skin is getting more chance to breathe than it would if I wore full coverage makeup and I can live without that fear of constantly checking that I look ok, that nothing has smudged and that no redness is getting through!