1.You wear ALL the products to try and cover it up, which then clogs your pores causing a vicious cycle.
2.You can’t go without said products because the thought of leaving the house with a naked face put you on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
3.If you do brave leaving the house without a made up face, you spend the whole time thinking people are judging you and wanting the ground to swallow you up.
4.The products you smother on your face end up EVERYWHERE! Your collar, your pillows, your boyfriend. You can’t make a call without leaving a face print on the phone screen and good luck trying on that white pullover whilst out shopping (which you will try to hide under all the other clothes you’ve tried on then swiftly vacate the premises in case they try to charge you for staining it.)
5.You secretly hate on those girls who just wear tinted moisturiser without looking like the surface of the moon!
6.Having to buy expensive make up because the cheap stuff makes you break out.
7.Getting your make up done at MAC and instantly wanting to apologise to the beautician for having to touch your face with her brushes.
8.It takes so much longer to get ready because you can’t just swan out of the house, fresh as the day you were born.
9.The constant battle between the ease of face wipes and the benefit of a proper skincare routine.
10.The state of your skin in the morning determining how you will feel about the day ahead.
11.Subconsciously picking your face off when your hands are bored – TMI? Just me? I can’t be the only one that involuntarily picks at those little face devils, instantly regrets it and tries to make it up to ones face like “Babe I’m so sorry! I didn’t know what I was doing! Can I offer you a cold flannel or aloe gel?”
12.Not wanting to partake in social activities that require you to be makeupless – “A spa day!!! Oh wow, that sounds great but errrrrmmmmmm” (insert frustrated emoji here)
13.Constantly asking your other half if they still fancy you when you remove your makeup – And of course they are going to say yes. (Unless they want to deal with all the crying and have a tub of Ben&Jerrys cookie dough to hand.)
14.Trying all the drugs on the planet to get rid of this burden and instead ending up with thrush, everlasting periods or something that feels like your face has been bleached off – soz not soz this is life!
15.Everyone on the internet raving over roacutane but the side effects are suicidal thoughts so you give that one a miss cause you know … don’t fancy that thanks!
16.Looking up foods that are good and bad for your skin – Feeling like a total babe when you eat the right stuff and hating on yourself when you indulge on that entire block of cheese.
17.Cutting people out of your life who tell you dairy causes acne, cause you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life and CHEESE IS EVERYTHING!
18.Having to smile politely while people tell you it’s not that bad and they don’t even notice. Then feeling kinda smug when your having a good skin day and they’re all like “OMG your skin looks so much better!”
I have battled with this crappy condition for as long as I can remember. I’ve been laughed at, recoiled from and called names but at the ripe old age of 24 I am finally learning to love myself regardless! I still have my down days but come on, who doesn’t?
Embrace yourself, be you and love it!
Peace and love xoxo