Hey fam! If you have like 2 minutes please read the rest of this! (Also swipe) :) Figuring out what the next steps are for me, feeling like my only options are either birth control or Accutane to treat my cystic hormonal acne, I searched the internet desperately for answers. I came across a video from a dermatologist saying “acne is a disease, it might not be a physically life threatening one, but it has a tremendous effect on a individuals mental health and self esteem. It’s not a beauty or cosmetic issue, it’s a disease.” “I am I just being vain for getting affected by this so easily?” “so many people go through way worse”. Your pain is valid, not wanting a skin condition is valid. Acne is never purely about wanting to feel pretty or beautiful, it’s about wanting to just feel okay.
If you have acne do research on other ways to heal your skin instead of immediately choosing antibiotics, birth control, Accutane etc. I’m not saying those treatments don’t work (I know so many people who have great success with them to treat moderate to severe acne) but, they do have short term and long term side effects so please talk with your dermatologist and pleaseeee ask question and make sure you fully understand what you are putting your body through. I thought birth control was my last option but I realllllly didn’t want to take it. So I didn’t. Synthetic hormones shouldn’t be the answer to my problem, and hey maybe it is, but taking BC is a risk I’m not ready to take.
Anyways the point I want to make is that #1 social media is only the highlights of peoples lives, it’s not everything. The camera can be deceptive, especially in the sun #2 it’s ok to have problems and not be perfect, it shows that wow you’re an actual alive human with pores, scars, blemishes etc. and #3 it’s ok to want to cure your skin condition or any other issue you might be dealing with. I know this whole acne thing won’t apply to everyone reading it but I hope this gives you a little insight on others and can potentially give you a different perspective. XXX -B