Sponsored by Rogaine
Are you tired of hearing me talk about my skin yet? Yeah, me too. But today, instead of telling you how a product helped/did not help my skin, I'm giving you the full story by partnering with my friends at Rogaine, a brand dedicated to acting as a proactive means for treating conditions like hair loss or thinning hair, which are not only a hereditary condition, but a DNA-driven reality that all men and women will inevitably encounter with age.
I've been battling acne since I was a teen. I can't say I remember the first time a zit popped up on my face, but I do remember feeling plagued by mild breakouts throughout my teen years. I distinctly remember my mom taking me to get intensely painful acne facials, where (I'm convinced) the aesthetician's goal was slow torture by means of dousing my face in the strongest acids one could legally use on skin. I saw countless dermatologists, and used a multitude of salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxides, acne washes, oil-free moisturizes, and retinols that never seemed to make any difference. I went on rounds and rounds of different oral antibiotics, spironolactone, and yes, even accutane. I listened as friends (close friends, best friends) said things to me like "well I never wash my face and I've never had a pimple, so why do you get them?" I listened as everyone from random strangers to beauty store employees to skincare specialists (I literally had one of these experiences two days ago) take it upon themselves to, without solicitation, tell me what I was doing wrong and how their expertise would finally fix my skin. It was usually the same advice: "you have acne, therefore you must have oily skin, try exfoliating, never use anything moisturizing, and try x ingredient." None of it ever worked, and all the "advice" started to wear on me.
And after trying everything (I really do mean EVERYTHING), I realized that it wasn't fair for all of these people to make me feel at fault for a medical issue. I realized that it was my DNA; just as my DNA gave me blue eyes and a petite stature. While some people's DNA plagues them with thinning hair, mine gave me acne. Thanks, DNA.Read more