I had to put that big ole ignorant watermark on this in case some dark web skincare company tries to use it as befores to sell their ish…lol. These are all also pre-filler.
Yes in general, I do have “nice” skin but I have to work diligently to keep it that way. Recently I’ve been on a pretty good skin kick and as I’ve gained followers who “met” me at my “good skin” phase, I get comments alluding to me having great genes and that perhaps the products I use and talk about work because I already have nice skin. On a side note, know that you will never win when it comes to certain things—if you have “nice” skin some people won’t believe you when talk about products that work and if you struggle with your skin, some people won’t believe you when you talk about products that work…lol.
But this post is more about encouragement into having a consistent skincare routine than it is about counting every pimple I’ve ever had in life. In my years of writing about and engaging with the masses about skincare, one of the things I’ve seen that hinders a skincare routine is inconsistency and following unfounded treatment methods (um, I actually came across someone who washed their face with RUBBING ALCOHOL to control their oily skin).
You know what, another thing I’ve encountered with some of those who want to improve their skin is that some people don’t want to read. Whether that be the hundreds of skincare posts I’ve written over the years (that I also repurpose from time to time so there’s a fresh new post on whatever topic) or just simply reading the directions on a skincare label. Don’t be like those people, ya’ll. PLEASE.
OK, one more thing and then I’ll get on with the rest of this post. Another thing some people do is not let the professionals intervene with the situation. Now insurance can be a tricky thing for many of us to just go see a dermatologist (although if you have insurance, don’t assume you can’t see a derm, actually inquire about what’s covered) and not everyone has the extra coin to see an esthetician, but if you were to factor in the time and money you spend in trying to treat something on your own, it might make more sense financially and mentally to see a skincare professional.
So now back to me ;)
Yes, genes do play a part in your skin’s appearance, but you still have to put in that work. Now, I don’t want to shade some members of my immediate family who might be reading this post, but I’m related to people who don’t take care of their skin like I do mine and well…I mean, look, don’t make me just type it out…lol.
In my 30s (I’m 37 now), I have seen some skincare ups and many, many downs. Our hormones go through some changes as we age and man is that ever apparent when you start dipping into the 30s. I had a long bout with adult acne aka the gift that keeps on giving. Every time I got breakouts, they’d leave a dark spot. Then I’d work on fading the dark spot only for new breakouts to pop up in the same place. LAWDAMERCY. I wrote about it here. I also had some cystic acne issues that I wrote about here. Chile, my face was coming for my face! And don’t get me started on these facial hairs which are also thanks to hormonal changes :x
Better skin and post-filler days
I’ve written about my other skincare issues and what I’m doing to treat them here.
And if you ever want to know what I’m using on my skin, I have a What I’m Using on My Skin Right Now series. If I haven’t updated in a while, it’s because nothing has really changed in what I use. You can also follow me on Instagram as I chat about skincare pretty often there BUT know that the meat and potatoes is here on this blog. I can never sum up all the info on this blog in an IG post or story. And then that stuff isn’t really searchable like the blog is. Pretty much, subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss a thing.
Skincare issues are subjective of course—what some find to be debilitating, others would kill to have. I do wish people in general were more respectful to those who struggle with their skin. I’ve had to unlearn some of that mess myself. Like, yes, some ingredients found in some makeup products can cause skin issues for some people, but can we stop shaming those who want full coverage complexion products? That full beat may just be the difference between that person leaving the house with confidence or shrinking and staying home.
Also, I just slowly realized I do have some makeup-free post-filler pics. Believe it or not, I don’t take many selfies. I stopped taking them as much because 1. it’s annoying taking 30 pics of myself to have maybe one decent photo 2. I take outfit pics often with a photographer and don’t always remember that I should take pics of myself and 3. since I do video a lot now, I can just get screenshots from the video if I need a photo of myself like that. But I also have like 50 million pictures on both my phone and on my computer and hard drives so looking for stuff isn’t always something I want to do…lol. And I have no attention span. Check out this post on my experience with filler if you missed it.