I don’t know about you, but I had high hopes as a late teen that my acne would magically disappear once I hit my 20s.
That, my friends, was totally incorrect.
Nowadays I’m able to see my zits as just that: zits. Annoying - maybe - but they’ll be gone in a few days and that’s that.
However... during college and a few years after, having a zit would send me into a confidence tailspin. Sound familiar?
I’d spend so much time meticulously applying concealer, then foundation, then more concealer to cover them up as much as possible. I probably spent hundreds of dollars on anti-acne face washes and spot treatments, and sometimes I even avoided going out because I thought my pimples were too embarrassing.
But later in my twenties (and after going back to school for nutrition), my take on zits has changed, thank goodness.
Did you know our skin can be a window into what’s going on inside of us?
If you’re struggling with acne, it may be an indication of something deeper going on like hormone imbalances, gut issues, stress, or something else.
In my case, I’ve figured out my acne can act up from hormones, eating dairy and/or too much sugar for my body, or not washing my makeup brushes often enough (a bacteria issue). Basically, you can use your breakouts as a way to further tune into your body. Sounds funny, but it’s true!
If you notice you get breakouts after eating lots of sugary desserts, that’s great info to use moving forward. It doesn’t mean you have to avoid desserts, but now you can make an informed choice because you’ve tuned into your body. If you want to eat desserts and maybe deal with some zits, fine! If you prefer to skip the sugar because of its effect on your skin, that’s fine too! It’s 100% your call.
If you’re interested in learning more about the science-y side of this, check out my friend Ellie over at Deeply Nourished. She’s a fellow holistic nutritionist who’s so knowledgeable in the world of women + breakouts.
You’re also not alone. Everyone deals with zits at one point or another. It’s a totally normal thing, and chances are your zits aren’t as obvious as you may think they are. You’re not the first person in the world to deal with acne, and you won’t be the last!
At the same time, I really do believe it’s OK to want to cover them up . This doesn’t mean you aren’t practicing body acceptance and doesn’t make you vain. If applying a little concealer will make you feel better, do it. And if you don’t, that’s OK too. Again, totally your call.
As you dive deeper into accepting your body as it is (this takes time!), you may notice zits aren’t as big an issue as they used to be...or any other physical “imperfection”, for that matter. Makeup or not, zits or not, the key here is to be gentle with yourself.
Lastly: instead of battling with your skin, I invite you to try practicing more kindness toward it. Like I said earlier, our skin is a great window into what’s going on inside of us. Getting acne can be a simple reminder for us to tune into our bodies a bit more and take note of what may be causing the breakouts.
Having a zit (or several) doesn’t make you more or less beautiful, it’s just a temporary thing on your skin that most people, if not everyone, has dealt with at some point. No biggie. In fact, I have a big one on my chin as I write this! (LOL)
So this week, I challenge you to practice a bit more kindness toward your skin. Whether you have zits, wrinkles, discoloration, freckles or something in between, this is all part of being human, and that’s a beautiful thing.