I had beautiful skin while growing up - no pimples, just clear white ‘Himachali’ face. I never understood why my friends created a fuss about pimples in school. During those TV commercials in which girls screamed on spotting a zit, I simply gawked at their pretty dresses. I never paid attention to the problem, product or pimples. Good old days! But sadly, my skin went a drastic change in my early 20s. Hormonal change and constant travelling took a toll on my skin. It started with pimples around the chin, and it was then I understood how much trouble a tiny zit can cause. It pricks like a thorn and punctures your confidence, to say the least. I was the same girl who was lovingly called ‘Peach’ by one of my mother’s friends, but then, with so much pimples and marks, I resembled a strawberry. Damn, I hated it!
It was not only pimples that led to the anxiety. Sometimes, when out of frustration I pricked them, the marks stayed longer than the pimples. I felt totally helpless. In fact, it put a dent on my self confidence. I avoided social functions and slipped out of the frame when someone tried to click a picture. Even when I tried to apply cream in winters, it was painful. And who doesn’t know the feeling when just a day before an important event pimples shout - I am back, I am back! This feeling became my constant companion. Then, it was in 2006 when I became friends which a boy who was studying Dermatology, that I understood my problem. He told me all about the ‘whys’ and ‘whats’ of pimples and the importance to know all of it before attempting the pimple-rescue-mission.
Why I had pimples?
Why it started at a later age?
What is my skin type?
What I need to do to get rid of them?
What is a perfect skin care routine?
What products suit my skin type?
It was after answering those questions, I was able to deal with it. With my hormonal changes, it was normal to had pimples, zits and skin rashes, and I needed proper medical attention to get rid of them. Also, following a proper skin care routine was very important. At one stage, things got really ugly and I suffered from Multiple Abscesses. It multiplied the pimple problem and I started having pimples on my cheeks as well. I had to take the complete course to treat it and then, my problems started to recede. It’s not completely gone but it is way better than what it used to be. After going through all this, I started following a proper skin care routine. It took me a while to find the right products for my skin. I experimented with many brands for many months to finally find what I needed. A good face wash to clean all the pores and dust. I have dry skin, so regular soap was a big no-no. A moisturizing cream that complements the toner. Also, I learnt to stay away from chemicals. Natural products are better and they don’t have side effects. A concoction of banana and honey is more effective than a banana face pack available in the market. Sticking to natural, herbal and chemical free products, like like Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash is the key to healthy looking skin.
In a sentence - the right solution to all the problems is to follow a healthy routine, use right products and stay happy. I wish, when my rowdy hormones would come back to their normal self, I will get my old look back.