I have always had clear, combination skin till about 1 year ago when a giant spot appeared on my cheek and refused to go away. That was the start of my adult on-set acne. Each spot took months to heal and left scars and dark spots. As time went on, it got worse and worse (as compared to previously).
I was not aware I had adult on-set acne until my massive spot on my check duplicated. The spots were not the typical pus-filled spots (although there was the occasional ones) but the ones under the skin where it grew bigger and bigger and then happily discoloured the skin. These could not be squeezed out and you just had to ride it out. Some of the spots turned out to be two pimples very close to each other, some even joining at the edges!
Now, the first reaction is to squeeze. Everyone tells you not to squeeze or touch it. I, after a hard lesson learnt, agree. I squeezed and squeezed but the pimple did not give way. I did this every day. The result? A massive hole in my face the size of a crater. So, whatever you do, people…DO NOT SQUEEZE THAT ZIT!! of course, if the pimple is about to bust, I say, Why not? Just make sure your hands are thoroughly sanitized and make sure you wrap your fingers with a clean tissue. There is always germs under the fingernails and the tissue also helps cushion your skin from the sharp edges and pressure of the nail. And… don’t touch your face unless absolutely necessary!
Below are pictures of my skin, one taken pre-acne (early 2011), the other taken during acne (early 2012). The picture with the acne does not do the pimpled face any justice but if you look closely, the face is not smooth, slightly discoloured and the whole face is filled with spots. Both are taken without makeup.
Keep reading my next posts for more on my acne journey..
Stay beautiful! xx