When I was fifteen, I was devastated by my acne.
I attempted all kinds of acne cleansers, as well as other topical treatments, from creams and gels to face wash and even some internal junk, but nothing appeared to be working at all.’ It definitely was a frightful time in my life. I was so self conscious and was just starting to try and talk to girls, and looking out for a girlfriend, but my awful complexion caused me to feel scared to even approach them. I do not know if it was my imagination or not, thinking back, but it appeared that none were at all interested, and that nobody wished to talk to me even. It may have been teen insecurity, but all of the acne cleansers that I used appeared to do nothing, and my self confidence continued to plunge.
Then I realized that acne cleansers would never take care of my acne troubles, and I would need to look after it myself. My dad sat me down and said to me that, at my age, he had a much similar problem. There had been the paralyzing insecurity, the acne cleansers, the numerous mixtures and treatments, the girl idiocy. Then, he finally discovered something that actually worked. It was not the acne cleansers; no acne cleanser can actually do anything to fully stop any form of teen insecurities. It was regarded as a matter of taking himself in hand, and realizing that he could do anything that he set his mind to, and he was ok just as he was.
To be honest, I was convinced that this was a bunch of hokum when I initially heard it, and I chose to keep trying the acne cleansers. Sure enough, at last I found one that worked absolutely fine and did help me out a little bit but not enough to truly cure all of my acne. Then I noticed that, alone acne cleansers were not actually enough. My dad had been right about that part! I required something more.
The answer, naturally, was following the correct diet. Once I began to exercise frequently and eat less oily food, my acne started to actually clear up. I will not say that it went away fully straight away, that might be really hopeful, but over time it got better and better. After a few months of a strict exercise regime and a lack of fatty foods my acne was no longer that bad and my skin actually started looking pretty good. And you know what, my self confidence also returned to a point where it was absolutely great, but although my confidence was on par, a good complexion and a manly physique was even better.
I’ve been thankful to my dad for many things he shared and taught me over the years, but his recommendation about acne cleansers wasn’t one of those things unfortunately. Today, when looking back at those awkward years I can just smile and say hey that’s life, I’ve continued following a healthy lifestyle from that time and it’s benefited me in more ways than I can ever put in words.