My name’s Kayla, and I’ve had acne for about as long as I can humanly remember.
I’m 26 years old, and my acne shows no signs of letting up anytime soon, but I’m determined to somehow find a way to improve it.
Why make a website about my acne, you ask?
Well, it’s not just me I created this website for. It’s for everyone else out there who’s going through the same thing — and feeling just as frustrated and confused — as I am.
I’ve been writing down and keeping track of the different lifestyle changes and skincare regimens I’ve been trying, anyway. Why not put everything I’m learning about acne and skincare online?
When I started really digging into the potential causes of my own acne a month or so ago, I basically just read and watched everything I possibly could about acne. That involved going to a lot of different websites and YouTube channels in search of information, which quickly became a bit overwhelming.
Plus, it seemed like for everything I found saying “this food/product is good for your skin” there was another source or study that said the same food/product could potentially cause acne. Super confusing.
So I figured I’d compile all of that information, plus my own personal experiences, into one website that other acne-sufferers could use.
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I don’t particularly relish the idea of talking about the horrible skin I’ve tried to ignore and hide for so many years online. But, at this point, I’m just so tired of waiting for the day when I’ll finally have clear skin.
As much as I hate the way my skin and face look right now, I hate the thought of passively waiting for yet another prescription or skincare regimen to start working even more.
If I have to take this journey regardless, I might as well do something along the way. Hence: this website.
My history with acne
I was diagnosed with cystic acne when I was 15 or 16, but I’d been experiencing awful breakouts since I was about 13. So we’re looking at a solid decade (and then some) of my skin freaking out on me.
In the past, I’ve found treatments that would calm my skin for a few months or so, but my acne has always, eventually, come back and those treatments would cease to work.
I’ve tried dozens of over-the-counter topical creams and washes, as well as prescription medications, over the years. None of them has ever been able to permanently stop my acne.
As of this writing, I’ve just canceled my Curology subscription because, although the treatment did help with my hyperpigmentation and some of my breakouts, my skin was still breaking out actively after eight months of being on it. (You can read more about my history with acne and the treatments I’ve tried here.)
For $20 a month, those small results — welcomed as they were — just weren’t worth it for me.
And so, the journey continues.
About this website
I’ve learned a lot about acne and acne treatment throughout my acne journey, and I don’t want to keep that information all to myself. I’ll be sharing my personal experiences treating my acne, but also information about what helps and hurts acne-prone people, too.
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