What prompted me to take action was a comment from one of my students who casually asked me about my 'chickenpox' while they waited in the lunch line. I can't blame my student. My blemishes really did look like chickenpox. It still didn't feel great hearing it though, I won't lie. However, it wasn't until later that week after sending my students off to find learning jobs that I was approached by another student. I was still sitting at this point, so there my student stood face to face with me. They proceeded to ask me if my spots hurt, and then counted them. All 12 of them. I have to admit the teacher in me was impressed that they were able to count to 12 since that was the previous weeks focus. Numbers from 11-20. Aside from that I felt a bit mortified. Sometimes children say the things that no one else would ever say out loud.
My skin was bad. Hormonal acne is not fun. It is so painful. It feels like some sort of cruel joke to wake up on your 25th birthday with a face full of blemishes. That might be an exaggeration as it doesn't quite happen that way. Though it is normally seen once women approach their mid twenties. As I approach my 29th birthday I am running out of patience for these 'spots'. For those of you who have battled acne for most of your adult lives, and those who have dealt with it in teenage years I can honestly say I feel for you. For people who have never had to deal with acne, it is hard to understand. Not that we would ever want you to. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
Washing your face in front of other people is something that brings anxiety. In many ways I've found comfort knowing that my makeup skills can help me camouflage what I don't want the rest of the world to see. I feel so much nicer when my skin cooperates. Sometimes I wonder how much makeup I would wear if I felt I didn't have to?
This past week over half term I finally took the plunge and headed to the doctors office - without makeup. I knew that in order to get the help I needed this doctor needed to see what they were up against. My only regret is not going sooner. I kept hoping that each break out would be the last, but with it comes scars. So my advice for those of you reading this is this: if you are having break outs that consist of large, painful bumps under your skin please make an appointment with your doctor. I am hopeful that the new medication I am on will cure me of my 'chickenpox'.
Here's hoping! If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to contact me or comment below.
Thanks for reading.
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I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!