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It's a free day of the #selflovebootcamp
so i'm choosing to talk about acne. i've been having a lot of thoughts lately so i decided to share 🙃 have any of you dealt with acne? taken accutane? what are your thoughts? my thoughts are ➡️➡️the hot summer weather here in bc has me breaking out hardcore! the other day i was driving home and the thought crossed my mind to try accutane one more time (i've been on it twice before) but no, i am not doing it. joint/back pain to the point of having trouble moving, extremely dry/sensitive/rashy skin, and increased depression and suicidal thoughts are just a few of the side effects. i was required to have monthly blood work to monitor my liver functioning and to ensure i wasn't pregnant because it's almost guaranteed that my baby would have serious medical issues if conceived on the medication (missing limbs, etc). why would i put my body through that again? what's the alternative? living with acne... and the side effects of acne? little red dots on my face, some scars, and societal pressure/shame to hide myself to make others comfortable.
did you know that an estimated 80% of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point? it's such a normal part of the human experience, but we're taught that it's gross, unhygienic, unsightly.
i started breaking out when i was 12... i used to think my acne would magically disappear when i became an adult, but here i am at 24 still breaking out! i used to think i broke out because i ate 'bad' food, but i still break out when i eat salads every day. i used to think i broke out because i was fat, but i still broke out when i was a size 2. i used to think i broke out because i wore makeup, but i've worn make up just four times in over two months and i'm still breaking out! i'm finally starting to realize that acne is just a thing that i have to deal with. 🤷🏻♀️ it's not bad, it's not good, it's just a thing and that is a-okay!
shoutout to @dothehotpants
for being so open with their acne experiences as well! both have played a huge role in me feeling comfortable enough to talk about/show my acne without feeling ashamed! ❤️