As much as I wish I was one of those rare unicorns who rarely experiences a pimple—let alone a full-on breakout—I’m just not. A constant battle against burgeoning bumps is my norm, and while I’ve been able to get a relative handle on some hormonal craziness that was plaguing me for the better part of a year, I still have to be ultra-diligent with what I choose to put on my face. For the most part, as I mentioned, my acne is hormonal, and I primarily break out along my jawline, chin, and occasionally around my lips or nose.
These days, thanks to a scaled-back, very basic skincare routine, 85% of the time my skin is relatively clear, my main nemesis now being the residual acne scarring loitering around my cheekbones, chin, and lip area. (I’m currently getting IPL at Vanesa Hernandez Skincare in Brentwood to help deal.) That said, like clockwork, a week or two before my period, my skin will FTFO, and all my hard-earned acne-banishing work flies out the window. Virtually overnight, I wake up to two to three sore, up-and-coming red bumps alongside a pinhead-sized sprinkling of annoying, nose-wrinkle-worthy whiteheads poised, ever so cutely, right around my mouth. (In my mind that’s pretty much the least ideal locale for a gross-looking zit to grow, but then again, I don’t really have much say in the matter, now do I?)