There are breakouts, and then there are breakouts so bad that make me, a grown woman, literally hide under a blanket. The latter happened over a month ago and, as much as I'm here for the growing skin positivity movement, I have to admit my confidence hit an all-time low. I cancelled plans. I stared unhealthily often at a mirror, examining the damage: a colony of seemingly multiplying cystic zits invaded my chin and jawline like never before. How did I get here?
Actually, the answer to that is easy: work stress, late nights, junk food, my insatiable sweet tooth, not drinking enough water — around the holiday season I really gave no f*cks. It just all caught up to me. But, I was determined to do everything I possibly could to clear it up–fast.
I pulled out all the stops and created a super-regimen that ended up actually working for me. While there is no such thing as a quick fix for acne (it's all about getting treated by a dermatologist, eating healthy, and having a lot of patience), ahead are all the steps I incorporated into my routine that made the biggest difference.