It’s About The Practice Not The Product

By Susie

“In addition to all sorts of products, I’ve tried facials, lasers, chemical peels, micro-needling, face massages, and more. I’ve “lived” and so has my skin and I’m finally realizing that it’s all about the practice and not the product…my best skin only comes with a consistent practice.”

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had some form of acne.  It was never severe but enough to always make me feel self-conscious.  Every time one pimple would go away, I’d get a week reprieve and then start to feel the painful bump of another one on its way.  I felt helpless knowing there was nothing I could do to stop it and it was only a matter of time before I would see a big angry bump emerge on my face.  To make matters worse, each pimple would leave a dark spot behind as I was prone to hyperpigmentation.

I tried everything.  n my teens and 20s, I tried to keep it under control with acne-targeting products.  Anything that had “acne” on the label, I was buying and trying.  I kept jumping from product to product and would see results for a bit, but inevitably problems would flare up again.

Fast forward into my working years post-graduation.  With a little more expendable income, I went to see a dermatologist for the first time.  She recommended birth control.  For a long time that helped but it wasn't a perfect solution.  I would still get the occasional pimple and scar that would follow. 

After I had children, the doctor recommended taking another pill to help with the acne since it seemed to be hormonal (I would always break out around my jawline during my period). I didn't like the idea of taking drugs daily just for my acne, especially to no end. 

This resistance towards drugs brought me back to my vicious cycle with products.  Now with more spending power, I was becoming a bigger sucker each day for product marketing and kept buying the next “great” thing.  I’d excitedly try them, but then would get lazy, stop using them and bam, another pimple.  This would make me sad and lead to binge buying the next thing that promised to fix my problems. 

Now I’m in my 40s.  There’s a world of advice, tips, product available out there all only one-click away.  In addition to all sorts of products, I’ve tried facials, lasers, chemical peels, micro-needling, face massage, and more.  I’ve “lived” and so has my skin and I’m finally realizing that it’s all about the practice and not the product. 

Through trial and error and many highs and lows, I now know that my best skin only comes with a consistent practice.  After adopting a version of the K-beauty multi-steps routine consistently for a few months, I started to get compliments on my skin for the first time in 40 years.  With dedication to a daily routine, the pimples are few and far in between, and they don’t get as big.  The rest of my skin looks so healthy that the pimple isn’t as tarnishing either.  I know it’s not the result of one special product because I’ve switched products along the way.  The only constant has been maintaining my multi-step routine.

There are times I’m too tired, the kids and work have worn me out.  On those nights, I have to admit, I still sometimes just wash my face and go to sleep.  I’ve decided I can’t make this another full-time job and feel guilty for not doing it.  That said, I recently went through a low-energy period and didn’t do my routine for over a week.  And guess what – I got 4 pimples over the span of a week!

I think there are a lot of great products out there but none of them are miracle workers and nothing beats solid steps in a consistent routine.  Use whatever you have on hand and give the steps a try and start practicing.  I promise you will start to see some solid results.   Practice makes perfect, right?