"But change must always be balanced with some degree of consistency."~Ron D. Burton
I have been a member at our local YMCA for a few years now and it's always interesting to see how excited and enthused people are in January of each year. The parking lots are overflowing, locker space is limited in the changing rooms, fitness classes are filled to the max.
Then, come April and May suddenly it's a whole lot easier to find a parking space and you could roll a bowling ball in some of the fitness classes and not hit anyone..because only a few have stuck with it.
We throw in the towel to soon when we don't see immediate results.
I am the first to admit that I used to be a skin care product junkie. I would use something for about two weeks and if I wasn't seeing immediate results it went into the trash. Then it was on to the next thing.
The beauty product aisle was always my favorite section as I scoured the shelves for the next "shiny object'.
Back then the word consistent did not exist in my vocabulary when it came to my skin. It made me feel better trying everything out there just to say I did.
But in the end all that switching and spending left me with the same pimples I started with and empty pockets.
The basic principles of treating acne are: unclogging the pores, killing the bacteria, and calming the inflammation. The skin care regimen you choose should have products that do all of those things.
Once you have done your research and found a skin care regimen appropriate for your skin issue, it's time to do the work.
By work I mean use that product the way it's supposed to be used. Not sporadically here and there when you feel like it.
Also, when it comes to clear skin, you must wash your face at bedtime no matter how tired you are. Being lazy and not washing the day's make-up, oil, and dirt off will only make your skin worse.
During the past year I went from skin so blemished that one of my patients actually said to me, "Dear, don't you wash your face? You have all of those pimples" to, people constantly complimenting me on my skin.
This only happened because I was consistent with the skin care regimen that I was using. Once I started seeing good results that gave me the incentive to stick with it.
The same can hold true for you.
Here are some guidelines when trying a product for the first time:
-Realize that everyone's skin is different. For some people it may take longer to see results.
-Be patient–you may experience more temporary breakouts as old skin cells are being removed and the newer ones are coming to the surface.
-It may take 4-6 weeks to see results but it doesn't mean it's not working.
If after 8 weeks results are still not seen, then most likely more aggressive treatment may be needed and a dermatologist should be consulted.
So, there you have it. The products aren't going to jump out of the tubes and magically appear on your face, you've got to use them and use them consistently.
Any change worth having is worth putting the effort in.
Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse and licensed esthetician who has suffered with acne and hyperpigmentation since the age of 12. She wants other acne sufferers to understand that even though acne is not curable that it is definitely controllable with the right regimen and lifestyle changes. Clear and radiant skin does not have to be a dream, it can be your reality!
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