If you told me in my darkest acne-suffering times that acne was my friend, I’d think you were nuts.
In fact, I’d probably get pissed at you for saying such a thing.
But the truth is that acne IS your friend. How do I know?
I know because I suffered with acne for years before finally getting clear, and have maintained that clear skin for over a decade now.
As I look back, I can truthfully say with all my heart that having acne was one of the best things that ever happened to me.
You heard that right. If I could go back and change it, I wouldn’t change a damn thing.
If you’re reading these words, chances are you are in a dark place. You’re at the end of your rope with acne, and ready to try anything to get clear.
The last thing you think is that acne is your friend. After all, it has caused you so much pain and suffering.
I get it. I was there. And I felt the same way as you did when I was in your spot.
But the thing is… I’m no longer suffering with acne so I have taken on a different perspective. This perspective is nearly impossible to see when you are in the trenches.
But I encourage you to do your best to take on this perspective. It will give you hope and faith to get clear.
This perspective is that acne is actually a good thing. It is a sign from your body saying, “HEY, PAY ATTENTION TO ME! SOMETHING IS WRONG.”
When I look back on my own life, when I was suffering with acne I was living a really unhealthy lifestyle.
I drank almost every weekend, usually multiple nights in a row.
I downed pizza, fast food, and processed garbage like it was going out of style.
I stayed up all night multiple nights a week.
I was clearly headed down a path that was bound to lead to a serious health condition sooner or later.
But instead of getting diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or some other more serious condition, I got acne.
When you think about it like that, it makes having acne a little easier to swallow.
But here’s the problem… most people don’t look at it like this.
They see their acne as a curse, something they are stricken with and which they may consider “bad luck.”
I know I used to think like that.
The reality is that acne is actually your body crying out for help. It’s begging you to take better care of it, to stop with the unhealthy behaviors.
It’s a friend looking out for what’s best for you.
Acne wants you to change, it doesn’t want to be there. But until you change your ways, it will not leave. It’s a stubborn son of a bitch.
It’s not trying to harm you. It’s trying to get you to pay attention.
Think about acne like the check engine light coming on in your car. It’s a warning that you need to look under the hood.
Creams, potions, and pills may temporarily make the check engine light go away, but sooner or later it will come back on because you never looked under the hood to get to the root of the problem.
Acne forced me to overhaul my lifestyle at a young age. For that, I am truly grateful. I’m now in my 30’s and healthier and fitter than I’ve ever been in my life.
Without acne, I know I would not be nearly as vibrant and healthy as I am today because I never would have been forced to overhaul my lifestyle.
Most people do not come to the realization that health is important until they are much older. Sometimes, they’re already laying on their death beds and it’s too late.
If you’re young and reading this, consider yourself lucky. You have an opportunity to overhaul your lifestyle at a young age and live a vibrant, healthy lifestyle for most of your adult life.
But you have to LISTEN. You have to realize that your acne is trying to communicate to you that there is a deeper issue needing addressed.
No more turning off the check engine light with creams, potions, pills, and other gimmicks.
It’s time to make friends with your acne, and finally take a look under the hood.