My Blemished Past & Clearasils New Superfruit Cleansers

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If someone were to ask me what the hardest part of my middle school years were I would respond, instantly, with "my acne."

As I prepared to write this post I tried to remember how bad it really was. Thankfully, the years have erased some of those memories and while I still vividly remember how I felt, it's getting harder for me to remember what it may have actually looked like. In my mind it was horrific. In reality it was likely no worse than the skin of any other normal teenager. In my psychology class we talk about a phenomena called 'imaginary audience' where adolescents genuinely believe that everyone is talking about them or looking at them. I remember avoiding eye contact with people. I remember sitting on a certain side of someone if one side of my face was breaking out worse than the other that day. I remember crying before school sometimes and trying to convince my mom I wasn't feeling well because I was that embarrassed about what I looked like. Most photos of me looked like this:

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Occasionally, I couldn't hide my face, and this is one of the extremely rare photos of me between 11-14:

PD0036Tragic isn't it? Let's not even get into the fact I'm sporting the infamous Kermit shirt that I wore every day for a month in 6th grade. That angel food birthday cake is looking pretty spectacular though. {Post-marathon treat idea}

By High School things got marginally better. This was also the time I started wearing make-up so that definitely helped some! I tried every type of facial cleanser possible and nothing seemed to help. My skin continued breaking out regularly into my early 20's and it has only recently (within the last 2-3 years) improved to the point that I'm actually comfortable with the idea of going outside the house sans foundation or concealer (gasp!)

I think part of the reason my skin's finally 'leveled off' is due to the crazy teenage hormones settling down, eliminating most dairy and gluten from my diet and finding skin products that seem to work well with my skin type. I have combination skin and have tried various cleansers in the past but haven't fallen in love with any one in particular. One product I have used religiously is the vanishing cream by Clearasil. I'll just rub a tiny bit on any new spots I see and they are usually gone within 1-2 days. Total lifesaver. That's why when the opportunity to try out Clearasil's New Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Cleanser came along I jumped at the chance.

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Before I even tried it I was intrigued by the ingredient list: raspberry and cranberry extracts (for their antioxidants), Vitamin B3 and 1% salicylic acid medication to fight breakouts. I hesitate using products that have greater than 1% salicylic acid because parts of my skin can dry out easily so this was the perfect amount. After such a sordid history with skin care I'm always SO scared of trying anything new on my face. I've only been using this a few days and it's already passed my most important tests - no breakouts! It leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean smooth and has an awesome berry scent to it. I was even brave enough to take a photo sans any make-up after my long run Saturday.

2013-08-17 08.27.09-2I know you can't see much of my face there but looking back on where I've come from and even showing you guys half a face is a big deal! Here's a better shot, but with a bit of foundation on before going out for the day.

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So - truthfully, I'm going to keep using it for a while. Even though my skins doing much better overall I still get the occasional break-outs and if this can prevent those from happening then I'll start buying stock in Clearasil.

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Anyone else have nightmares over their teenage acne?