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My Acne Journey & The Product That Saved Me

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Tampa chapter.

Starting at age 10, using different creams and certain face washes became a part of my daily routine. Acne has been a very large, unfortunate part of my life. Until a few years ago, I would feel the need to load my face with foundation/concealer to simply go to the grocery store with my mom at night. I felt embarrassed and I felt ashamed. This was not something a 6th grader should have to be going through.


Not only did the shame come from the way that I felt I looked, but it came from not being able to understand why I could never get rid of it, even with all of the treatments I was trying. Neither of my parents struggled with acne and I took just as good care of my skin as any other 12 year old was. So, why couldn’t I get rid of those pesky red bumps?


Retina gel, MonoDox, Erythromycin, Proactive, Tazorac, Aczone, Solodyn. You name it, I’ve tried it. For years my life was a series of new treatments that would work for the first 2 weeks, and then quit on me. It was frustrating, to say the least. I hit a breaking point when I was at my 7th appointment with my 3rd dermatologist. I was told that the last treatment I could possibly try would be Accutane. As someone with an extreme fear of needles, having to get my blood taken monthly for this treatment did not sit well with me. I seriously lost all hope that day.


Although, after several visits, my hope was restored with dermatologist #4. He explained to me that the type of treatments I was trying weren’t working because they didn’t fit the type of acne I had. Hormonal acne is not something that can be cured by a gel or a cream. He suggested birth control pills.


Lo and behold, this medication that I always thought had only one purpose, saved my skin a mere 3 years ago. Not only do I not feel the need to cover up with makeup for a 9pm grocery run, but I am comfortable enough most of the time to go bare-faced for a full day of school.


Everybody’s skin is different, and it is all about finding what works for YOU. It definitely took me a long time to figure that out, but I am now feeling blessed that I have the confidence in my skin that I desired for so many years.

Lisa Striffolino is a Sophomore student at the University of Tampa majoring in Communications and minoring in Journalism and PR?☀️ She is excited to continue to explore her passions in journalism(broadcast and print), and the worlds of media and marketing. You could either find Lisa writing articles for Her Campus or The Minaret, watching her favorite tv shows, or spending time with family and friends☺️
Amanda Thompson is a native of Portland, Maine who is currently a Senior studying Communications at The University of Tampa. When she's not binge-watching New Girl, you can find her dancing around to Jhené Aiko, Lana Del Rey or Kehlani. If you want to keep up with Amanda, follow her on Instagram @amaandathompson