Mexican with Machista Father March 08 2017, 0 Comments

By: Johanna

When I started breaking out, my father accused me of doing drugs, he threatened to send me to Rehab because I was so skinny (never grew out of a size 0) but now I have acne, so I was automatically given stigma for it. My dad also made me also believe that I deserved acne because I was committing sinful acts (going out with my friends, drinking, etc) and God was punishing me, I knew it wasn’t true but how do I explain that to a 65-year-old Mexican Machista? You don’t. You just deal with it.

My mom had very severe acne growing up; she took Accutane twice because her acne returned. My mom knew exactly what I and my sister were going through but still, we were not allowed to take Accutane because of all the negative side effects, she worried it would negatively impact our health. Respecting her decision I looked for alternatives I tried EVERYTHING. I studied YouTube for hours on end. 

I tried birth-control, Mary Kay, black soap, Pro-Active, clean and clear, asepsis, zote, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, Clearasil ultra, Cetaphil. I tried Home-remedies with Aspirin, oats, milk, honey, aloe vera, Aztec clay mask, coconut oil, vitamin e, and I tried a facial, still nothing. I did not want to give up, I was going to get rid of my acne if it was the last thing I did. 

My work load and school load did not stress me out as much as my acne did. I stressed a lot about my acne which caused me more acne.
My older sister also suffered from acne but Mary Kay was able to help her out. She begged me to use it after she saw results and saw me still struggling. NO LUCK. It was too drying, too oily, and the makeup oxidized a lot on my face. So I had to start from square one again. I was ready this time for war. 

Macari Black soap and the makeup from the same kiosk, helped with my acne, I still broke out but the soap helped dry the pimples. The make-up was water based so it didn’t clog my pores. Like everything, however, my skin got used to it, so I had to alternate between products and it was just becoming too much. I did not have the perfect formula; I was overwhelmed and gave up at that point. 

I stopped wearing make-up and stopped my regimen. However, my skin got used to it, so I had to alternate between products and it was just becoming too much. I did not have the perfect formula; I was overwhelmed and gave up at that point. I stopped wearing make-up and stopped my regimen.