Banish Warriors

Banish Warriors

#banishwarrior | BanishWarriors

THE WARRIORS are some of the most passionate people we know who are confident in being themselves in a world where everybody’s a critic. We’re here to remind you that your skin doesn't define you. There’s so much more to you than the way you look.

Kali Kushner

" For me, it's not about being amazed by a before and after picture- it's about having the courage to defy the current definition of beautiful and recreate your own. Knowing your worth and that you always were & always will be beautiful, special, and unique.”

I have acne and scars and I am beautiful.

@MYFACESTORY

23 | KENTUCKY | MOM OF TWO DOGS

Alexis Nelson

"For any woman who has ever been talked down on for wearing makeup, or for being natural... you are not the image they see of you. You are much more than just a face. Love yourself unconditionally and know that you are more than good enough.”

I'm outgoing, silly, love to laugh. I'm colorful and love makeup!

@ANICHOLENELSON

23 | MOTHER | OHIO | ❤️ MAC & CHEESE

SAM

"If we can find beauty in others, then we should easily find beauty within ourselves. Because really, who knows you better than you! If we stay strong, confident and willed, we will not only inspire others, but we will inspire ourselves as well. Words only have meaning when we live by them every day. Keep smiling & enjoy life and let your beauty shine, Warrior!”

Samantha is usually found laughing or cracking some corny pun of some kind and loves to help others.

@SUPERSAM125

24 | VEGAN | FOODIE | ROCK CLIMBER

ANGELA ZIMSKY

"I've had cystic acne for 15 years. I was a serial picker. I tried all of the drugstore kits with no result. I struggle with insecurity due to my acne scars. It wasn't until I joined the online blogging community that I found others to talk to. I have one month left on Accutane. Now my skin is blemish free for the most part. I deal with the occasional hormonal outbreak too.”

I Just want to work on healing my insecurities.

@ZIMSKYGIRLS

ANGELA ZIMSKY

31 | BLOGGER | ARIZONA |❤️️ CHILI CHEESE FRIES

STEPHANY

"I started getting acne in my early teens and honestly, I had no idea what to do about it. I tried everything : home remedies, Proactive, every product on the shelf. It wasn't until I finally went to a dermatologist at the age of 19 that he said to me "It's too late. The damage has been done." It was heartbreaking to know that I dealt with bullying and having poor self esteem for so long, and that now there's nothing I could do.  Then I stumbled into Banish creator's channel Daisy. She had fun videos and she showed off the business she was starting then I immediately tried it and I saw good results in a couple of months.”

@ETERNALLY_INTERNAL

HOUSTON | WARRIOR

EMILIA

" I am reading a lot of posts about "How Acne Can Ruin Someone's Life." Others lead to depression and anxiety. I understand them since I don't have the "best" self confidence either; but lately, I'm not shy to show my face anymore. I always think that if someone doesn't like me for my skin, then they're not worth my time. I shouldn't be ashamed - I should be proud of it! I just have to stop caring about what other people think and just continue with my skin journey. ”

Patient with my skin, but need to work on my self confidence.

@IMPROVE_SKIN

Emilia Gärskog

18 | TACOS PLZ | SWEDEN

SILJA

"My acne started at age of 11. First it was just a couple of little pimples here and there, but then suddenly I had acne on my face and back as well. I think I was 15 when I started using Accutane (Roaccutane in Finland). First, my acne got worse. Then little by little it went away. There was a time when my face had zero pimples! Then after a year or so my acne slowly went back. Well, it is nothing compared to my early teenage years, but I still have scarring on my face, redness and "holes". Now I am trying to live healthy and treat my skin as much as possible!”

It's never boring with me! Love a good pasta with cheese. Also love mango and pineapple

@SKINUPDATE

19 | FINLAND | MAKEUP MANIAC | TENNIS

CAMERON

"I developed a random outbreak of little cysts on my face about 6 months ago after long years of having clear skin. It's depressing and humiliating, especially for a guy in his late 20's. I've tried everything including Proactive and Retin-A but it just seems to come and go as it pleases.”

"I'm an easy going father that spents my nights helping my amazing girl with her homework! I love steak & baked potatoes, board games, crossword puzzles, reading, & camping"

@MEMYFACEAND_I

27 | NURSE | DAD | TEXAS

ASHLEY

"My cystic acne was out of control. It took some time.. Lots of time.. until finally, I had control over my acne. One thing I learned through all of this experience is to stay as positive as you can. It may seem hard at the moment; but it will get better someday. Just find what works for you and your skin. For me it was antibiotics, clean eating, de-stressing, and lots of water! Having good friends really helped me through it too.. knowing that it won't last forever! If anyone here is feeling alone, you're most certainly not. We are here for you.. and remember, you're beautiful!”

Optimistic, Strong & Goofy

@MYSCARSJOURNEY

29 | MOM | INTROVERT |❤'s TRAVEL

Hannah

"It began when I was 13 and my face became an oil slick covered in pimples. It went away at 16 but got worse when I turned 18. My face developed deep cysts going from my neck to my forehead. I tried everything over the counter to fix it as well as making weekly visits to the dermatologist.  I tried Accutane, but had to be taken off of it after less than a month of use due to a bad reaction. I thought all was lost until I realized I had sensitive skin and an intolerance to dairy. After cutting dairy out of my diet, things started clearing up but not to the point of full healing.”

 I enjoy helping others & time to myself.

@PRETTYPOTATO21

23 | FLORIDA| WRITER | PRETTIEST POTATO

STEPH

"I used to be obsessed about having perfectly clear skin and looked for the quickest solutions. I'd jump from one product to another and every other week without realizing the damage I was doing to my skin. I eventually learned that healing myself from the inside out with the assistance of natural products on the outside, and being less judgmental of myself was the key to healthy skin."

 No matter how much I struggle, I will continue to fight for what I deserve until I have been crowned in victory.

@STEPHIE.SOSA

26 | NEW YORK | DANCER

ANA

"I started getting acne when I was 11. At first, I tried  drug store products and DIY but nothing helped. My acne was only getting worse! So I decided to go to a dermatologist and she told me that I should try accutane but I refused because of the side effects. So Instead she prescribed Doxycycline and my acne was under control for a few months. Last year, my acne was worse than ever! So I went to another dermatologist and she prescribed Accutane again. I understand that despite the side effects, it is the best way for me to clean my skin. I'm now acne free but it left  hyperpigmentation and pitted scarring that I wanna get rid of!”

 Just a Little French trying to live life at its fullest!

@ANASKIN1

17 | FRANCE | MAKEUP IS LIFE

LISA

" I struggled with constant, painful, under the skin pimples until I was 24. Every day, a new breakout was showing up and I had already spent thousands of dollars on products and treatments to try fix it. I was too self conscious to go to work, and people at my work would comment on my skin making me feel even more horrible. I decided I needed to get serious so I found a great dermatologist who prescribed me Accutane. I completed a 9 month course on accutane and I am now ready to start my scar journey which I cant be more excited for.”

 I am a very loving and genuine person who is a huge child at heart :)

@lisasjourney_4

25 | FITNESS | AUSTRALIA

ELLA

"My story began in September 2014. I arrived home from a girls holiday and it was downhill from there, waking up each morning with more and more cystic boils on my cheeks. It spiraled out of control until my mum forced me to the doctors. From then on I tried several antibiotics and creams which did seem to help but never cure. I am a makeup artist so you can only imagine how I felt having to face my clients every day, embarrassed and self-conscious. It was only October 2016 I finally began roaccutane as it was my only option after antibiotics. I have recently finished a 4 month course; however redness and scars now remain.”

 Acne sufferer since 2014

@_myskinstory

23 | MUA | MANCHESTER