For most, grade nine is hard. For me, it was downright traumatic.
Okay, okay… obviously I survived, and looking back, I didn’t have it nearly as bad as some. But there’s no denying that it was painful experience – emotionally, socially and mentally. In fact, I’ve blocked most of it out… except at night, when I have that dreaded dream (nightmare?) that it’s the first day of school all over again. Shudder.
I know you’re thinking, what made is so bad, Lena? Ahh… settle in friends, let me count the ways.
1. I arrived from a relatively small elementary school; all the other feeder schools were at least twice (and sometimes three times) the size. I actually went through most of high school without ever crossing paths with kids I had grown up with for ten years. This meant that I had to make a new set of friends – an almost impossible feat when most of the kids in my class had already formed cliques with their elementary school buddies.
2. I have brown skin. It’s probably not a thing if you’re reading this in 2017, but in 1992, it was a different story. Not many kids with parents of East Indian descent were also Catholic, so in a sea of white, black and Asian students… there I sat. An outsider. It was the same at my Catholic elementary school, of course, but things like race and culture don’t really start to factor into your social life until high school. So, there I was, a brown girl who didn’t know anyone and then….
3. Pimples. Zits. Spots. And LOTS of them. There was no hiding it: my skin was breaking out, badly. My immigrant parents had little interest in my emotional well-being; though I begged them for anti-acne products, I was told to simply use more bar soap and “it would go”. What they didn’t realize was that for every day I walked into school with oily, spotted skin, I was mercilessly teased.
It’s not easy being a teen, eh?
Today, kids are still vicious (cyberbully, OMG!) and acne still wreaks havoc on the skin and social lives of niners everywhere. But as parents, our generation is much more in tune with the importance of both physical and mental well-being, and realize the significance of finding solutions to little problems before they become big ones. So, let’s talk about acne care.
The new school year is now underway, and whether you have a minor niner in your household, a kid heading off to university or are just one of those unlucky adults struggling with breakouts, let’s not underestimate the importance of a good anti-acne skincare regime. If you visit your local drugstore, you’ll be confronted with a plethora of options. But very few products are clinically proven to work like NeoStrata’s complete routine for acne-prone skin. The products are dermatologist recommended, non-comedogenic, non-irritating and paraben-free.
Spots? Not on my watch!
Step 1: Acne Clear Clarifying Gel Cleanser. NeoStrata Acne Clear Clarifying Gel Cleanser washes away bacteria, oil and impurities. It unclogs pores, dries and helps clear up acne pimples, while soothing your skin. The gel cleanser is also ideal for dilated pores and blackheads, and includes salicylic acid, a beta hydroxyl acid that dries and helps clear up acne.
Step 2: Acne Clear Clarifying Solution. This clarifying solution is highly concentrated in glycolic acid and salicylic acid to unclog pores and help clear up acne pimples. Applied as a second step after the Clarifying Gel Cleanser, it leaves skin even more exfoliated and clear.
(Remember, this product contains glycolic acid! Prior to sun exposure, use sunscreen. First time users should build skin tolerance gradually by starting with one application daily, then gradually increasing to twice daily if needed. If dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day.)
Step 3: Acne Clear Acne Treatment Fluid. NEW from NeoStrata! In addition to helping to clear up and dry acne pimples, this product also moisturizes and provides a shine-free finish, while soothing and relieving redness. Win-win! You’ll only want to apply this fluid to the affected areas once or twice daily, as it contains Cytobiol Iris A, a powerful sebo-regulating astringent that tightens pores. Consider it your go-to for daily spot treatment!
For more information on how NeoStrata can help you or a loved one achieve clear, blemish-free skin, visit neostrata.ca. Tell me, do you have your own tales of spotted skin, being a minor niner, or both?
This post is sponsored by NeoStrata. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.