Saturday 31 January 2015

My Acne Fight Story

In my early teens, I experienced acne for the first time. A mild zit rested on my chin slightly below the lower lip. I hardly paid any attention to it for next few days, may be because I didn't feel much pain. I guess the girls in the tender age of 12-13 were not so beauty-obsessed in those good old days. But as the zit got bigger in size, my classmates and friends started staring at my face in a strange way. I felt miserable when I overheard one of my classmate calling me 'Ugly Pagli' :(  Mommy consoled me with an assurance to get me rid of it in a day or two. She managed to bring neem tree leaves and crushed them into a paste. In few applications of this paste, my skin woe was settled bringing back smile on my face. Another few years passed without causing me similar issue and the incident completely got washed off from my memories. 

But you know history repeats itself... one fine day I got up with sudden arrival of a giant bump positioned between my brows.
I tried to convince myself that it wasn't that noticeable and wore myself with thick layers of makeup before I stepped out of my house. This time mommy was more worried than me because my Ring Ceremony was supposed to take place in a month's time. She cursed me for eating junk food and experimenting with latest cosmetics which I was shopping for my vanity those days. I was shedding tears silently as if I had committed a crime. The condition worsened when most part of my forehead got covered with big n small zits that were painful to touch. 

These acne didn't affect my skin only but disturbed quality of my life :'( People made me feel self-conscious and embarrassed of my appearance at public places. And those who could not help interacting me (like office colleagues) loaded me with weird tips to try on me. I genuinely practiced real patience while THANKING them for their so-called valuable advices. I was even avoided being invited to pose for some group picture at work place after our workshops or orientation programmes. The severity of acne considerably took away my mental peace and lowered my self-esteem to greater extent.

I confined myself to my home doing some herbal remedies, when my bestie came to inquire what was wrong with me. Knowing the whole episode, she smiled and said "dear, don't blame yourself for eating junk n all, there may be varied reasons for adult acne including hormonal changes, stress level, exertion etc. You need no medication or herbs to shoo away these beauty-threats. Just do think positive and try Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash for few days and these red bumps are gonna disappear before your Special Day arrives.." :)
When I argued her about what was so special about the product. She convinced me by showing the ingredient list on the packaging that read 'enriched with power of Neem Leaf Extract and Tea Tree Oil'. I was happy and hopeful to have a promising product to cure my skin.
I religiously used Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash for a week twice a day during shower in the morning and before bed time in the night. What I specially liked about the product is that its soap-free formulation didn't make my facial skin stretched and dry plus the mild fragrance never irritated my nose. The gel like consistency of the facewash made it easy to spread on damp skin and deeply cleansed the dirt n other skin impurities.
Before much damage to my skin and my persona, Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash significantly treated my acne and got the scars faded substantially. I could see the Healthy Version of My Skin in the mirror.

I am dedicated to Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash till date and keep one pack handy in my handbag also in case I'm travelling. Thanks to Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash that my skin looks much nourished and clean than I could ever thought of.

This post is written for Indiblogger blogging campaign held in association with Garnier Pure Active.


  1. Hi Shilpa, this was a nice post. You described your problems very well. I am sure a lot of people will be able to relate. The language was clear and honest. Good job. Best of luck for the contest. :)

    1. I am humbled that you liked my expression Rahul :)
      Thnx for the wishes and ATB to you too !!

  2. "Ugli Pagli"......I was called much worse :( .......thanks for a solution to my acne woes Shilpa

  3. nice post. I even face acne problem in old age.


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