I went through my fair share of awkwardness during my teenage years (frizzy Florida-humidity ridden hair, an uncanny resemblance to Olive Oil and a set of orthodontics that could pass for a Richter set); however I never had to deal with acne. I guess the powers that be decided that my overbite was bad enough. Although I managed to escape my teenage years unscathed in the acne department, my skin has been making up for lost time in the recent months. I am not sure if it is due to the dry winter air, a little too much holiday indulge or just simply a case of adult acne, but I have been experiencing some seriously embarrassing breakouts. Not just a few small pimples here and there, but A LOT of very large and unsightly zits coupled with dry red patches of skin. I tried to be patient and tell myself that they would go away… but I’m actually not that patient, in fact I’m the opposite of patient. I picked and attempted to pop every blemish on my face, obviously making it looking exponentially worse. I was so embarrassed and didn’t even want to go to dinner with friends or see acquaintances at the gym. I even bought my first foundation in a cover-up attempt (side note- this is huge. Despite working at a beauty company, I have never once purchased foundation). I was desperate.
Lucky for me, my boyfriend’s mother is an amazing esthetician (shameless plug! Skin Care by Nada in Marina Del Rey!) and has some amazingly awesome zit zapper tools, specifically tools utilizing light therapy! Blue light therapy is becoming an increasingly popular form of acne treatment. The redness and swelling that occurs with acne is caused by a type of bacteria that can be killed by exposing your skin to different types of light. Blue light therapy is the most commonly used wavelength, although a combination of blue light and red light is also effective. Best of all? It is absolutely painless and works pretty quickly! Within a day I could already see a difference in my skin and 3 days later I was completely cleared up! As I mentioned, I am pretty lucky to have an emergency esthetician on speed-dial (oh, did I mention she also does the best eyebrows?) but if you aren’t able to make it to a spa, there are some pretty great at-home options ranging in price. Plus, zapping zits with a tool is so much more fun than popping them!