When you have acne as an adult, it’s easy to feel lonely, like you’re the only one with a rash after the age of 18. However, anywhere in between 12% and 22% of women between the ages of 26 and 44 suffer from acne, and the number is increasing day by day (on the other hand, only about 3% of adult men suffer from this disease). In our new series Agendas against acne, we ask influential women who have acne about their relationship to their skin and the products they use to keep it happy. Next up: author and advocate Blair Imani.
Sharing comes naturally to Blair Imani. In addition to his signature âSmarter in Secondsâ videos, the author, advocate and influencer Instagram page hosts open discussions on difficult topics like mental health and sexuality. So when it began to break out severely for the first time in years during the pandemic, there was no question of sharing its experience with its 449,000 subscribers.
âI’m more visible than I’ve ever been and my skin is in the worst shape it has ever been,â she says. Charm. âIt was really intimidating. I’m not prepared enough as a person to put on a full face and then step in front of the camera. So I was like, ‘You know what? You are all going to see my acne. “And then I started to see that people were really encouraged. I was getting so many comments from people like, ‘Oh my God. You have acne like me and you don’t use the filter or wear makeup. all this time. And my thing is, if Instagram is meant to be a window to my life, then my life doesn’t always involve wearing full makeup. This implies that I have blemishes, acne scars. “
Imani didn’t fight acne growing up, other than the occasional pimple she could get rid of with spot treatment. It wasn’t until after college and had her first “adult job” that she broke like she does now. However, she was able to pull together the evidence that her skin and her stress level were directly correlated: âThe smallest stress would give me a whole rainbow of acne. She could clear things up by increasing her water intake. And things remained clear until the pandemic, when the combination of stress, masks and lack of routine took their toll on her skin.
âAt the end of 2020, I made my peace with the fact that I just had acne as an adult,â she says. âAnd there’s really nothing I can do. All the while, however, I am using the harshest face masks. I use a lot of products that are just not good for my skin. It wasn’t until acne brand Face Reality sent her products and gave her a facial with Zaida Gordon – who she’s been working with ever since – that she returned to a routine and her skin started to feel better. started to react positively.
But treating things topically was only part of the solution. Imani wanted to get to the root of her acne, and that meant thinking internally. After ruling out a gluten allergy and new birth control, Imani found that she had higher testosterone levels and, along with high stress levels, was putting her acne into high gear.