At a time when most women are starting to worry about aging, I was still dealing with acne.
TV and magazine ads told me that my late 20s were the time when I should start using products to combat fine lines and wrinkles, but there I was, in my mid-30s, wondering why there was no cure for my adult acne.
For most of my life, I'd dealt with acne; I couldn't remember ever having clear skin. As a teenager, I thought it would get better as I got older, and I resigned myself to waiting. But then I entered my 20s, then my 30s, and instead of clearing up, my acne only got worse.
After years of treatments that didn't help, thousands of dollars spent on products that weren't effective, and hundreds of hours feeling bad about my skin, I finally took it upon myself to clear my acne once and for all.
It wasn't a quick fix and it definitely took some trial and error, but today I feel great about my skin.
Here are some of the things I did that eventually led to my clearest skin ever. And though I'm not big on regrets, I sometimes kick myself for not starting sooner.