What Does Your Look Reveal About You?
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After giving us her first impressions of Jessie, Wechsler answers Jessie's questions.
JESSIE: I've always been really insecure about my skin. My self-confidence can fluctuate I'm definitely up and down in that area. I get pimples here and there, and there's no use hiding them because the makeup eventually comes off anyway. And I'd rather look natural than like I'm wearing a mask.
AW: Have you tried using a cover-up with an acne treatment like salicylic acid? Look for one that has a 2 percent strength the maximum you can get without a prescription. If it's oil-free, it won't clog pores and cause more breakouts. Also, try a powder foundation, which will absorb excess oil. And use blotting papers throughout the day to soak up sweat and grease.
JESSIE: I also have tiny bumps on my upper arms. I've tried using Retin-A and even consulted a nutritionist, but they never go away.
AW: This sounds like keratosis polaris, a common condition where the hair follicles get plugged up by thick skin. You need something that will break down the keratin without irritating the skin maybe an exfoliating urea cream like Carmol 20. Don't scrub the bumps; scrubbing won't help.
JESSIE: I know! I tried scrubbing, and it got worse. I used to cover myself up with long-sleeve turtlenecks because I was so embarrassed. But now I live in North Carolina, and it's too hot to wear long sleeves all the time. Finally, I said, "I'm just going to love you, little bumps."
AW: For some, having a condition like this as a teenager could permanently affect their sense of self.
JESSIE: Funny, I'd finally come to accept it, and now there's a solution!