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from a very young age. As a lit­tle girl, I re­mem­ber watch­ing my grand­mother go through her three-step process (cleans­ing, ton­ing, and mois­tur­iz­ing)

ev­ery morn­ing and again at night. I’ve since in­cor­po­rated the same three steps into my own daily skin-care rou­tine be­cause, as I grew into my teens, acne be­came a con­stant con­cern. As my acne wors­ened, I be­gan to con­sider such dras­tic mea­sures as drugs or pro­ce­dures. It’s un­der con­trol now, but I still have ugly red scars

that I cover with makeup ev­ery day. Thanks to celebri­ties, beauty mag­a­zines, and my gen­er­a­tion’s ob­ses­sion with self­ies, there’s a cer­tain pres­sure on peo­ple my age to have flaw­less skin. I’ve al­ways been in­trigued by the idea of mi­cro­der­mabra­sion, a process that buffs away the outer lay­ers of the skin and re­duces the ap­pear­ance of scars, but I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try it. It’s ex­pen­sive and not cov­ered

by in­sur­ance — and what if it doesn’t work? Main­tain­ing my reg­u­lar skin-care rou­tine and ap­ply­ing con­ceal­ing pow­der ev­ery day is fine for now. In the mean­time, I’ll work on ac­cept­ing the skin I’m in.

~By Kyla Clarke

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