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Teenager reports: “This is how I got my pimples under control without a dermatologist

During puberty, the biggest insecurities can arise from the smallest things – an experience that Tikbow intern Thula Netzebandt (15) also made(e). In her case, it was her skin that cost her a lot of self-confidence. Pimples, blemishes and redness made her change her face care routine and pay closer attention to ingredients. Here, she shares her journey.

Until I was 13, I never really had skin problems. Before entering my teens, I knew no pimples, no blackheads, no dry patches, no öly skin. Somehow I wasn’t really aware of how good my skin actually was, I never really valued it, for me it was more a matter of course.

The beginnings of my blemished skin

It was even worse for me when the pimples became more and more at the age of 13. At the beginning I was just annoyed by the little blemishes, but only later I got really frustrated;

My skin texture changed: The T-zone was always very ölig, the rest very dry. And with this change in my skin type, the pimples and blemishes became more and more. 

I know that I actually got away well, I never suffered from real acne or other skin diseases. Nevertheless, I felt very uncomfortable with and in my skin. There were days when I would have preferred not to go to school because I felt so bad for my skin. In retrospect, I think it’s a shame that I missed out on some things – and only because of Äußerlichkeiten. I have the feeling that in our society impure skin is considered unhygienic or disgusting. You can imagine that this affects my self-esteem. Influencers weren’t much help with their commerce-oriented product recommendations and the popular Perfect Face filters that lengthened eyelashes, removed dark circles and left the skin glowing.

Thula Netzebandt
Pimples? No! Thula Netzebandt’s research into skin care has paid off.Photo: Tikbow

The occupation with ingredients

Many creams, serums and cleansers that I tried, irritated my skin only more and strained it on top. However, I must also say that at that time I had not yet dealt with the ingredients and blindly trusted any recommendations. Only after a few months I decided to change my routines: I kept skincare simple with a mild facial cleanser and a simple moisturizer. After a year, however, there was still no change, so I decided to look into the ingredients in more detail. The Youtube-ChanneI "Skincare by Hiram" and "Cathy" helped me with this, besides TikTok turned out to be a useful source: Thanks to the app, I first got to know the corresponding Youtube channels and stuck with small clips on the topic of personalized skincare hängen. Not only was it super interesting, but it also helped me not to let my bad skin get me down so much. 

What changed my skin? 

The products that really helped me in the end were a 10% niacinamide serum and a light sunscreen. I had found that niacinamide can help with pimple scars and sebum buildup – so I slowly accustomed my skin to the rather intense active ingredient and used the serum at increasingly shorter intervals.  

The sunscreen helped to drain the sebum properly to prevent new pimples from appearing, and the effect was noticeable after just three weeks. It gave me a total "confidence boost".  

If you have ever struggled with your skin, you know how difficult it is to deal with the emotions and feelings that come with it. Fortunately, there are many good YouTube channels and tutorials nowadays that are extremely helpful. I know my skincare journey is far from over, but I am getting closer and closer to the dream of flawless skin. But at the same time, it doesn’t have to be flawless, because I don’t want my self-confidence to depend on my skin in the future.