How I travel with acne – 18 tricks I’ve learned along the way

I struggle with acne and lately, it’s come back to scar my chin and cheeks. I look at my non-acne-plagued friends and I stare at their beautifully clear foreheads and wonder how, despite the tropical heat and humidity, do their hormones remain balanced and calm. Life is unfair like that, isn’t it?

While travelling, I’ve definitely picked up a few tricks in those moments where my skin refuses to acclimatise to its surroundings and decides to protest violently. So, when packing for each trip, I’ve learned to prioritise my skincare based on my skin’s concerns: acne and acne scarring.

Here are a few tricks I’ve learned along the way, which I’m going to share on the internet, to make life easier for acne-stricken travellers like me.

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What travel has taught me about my body.

I especially love beach holidays because of the sun and the sea. From the beaches in Croatia to Bali to the ones in Malaysia, there’s something incredibly calming about the crashing waves. It’s always a treat to be able to fall asleep under a tree in the afternoon sun, serenaded by the sound of waves and seagulls.

It is also on these beaches that I find my insecurities exposed. The beach is where perfect gym-trained bodies are wrapped in thin strips of cloth (read bikinis), where beautifully sun-kissed human beings dot the coast with their beach waves and pimple-free skin. It is where my self-esteem plummets beyond the ground. I think it is also interesting that my idea of beautiful very closely resembles what the West preaches, but that’s a conversation for another day. Continue reading