Point of View
Chasing Beauty
By Kim Johnson
Oct 10, 2012 - 7:57:37 PM

UNITED STATES—Is it me or does it seem like everywhere you look there’s nothing but flawless skin?  After recently reading an article in Essence magazine about Chris Rocks’ ”˜Good Hair’, it brought to mind something near and dear to me, well maybe more like near and frustrating, and that’s my battle with trying to have ”˜Good Skin’.  Unlike the very beautiful sisters being interviewed in the article, I have never known what it is to have Good Skin.  And what is Good Skin you might ask?  By my, and I’m sure many other’s definition, it is naturally flawless skin with almost non-existent pores, and an even toned supple looking complexion. You know the kind of skin that says makeup is my accessory not a necessity; skin that glows first thing in the morning, even when the sun isn’t shining and makes you glad to call yourself a plain Jane.  To me that’s what Good Skin is.  So why can’t I and so many other’s seem to get it?

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Over the years I have spent my share of money on product after product looking for the cure all to my underlying acne problems and nothing seems to work for long. But yet in still Dermatologist after Dermatologist and ad after ad keeps telling me that ”˜yes you too can have beautiful acne free skin.’ So much so, that there are hundreds of ”˜Dermatologist tested’ products flooding the shelves every day in the hopes of playing upon the heart strings of those of us dying to look like “ America’s Next top Model.”  And of course when that doesn’t happen who gets the blame for it”¦no one. Why? Because there is no cure for acne they like to say. 

This of course after buying all of their prescribed medications and treatments, and not seeing any real long term effects.  But what they say is that we can help prevent new breakouts from happening. Except, that when they do, you realize you’ve just wasted your money again holding out all hope that this time would be different; that maybe you’ll have found that particular product that lived up to its promise.  Just for once I would love to see an ad or have a Dermatologist say ”˜guaranteed or your money back’ and mean it. 

Maybe understanding what it means to truly stand behind your product and how its outcome will impact your bottom line, would make Dermatologist and skin care manufacturers start looking at and evaluating their patients/consumers with more heartfelt concern for the pain, anxiety and low self-esteem problems they go through every day from feeling as if they’re constantly being taken advantage of.

Unfortunately, we live in a society where vanity has become paramount to one’s daily existence and when you are constantly being judged and bombarded with what beauty is, measuring up or even just being able to be satisfied with who ”˜you’ are can sometimes take its toll.  Thank God for makeup.  Sometimes I think if it wasn’t for the cosmetic industry I don’t know what I would do.

While I would be happy to trade all the makeup in my makeup drawer for Good Skin, it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for me right now.  So to keep myself from feeling less than beautiful, I’ve learned to become the best makeup artist I can be.  This is not to say I won’t still keep trying to find that one product or treatment that changes my life forever, but for now I’ve got to make the best of what I have so I can be the best I can be in spite of it. And to all of you out there keeping up the good fight with your less than perfect skin, know that you are not alone and that today in God’s eyes, not ad executives, we are all beautiful!  



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