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Feb 26, 2012

My Pimpled Prom


I have only ever been to one prom. 

Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of those girls na paramihan ng prom na napuntahan. Well for one, my high school didn’t have a prom (this and other interesting rules from my high school on a different entry). And the other reason, I’m guessing, was because of the big red pus-filled glowing embarrassing signs of puberty and hormonal imbalance that covered my face. 

Yes, dear friends, I had major ACNE problems.

Behold, Exhibit A. 

 
Can you imagine going to school every day looking like that? Buti nalang I went to a Christian school at hindi ako pinagtatawanan to my face kasi bawal. Patago lang. You know who you are. Haha!

Since we didn’t have our own prom at school, my only hope was to get invited by an outsider. But then I thought, what are the odds of THAT ever happening?

My mom and I had already gone to 6 different dermatologists in the span of one year, in the hopes of finding that miracle cure. I’ve undergone excruciatingly painful procedures (both physically and emotionally) just to clear my face. Nothing seemed to make my condition better.

I’ve had to enviously watch my other flawless friends experiment with cheek tint and face powder because I couldn’t put anything on my face that wouldn’t make me break out even more. 

But as fate would have it, I got invited to ONE prom. And I’m pretty sure I wasn’t even my date’s first choice. It was more of an arrangement with his mother who happened to be my music teacher. To protect my subject, his identity will be withheld. Itago nalang natin siya sa pangalang Rigor. Hehe. And Rigor was my first and last high school prom date.

On the day of the prom, my mom and I did our best to cover up my blemishes. And when I say “cover up”, I mean aspalto! Wala pa kaming alam sa pag-countour or shading. At hindi rin namin alam na dapat hanggang leeg ang powder. Looking at the photos now, I can almost hear Luis Manzano say, ”mukha kang member ng Jabbawockeez”.



Despite my insecurities, I decided to just enjoy the evening. And that I did! Rigor was very kind. He never once commented on my face, and was a gentleman through out the whole evening.

Although nervous for most of the time, my evening had many unforgettable moments. I got to wear a corsage. I got to experience walking into a ballroom full of giggling girls dressed in their best with soon-to-be-men in suits borrowed from their kuyas. I got to witness nervous teenagers trying to impress each other with their table manners. I got to meet new people and make new friends. I got to slow dance to “I Do” by 98 Degrees (Rigor, if you’re reading this, sorry for my pasmadong kamay!).

And the best part was bringing home with me a studio shot of my date and I at the ballroom with matching cheesy background (children, wala pa kaming Photobooth noon). 

        
The point is… Ano nga ba yung point ko? Actually, walang point. I just wanted to share with you all my prom experience. Because it’s prom season. 

Some of you may be going through the same skin dilemma. Don’t worry it’s just a phase (pun intended). Lilipas din yan guys. For one thing, it will teach you to be nicer to people. Kasi pag chaka ang face mo, wala kang right manglait ng iba, diba? :p 

But seriously, I understand how this seemingly superficial issue of acne can affect a confused and insecure teenager. I’ll eventually do an Acne Entry and include skin dos and don’ts, products you can use, and stuff you can eat or drink to have better skin. But for now, just bring with you your confidence and your manners and make a decision to ENJOY the evening.   

Oh, and don’t forget to include your neck when putting on foundation. ;)

*For a future entry, I would like for you guys to send in questions regarding acne, skin care, and anything of that nature. Nothing too medical, ok? Hanggang “epidermis” lang ang naiintindihan ko. :p
     
 

46 comments:

  1. Nice Nikki to open up to the world one awkward phase of your life that many can identify. I'm already 35 y/o n still having flare up but bearable. Your skin looks good now, so sharing tips is helpful most esp to teenagers who are going through this awkward phase. Kudos to you!

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  2. Same here I only attended 1 prom in high school kasi I was in public school. Prang farewell party n rin xa for our graduation. I didn't go through all that skin problem until I am in college. Weird di ba? High school was the best part of my life and it should be too for all the teenagers reading this. Way to go Nikki for a wonderful entey once again. Dami na naman matutunan mga readers mo.

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  3. Have you ever tried using Nu Skin products? Particularly, Clear Action System. I heard they work well with acne.

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  4. nice entry! about acne, that's one of my major problems. got blemishes on my cheeks! what to use to get rid of them? sana there are cheaper but effective products that you can suggest so we can afford it :p

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  5. Hahaha! Naalala ko tuloy yung mga classmates kong lalake nag pupumilit pumunta ng prom! Yung mga coats nila anlalaki sa kanila. Para silang hanger na tinubuan ng katawan at ulo. LOL!

    Anyway, i have the right na laitin sila kasi binubully nila ako noon. LOL!

    Pero looking back, would you rather have the acne problems now than before?

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  6. i'm 18 and started having acne problems when I was 14. my mama had the same dilemma, too, back in her college years and my kuya had his fair share back in grade school (yes, that early) so i think it's safe to say that it's totally in our blood to not be blessed with really flawless skin. you probably wrote this because you want to uplift girls like me who are having the problems you once had. better be happy because im totally esteemed right now. thank you for this post. :) -Q

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  7. Thank you for sharing ur pimpled days Nikki, I love reading your blog! I hope u can give us tips on how to get rid of them...kasi ang kinis na ng face mo...I've never had problem of pimples during my college days, but today that am in the US ay at ang dami tlaga :( hope u can give us tips. More Power and gil the world!

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  8. uplifting entry :)))... im curious why ur school dont have proms? hmpf... well i must be lucky then, bcuz just had my 3rd prom last feb 18. ds tym it was a college prom quite different from hs prom. hihihi

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  9. We all have our share of high school dilemma and mostly good memories. It's nice to know something more personal about your life, and I'm sure you'll be able to inspire more people because of it.
    And for the record, even if you had acne before...it's your beautiful smile that really stood out. It's definitely one of your greatest assets.
    :)

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  10. i really enjoyed reading this one..bigla ko naalala iyong graduation ball namin way back high school..first time rin lang iyon..thank you for sharing this nikki..more blogs to read.. :)

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  11. Your really great! napaka totoo tlga! I love reading your blog sana dalasan mo pa magsulat! hehehe pressure?! Yan ang reality ng mga girls lahat dumadaan sa stage ng insecurities. But at the end of the day beautiful ka parin.

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  12. Hey Nikki sabi ng Bf ko Latina looking ka daw hindi ka daw mukhang Pinay! kapag nadadaan kmi sa Cubao lagi nya sinasabi yun Latina ka daw! sabi ko nga sa kanya sa pagkakaalam ko witty rin sya, I mean kapag nagsalita hindi bakya! my sense of humor! naks! wag sana lalaki ulo mo ha! Goodluck sa blog! Saka nga pla inspite of your acne before ang Pogi ng bf mo! :)

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  13. I'm a call center agent. So most of the time, wala akong tulog. I always have pimples... What's best for solving problem for pimples? Any products you can share?

    Kyla

    http://www.twitter.com/kylamygoodness

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  14. OMG!!! I can't wait until you post about acne concern. It continue to sabotage me even I am already 27 years of age. I have tried Obagi and Belo in house skin regimen but nothing works. I am burning my money in a wrong way and been so effin tired hearing drink more water and watch your diet. I tried really do but still attacking. I tried pills (Diane) but it made me so *emo and I don't like it. Pls save my life. :D

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  15. You're too good to be true because, it's not so easy to open up yourself to everyone and it will take a lot of courage to write something about yourself especially those unwanted moment of past. Thank you for sharing. Hope readers will see what your really points are..:)

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    1. Yes totoo yan! Hindi lahat ng celebrities kaya ipakita yung itsura nila before. :, But what amaze me e, She's really down to earth. Stay humble Nikki and Billy too.

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  16. hi nikki! wanna ask, my skin was so oily..ano kaya pwede kong gamitin?also, parang hindi sya smooth..hope you could have the answer on your next blog. thanks!

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  17. hi nikki.. im one of your million fans.. i watched mellow myx because of you.. (nung wala pa kong work) i read every article about you..
    i am (like you) morena.. before im not confident.. or lets say naiinggit ako sa mapuputi.. and praise God.. nauso na din ang kulay natin... well to end.. thank u for inspiring US.. God Bless..

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  18. Oh my! naka relate naman ako sa going to a dermatologist, the things you put on your face (na di pa familiar ung brands), the things you should not and only eat (it sucks) pero kasama talaga siguro yan sa phase ng life (unfortunately, kasama ako sa mga kelangan dumaan diyan).. pero keri lang! :)

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  19. ikw na tlga....bait mo kaya idol na idol kta sobrang saya ko u complete my life.

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  20. You're really awesome, Ms. Nikki. I love the way you express yourself through blogging! How I wish I could get rid of my acne too. :(

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  21. WOW Nikki, Can't believe you had an acne breakout! now you're so pretty/beautiful.. :)) You inspire me.

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  22. How will you know that the product that you're using suits your face and it won't cause you pimples after? Kasi ako when I try different brands like finding yung "KA-HIYANG" ng face sobra din po yung mga zits na lumalabas. Advise? It will surely help me. :) And, I'm also waiting for your blogpost on make-up tutorial. :)

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  23. what's your beauty secret nikki? :}

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  24. Ano po iyong ginagamit mo para maintenance? Our school physician is suggesting Cetaphil kasi napansin din niya ang mga volcanoes at sugat sa mukha ko. I think Billy uses it too. Hahaha! Nasilip kasi noong tour ng condo niya sa KrisTV. :)

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  25. Well, I had acne before and now it's all gone. However, it left acne marks . What will I do?

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  26. Hi Nikki! First time ko makita yung blog mo and first entry pa lang na nabasa ko (ito), astonished na ako. I couldn't imagine na you went through that phase kasi hindi halata ngayon. Psychology major ako and ramdam ko na malaki yung impact sayo ng stage na yan ng life mo. :) I have a similar problem pero yung sakin, sa specific parts lang ng face. for example, tutubo sya sa nose ko and pag tumubo, sobrang laki, as in. I've been to a couple of derma's na rin and ang term nila "cystic" or "acne vulgaris". Anyway, may sense yung post mo. Nakakainspire. Ako nakagetover na sa stage na insecure about my skin, though nagkakaron pa rin ako ng pimples na ganon. Pero I know yung iba hindi and your post, if elaborated pa, ay makakauplift sa kanila. :) What did you do nga pala sa scars ng pimples? I have major scar problems too. :((

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  27. Miss Nikki Gil, i am really following your blog coz that's what i do. I blogwalk and love to read. I admire you for being so true to yourself. I am proud. keep up with this great blog and let us all Gil the world. ^_^

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  28. Hi Miss Nikki. Though I'm seventeen now and in college, I remembered my prom in your blog entry =) Actually, until now, I have all these pimples and acne marks all over my face. And I'd love to do a cover song and post in on youtube. Now, my only problem is like I don't have the confidence I need in posting it especially I'm not pretty and I don't look good on camera. My voice is not that good too, but I'd love to share it with others.

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  29. This post really inspired me ate Nikki. I never thought that such a gorgeous girl like you went through that kind of experience. Anyways, I'm really a big fan of yours po ate Nikki! And I love this post. It's just so inspiring. Maybe there's still hope for me too na gumanda tulad mo. Haha. ☺ ♥

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  30. I enjoyed reading your blog ate nikki. =))) ate nikki pano po ba maiiwasab ang mga pimple and pimple marks? Acne and blackheads? Beauty tips naman po jan!;))) thanks for reading my comment ill wait your next blog! =))))))
    Anyway ill continue reading the next blog. Godbless more powers po.



    (@SexyKjade on twitter

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  31. How did you deal with pimple marks?

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  32. Hi Miss Nikki Gil, How did you get rid of those acne? Please share it. I really want to know how to avoid this cause it's true it will make you insecure. so please do a blog about it. Thank you Miss Nikki Gil. :D

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  33. I enjoyed reading this post talaga, Miss Nikki Gil :) Pakiramdam ko rin ang pangit ko, i mean, mas pangit nung last prom namin sa highschool. Pati yung first prom ko, pangit pa din. Nakaka-inis, ayaw ko mag-reminisce, haha. Buti nalang, may karamay pala ako haha! Pero ang ganda mo, at ang swerte ni Rigor sa'yo :)

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  34. sobrang natawa ako dito. Ikaw din po pala. I used to tease my friends na my pimples kasi makinis ako dati. Hindi naman mean girl but I joke on them a lot. At ngayong kelan naman ako nag 24 saka naman ako nagkapimples ng bongga. I now know how it feels to lose confidence because of these. But good things is that I ahve learned that it really isn't about what is outside. Kahit may pimples ka at least mabuit kang tao. :)

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  35. Hi Ms Nikki,

    this blog is so inspiring.. I soo love reading it..Glad to know you're a christian too..May I ask what denomination you belong?..Thanks again for the wonderful blog.. :))

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  36. Its okay nikki atleast your being honest luv u

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  37. WHEN WILL BE THE NEXT POST? BUSY MUCH? I DO LOVE THIS BLOG PO EH.. THANKS

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  38. Hi Nikki,

    Oh my gosh, Sobrang nakarelate ako. Way back in high school, I had skin allergy after trying some beauty products ( take note: it was actually prescribed by my Derma. After a day or two, my entire face was red and all covered up with red papules and it happened weeks before our Prom. I was so devastated that I don't even want to go to school. Buti na lang medyo ok nah nung Prom pero may scars pa rin so my mom just covered it up with foundation.

    Thanks for sharing,


    Julie Go
    Earningmomonline

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  39. hi mam nikki :)) super idol talaga kita tsaka favorite songs ko yung kanta mong a million miles away and glowing inside :) i hope na makita kita sa personal :) go mam nikki happy b-day :) God Bless

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  40. I agree Ms. Nikki and I can relate to your point ;-) Naging motivation ko rin noon ang acne issues ko to improve myself.

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  41. Happy birthday Ms. Nikki!
    Hope you'll be able to read our comments here :)
    I'm so blessed to have found your blog. They're right, you're definitely brave to have opened past experiences up. You make me want to try it too, hoping to inspire at least the small community that I have.

    I've also only had 1 prom. It was in our highschool's senior year. I had no date, but it's ok since not everyone had a date. But back then I really had a humongous stye/kuliti. Everybody would tease me "Nanilip ka nanaman! Sino sinilipan mo?" It has been there during my entire senior year until graduation, but it was remarkably noticable during prom. No amount of eyeshadow can conceal it.

    I moved on, and eventually had a minor surgery to get rid of it. But it comes back from time to time but thankfully not as big and noticeable as before.

    Now I have acne problems. I went to the derma once, prescribed me with Benzac AC, and told me to use Dove soap to wash my face daily, which is what I've been doing for almost a year now but I still have acne all over my face. I don't want to stop doing it in fear of more breakouts.

    Sometimes I already question why I can never be flawlessly pretty. It kills the self esteem most of the time.

    Please do share with us what worked for you, hopefully it could work with us too.

    Thanks in advance and God bless you always Ms. Nikki. ❤

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  42. Hello Neke, ☺☺☺
    lagi ko vinivisit itong blogsite mo, hoping that you have a new "story to tell"
    anyways, GOD BLESS YOU! ♥
    and stay BEAUTIFUL!!! ◘ ♥

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  43. Finally nag blog ka na ulit ang daming naghihintay nito ang tagal mong naka pag isip ha...but its worth to wait now everybody happy..

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  44. Hello Nikki!

    Tulad mo po, I have been battling acne since I was 11 and now I'm 18. Although hindi naman talaga siya severe, still hindi talaga ako nawawalan. I have sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin kaya ang hirap talaga. Minsan nga may times na naiinis ako at naiiyak na lang sa sarili ko. It really affects my self-esteem. Lagi na lang akong na co-conscious. Ayoko ng tinititigan ako kasi ang oily ng face eh. Mula noon, ayoko ng mag join sa mga family gatherings kasi nahihiya ako. Like you, na iingit na lang ako sa mga kilala ko na naglalagay ng mga face powder, tints, foundation etc. Kasi pag ako gumamit ng mga ganon, haay nako mag bre-break out na naman ako ng todo-todo. Na realize ko talaga, ang suerte talaga ng ibang may natural na maganda ang kutis. Kung ano-anong product na ang na try ko, may iba nag wo-work pero makalipas ilang weeks, di na. nakakapagod na talaga. pero thank u sa post mo, naniniwala akong lilipas din ito, SOON. Sana naman po. :P

    Tanong ko lang sana kung anong mga produets (powder, wash, moisturizer) ang nag work sa'yo? thank u po. God bless!

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  45. ahahahahaha... this blog made my night :DD i got a lot of laugh tonight.. ive got acne too and it really lowered my self esteem before. thanks nikki for sharing this. im inspired and encouraged

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