Don’t waste your money on products for your acne — start here.

No matter how many products you buy, no matter how many facials you get — if you don’t start with the fundamentals, your acne will remain.

Michelle Love
8 min readMay 27, 2022


I used to have brutal pimples. They were in the worst spots too — always between my eyebrows and on my cheeks right near my nose. Could it be any worse? I guess anyone with acne thinks theirs is the worst — and I feel for you…. You can’t exactly hide your face. Well — masks these last couple of years can hide your zits around your mouth, but it also made breakouts a lot worse so it was a total catch-22.

I even had times when my pimples were so nasty that I wore a bandaid and lied and said my cat scratched me. Or worse, I used my mom's concealer, but she’s African American and my skin is more of an olive tone….need I say more?? It was beyond embarrassing.

But, not as embarrassing as showing the swollen pimples I couldn’t resist popping.

For the last 15 years though, my skin has been as clear, even and blemish free as possible. Friends ask me about it, even random people comment on how glowing it is and I have almost forgotten that at one point in my life, that really, really wasn’t the case.

I started with small changes and continuted learned more about what affected my skin as I progressed. The changes I made ended up working for the long haul, so I’m here to share my findings with you.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio:

Here are the things I learned through experience about what actually works to have clear skin:


Ok so, I’ve heard that every model and influencer on TikTok is raving about water (I don't have TikTok, I’ve just heard through friends) — but I can vouch for this 100% and truly? It’s common sense. Your body is made of 45–75% water and your skin is your largest organ. How do you expect it to be clear and healthy if you don’t flush it out with clean, filtered, fresh water? Aim for 1/2 your body weight in pounds in ounces of water, minimum. So, if you weigh 100 lbs, that's 50 oz of water minimum. There are free calculators online for this. And no, not juice, even…



Michelle Love

My public journal about all the things I’ve been through & I’m interested in—with the hope that it benefits you. 🤍 Love is the answer