One Month with No Make-Up

When people say addict you will probably picture someone who is addicted to drugs, alcohol or maybe gambling. Make-up probably doesn’t pop into your head at first.

The ASAM (American Society of Addictive Medicine) defines addiction as, “Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission.”

In other words, addiction is what you think it might be, an inability to stop doing something. Well I have an addiction because I’m unable to go without using make-up each and every day. When I look at my face without make-up I don’t like it, and the only person I ever show my face to without make-up is my fiance, because we live together so I wouldn’t be able hide from him without wearing make-up all day every day and well frankly I didn’t want to deal with the pimples that that would lead to.

I realized that this wasn’t healthy behaviour when I went to go do yoga with a few friends of mine. I wore make-up to it. They were confused why I would be wearing make-up to go work out. Wasn’t I afraid of it smearing everywhere? Getting mascara under my eyes? I was, but I was more afraid of people seeing my face without make-up.

Thats when I realized that I had an addiction. It might sound silly to think of it this way because so many girls now can’t go without wearing make-up either, but just because a lot of people are addicted to it doesn’t mean it is less of an addiction.

I decided that I was going to try to go a month without make-up and see how I feel. See if my skin improves. If people treat me different, and more importantly if I feel different. I want to be able to look in the mirror at my bareface and be okay with it. So here starts my journey.

-Kenzie Farrington

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