Every occupation comes with a set of hazards. As a teacher, I am prone to greying of hair faster than others, hair fall, constant sore throats, and well in my case, pimples. The chalk dust just creates havoc with my skin and has been doing for almost 3 years now.
I have to face a lot of people every day, not just students, but parents and sometimes even the Principal. Initially I was very conscious about the appearance of these pimples. I mean, come on, I teach teenagers, it was kind of ironic that I was going through the same troubles as them- acne and exams. (try correcting answer scripts with illegible handwriting. You'll understand why exams are painful even for teachers.) I used to feel really awkward when I had to sit through a PTA and talk to parents about their 16 year old, when I have this huge red thing in the centre of my forehead making me look like the 16 year old. (It is true. A lot of the boys and girls I taught looked waaay older than I did.) I was very worried that I wouldn't be taken seriously as a teacher. I thought the students wouldn't respect me and the parents wouldn't trust me.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
It took a little time to establish myself and find my place in this field, but my feet are now firmly planted. A pimple, or many pimples, it doesn't affect my confidence when it comes to teaching.
This doesn't mean that I don't take care of my skin. I am now following a regular skin care routine. I have two facewashes- one is a foaming facewash and a neem based one. Neem is something that is known for its antibacterial properties. My neighbour got this besan and neem combination ground together just for me to use as a facepack, a scrub and a facewash. Think of it like a DIY skincare product. Besides that I also use a neem and tulsi face pack once a week. Along with all this, I try to watch my diet as well, so the pimples have reduced appearing and also reduced in size.
I have even started converting a lot of my lessons into Powerpoint presentations, but I can't rid of using chalk completely (#woesofateacher).
So what are the lessons learnt so far as a teacher?
Say no to chips, murukku, fried items in general.
Do NOT listen to your students and put toothpaste on your pimples. Stick to products that are specialised for this like the Garnier Pure Active Neem Facewash (which I haven't tried yet).
And believe in yourself and your abilities, and people will look past that nasty dot of redness on your face.