Nurturing Your Health
If you’re a woman then I know you’ve encountered skin problems at some point in your life. Some of us suffer from oily skin so shiny that you can see your reflection in our foreheads (gross!) while others of us suffer from acne that just won’t go away. As a teenager, I suffered from both of these issues, and I tried every product sold in Target to clear up my skin. Finally, in college, I tried some of my mother’s Retin-A-Micro cream, and the small, but multiple, bumps that covered my forehead disappeared! However, my clear skin did not come without consequences. When I washed my face, my skin was so raw from the medicine that even a splash of water stung like acid!
Fast forward to today, and at age 28, I still suffer from adult acne – or, I did. The bumps that had plagued me as a teenager reappeared a couple months ago, and so I turned to my trusty friend, Retin-A-Micro to burn them off my face! Pain be damned, I surrendered to my vanity, called my dermatologist, and begged for a prescription of Retin-A-Micro. Luckily, she obliged, and I slathered the cream over my forehead (mind you, they say only use a pea sized amount, but I wanted those bumps gone now!) The burning came as expected, but this time, the bumps didn’t disappear! In fact, they got worse!
So I took a moment and reevaluated my plan of attack. Suddenly my mother’s voice popped into my head, and I heard her saying “non-comedegenic, oil free, sensitive skin.” How simple! I realized I had been irritating my skin with the face wash, lotion, and acne potions I’d been using. My skin was so irritated by now that of course the Retin-A-Micro exacerbated my bumps.
I now knew what I needed to do. I rushed over to Target and headed straight for the natural skincare product aisle. First, I snatched up Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser. It checked all the boxes – hypoallergenic, fragrance free, 99% natural, and non-animal tested. Next, I scoured the shelves for a moisturizing lotion that worked with my naturally oily skin. Found it! Alba Botanica Natural Acnedote Oil Control Lotion – oil free, natural, with 2% salicylic acid. Luckily, I already had a great natural astringent at home – Aubrey Blue Green Algae toner (which I purchased at Whole Foods).
After only 3 days, my skin started to clear! Here’s what I did – I washed my face, followed with the astringent, and then applied a layer of the lotion each night. In the morning, I washed my face and followed with the lotion. I couldn’t believe it! The answer was so simple – use natural, hypoallergenic, oil and fragrance free products.
If you’re struggling with skin issues, I urge you to at least give this system a try. Buy natural, hypoallergenic products, and follow the 3 step system – face wash, toner, and lotion.
Good luck, and I hope you find skin care success!