natural + organic skin care
for oily, acne-prone, sensitive, & dehydrated skin
My name's Vanessa, and for years I've been battling acne. The kind of acne that I have is mostly of the non-inflamed variety. Blackheads, whiteheads, stubborn flesh coloured bumps, etc. But I did have the occasional red, painful pus-filled zits as well. And don't forget the extremely oily skin. I used to be a chronic "pimple popper", which littered my already dark complexion with even darker hyperpigmentation. I've tried every face wash, toner, scrub, fade cream, and prescription medication you can name, excluding Accutane. I even tried professional microdermabrasion treatments and facials. I desperately jumped from product to product, and most things would burn my face and leave my skin dehydrated, but I didn't care. I thought it was helping. In the meantime, I would spend my mornings before school applying full-coverage makeup to somewhat conceal my skin issues.
After developing a chronic case of allergic contact dermatitis on my eyelids (I later found out I have a nickel allergy and the rash was triggered by my makeup), I decided to take a more natural and gentle approach to skin care. I was forced to go makeup-free, threw out my old acne products, and opted for items with better ingredients. I avoid products with synthetic fragrance, parabens, SLS, and other things that could potentially irritate my sensitive skin. I stopped eating dairy products, and slowly eliminated gluten and soy. Not being able to hide behind a mask of makeup anymore really opened my eyes to how heavily I depended on it in order to feel decent about myself. I was sick and tired of letting acne ruin my life and tear down my self-esteem. In July of 2011, I embarked on a skin care journey with the goal of finally getting my acne under control, once and for all. There's been ups and downs, and after much trial and error I finally have a solid skin care regimen and a plan to win the fight against acne. Here's my thread documenting my progress, from the positive to the negative.
current regimen as of august 25, 2012
Cleanse with Organique by Himalaya Neem and Turmeric Face Wash
Apply Earthwise Natural Alcohol Free Witch Hazel Distillate
Dr Dennis Gross Trifix Oil Free Hydrating Moisturizer
supplements + diet
2 Estrosmart Plus supplements
250mg Alpha Lipoic Acid
1200mg Vitamin C
Dairy free, gluten free and soy free, drink plenty of water, exercise, try to keep stress at a minimum, be very gentle with my skin!
Edited by KissDontTell, 09 September 2012 - 01:43 PM.