i might even want to show a little skin

Throughout my teens, I was one of those kids that the other kids hated – I never had a pimple.*  All through junior high and high school, my skin was soft and clear and I had no idea what everybody was complaining about when they were buying Clearasil by the case.

And then I turned 20.

And it all went downhill from there.  My body decided that it had to make up for lost time and I started to break out with a vengeance.  I spent the first half of my 20’s with a chin full of massive, puss-filled, cystic pimples.  And no matter what I did, nothing helped.

I was working front desk at an upscale hotel at the time, and it was so hard to go into work every day knowing that I could be encountering politicians, musicians, or random hot guys with exploding geysers on my chin.  I would do my best to cover the pustules with makeup, but even if I left the house feeling suitably covered, by the time I got to work (and several times throughout my shift), my chin would actually start oozing.

It was awful.

My doctor said that the cystic acne wasn’t caused by outside factors, like wearing makeup or washing my face, so no topical treatment would work.  We needed to tackle the problem from within.

So he prescribed me Tetracyclene.

And when that stopped working, he put me on another antibiotic.

Then another.

And another.

Then I saw another doctor.

He sent me to a dermatologist who put me on Accutane, and it helped for a while.  Until it didn’t.

Then I started using Pro-Activ, and it helped for a while -a long while, in fact; several years – and then it just…didn’t.

And the thing about Accutane or Pro-Activ is that while it did help keep my blemishes (mostly) away, it wasn’t doing any favours to my skin; which  ranges from extremely dry and flaky to super oily.  And my pores are so big, they save my from having to stow my carry-on under the seat in front of me when I fly.

And now I’m at an age where I have to start worrying about wrinkles as well as acne.  What could be more fun?!

But over the last year I have had the opportunity to try new, more expensive, products (thanks for that, Glymm) and I hate to admit it (because I am a cheapskate when it comes to beauty products), but they really do work better than the run-of-the-mill drugstore brands.

Normally, I am terrified cautious to use new products on my face because they would cause a breakout – but I haven’t had a single problem with any of the samples I got from Glymm.

But, of course, to buy a full size of any of them will cost $80.

Now I am in a constant struggle with myself about “splurging” on expensive beauty products that I know will do wonders for not only my acne, but also the overall look and feel of my skin.  Yes, it is very expensive and that money could go to better use on other things…BUT, my face is the first thing that people see when they look at me, and is it wrong to want it to look its best?

So after careful consideration and discussions with Wilzie, I polished off a bottle of wine and did some late-night, online shopping.**

I bought myself a Clarisonic – which is essentially an expensive vibrating brush that just washes your face really well.  But it has, without question, the BEST reviews of any beauty product I have ever looked in to.

And then I went back to Iceland.

When Wilzie I stayed at the Blue Lagoon, I used the silica mud that naturally occurs in the geothermal pools on my face every day, and the spa provided their beauty products (cleansers, moisturizers, etc) for use while you stayed there.

My skin had never looked better.

So after another half bottle of wine, I bit the bullet and ordered some of their mineralized cleanser and moisturizer.

And now I’m officially broke.  But I’ll have great skin!***

*though I did have snaggle-teeth and, apparently, dressed like a thirty year old

**never a bad idea

***knock wood

0 thoughts on “i might even want to show a little skin

  1. I have the same skin history you do, except it’s never been oily.
    1) I finally realized that I was going to have my skin alot longer than any article of clothing, so it was worthwhile “investing” in high quality skin care. I would rather run around with no makeup and beautiful skin than expensive makeup and a designer coat with awful skin.

    2) The Clairisonic, for people with highly sensitive skin like us, should be used very cautiously. The Clairisonic gives your skin a work out and can actually aggravate cystic acne-prone areas (like chin, forehead, etc.). So, use it only every other day and at night only. When I did this (after the advice of an esthetician), I saw a HUGE improvement in my breakout-suffering chin.

    It’s not a bad device (I love mine); it’s just not a benign instrument.

  2. What did you order Auntie? I’m having some trouble with my skin right now.. it’s oily and flaky dry! I’m using Clinique acne toner, Pro-Activ lotion and then Clinique moisturizer. I’ve been using this for 3 years now but it’s just getting worst these past couple months. I’m scared to switch or try anything new in case it gets worst!

    I don’t get how all the people my age have perfect matte skin and here I am still battling with acne. So it seems I’m in the same boat as you… man does it suck!

  3. I’m going to be following in your wine-soaked footsteps. Because my old lady skin is starting to show too many wrinkles and it’s far too dry. I’m willing to try anything.

  4. Amen sister. Pro-active worked okay for me as far as keeping breakouts at bay, but it did nothing for the oiliness and was making my skin look duller the longer I used it. I’ve been using Arbonne for the past month and while my skin is less oily, I’m breaking out more! Gah, I can’t win!!!
    Let me know how the Blue Lagoon stuff works for you? I’m always on the lookout for something new.

  5. I’m kind of lucky because my mom worked in skin care, so I would get all of her great samples, etc. She has a Clarisonic, too, and I abuse the thing when I’m at her house. I LOVE it. She’s not selling skin care anymore and as much as I would love to go buy the expensive stuff, the budget always laughs at me. The Clarisonic is awesome though. It just works! Good luck! Can’t wait to hear your review!

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