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I’ve never liked my skin; it’s oily, has big pores and is very prone to acne. It’s no wonder I’ve dreamed of having flawless skin.
I dreamed of having clear, flawless skin
I was so jealous of anyone with clear, smooth, bright and unblemished skin. The young woman cashier at the Chinese restaurant we frequented had porcelain skin. She had the most luminous, poreless, perfect skin I had ever seen. She embodied the true meaning of ‘porcelain’ skin. My husband summed it up perfectly. He said “Her skin is so beautiful, it looks delicious, you just want to lick it.” I understood exactly what he meant, I felt the same thing. She had the type of skin I could only ever dream of.
How I’ve treated my skin in the past
My skin has been oily since puberty, yet very dry and flaky due to the harsh chemicals I used from the time I was a teenager. I never liked to wear face makeup because of this. So I was always struggling to cover up the acne and forever blotting my skin with napkins and paper towels. I seriously grew to dislike foundation because I could never get it to look right on my awful skin let alone stay where I put it.
One night, my freshman year of high school, I went on a zit popping spree and the next day my face was a mass of angry, inflamed red marks. I was so mad at myself and wanted to hide in the girls bathroom all day. A classmate asked what had happened to my face, I lied and told her grease from cooking meat had splattered my face and burnt it. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn a lesson from that experience, I continued to squeeze and pop, slice and stab my pimples for many more years to come.
Making it better
I was determined to make it better no matter the cost to my skin! I was prescribed Accutane as a teen along with antibiotics, I used birth control as acne control and then finally Proactive; all of these were very harmful to my skin and my hormone balance. And yet I still had very oily skin with regular breakouts.
When my husband and I were first dating 15 years ago I remember one time I leaned in to kiss him and missed, hitting my forehead on his glasses, immediately leaving a greasy imprint. I’ll never forget him pulling off the glasses and noting it looked like they’d been mauled with a greasy hamburger patty. I was so mortified and it just reinforced the hatred I felt for my skin but I felt helpless to do anything about it.
My recent challenges
Life can be cruel; when I hit peri-menopause at 50 my face changed but not for the better. I started getting huge cystic acne! How could this be? Was this fair? I was 50 freaking years old and having the worst acne of my life! It was incredibly depressing and all I wanted to do was hide but I had a job and couldn’t call in sick so I layered on the makeup, which felt awful and didn’t really cover anything up.
I had already decided I would not be doing HRT for my menopause symptoms but would sail through menopause using food and lifestyle as my treatment. The sailing took several years of research and trial and error to find just the right thing for my acne, hot flashes, sleeplessness, and body aches and pains.
A new routine
Now, at 55 I can finally say I have nice, mostly clear skin that is barely oily, in fact I even receive compliments. Women approach me and say things like “you have great skin” or ask “what do you use?”, “what is your skin care routine?”
I’m going to share with you what finally works for me, it may not be right for you but I feel confident it will help most people who have struggled as I have. The result will be naturally healthy and glowing skin that makes you feel so good you are comfortable going barefaced, no foundation at all.
I’ll tell you what is now working for me in next week’s post…