Hello friends! Well, it’s been quite a while since we’ve visited my Healthful Beauty series, hasn’t it? I had so many plans and aspirations for that series, but life and reality catches up with you, and that’s what I’m here to talk about in this post. In my “Whats, Hows, and Whys” post last year, I described how I planned to switch from the chemical-laden acne treatment, Proactiv, to some more healthful regimes that would be better for my skin and overall health. Well, today I have some confessions, and stories, to tell about how that was probably one of my biggest fails. Duh duh duuuuuhhhhhh! 😉 Let’s get digging, shall we?
Ah, acne. That terrible skin condition that so many of us deal with, rub creams and lotions into, pick at (eww… oh wait, that’s me 😛 ), wash… you know the drill. If you are one of those lucky ducks who has gotten through your teen years pimple-free, I congratulate you, shake your hand, and turn green in the face with envy. Ok, not really 😉
A year or two ago, I didn’t think myself as an oily-skinned, acne-prone teenager. Probably for two reasons:
- I was too naive to even know that those terms existed (I used to WANT acne… and freckles… when I was 10. Oh, how the years change you…!)
- I had been using Proactiv since mom gave me a tube when I was a young single-digit, so I didn’t even flinch about it. Never had break-outs, just rubbed the stuff in on occasion and called it done.
Well, that was all about to change as my birthday in which I could begin wearing makeup, rolled around. I began to be more conscious about my skin care, and how it was affecting my face and overall appearance, etc. I relayed to Mom all my ideas and aspirations, but she warned me against them, telling me to be cautious since Jessica had tried something similar in the past. I’ll tell you that story, just to give you some background.
A year or so before the conversation I described above, Jessica had been bitten by the same “healthful beauty bug” that bit me last year. She began to read up about this new-fangled thing called oil cleansing, and found that hemp seed oil would help with acne. We tried it out, all three of us, and… Cue the scary music… it was a total disaster. Our skin broke out like never before. It was a nightmare. I look back at pictures of us when we were going through that time, and shudder.
I guess that going through my teens causes me to have a very experimental, independent way of thinking. I thought that we girls did it all wrong with the hemp seed oil, and maybe I could better it. After all, it’s better to think long-term health than short-term appearance, right? Of course! If you’re willing to suffer the mental discouragement and utterly blemished face like I did. Let me explain:
I first began with the good ol’ Oil Cleansing system. I did my research, steered far away from the hemp seed oil, and discovered that Grapeseed oil would be the way to go for me. Using that along with Cowgirl Dirt’s Rawhide Facial Serum and Deep Sea Mask, I thought I was set and ready to begin a whole new era with my skin.
Boy, but was it an era! After the first few weeks, I had completely broken out, and my skin was oilier than ever. It did have a partially healthier tone to it, but still, it didn’t clear up my acne in the least. I attributed that to my teenage hormones and kept on for about a month and a half. During this time, I had several singing engagements with the girls, as well as photo shoots, and what not. Needless to say, it was a
little very discouraging looking at those photos and seeing an acne-d face that used to be a moderately clear surface. All the while, Mom bore with me patiently, which I am so thankful for, since I know that my spotty face was trying for everyone in my clear-skinned family.
Well, I finally gave up on the oil cleansing method, and decided to go for something different: Yes to Tomatoes acne treatment! I heard great reviews on this regime, and wanted to give it a go, after my poor experience with experiment #1. With hopes as high as the clouds, I began the daily scrubbing, massaging, and dotting. Several weeks went by (obviously I was very patient and persistent with this stuff), but nothing amazing happened. My skin was pimply as ever, although the redness seemed to fade. Thank heavens I tried this whole experiment in the Summer when my face is at its best! The treatment was rather harsh on my skin, so I can only imagine the catastrophe that might have taken place had this been tried in the Winter!
Mom finally had enough of it. It was while we were down in Tennessee that I got out, via Mom’s wise direction, the beloved Advanced Blemish Treatment by Proactiv for the first time in months. That was just the beginning of what was to happen next…
Ah, relief! Reality finally hit, and I came down from the lofty clouds of healthful beauty to practical beauty. I got back on board the train with my sisters using Proactiv as my daily regime, and look at the difference…
Pretty significant, eh? Well, if that’s not enough, the before portrait was taken during the “changing back” period from “Yes To” to Proactive, while my skin was repairing. Yes, it was worse than that.
I must disclaim here that this post is not to condemn the products that I used during my experimentation. I know that many people have had better results with them, and they probably do work with more mature, less acne-prone skin. They just don’t work specifically with my young, oily, acneous (yes, I just made that word up) face.
Why did I write this post? For two reasons:
- I needed to open up with you all about my skin adventures that I’ve had. I made it sound so rosy in my “Whats, Hows, and Whys post“, but I needed to clarify that it didn’t turn out to be the walk in the park I imagined it. I got into this with the idea of it being an experiment. I planned to give a treatment around 2 months to work, and if it didn’t, then I would move on. As you could see above, I did that twice, and finally had to give it up. In reflection of the verse that I quoted in my past post, Proverbs 14:15, I can’t help but smile and think that I have become very prudent with my skin regime. 🙂 I also should note that along the way I have gained some new healthful products that do work with my skin from the regimes that I tried, which I use along with Proactiv. So my experimentations weren’t a complete loss of time and money 🙂 If you would like, I could share those in another post. Let me know!
- I want this post to communicate that sometimes it’s OK to use chemical-laden products. However good the whole natural, healthful beauty movement may be, it’s alright to come back down from those ideals to what’s real and what works.
I hope that this post has been helpful for you who have been on a similar journey as myself, or who are still going through it. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below, and I’ll do my best to answer! Also, if you know of a friend who might find encouragement from this post, don’t shy from sharing via the buttons below!
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer