So my skin is unpredictable & troublesome at the best of times, I suffer from pigmentation, sensitivity, oiliness, eczema & acne rosacea. FUN TIMES!
But these 2 weeks, my skin has been even worse than usual, my eczema has gotten extra itchy & dry, my skin has gotten oilier & my skin has broken out in acne rosacea on my face, neck & body. God I am sexy.
So in an effort to help cure & heal my skin, I am putting it on report. It is getting a strict detoxing from new products that I have been using & we are going back to basics to find out what it is that is triggering all these problems. Now if this doesn’t work, I will have to go back on Medication (either Minocin or Aldactone) but I’d prefer to do it without medication because that really isn’t sustainable long term & I worry about the long term effects.
Facts about my skin:
- I had really bad acne as a teenager & was put on Roaccutane (best thing I ever did), luckily I didn’t end up with any acne scars but it has left me with enlarged pores.
- My skin is really sensitive & will break out into acne rosacea if it is irritated or I am stressed. So if you think you have acne & you use acne products but it just gets worse, you might have rosacea like me.
- My skin was excellent when I was on the contraceptive pill, unfortunately I am prone to migraines & when I am on the pill, I get them weekly. Not fun.
So I am overhauling everything I am currently using & this even includes my laundry detergent & fabric softener as I have heard that these can contribute to skin problems.I will continue to use some of the things I am currently using if I have used them before with no problems & will slowly be introducing products back into my face & body skincare routine to find out what products are causing the problems.
Left fCetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser, Pure Fiji Hydrating Multi Active Serum, DermaDoctors Poetry in Lotion, Bio-Oil, Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Shower Gel White Gingerlily, Seraki Coconut Oil Ocean Breeze, Reniu Coconut Body Lotion*
Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser: Pretty sure there is no issue with this as I have been using it for ages without any problems. Think I will continue using it.
Woolworths Microfibre Face Washer: I had used this a couple of years ago with no problems but my skin seemed to be ok then. I have a feeling the friction of it might be too much for my skin so will be cutting it out
Pure Fiji Hydrating Multi Active Serum: Another product I had used a couple of years ago with no issues with as there are no irritating ingredients in it. But I will err on the side of cause & cut it out for the time being but will introduce it back in later on.
DermaDoctors Poetry in Lotion: This helped clear up my rosacea but then it got really bad again, will stop using it until my skin clears up & then will add it back in as it shouldn’t really affect my skin.
Bio-Oil: My skin seems to like this stuff & cause it keeps my skin hydrated, it seems to help the rosacea breakouts heal more quickly & not leave any marks behind. Will keep using this.
Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Shower Gel White Gingerlily: This shouldn’t be aggravating my skin as it’s so gentle but will cut it out to make sure.
Reniu Coconut Body Lotion: I’ve used & loved this for years, one of the best moisturisers for my skin, will continue to use this.
Seraki Coconut Oil Ocean Breeze: Normally my skin love coconut oil because of the anti-bacterial properties it contains, this one does contain fragrance though so will pause on this for a bit.
Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser, Ego Azclear Medicated Lotion, BioOil, 100% Organic Pure Virgin Coconut Oil, Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash, Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Moisturiser*
Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser: Will use morning & night as per usual
Ego Azclear Medicated Lotion: I went looking for a product called Finacea Gel which is a topical treatment for Rosacea that is only available on script in most countries (except for Australia for some strange reason) but then I saw it only had 15% azelaic acid & was $25 whereas the good old Azclear was $8 & contained 20% azelaic acid. I don’t even know why I stopped using this in the first place, its a god send but you can only use it at night.
BioOil: Will continue to use during the day as it sits well under my mineral make-up (which I will be going back to instead of liquid foundation)
Pure Fiji Hydrating Multi Active Serum & DermaDoctors Poetry in Lotion: I’m going to follow Dr. Baumann’s directions where she recommends you mix your retinal product in with a serum. I’m not going to do this till my skin has cleared up though.
Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash: I saw this new body wash & thought it looked good, it was developed for people with Eczema-prone skin & is supposed to help soothe itchy, dry skin, while restoring moisture as it gently cleanses. It’s also soap-free & has skincontains skin-nourishing oils that nurture dry skin and help to replenish the skin’s natural barrier.
Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Moisturiser: This is the matching body moisturiser & helps to relieve dry, itchy skin. It’s a light, non-greasy moisturiser that provides intense hydration & nourishes skin.
100% Organic Pure Virgin Coconut Oil: Will be using this at night so I can grease myself up.