Oh my goodness…..I’ve been wanting to share this for months now—MONTHS! But it’s something a little different than what I normally share. And this summer was so hectic….but now that the kiddos are back in school, my days have opened up a bit more. (Except that Oliver tends to walk around the house, looking for his buddies, and when he can’t find them….he snuggles into my lap. But I’m good with that. 2 years old only lasts for so long.)
Anyway, a little background first. Let’s talk teenage acne. I wasn’t an overly pimply teenager. Yes, I had my fair share and did plenty of bathroom-mirror-popping…..but I didn’t have a huge acne problem like I know some really struggle with. And actually, I would get them worse on my back….ugggh, I forgot about that until just now. (Glad those are gone….they were PAINFUL!) But I still had my fair share to deal with. Once I hit my 20s, my acne calmed down a tad but still hung around. I remember thinking, oh, in my 30s, my hormones will calm down and I won’t get acne anymore, the oily spots will hopefully go away, and I won’t get those beneath the surface impossible-to-pop-boil-type pimples anymore either. Now I’m 35. And yes, while things have calmed down….it hasn’t gone away like I thought it would. Yep, the pimples still come. In fact, a new problem has arisen, and actually has made me more frustrated than the pimples. REDNESS. And those darn ENLARGED PORES. My gosh, what happened to my face?! I was constantly layering on foundation, to hide the redness and hopefully fill in the pores a bit. But because the foundation would blend differently on the redness of my nose/cheeks/chin than it did on my pale forehead/eyes/jawline…..it always looked like there was a discolored blanket on top of my face. I tried so many make-up brands, tools, and cover-up wands — but nothing worked. I think what really made me realize that it was a problem, was when Elli (my 9 year old daughter) and I were chatting on my bed about who knows what…..and she paused while looking at my face and said, “why is your face so RED and and around your eyes are so WHITE?!! Do you do that on purpose??” Ummmm, no child, I don’t. (((…sigh)))
That’s when I started noticing people posting online about some new Face Wash Regimen they had been using that claimed to make huge changes to your skin. I was seeing it everywhere….and that’s why I was skeptical. Because this company was making HUGE claims and were saying they could help so many different skin types and issues. Hmmmm. But, it wasn’t until I started seeing faces of people I really knew (and their before/after pictures), that I had to ask a few more questions.
And that’s when I started using Rodan and Fields on my face…..and now, I no longer worry about covering up my RED face, big pores, and annoying pimples with foundation make-up……..because I DON’T NEED IT ANYMORE!
Yes, I still wear eye make-up, but I NEVER wear liquid foundation anymore. EVER. Yahoo! :)
In case you were wondering, yes, I still get the occasional pimple. But it’s pretty rare. And if one or two pop up, it’s right around that lovely female “time of the month”. :) But the weirdest thing…..it no longer takes days and days to clear up. If one pops up, I just make sure to clean and treat my face with my Rodan and Fields like normal, and then it’s usually gone by the next day.
In fact, I woke up to a pimple this morning and it was bright red. I knew I was going to take a few pictures of my face and was a little bummed that there would be a small pimple on my face. I really wanted to share a picture that was “normal”….and my new “normal” is almost always pimple-free. But, I figured I’d share anyway because it was the perfect way to explain that I washed my face like normal this morning and then about an hour later, I noticed the redness decreased by about half. I hadn’t really paid attention to the timing before but since I was annoyed with it, I noticed, and thought it was pretty incredible how quickly it was going away. So, instead of gradually getting bigger throughout the day, it has gotten smaller. And I bet by tomorrow morning, it will be gone.
Oh, and the REDNESS. Hallejulah, it has gotten SO MUCH BETTER! I still have some and that’s okay….but nothing like it was before. And I have to tell you….I was starting to notice more and more of those enalrged nasty pores on my nose, but even larger ones around the sides of my nostrils, you know, like right in the creases. Ugggh. Those wide open pores are the perfect homes for huge blackheads, so unless you close them up, there’s no way around it. Boo. BUT—- those suckers have SHRUNK down in size. I can hardly even believe it!