Ok, so that does sound disgusting, and actually, the title of the blog isn’t quite correct but I wasn’t sure how to phrase it.
Let me explain…
I seem to have hit, a bad patch, hormonally. For whatever reason, my body has decided to behave like that of a teenagers, and my skin has gone haywire. If my body had reverted to the size and shape it was when I was in my late teens and early 20’s, after I had recovered from my eating disorder, I would at least have something positive to say, but sadly, it’s just my skin that has reverted to teenage hood, and I have really been struggling with SPOTS and oily skin. In my lifetime, I have tried various methods of cleansing, from the uber chemical filled products marketed and sufferers of acne and skin issues, to using the “oil cleansing method”, without much success. I have used brand name cleansers, soap and water, posh lotions and potions, cheap and frugal solutions, and nothing seems to make a difference, but normally I can keep my skin at bay, and in not too bad a state.
My GP thinks I am either struggling with the same hormonal issues I had before we were able to get pregnant with Big Girl, or (and I am still in total denial and horror at the thought) gently pointed out that I might be pre menopausal. Both could be causing the worsening skin issues I am going through. There have been some other possibly hormonal based issues, that I won’t regale you with on the blog, but needless to say, it has affected my skin, and I have been unhappy about it.
I read several articles on not using anything to wash/cleanse your facial skin, no lotions, cleaners, potions or toners, and letting your skin re adjust itself and balance itself. I have seen several blog posts raving about this. Basically, I wash my face with warm water and a cloth, twice a day, and I also have stopped wearing make up, as often as possible to try and allow my skin to breathe and sort itself out. The idea is that your skin will get oily, then will balance itself, and the skin issues will ease and subside. It seems to have worked for other people, so I thought I would give it a whirl. LSH was delighted. Water and a cloth are cheap, he is often mystified by how much money women spend on things for their skin, and being a bloke, isn’t worried about wrinkles, bags, sags and puffy skin, or acne, like I am.
I have to say, my skin condition is much better and I feel that my skin is coping better. I think not stripping it with cleansers and then having to try and balance that is helping a lot. I will be considering some specialist treatments in the future to try and improve some issues that need a little bit of extra help, that hot water and a cloth alone can’t cure, but I am generally happy with how my skin is now, for the first time in a long time.
Have you dramatically changed your skin care routine for the better, or worse? Do you, like me, find that simple and basic is best? I would love to hear your thoughts…