If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a certain post of mine about my face and not wearing makeup. If you didn’t just go follow me on Instagram (annanilsson14) and look bellow and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Last Christmas I had a bacterial infection around my mouth and chin area called Perioral Dermatitis which, according to patient.info, is an infection that affects mainly young women and is caused by a heap of different reasons but the most common is the use of steroid creams and ointments. The doctor gave me antibiotics for 12 weeks and I was supposed to be fine after that. However I still see small spots mainly around that same area, but nowhere near how the infection was.
I have therefore chosen to stop using makeup. Having looked in to it 70 to 90% of the makeup we put on our skin contains chemicals like Phthalates, Lead, Quaternium-15 and Other Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives, PEG and Butylated Compounds amongst so many other long names and words I know close to nothing about. So no wonder I’m still getting spots and breakouts on my face!
I’m fully aware that I will eventually use makeup for occasions like weddings, my sisters graduation or when we’re going out and I just want to put in that little extra effort. I have however also researched more organic cosmetic brands like for example 100% Pure, Tata Harper and Herbivore Botanicals just to name a few. (more brands on thegoodtrade.com) Organic cosmetics can be up to 25% more expensive than non-organic makeup but I feel like that’s a sacrifice I am willing to make for a healthy makeup-free face.
Having decided that I am not going to be wearing makeup has also made me more weary of what I eat. It’s common knowledge that eating fast food, chocolate and other unhealthy foods affects your skin complexion so I have started snacking on fruit and drinking water and tea. I’m not saying that I am a saint when it comes to eating clean now, I still indulge in some delicious dark chocolate Digestives but I have gotten a lot better.
So, getting to what I initially wanted this post to be about, I have decided to record this week and how my skin changes. I have been using Clean and Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash both in the morning when I wake up and in the evenings before I go to sleep, every day, and I have been hydrating with Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser as these were the two products I had at home and decided to finish them before buying new expensive ones. I also ad a little scrub sponge in the evenings to make sure I get all the bacteria that has accumulated on my face through out the day, I use
Day one (Monday Jan. 30th) started with a wash and hydrating. My face still tired from all the makeup and with marks from spots that were currently disappearing. This is when I decided to not wear any makeup but was nervous about being around people without what has become like a curtain for all the imperfections in my skin. I travelled back from London and did all of the things I had to do that day (university, and grownup things) and before I knew it it was late night and I was home realising then that I had spent all day out and about without any makeup and without caring about it. Scrubbed and hydrated before I went to bed.
On day two (Tuesday Jan. 31s) I could already see the major difference! The dead skin and marks from the spots were already disappearing but I washed and hydrated anyway. I was trying my best not to be there with my hands full of bacteria touching my face and specially my chin/mouth area. I got a small spot that was barely noticeable and just decided to let it be, starting to accept that spots is something that everyone gets in their life. And of course, I scrubbed and hydrated before I went to bed.
Day three (Wednesday Feb. 1st) I have to say it was a bit harder. I had hoped that after I washed and hydrated the spot would have disappeared but the fact is that it didn’t and I now had this spot and I knew I was going out with my friends that evening so insecurities started rising. However I stuck to my word and just let the spot be. By the time I left the house I was the only one that knew I had that spot there so it was probably a lot more noticeable to me than it was for everyone else because you could barely see it when I looked in the mirror. Scrubbed and hydrated before I went to bed.
Day four (Thursday Feb. 2nd). When I washed my face again this morning apparently I scrubbed the spot I got the other day away. One of the main reasons for this is that I didn’t squeeze it which takes so much effort for me, I get this from my mother. Whenever I have a spot, or a feel a spot coming I always tend to want to squeeze until nothing but blood comes out and even then I’m not convinced it’s fully “empty”, but I have been exercising some self-control and it seems to be working. What I have noticed is that my face gets very greasy by the end of the day, which I don’t like, but if I don’t hydrate after I wash my face it’s so dry it hurts. I’m trying to find a way to manage this better, so if any of you have any tips holla at me. My favourite part of the night routine has become scrubbing and hydrating my face as it makes me feel fresh when I go to bed.
Day five (Friday Feb. 3rd) I thought started quite good, but when I washed my face I realised that I had indeed gotten another spot on my chin. However this one just looks like a hormone spot (Sinderby I got my period the day before) and not like a spot you get for mistreating your skin, if you know what I mean.. I washed my face and hydrated and didn’t even touch the spot, it just sat there and came with me to work that evening. I am not home and I forgot my face scrub at home so I couldn’t scrub and hydrate before I went to bed, but thinking about it it might have been a good thing to let my skin rest for a day, full rest and enjoy its own fats and stuff.
Day six (Saturday Feb. 4th) Woke up and washed my face with Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Wash to change it up a bit and didn’t moisturise as I just wanted to give my skin a rest. The spot I got on my chin just grew bigger and bigger throughout the day but it seems to be the only spot I have – knock on wood. It seems that most of the black heads I’ve had around my nose and forehead have more or less disappeared, I am however waiting for one of those black face masks that should be arriving by the end of next week at the latest. I went back to scrubbing and hydrating before bed and it felt amazing.
Day seven (Sunday Feb. 5th) Woke up and waited for about 1h until I went and washed my face, with the normal Clean and Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash and hydrated with the normal cream as well. I spent the day out and I can now officially feel the spot that is growing on my chin and it has a head. I debated squeezing it before bed and then making sure I wash the bacteria away before sleeping or just leaving it, deciding in the end to just leave it and see what happened with the night scrub. This resulted in the ginormous spot exploding when I was scrubbing which meant that I could wash it properly. I the hydrated the rest of my face avoiding the area where the spot was not to infect it with lotion.
Now that the week is over I can honestly say that I will continue not to use makeup except for on special occasions. My skin feels and looks amazing (except for the one spot) and I could not have been happier with the outcome of this little experiment of mine. The bags under my eyes can be fixed with some good old sleep and I have hopes that my complexion will keep improving with the consumption of heaps of water and healthy food.
Remember that no matter if your skin is spot-free or if you have severe acne you are beautiful and I hope that if you don’t already, one day you will feel happy and gorgeous in your own skin.
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