I know you want to be as gorgeous as possible for your wedding day photos. That’s why Nathan said I should share my new favorite tricks for having (mostly) gorgeous skin. I am kinda hesitant to divulge all these details; everyone doesn’t want to hear all about my skin problems!!! But, it just might help someone, so I’ll take one for the team. 😉 Let me start with the beginning of the story.
College was stressful. And it came with some really angry skin. I had bumps all over the place and they were big, red and itchy. I went to the doctor and he diagnosed me with Rosacea (or as my red-cheeked grandfather called it, rosie-olis). I got some medicine to clear up the red itchy part, but the bumps never went away. I dealt with it until a few years ago, and I headed to the dermatologist. They gave me $150 of medicine every couple of months and little changed. I still had breakouts like a high school girl, and my skin tone was still really uneven. So I stopped throwing our money away and tried a few other things until I landed on a new skin care regimen. It was On a Clear Day by philosophy. It was great, but came in at around $65 a month, and I was still having at least one angry bump on my face at all times. All. the. stinkin. time. That’s when I started looking again.
I recently found a company dedicated to helping people get clear skin. It’s acne.org and it’s amazing. Because of my Rosacea, I could never use the proactiv skin care system (their products were too harsh for my sensitive skin). And acne.org doesn’t claim to help Rosacea breakouts. But I gave it a try anyway. The system is a bit different than the others. The cleanser and moisturizer are just basic, and remind me of cetaphil (recommended by the dermatologist). But the star of the show is what they call the “Treatment.” It’s Benzyl Peroxide, and made to be used in massive amounts (they recommend building up to two finger-lengths of product a day!!). But IT WORKS! By the second day, almost all of my bumps had dried up. Yup. Gone. Just a little redness left, but the sore was gone. And in the 3 months I’ve used it, I’ve only had 2 small bumps that lasted a day or so. Yup. And I don’t even use that much of it, either. After years of having to wear really thick makeup, I am now happy to say that this summer I am mostly going makeup commando!
And not only that, but the company is great. They have open forums where you can discuss acne and skin solutions, even if you don’t use their products. The owner has a great story and I would encourage you to read a little bit of his background. He is committed to helping others find an affordable solution to their acne. He even made a video to show how to get every last drop of product out of the package and mentioned he selected bottles that would allow all the product to slide out of it. What a dramatic difference to all the other skin care systems/companies I’ve tried that only give you a few drops that you can’t even get out of the bottle! And it’s only about $40 for the regimen (it looks like I can get at least 3 months out of the $40!).
So, if you’re getting ready for your engagement session or wedding and are worried about having to ask your makeup artist to cake on the makeup, give acne.org products a try. Give it a month before your photos, because other have experienced a purging process that lasts a couple of weeks (I didn’t, though). And by the time your session or wedding time rolls around, you’ll probably have clear glowy skin like you’ve always wanted.