Loving the Skin I’m In

I had a “hot girl summer” before it was a thing. It doesn’t get any hotter than caking on 2 pounds of foundation in 100 plus degree temps…Every. Single. Day. Adult acne landed 10 punches before I even realized I was in a fight. I’ll hold my L for Summer 2018.

But, bitches, I’m back!

July 2018: Even with layers of makeup, there was no hiding my skin issues.

July 2018: Even with layers of makeup, there was no hiding my skin issues.

I wasn’t super stressed or eating horribly. I wasn’t sleeping in makeup and guzzling Pepsis. I wasn’t doing any of the things the hundreds of YouTube videos and articles that I googled told me to stop doing. Yet, my skin looked like I didn’t give a damn about life.

August 2018: I did the best that I could with filters and makeup but I needed a real solution!

August 2018: I did the best that I could with filters and makeup but I needed a real solution!

My skin couldn’t have betrayed me at a worse time. I’d just started blogging again and took pics weekly. I was booking speaking events and was super active on social media. I had work to do and 50 bum bumps were not going to stop me.

August 2018: Who wants to worry about a breakout when you’re speaking to a crowded room?

August 2018: Who wants to worry about a breakout when you’re speaking to a crowded room?

At the time, I was using a mask/cleanser by Clean & Clear. I’d tried Organics product line and a host of other products that I’d pray would be my saving grace. I attended a blogger event and won a skincare package from Urban Skin Solutions. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose by trying it. Hell, if it didn’t work, what was a couple more bumps on skin that looked like it had already gone to hell and back?

But God…

I used the Urban Skin Solutions Clear Skin Cleansing Bar like my life depended it on it for about 2 months before I visibly noticed changes. I have no patience so I popped all my active pimples (do people still call them that? I haven’t heard pimple since the 90s) which left scars. My dark marks started to clear up and I didn’t have any new breakouts. By 120 days, my skin was the clearest it had been in over a year!

In addition to the Urban Skin Solutions products, here are my other skin hero’s:

  • I apply Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Oil to my skin at night after cleansing

  • I drink 100oz of Trader Joe’s Alkaline Water + Electrolytes daily

Now look at me, out here living life with nothing but brows and tinted moisturizer.

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Am I the only one that experienced adult acne in their 30s?