It’s been a long road to this post. Check out all my previous ramblings and horrifying photos of what my face used to look like. I tried everything. Every over the counter wash. Antibiotics. Steroid shots to the face. (Lots of those.) Benzoil peroxide. Salicylic acid cleansers. Retin-A. Microderms. And finally, the big gun – Accutane.
Even though it clearly halted my downhill tumble, Accutane and I didn’t exactly get along.
And then I had that crazy ear thing.
So, basically, I gave up on my face and dealt with everything else.
We knew that stress was a big factor in my acne. And of course, I still have stress – but, as I have said many times, 2010 was a doosey. 2011 hasn’t been a walk in the park – but when you spend a good deal of time on narcotics recovering from surgery – I guess the stress dissipates, right?
So, here I am now.
Much better, right?
I still have some scars and my skin was never that flawless porcelain some people just have naturally – so trust me – I’m happy.
I can’t thank my dermatologist here in Denver enough. Or all her staff, who I now know by name.
I got hooked up with another company here in Denver a few months ago that has also been a miracle. Osmotics has a copper line that is technically for anti-aging – but it is amazing for acne issues too.
A while back, I went to their headquarters downtown and met with their founder, Francine – who is cute as a button, and coincidentally turned out to be personal friends with my dermatologist Adrienne. [I stopped being astounded at the small-world nature of Denver a loooooong time ago.]
We talked for a long time about my skin but one thing she said stuck out. She described skin as brick and mortar just like the wall of her offices in the older LoDo area. That there needs to be balance between both for the skin to do its job, and when there are gaps – that is when toxins get in.
Francine gave me several samples of their Copper products, and I am sold. Particularly the cleansing gel, which I use as a makeup remover plus general cleanser – and the serum which I use at night. I know some of the products seem a bit pricey, but they last. I have yet to run out of the serum, and only been through 2 bottles of the cleanser. In months.
And my face has stayed clear and feels soft like a baby’s butt.
I am not kidding about this.
As much as we are taught not to EVER let people touch our face when we have acne problems – I now encourage people to.
TOUCH. MY. FACE.
Yes. I’m happy.
Blogger Disclaimer: I think it’s pretty clear, but Osmotics provided me samples and a consultation. All words and thoughts are mine. My dermatologist has done nothing but be awesome.