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It took me a while to get on board with all this green and clean beauty stuff. I was set firmly in the camp of “My skin looks goooood, so who cares what I’m putting on it.” Being a single gal in my 20s, having skin that would get the attention of a construction worker as I walked down the street was a top priority, so I ended up going hard-core and got myself on a subscription of products containing benzoyl peroxide, which would eradicate any acne that decided it wanted to show up on my face. Like killing a housefly by setting a fire.
And it was amazing. I looked terrific. No more acne. I could put on my tube top, flare jeans and plastic hoop earrings (you can guess which decade I was in my 20s), and know I’d given myself the best chance to meet some guys because my skin was acne free.
This lasted for a while; for years I used the same regimen with great results. I used it twice a day, every day and never traveled without it. Little did I know this would only be the start of the addiction to these products.
So what changed? If my skin looked so great, why fix what ain’t broken?
I don’t really remember how long I used these products…more than 5 years, probably closer to 10, and suddenly something unexpected started happening. They weren’t working anymore! I started waking up with large painful zits on my forehead. So I’d use more product. But that still wasn’t working. I was freaking out! This was supposed to be the system that would keep me acne free til the day I die!
After a few weeks of this, I decided I would make a switch. If these weren’t working, there must be something else out there that would. So I got a new system, and my skin got worse! Noooo! So like a skincare junkie, I went back to the original system, which worked for a few weeks, and then stopped working AGAIN. I tried another different system of products; it didn’t work. So I went back.
I did this 3 times before I really started learning what was happening to my face.
I learned that this system, and many others like it, came at a large price. The chemical that kept the acne away, benzoyl peroxide, was strong and harsh. And to keep working like it should, the concentration of the ingredient kept getting higher and higher. Whenever they would come out with a “new and improved” formula, I thought, Awesome! My skin is going to be even better. But what was really going on was that acne wouldn’t react to the existing formula anymore, so they had to keep increasing the amount, adding to skin addiction. The fact that that my towels and pillowcases were being bleached from the product should have been my first indicator that this is probably not something I should be using on my skin, but it wasn’t until later that I realized the bleaching was from the regimen.
The Big Purge
I knew I had to get off this teeter-totter of good skin, bad skin. And I was prepared for it to be unpleasant. I finally stopped and the results were catastrophic (in the mind of a 20-something). My skin was purging as it went through this massive withdrawal. It was worse than it had ever been. Big zits, small pimples, redness, bumpiness. I was miserable.
I would avoid most social interactions, (luckily by this time, my great skin had landed me a new boyfriend), and I would cover my face with tons of makeup. I remember once I had washed my face and put on PJs for a night in, when the boyfriend called and wanted to come over. I couldn’t let him see me like this, so I put on a full face of foundation and concealer (no mascara because I was trying to pretend like this was my natural face), kept the lights low and later we went to sleep me, still with my face covered in makeup.
Through all the embarrassment, I knew that I had to keep at it and power through the worst of it to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I tried anything I could do to calm my skin. I listened to teenagers on YouTube; I used anything I could find at department stores and drugstores, checking only that they didn’t contain benzoyl peroxide. Still nothing worked. And after more research and more YouTube teens, I realized that I was still putting other (different), harsh, nasty chemicals all over my face.
What Finally Worked
So back to the drawing board. I needed safe solution, free of benzoyl peroxide AND other harsh chemicals, and in my research I came across plant-based products. Plants have anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants and a lot of power to clear up skin without the skin becoming addicted to it. My research led me to EVER Skin, a system of products that are made from the magnolia plant, which is 1000x more potent than vitamin E. The system starts with plants and adds science to make the products actually work for acne, dryness, redness, wrinkles, dullness and dehydration. It was the only thing to calm my skin and with continued use it has cleared it up for good, ending the benzoyl peroxide nightmare. I love this system and trust me, I’ve tried LOTS. For anyone else going through the same horrors, I urge you to check it out. To learn more about EVER’s clean, plant-based regimen and how it works, click the button below which will take you to my company replicated website.
I am now a firm believer that plant-based products are not only better for your health, they actually work better, and the results last longer when you find the right products. We don’t need all those chemicals to have great skin, and when you do use them, you risk going through what I did when they stop working. Plant based products and those without dangerous synthetic chemicals are far more sustainable than those with harsh chemicals. With the plant-based system I’m on now, I’ll never have to worry about my products not working, and that means I’ll turn construction workers’ heads for many years to come….well maybe not 🙂