Skincare is our jam. We comb through ingredients, we test, we love, we share. Lots of intuition thrown in. The ritual draws me in ... the pause, the play, the skin (& soul) food, the results
Last year, for the first time ever, I experienced perioral dermatitis. Have you heard of this?? All these tiny, rashy, itchy, pustule breakouts appeared on both sides of my chin, going up around the sides of my mouth up to my nostrils & even a few near my eyes. No fun guys, it was rough. I didn't feel or look like myself. I thought, "How can this be!?? My skincare rocks, my diet is mostly clean, my gut ." Then more fears crept in, "Why would anyone buy skincare from someone whose skin looks like THIS?!" The pressure was real . There were several times I was so frustrated that I was two seconds away from calling a dermatologist. But then my teacher would remind me, "Don't focus on the symptoms, it's a trap. Ask for clarification & then wait as long as it takes for your mind to receive it & you WILL KNOW what is going on." Not easy folks, but I did just that. I supported my symptoms, but my intent was to heal the root cause.
So I simplified my skincare (focusing on calming, cooling, anti-inflammatory) & dug deeply into the stress & mindsets that got me here. I was willing to look at what was coming forward (& represented on my face!) to let them go & forgive. As I did the work, I watched the rashy, pustules move around on my face & then gradually disappear. Then one day I just knew, "It's done. This is no longer needed." It took about six months to fully heal. Nothing has taught me more about my skin reflecting on the outside what's going on on the inside than this. ♀️My GO-TOS in times of skin stress are @dralkaitis , @siam_seas & @provinceapothecary's Spot Treatment. Targeting inflamed areas with CBD hemp oil is in my arsenal, as well