First I would like to say thank-you so much to all of you who left encouraging words yesterday regarding my mini CrossFit meltdown. Like I said, I know that this transformation will take time and I'm trying not to be too hard on myself as I work through this new routine. Your words really pumped me up yesterday! I'm looking forward to the WOD tonight!
Now...many of you have asked for an update regarding the Oil Cleansing Method post I did a few weeks ago. So here's the scoop.
I'm still using the essentials oils as a cleanser each night. And I do love it. I can tell a drastic difference in the tone and texture of my skin. The blackheads and pores on my nose have cleared up significantly. I love the fact that I am using an all natural, paraben free form of cleansing. The five to seven minute ritual relaxes me and prepares my mind for rest each evening.
The bad news.... I had to start using my acne medication again. I went a solid four weeks without using Differin Gel hoping that the breakouts around my mouth would eventually clear up on their own - and they didn't.
With much chagrin I began using my Differin Gel medication again last week; however, I only apply it to the area around my mouth & T-zone as these are my problem areas.
I don't believe using the OCM is what has caused me to breakout. I have always suffered from horrific acne and breakouts. I really hate having to use Differin Gel as it is a product filled with parabens and other chemicals, but I can no longer walk around with my face looking like I'm fourteen again!
I would still suggest the OCM to anyone who is looking for an all natural cleansing method - especially if you do not have problem skin to begin with. If are one of the lucky ones blessed with difficult skin, I would try the OCM solo for a few weeks and see what results you get. If your breakouts clear up - great! If not, go to a hybrid method like I have an only use your acne medications in the necessary areas.
I've switched to a paraben free cleanser, paraben free moisturizer & paraben free foundation. If I have to use a tiny bit of paraben filled products each night to help control my breakouts - then so be it! I figure - something is better than nothing.
If you have any specific questions about what essential oils you should try or where you should purchase them, feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email!