Well, here it is. Another white trash moment brought to you by none other than the greatest white trash girl in the world...Jessica.
So as I've been saying, my face is breaking out like I'm freakin 14. Actually, NOT like I'm 14. I never WENT through a bad breakout in my life, EVER. I get the occasional zit here, zit there, but not like this. AND, I have NEVER in my whole entire life (up until now) had a single zit on my back...Ooohh, just saying that makes me cringe. yuck.
Well, ever since this little BABY snuck into my womb, I've been experiencing puberty for the first time ever. My face is uncontrollable, there's a new zit to greet me every morning as I drag my tired face to the mirror. And my back, oh mother...I don't even want to share with you but I feel like I need to so you'll understand. It's horrible. It's worse than my face. It's all over my top back and shoulders and then even leaks into the front on my chest. I'm completely HUMILIATED at the whole thing. I feel like a hideous beast and I want to run and hide in a cave until I feel normal again. I used to look at other people who had bad acne and cringe, but now when I see them, all I feel is extreme sympathy. I wanna run to them and hug them and say, "I know what you're going through, it's SO hard!" I keep thinking that Heavenly Father is teaching me humility and believe me, it's working.
So in order to continue looking human, I started ProActive. I got a sample pack for Christmas from my mom (I know, great present huh..."Here, you look hideous! Try this!") and I began using it religiously just like the instructions said. After about 2-3 days, I start smelling this weird rusted smell following me everywhere I go. I soon realize that it's the stinkin cleanser. I go online to see what others have said about it and find that the majority of people complain about the smell! Yuck, it's disgusting. I'm sure to have it only be on your face wouldn't be so bad, but remember, I'm lathering this junk all over my torso to prevent looking like I have leprosy so I'm seriously a walking stink bomb. Not to mention it's completely drying my skin out. I'm flaking away by the layer using this stuff. I have extremely, no wait....I mean EXTREMELY sensitive skin normally so the longer I use this, the less of me will be left if I continue flaking at this rate. So I quit. I'm done. I go back to using my simple face cleanser for a week or so.
Things still aren't going great and the flakes are gone (the smell is almost gone) but the zits are returning full force so I start to search out other methods. I find this other product called Murad online. I read the reviews and they sound pretty good. I'm willing to try it out to avoid a disastrous, out of control zit face. The product comes in and I read the directions. Sounds easy enough. I don't like the bottles though, they have the word "ACNE" pasted all over them. You'd think that the marketing team would think to put better words on these types of things. Maybe "Clean" "Clear" "Fresh" "New". Trust me, as a newly joined member of the "acne" club, I can honestly say that acne prone clients don't want to read the word "ACNE" on the products they are hopeful will work. I hate the word acne, it's so gross. It makes me think of puss and yuck. SO anyway, I apply the cleanser on and it BURNS LIKE A MOTHER!!! That should have been a red flag for me. Instead, I'm thinking....."oooh, it's working!" Next comes the toning gel. Another round of fire applied to my poor skin. Gosh DANG it hurts. Lastly, the lotion. It feels okay, I think I can do this. I repeat this same process morning and night for two days straight. The second day I cut out the the toning gel because it just hurts too much. I awake the morning of the 3rd day to something I never would have imagined. My face is so swollen I'm almost unrecognizable. I freak out. This was yesterday and I'm thinking, "I have a party tomorrow, what the crap?" My face is so red I look like I laid in the tanning bed for 3 hours. My eyes were almost swollen shut. Have you ever seen children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? Do a Google image search, I resembled that. The area around my eyes and nose was so puffy my nose looked flat, there was no bridge. It made my eyes look slanted and close together. Kora crawled into bed with me and gave me this weird look, "you look funny mom, what's wrong?" AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I get ice packs and start layering them on my face, or what's left of it. When I try to splash some water on it, it just burns and my skin feels like sandpaper. It's literally turning into rough elephant skin or something. I had tons to do yesterday and couldn't put it off so I threw on some eye makeup and that was it. I looked like a clown who got a little carried away with the blush. It reminded me of having a terrible beyond normal sunburn. Even my lips were ash grey and swollen. I called the company telling them I wanted a full refund which they agreed to. She said I should seek professional help because it sounds like I had an allergic reaction to the stuff. Hmm....ya think? By the end of the day the swelling goes down a lot, but is still very red and hot to the touch. I go to bed thinking it'll be better tomorrow.
Not exactly. When I woke up this morning it's the same thing all over again. I haven't even used the stuff for over 24 hours and it's STILL burning and hot. My face is still swollen, but my eyes are taking the brunt of it today. The lids are puffy and my dark circles have puffed up like balloons under my eyes. The redness it fading, which is good, but I still need to look decent for the party in 2 hours. Austin gave me a blessing this morning so I'm hoping this will come to an end. If you want a review about the product, I'll say it works. I haven't had a NEW zit since using it, BUT the consequences are a LITTLE extreme to say the least. Don't comment to me asking why I didn't take a picture, are you kidding? I feel embarrassed enough as it is going out into public and interacting with people I DON'T know. I'm not volunteering to show my friends...my goodness.
The plan is this: wait until the swelling and redness go away and I'm back to...well, as normal as I CAN be while I'm pregnant. I'm not trying any other products that were created to fight...ugh, here it is again, that word...ACNE. They are ALL much to harsh for my sensitive skin. I'm open to using a good basic cleanser that was created for SENSITIVE skin if you have suggestions. Before all this crap started, I was using either a bar of soap or my Mary Kay Velocity cleanser which I never had a problem with.
SO that's the story. I swear these things only happen to me. Remember the boil stage of my life and the one I had in my eyebrow? Good gosh, I should be thankful I'm not going through THAT again.