Skin Update

Posted on January 9, 2009 by Allie

The grapeseed oil was working wonders, and except for that huge pimple I got on my forehead, the rest of my skin looked great. Until I got a big huge pimple on the side of my chin, and then one right on my chin that was huge and hurt really badly and made my chin swell up, and then I started feeling like a monster and didn’t want to leave the house, because I have an overly-self-conscious streak.  It worked really well on my non-problem skin areas, but the places on my face that tend to break out were getting angry with me.  I think my problems came from several issues.

  1. I got lazy about using the oil every time I washed my face.  It seems to work best when I start with a dry face, since oil and water don’t mix, but there were way to many times that I got in the shower and then thought, “Oh crap, I forgot the oil,” so I’d wash my face with body wash instead.  I had better results with the oil when I was consistant.  When I wasn’t, I seemed to get an increase in clogged pores and big angry pimples.
  2. I probably need a different treatment for my problem areas.  I know Julie’s book has several fantastic options, but I lent it to a friend right before my face started erupting and she’s still working her way through it.
  3. I have been ridiculously stressed out.  The holidays, Argo’s latest cancer scare (it was benign), some work stuff that had be a little bit down, and some other weird personal stuff, were all festering, and everyone knows stress is bad for skin.
  4. I am horrible about drinking water.  Some days, I do an excellent camel impersonation.
  5. Holiday food.  Too much sugar, too much fat, too much caffeine, and too many foods I wouldn’t normally eat, all add up to angry skin.

So, yesterday as an act of desperation, I went to Sephora while I was waiting to clear up my phone situation, and chatted up a consultant in the Natural Skin Care section.  She recommended Boscia’s Clear Complextion Cleanser with Botanical Blast.  A provisional report on Skin Deep lists it as a 1, (0 being the least toxic and 10 being the most).  Is it as safe or eco-friendly as just using oil?  No. But I really need to get my skin back to normal, and until I get my book back, I think this is a good option.

I’m still using the oil to remove my eye makeup, but I needed something with a little more oomph to handle my problem areas right now.  So far, the cleanser has already improved the situation greatly after only two uses.  But since my skin seems to love new treatments initially and then freak out on me later, I think I’m going to start testing skin care products for a month or more before I declare victory.  If I like this cleanser, I’ll let you know sometime in mid-to-late February.  If I don’t, I won’t say anything, as per my review policy.

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  1. Yeah, I gave up the grapeseed oil on my face after a couple days and a couple zits. I went back to using Proactiv, which is the only thing that has consistently worked for me. I’m not sure how eco-friendly it is, but I’ll stick with if for now. I am still using grapeseed oil as a body moisturizer, though, and it works great. I put it on in the shower, rinse off the excess, and my skin is definitely less dry and itchy. I had been using an in-shower body lotion, but it was pretty expensive.

    January 9th, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    Comment by Jess
  2. I have been using extra virgin olive oil with a drop of tea tree oil as my first cleanse. Then I use some soap. I think the soap is irritating my skin though and giving me a rash. So I need to find a second cleansing option that’s much less aggressive. So I quite doing double cleanse with oil until I can find something that my skin likes. I’d like to get some sweet almond oil for my oil cleanse. I also noticed my skin getting more angry when I started washing twice a day (I’ve only ever washed once a day and sometimes when I don’t wear make-up I don’t even do that). So I think perhaps my skin is too sensitive for 2 daily washings. It’s always a problem to try new products, I wonder how long you have to use something before you know for sure it’s working and your skin is settling into it.

    January 9th, 2009 at 5:22 pm
    Comment by Susy
  3. I did a provisional report on the Proactive Cleanser (I used to use it too) on Skin Deep and it came up as a 6. I try to stay below 3 for my products, so if the Boscia cleanser works out, I’ll be quite pleased.

    I really wish the way the oil worked on my cheeks was the way it worked on the rest of my face. Sigh. I love the idea of using it as a body moisturizer.

    January 9th, 2009 at 5:23 pm
    Comment by Allie
  4. I’ve been using grapeseed oil (combined with Lazlo) since you suggested it. My home-brewed chamomile toner reveals that it does not, by far, remove all traces of cosmetics (and therefore grime) but – for me – does seem to heal/dry out eruptions.

    Allie, thanks for the link to ‘review policy’. I really appreciate knowing that for ‘friendly’ products you will provide a positive – or no – review is straightforward and helpful.

    Hug Argo for me.

    January 10th, 2009 at 8:18 pm
    Comment by mare
  5. The best face oil I’ve found is coconut oil. I moisten my face with a bit of rose water and then massage just enough pure coconut oil in to take care of dryness but not get all greasy. I’m usually prone to breakouts and but the coconut oil doesn’t aggravate my skin.

    January 12th, 2009 at 12:36 pm
    Comment by Kara
  6. Dr. Bronner’s is a gentle cleanser, and witch hazel is a great toner that doesn’t dry my skin at all.

    January 12th, 2009 at 9:13 pm
    Comment by Kim
  7. i’ve been using a mixture of grapeseed oil and jojoba oil (half and half) on my face every night after i clean it (i use noxema) — and my face seems smoother and healthier… i don’t tend to break out too much and the noxema takes care of me when i do — but the oil is all organic and just a little bit goes a long way. i wash it off again in the morning (noxema again, love the stuff!)…

    January 16th, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    Comment by Diana
  8. Before I read your blog I had never heard of grapeseed oil as an end-all for the skin, especially acne skin! I have to say I’m a bit skeptical. It is, after all, an oil…and oil on oily skin is a bit risky. That being said, grapeseed oil is one of the lighter fats – in fact it can be a little astringent, so it is not the worst of the worst for oily or problem skin. Avoid coconut oil like the plague though – it clogs pores and leads to blackheads and breakouts. Will read more about the grapeseed oil…interesting.

    March 5th, 2009 at 5:11 am
    Comment by Deanna Vazquez

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