My monitor broke a month ago which is why I’ve been gone.
I went back to using the Naturally Clear products (http://www.naturallyclear.com) and have been consistent in taking my supplements (I’m seeing a naturopathic doctor — an “N.D.”) and my skin has stayed pretty much clear. I was using the N.C. products in conjunction with a trial kit I got of Kiss My Face Obsessively Organic products for a couple of weeks and my face got really clear. (You can get the trial kit online for $10 at http://www.kissmyface.com .) I used KMF products several years ago and they did work well for me. KMF has changed their line though, changing the names (and possibly some of the ingredients) of old products and adding in new products.
I recently broke out in hives (itchy red bumps) in various locations on my body (not on my face though) so I’ve temporarily stopped using the KMF products and have gone back to using my Linda Chae’s Organic Essentials products (available at http://www.freelife.com ) along with the N.C. products. Although I used the KMF products on my face only (not my body), it is still possible that they could have absorbed through my skin into my bloodstream and caused an allergic reaction in my body. I am going to wait until the hives go away, and then re-introduce products back slowly. I also cut out all of the supplements that the N.D. sold me, and went back to the basic few I was using previously (probiotic, N.C. vitamins, flax seed oil and calcium powder) I also cut out a laundry booster powder that I started to use a few months ago in case that was the problem. It’s so hard to know though: they could be bug bites, or an allergy to pollen in the air, something I ate, or just from nerves also. I’ve been under a lot of emotional stress recently. I officially broke up with my old boyfriend, who moved up to San Francisco over a year ago, and have been seeing a man I met in late December.
I was using these KMF Obsessively Organic products:
- START UP EXFOLIATING FACE WASH
SO REFINED JOJOBA & MINT SCRUB
PORE SHRINK DEEP CLEANSING MASK
BREAK OUT ACNE GEL
C THE CHANGE ESTER C SERUM
EYE WITNESS EYE CREME
CELL MATE SPF15 FACIAL CREME
UNDER AGE ULTRA MOISTURIZER (at night)
I also purchased the BALANCING ACT FACIAL TONER because it wasn’t included in the trial kit, but only used that for a couple of days before the hives popped up. I was a little hesitant about the toner because it contains “algae extract”, (a “5” on the www.zerozits.com comedogenicity list) but it is a ways down on the ingredients list. KMF states in their literature that all of their Obsessively Organic line of products are non-comedogenic, but I would be hesitant to use their CLEAN FOR A DAY CREAMY FACE CLEANSER for dry skin because it contains coconut oil for one thing. My skin has been feeling a little dry though. I was using the N.C. spray after the toner and was using the KMF acne gel as a spot treatment only. They recommend using it all over the face, but I find it too strong to use it like that. It makes my face red. I was using the KMF scrub once a day and the mask 2-3 times a week. I was also using the mask on in-between days on just the pimples, as a spot treatment. I’ve gone back to using my La Bella Donna loose mineral powder make-up ( http://www.labelladonna.com ). It’s the only make-up I’ve ever used that doesn’t seem to cause me a probem, including other mineral powder make-ups I’ve tried (like Jane Iredale’s pressed powder, which I think broke me out). I also still use Aubrey Organics rose silk powder as a blush and use their other powders for contouring and highlighting. They don’t cause me any problems either. ( http://www.aubreyorganics.com )
I feel confident about recommending using the Naturally Clear products in conjunction with either the Linda Chae’s Organic Essentials products (don’t use her Rich Moisture Cream or Lifting Cream on acne-prone areas though — they are too rich), or with the Kiss My Face Organically Obsessive line of products. I like Chae’s Clarifying Cleanser, Sheer Moisture Lotion and Perfecting Serum in particular. The Perfecting Serum is supposed to help even out pigmentation problems. As to the various scrubs (N.C., Chae or KMF), I find the N.C. scrub to be a bit harsh and the Chae scrub to be a bit scratchy (they both contain ground walnut shell particles). I like the KMF scrub because it only contains jojoba beads for scrubbiness, so it is gentler. I didn’t get a chance to test out the KMF + the NC products for very long though, but my skin sure did clear up beautifully after using them both together for a week or so. You could use just the NC products (the spray & vitamins are most important — they also have a spot treatment stick and a scrub) along with a sunscreen (or just be careful not to get over-exposed to sun), but I feel I need more than that that. I’m 52 and am dealing with aging skin also.