How many of you are familiar with the term ‘overexposure’ or know what it means?
Many people experience overexposure without ever knowing it because it hides behind the term 'contact dermatitis': this IS overexposure.
When I finally braved the outdoors and saw a skin specialist he told me I had perioral dermatitis (a dermatitis that affects the area around the mouth and nose), gave me topical cream and tablets to take. Telling me I’d only ever get it once in my life and it would never come back. For quite some time I was fine. Then years later it started again. This time I knew the signs and went straight to a doctor who gave me different pills to take – which made me blow up like a balloon and gain 3 dress sizes in three months. I stopped taking the pills. The rash while never getting as bad as the first time did not completely go away. I would have these ‘break outs’ then they would subside and then come back again. Another couple of years later the rash came back in full force! The sores merged together to make one horrible mass of cracked weeping skin. This time nothing the doctors gave me worked, plus I was pregnant at this stage and there was little they could safely prescribe to me.
[this photo was taken of me after I gave birth and I was depressed because this is how I looked in my photos]
After having my baby I went to see another highly skilled (scoff scoff), highly reputable skin specialist and plastic surgeon. This guy told me it was acne and I “need to leave my face alone” (suggesting the pimple type things has scabbed and become sores because I had been picking at my pimples). I tried to explain how they first appear as small itchy blisters (much like a small insect bite) that popped and weeped and scabbed all by themselves. However, this specialist insisted I had acne. I’ve had oily skin all my life and I knew a thing or 10 about pimples! These were NOT pimples! In fact pimple treatments made the rash flare up ten times worse! The skin specialist prescribed a rather expensive acne treatment brand of skin care specifically sold via his clinic and when I read the ingredients list on the back I said “no thanks”. The lotions and potions were filled to the brim with chemicals.
By this stage I knew about chemicals in skin care and was becoming aware that the rash breakout was coinciding with the use of my favourite moisturiser and foundation, when I stopped using these products the rash subsided and when I used them again the rash started to flare up. I switched to a natural moisturiser and after some time it dawned on me that using mainstream makeup while using natural skin care was defeating the purpose, so I switched to natural mineral makeup as well.
Thankfully I was blessed with a double ACE. Once I switched to natural skin care, as apposed to the petroleum based chemical filled skin care on offer, my pores became less clogged, my skin became healthier, clearer, glowing, and I no longer have the problems associated with overexposure. I can recall those miserable times when I didn’t want to be seen in public because of the sores on my face and how hideous I felt! Those days are now a distant memory. My skin is a far cry from how it used to be."
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Switching to healthier skin care options is a much better choice for you and your family. Trust me... Your skin will Thank You.