Friday, June 17, 2011

Battin' Two for Three

Hair, weight and skin are three things I've been wanting to improve over the past few years. I tackled my hair last summer and beat that monster, hands down. This spring, I embarked on the battle of the bulge. I initially made some headway, but fell off the wagon so hard around Memorial Day, I might need a step ladder to get back on. But, for the past 10 years, I've been plagued by skin issues-the dreaded adult acne!

In a decade's time, I've all but ruined my face. After walking out of the office of a dermatologist who wanted to prescribe Accutane, I've haphazardly sought and destroyed every possible OTC acne no avail. Quite a few years ago, I took a gamble on an eBay product and it worked. The downside is I didn't continue using it, mostly because my second go round was a failure-I literally burned my face.

Now, older and wiser, I'm going to try this product again. So, next week, courtesy of Skin Obsession, I will be using the Jessner Peel.
I'd contemplated going to day spa for this treatment, but the DIY version is only $29.99 versus $100 or more a pop for what probably will require four to six treatments. Granted I'll resemble a Stonefish for a few days, I don't mind as this will yield permanent, long-lasting results.

As part of my preparation, I also stumbled upon Milk of Magnesia as a potentially powerful weapon against acne. For just $4.49 a bottle (about $2 cheaper than the Philips's brand but with the EXACT ingredient and milligrams), I'll be dabbing a bit of this on my face to keep the oil at bay and detoxify my skin. 
If this sounds far-fetched, trust me, I thought so too while watching a YouTube video about Milk of Magnesia and acne, but check this out... think it holds some merit and is worth a shot at such a cheap price. It's not like any other OTC acne products have worked, so why not try this one too? After all, you can't beat the price!

And, for added measure, I created the most amazing facial cleanser and makeup remover with this!
Any coconut oil will do, but I have quite a bit of this around the house. Coconut oil contains capric and lauric acids, and Vitamin E. The acids are great for killing the bacteria that cause acne and Vitamin E oil is powerful at fading blemishes. And the smell...only one other scent in the world is better than coconut!

The oil is incredibly light and doesn't leave a thick, greasy film on the face. And it's the best makeup remover I've ever used! I've tried tons of facial cleansers over the years, but this is my absolute favorite. Simply put a little in the palm of your hand, massage into the skin, and wipe off with a baby wipe! For good measure, I apply the coconut oil twice but my second baby wipe is always spotless. Coconut oil removes all of my makeup (lipstick, foundation, concealer and mascara) in one fell swoop WHILE disinfecting AND moisturizing my face!


  1. Just a heads up!--Coconut has high pore-clogging capabilities.

  2. Yeah, I did check that out, but I've had no issues so far and the new moisturizer I'm using has a coconut oil base anyway. I just need half a dime-size amount and my face is moisturized w/o feeling or looking oily. And the coconut oil face wash I made is simply amazing. It removes my makeup AND mascara better than anything else I've ever tried...just one application does the trick!