I know what you’re thinking: GROSS, Lauren! But just hear me out…
A month ago, I opened up about my struggles with cystic acne. A couple weeks ago, I had a breakout so bad that I almost didn’t go to my friend’s Arbonne party because I was not ready to be seen without makeup. I avoided talking to someone I hadn’t seen in close to a year last week because I didn’t want them to be like “omg what happened to you?”
So, again, I decided enough was enough. I reached out to members of a group I belong to on Facebook, Cakeface Anonymous, for advice. Girls have each others’ backs when it comes to skin concerns, so a total army of beauties (none of which I know personally) were giving me suggestions. Multiple times, the quality of my water got brought up.
Water. The stuff that turned my hair into straw after moving into my apartment in 2015, causing me to get a Culligan shower head filter to filter sulfur odor, chlorine, and scale from my water (my hair’s good now, thanks!). Water. The stuff in which I was washing my face and wondering why nothing was getting any better. It all made sense.
A few years ago, or maybe it was just last year, I read a ton of articles about women who began cleansing their face with only micellar water. Seriously, just Google “wash face with micellar water” and you’ll see for yourself. If you’re unfamiliar with micellar water, first of all, shame on you, but it is a liquid made up of oil spheres (called micelles) suspended in SOFT WATER. I had actually cleansed my face using just micellar water in the past, but I can’t remember if it was last summer when my skin was #flawless, or before that, nor can I remember why I stopped.
Yeah, I know that WATER might seem like an unlikely player in this dumb acne game. But let me show you makeup-free proof. Also- I PROMISE this is the same side of my face lol. The one on the left was taken on Snapchat and the one on the right was taken with my phone’s camera.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much better I feel in my skin. Below is a picture I took yesterday (it was SUPPOSED to be a nice picture but Daisy was clearly not having it) and I have only BB cream, just one concealer, and powder on my skin. That’s it. No heavy foundation. No green color-corrector. No multiple concealers. If you’re interested in seeing my new skincare routine, scroll down.
If you’re still struggling, your solution might be as simple as checking your water. Just try it.
My choice of micellar water is Burt’s Bees Micellar Water. I soak a few cotton rounds in it and remove all traces of makeup. I chose this micellar water over any others I could have bought because it is free of parabens, fragrances, phthalates, or petroleum by-products. No added crap.