25 Jan

Disclaimer: if you are squeamish regarding things of a female matter, you might want to skip the first couple of paragraphs.

I thought I wasn’t vain until about 6 months ago.

Back in 2010, I had surgery to remove two fibroid tumors. All has been well since, but I continued to take the birth control that was keeping everything regulated. Last year, in an effort to not consume anything synthetic, I decided to get off the birth control. Just keeping it real, I don’t need it anyway for the obvious reason one might take it.

After stopping cold turkey, I didn’t know what to expect. Cramps or random cycles, I wasn’t sure. To my utter horror, I end up with the worst case of acne I’ve ever experienced in my entire life. I’m talking I didn’t want to leave the house. As a teen, I was fortunate to have only the occasional pimple. But THIS, this was unacceptable! This Seinfield clip best depicts my reaction one morning while looking in the mirror.

I market for a skincare company, so I have a huge arsenal of cleansers, toners, creams, and exfoliants to help others with their skin ailments, but I wanted an emergency kit to basically scrape my face off and start all over. After calming down and realizing my situation was going to take patience and products, I went through my tool kit and figured out what would work for me. Now my face is almost 100% back to normal.

For anyone else who may be going through adult acne or a random breakout from a reaction to something, maybe this will help you, too.

  1. Cleanse, tone and moisturize. The healthy skin trinity. A misconception is that if you have oily skin you shouldn’t use a moisturizer. Actually, the correct moisturizer for your skin will keep moisture levels in check throughout the day.
  2. Drink lots of water. Duh. No really, a hydrated body works from the inside out keeping your skin supple and balances moisture.
  3. Exfoliate. Removes the top layer of dead skin cells. Find a gentle one that you can use weekly to treat yourself.

In addition to prescribing to the list above, I had to go the extra mile to get rid of some dark spots left over and get the clear face I had become accustomed to over the years. It took longer than I wanted, but then again I wanted my face clear immediately after looking in the mirror and finding someone that resembled a 13 year old. This was about a 3-4 month process, but part of it included getting my hormones back in check.

Anyone else trying to win the battle of adult acne?


Artistry’s Illuminating Essence. Lightens up dark spots and gives that baby’s butt smoothness.


Artistry’s Cream Luxury. Words cannot do justice for this moisturizer.


4 Responses to “Clear”

  1. Ruthie January 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    I’ve been being TOTALLY hippie and doing Oil Cleansing….;-)

    • Karri January 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      I tried going a simpler route and my face was an oil slick. I am back down to 3 products, but I had to pull out all the stops when the Breakout of 2012 happened.

  2. Shermika January 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    I’ve been fortunate to never have to deal with acne. I am glad these products helped you out Karri! Thanks for sharing your story as well. And you know I LOVE a shameless plug 😉

    • Karri January 28, 2013 at 5:09 am #

      Ha! I promise I wasn’t trying to shamelessly plus myself. But if anyone is going through the same struggle I am available to help 😉

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