My teenage years came and went, leaving me miraculously unscathed in terms of acne. I was lucky enough never to have a problem with breakouts. Recently though, as an adult, it seems my luck has run out.
Around the same time every month, like clockwork, a few painful, underground breakouts crop up around my nose and chin. What's worse? They leave annoying red scars even after the pimple has cleared up. I don't understand, I'd think each morning when I noticed another red one appear as if out of nowhere.
I have a bathroom brimming with beauty products for every ailment I could possibly imagine. That is, besides acne. I've dealt with dry skin, anti-aging treatments, issues with fine lines, dark circles—the works. But never acne. So, I needed some help. I reached out to natural skincare founder (and former emergency physician) Sarah Villafranco, and she gave me a product that vanished my breakouts in less than 24 hours…
A few weeks ago I woke up with an especially harrowing underground blemish around my nose. It hurt to talk or move my face, it was that bad.
At Villafranco's suggestion, I started applying this blend of essential oils every few hours while I sat at my desk—each one meant to combat bacteria and diminishes blemishes, while also working to prevent over-drying as it heals the skin. It won't strip the skin of its oil or leave your skin flaky and crusted as it heals. Instead, the scent of evening primrose, lavender, lemon, parsley, thyme, cypress, and rosemary essential oils fills my nose to promote relaxation, as it zaps my pimples away.
By the end of the day, each blemish had stayed put, and the spot treatment had prevented them from surfacing at all. I was pleased but still curious to see if they'd actually disappear. I rolled on a generous amount before bed and drifted off to sleep. When I woke up, I was finally free. The pain had subsided, the cystic breakouts were gone, and I had just discovered a 100% natural, organic miracle-worker. I've been applying it to any redness and scars daily ever since, and I have yet to suffer from another breakout.
Next up: Why am I suddenly breaking out at 25?