Wednesday, January 25, 2012

jipped

You know the gorgeous glow pregnant women supposedly get? Men who have been interviewed have said cosmetic companies would make millions if they could capture it in make-up form. Naturally, I'm like one giant, bronzed goddess. Except not at all. And I feel jipped.

My "pregnancy glow" has manifested itself as ridiculous, uncontrollable break-outs. Traditionally, I've been a "greasy T" kind of girl. When I would get breakouts, they were usually localized to my chin or forehead. I haven't really had issues with acne--just the occasional (moderate) stress-induced breakout. Baby Flip changed all of that.

My chin and forehead are covered. Baby Flip isn't satisfied with that, though. Baby Flip also elected to make my cheeks break out terribly. Because getting fat isn't a big enough self-confidence killer. Since about 6 1/2 weeks I've been fighting the deep pimples that hurt. Nothing I've tried works. Until now... kind of.

I was whining to a girlfriend at school about it and she suggested I mix equal parts baking soda and honey and add just enough water to make a paste. I was skeptical at first, but after using it for about a week it's worked better than any other remedy I've tried. The baking soda acts as a gentle exfoliant and the honey is naturally anti-microbial. It smells gross and it leaves a weird film feeling on my skin, but I'll take it if it provides even minimal relief. Plus, once I moisturize with my Say Yes to Cucumbers moisturizer, the film and scent are gone.

I made a big batch of the wash and I stored it in one of Jon's empty hair gel containers.


On the up side, my morning sickness and food aversions appear to be (knock on wood) easing up a bit. I've been able to eat at least one real meal a day for the past 3-5 days or so. And I'm finally starting to crave things (alfredo with bow tie pasta for dinner tonight, sour kraut thanks to my mother-in-law last night, etc). Maybe acne relief will walk hand-in-hand with the morning sickness relief. In the meantime, I'll resort to my honey face wash. I recommend it to anyone who's tried traditional products for break-outs that didn't do anything for them.

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