My dear readers, I come today asking for advice. I struggle with a problem that’s been plaguing me since adolescence. I, for the life of me, seem unable to wash my face, moisturize, or regularly use makeup (not that I want to regularly use makeup–I’ve gotten used to not doing it, and it’s kind of nice not to feel like I have to).
The reason? I have extremely sensitive skin. In addition, I have seborrhea dermatitis (or maybe my sensitive skin is because of this? I don’t know), which flares up when I put products on my skin.
When I was a teen, I stubbornly wore makeup, despite my skin telling me not to. I would use a wet washcloth to get the makeup off. No soap, because the soap made my skin worse. Wearing the makeup or using the soap made it get all red, with flaky patches across my nose and cheekbones. So then, of course, I’d cover them with more makeup. That didn’t help, obviously. Then I finally got disgusted with it and stopped wearing makeup altogether. I mean, it seemed like the makeup made the flaky patches more visible, so why draw attention to it?
Then, the strangest thing happened. The patches went away.
Imagine that. No more crap on my face to irritate the skin, no more irritation. So I haven’t been washing my face with anything other than a washcloth or water or wearing makeup (except on rare special occasions) for many years. I do occasionally use witch hazel if I’ve been doing something extremely dirty and my pores feel all gucky, but I don’t dare do it often, because the moment I do it, I can feel my skin complaining and drying up.
The strange thing is, I can use lotions and such on the rest of my body. In fact, as I get older, my skin dries more easily and I find I use moisturizer more frequently. But I cannot use those same products on my face.
Water and a washcloth for my face seems to be okay, for the most part. But with all the stress I’ve been through in the last few years, my skin has gotten bad. It’s drier in some areas and oilier in others. I tend to get breakouts at the temples and on the chin when I’m stressed or Aunt Flo is visiting. I would like to take care of my skin. What can I use? What do I do?
When you make recommendations to me, keep three things in mind:
1) $30 seems like a frick-load of money to me, so if you recommend some $75 moisturizer or cleanser, I’m not buying it. First of all, it’s a major waste of money if it doesn’t work for me. And, it’s a major chunk of change even if it DOES work for me.
If it is a little bit more expensive, is it possible to get samples? Again, I don’t want to invest a ton of money in something that will likely never get used up. I know this is true. There was a time when I went through hundreds of products to no avail. It’s been over 20 years now, though, and there are new products with new formulations, so I’m hoping something works.
2) If it is a homemade remedy, how feasible is it to use on a semi-truck that doesn’t have access to a kitchen sink? Or a blender? Or a fridge? I have a cooler, though, so I can chill some ingredients, I just can’t have a whole produce section in there. Actually, even if it isn’t a homemade remedy, but is one of those “systems” that has like fifteen bottles or something, that won’t work well on a truck with major space limitations.
3) I am majorly sensitive to odors. Especially flowery ones. If the scent is flowery, I usually can’t use it. I literally had to quit a job I had in retail once, because no matter where I was in the store, the perfume counter spritzers ruined my day by spritzing every god-forsaken person who wandered by. Who then wandered by me. Ugh. I prefer unscented products. Although products that smell like food–vanilla, coconut, fruits, etc.-are usually okay. In fact, one of my favorite body butters smells rather like a vanilla waffle cone. Mmm. I want to take a bite out of myself every time I put that stuff on, lol.
So, now that I’ve given you my guidelines that make the quest even more difficult, how about it? Do you have any advice?