After I got all your wonderful ideas, I made a list and put them in order based on price. Just before I made the trip to Walmart to try the first on my list, I got an email from a fellow Army Wife and friend about her method. Here is what she said:
"Hey, I have a magic acne clearer-upper I got it BAD ... like SO BAD after having my baby, that I had to get stuff injected into them to kill them. They were cystic acne, so so painful. Nothing worked. Finally, a dear friend (who's like an EXTREME naturalist) told me about oil cleansing. I was like WHAT?! Put MORE oil on my face?! But it cleared up almost immediately, and I haven't broken out in almost 4 years. Even cleared up my blackheads. I SWEAR by it. I could be a walking infomercial. Also, it's cheap. Like make from your kitchen cheap. If you have any ??? feel free to hit me up. Everyone does it differently, based on their skin type. But I PROMISE it works."
I Googled this mysterious method that worked so well for my friend. This is the link I found: Click Here!
Now there were a few things going through my mind:
1. In all truth, I am not a big fan of naturalist ideas. Mainly, because once I seriously almost died by using "natural methods" and ended up in the hospital hooked up to IVs.
2. I HATE spending a fortune on facial care, so I was a little happy that this was something I already had the stuff for... although, I can't remember for the life of me why I had caster oil in my cupboard.... So this went to the top of my list of things to try, and it was basically free because I had the stuff, and I was already broken out pretty bad... what could it hurt to give it a try? Right?
3. Putting oil on my face, however, goes against EVERYTHING I was EVER taught at skin care parties and by my mom. Aren't we always trying to get rid of the oil? Isn't oil a BAD thing?
But I read through the website, and I like I said up in #2 it couldn't hurt to try. If it made it worse, I could just go get the next product on my list.
I wish I would have taken a picture of my acne face. I was so horrified by it that I didn't... now I regret that decision. But I did find an old pic of me with a more minor breakout that I could share with you to get a little idea:
Never mind, try as I might, I could not find a picture to my bad acne justice! (I feel weird saying that...)
Anyhow, I went to my kitchen cupboard and pulled out the olive oil (I didn't have sunflower, but I got some later and I didn't like it as much as the olive) and the caster oil and mixed me up a little bottle. I did everything the site said, and I couldn't believe how easily it not only took off my makeup but cleansed my face! It felt so good after... I even did it to Ben and rubbed some on his back (all the training with a ruck sack gives him some "bacne"). Then I we went to bed.
Next day my face was, no kidding, about 50% cleared up! Like magic!! Ben's bacne was fading too!
Day 3 it was almost gone, but on Day four I got a couple small zits on my face. I read that I may get a few as the oil started to really pull the gunk out. But the zits were so tiny that they were gone by day 5.
Today, day 9, I woke up, showered and put my makeup on. I seriously could not believe how smooth my skin looked!!! I could still see some of the old scars on my chin, but they were fading, and I was pleased to see that my wrinkles have even softened. I took this picture this morning, I look a little dorky, but I wanted to have my hair pulled away from my face so you could see the whole face. I didn't smile big, so you could see my softened wrinkle lines (although I look WAY cuter when I do smile):
No photoshop -- you can tell because when I do do touch ups I soften the bags under my eyes. (Note: I am wearing some makeup, but not liquid foundation. I am just using the mineral powder from Avon)
One of my friends was shocked when she saw me and my clear face. She is like a professional skin care person and spends hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year on skin care stuff. She still gets zits -- like big ones. Honestly, she could not believe how fast I cleared up and asked me what I ended up doing... I think she was a little irritated that I hadn't called her and ordered her stuff. When I told her what I did, she was HORRIFIED! Like eyes bugging out horrified! It was totally against her facial religion and defied all she had ever been told. If I hadn't been proof standing right in front of her, she might never have believed me (although, I am pretty sure she still doesn't). She kept arguing the point, until finally I just pointed out that my skin was smooth and perfect (and then said in my head, AND I have less zits than you do! SLAM! -- but I am way to nice to say it out loud... but the implication was there.)
But you have it. It worked for me. My face looks younger, feels smoother, and best yet I only have to wash it with the oil once a day! And once I am totally cleared up, I only have to do it a few times a week. Now, that is my idea of good skincare!
PS - Now, my sister is doing this too. Amy has always struggled with acne since she was a teen -- much worse than I have. She is also having great results, but she's only been doing it for a few days, I can't wait to hear what she had to say in another week!
UPDATE!!!! It has almost a year since I started using this! Here is my update on how it is going: click here!