My Musings


Let’s Talk About Skin, Baby!

I honestly thought that by the time I reached this stage of life I would finally have the same beautiful, perfect complexion that so many other women have once they’ve reached adulthood.

Nope, not me.

The research I’ve done about the effects hormone fluctuations in perimenopause cause for skin problems is not definitive. Some sources say it doesn’t cause it, but they can certainly aggravate any you already have. Others say perimenopause can cause new skin issues.

I have had rosacea for many years, and I left it untreated. A few years ago, I tried metro gel, but it didn’t work, so I just let it go. Two years ago, I got a stye which I’d never had before. I’ve never had any issues with my eyes, really, so this was an oddity for me. Then it didn’t really go away. Then I got one in the other eye. At that point, I was diagnosed with Ocular Rosacea. Yes, rosacea in my eyes. That bump still hasn’t gone away after 4 months, two oral antibiotics and antibiotic gel. Safe to say, it’s not truly a stye. I now walk around with at least one bump on my eyes that look like a stye and are just enough annoyance to make me not want to be seen in public. These changes have only occurred since perimenopause began.

My dermatologist put me on a low-dose long-term antibiotic and, of course, I had an allergic reaction to it. I am not a fan of medication, so I haven’t been in a big hurry to circle back for a different med. I’m back to using the things that made the biggest difference for me: two drops of Helichrysum Oil mixed with one drop of Jojoba Oil, and Golden Elixir from CocoKind.

Helichrysum Oil is known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, reducing redness and swelling. This makes it ideal for me to use for rosacea. The Golden Elixir from CocoKind is a miracle product in itself, is made using sacha inchi oil which is great for troublesome skin. Add to that it’s great on your hair and body, it’s an essential product I keep on hand at all times. No, I’m not being paid to say that. Yet. I have extremely oily skin and neither of these products make it worse. The right oils can actually combat oily skin.

essential oil
Helichrysum oil is available in most natural food stores

A few tips for you to take better care of your skin:

· Use a clean moisturizer daily

· Use a clean sunscreen anytime you plan to be in the sun

· If you are going to use retinol creams, choose one that is mild and use it only at night

· Don’t use products that contain fragrance or any of the ingredients you should avoid like parabens, etc. Research natural, clean products that don’t contain unnecessary ingredients

· Hydrate from the inside by drinking plenty of water

Feel free to share in the comments the skin struggles you’ve had and any tips you can offer the rest of us for how you improved your situation.

Be blessed!

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