Apparently one of the more pleasant side effects of birth control is that it tends to squelch a lot of ugly skin problems that you may experience. Something you don’t necessarily appreciate until you are no longer on birth control. Since I have stopped mine my face has simply exploded. I haven’t felt this self conscious since I dropped my camisole (that my mom had me wear under my dress shirt for band concerts) getting off the bus in the seventh grade.
I have acne in places I never recall having it before, and my face is so oily that I feel I should siphon myself into a jar so that I have fuel to supply a light source in an emergency. I mean, seriously!
Which brings me to problem two: treating it.
You see, I made the mistake of googling pregnancy friendly face care a while back. Actually, that part really wasn’t the mistake. Clicking the links that took me to a variety of pregnancy boards was. Anyhow, I can’t unsee what I saw, so now I must live with the consequences. Which means I am now hyper paranoid/concerned about what I am using to care for my skin while trying to conceive – and subsequently once I am pregnant. I did find a few recommendations that seemed….sane. And after talking to a few folks, I opted to go to my local Aveda store for some product.
Now, it’s been years since I have used anything that I couldn’t just pick up at Target. Apparently at some point in your life paying ridiculous amounts for skin care products seemingly becomes less of a priority. Anyhow, I knew when I made my decision to stop just using my lovely Oil of Olay skin scrub it was a costly decision – but it didn’t make the sticker shock any less brutal upon investigating the Aveda products. After talking to the clerk at the store, I opted to go with the Biotanical Kinetics line. I picked up a small “starter” kit, to see if I liked the results and ended up also grabbing the oil absorbing mud mask (because, oh god THE OIL).
I haven’t 100% decided if I like it yet – and I have a mild concern over the salicylic acid in the exfoliant (I may opt to look for a different exfoliant once I am pregnant), but it’s not terrible and outside of the exfoliant product is pregnancy friendly.
I suspect that it will take some time for my skin to acclimate itself to no longer having the birth control in my system, and I know that any new skin regimen is going to take time to work, but man does it suck in the interim. I mean, really, REALLY suck. I guess on the bright side, it will only get better! (I hope!).