skin care that truly cares

April 8, 2010

I’ve always feared I’d go from pimples to wrinkles.

Ever since I can remember, my face has been a bright stage for one red spot or another.  I’ve sampled what seems like every skin care product under the sun, which, incidentally, is one of the few things that have been able to clear my skin.

To that end, I’ve also tried – gasp! – blasting my skin with a sunlamp while wearing plastic goggles, a course of Accutane, Retin-A, prescription creams, and chemical peels.  That’s in addition to the aforementioned products, from down-and-dirty Cetaphil to was-I-delusional-or-desperate Crème de la Mer.

I also threw in some mail order “systems” like Proactiv.  And how can I forget the years and years of antibiotics?  I’ve probably suppressed them from my memory given I wound up with two ulcers as a result.  And a dearth of good bacteria in my gut.

Oh yeah, and there have been colonics, Chinese Medicine, herbal teas, and the birth-control pill, not to mention at least a hundred cortisone injections for the cystic acne of my early to mid 20s.  By 30 the massive bumps had taken a hike, only to be replaced by more typical, concealer-dodging acne in the famous t-zone.  And last year, my skin decided it was time for acne rosacea, which the woman at the Dermatologica counter in London aptly described as “angry.“

Finally, I’ve had to accept that heredity and hormones – and yes, stress – play a big part in my skin’s fiery temper.  And that it sure looks a lot better if I eat right and exercise.  I had nearly given up on the skin care aspect of it.  After all, can something coming from the outside really make a difference?

Actually, yes.  Many of the products I tried triggered that dreaded cycle of stripping my skin of vital moisture, which in turn caused it to produce even more pore-clogging oil. Yet the so-called “gentle” concoctions left my face feeling unclean and too moisturized.

And then, late last year, I stumbled on MyChelle Dermaceuticals at a health-food store.


Everything MyChelle makes is cruelty-free and veggie-friendly, but it’s the products themselves and how they felt on my skin that really sealed the deal for me.  I was impressed enough by the sample sachets I tried that I emailed the company, especially as their philosophy is right in-line with mine:

To offer pure, nontoxic, results-oriented skin care products made with therapeutic ingredients that do not compromise personal health or the environment.

I explained my skin issues to MyChelle, and they sent me their White Cranberry Cleanser, Capillary Calming Serum, Fruit Enzyme Mist, and Oil Free Grapefruit Cream, which I’ve been using religiously for the past four months.

Finally, I’ve met my skin care match.  I’ve used it in both the California desert and the high humidity of Florida, and my skin loves it.  The redness has gone down dramatically, pores look smaller, and my skin feels comfortable.  I love how I only have to use a tiny bit, and that the packages are small enough to travel in my carry-on (in a requisite Ziploc bag).  My only regret is that, on a recent trip, the Fruit Enzyme Mist spilled open.


I’ve now run out.  On the bright side, it bathed everything in a soft, pleasant scent – yet another MyChelle perk.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals is offering a free 2oz bottle of Pumpkin Hydrating Mist with every order over $100 when you buy before April 15th, 2010.  Discover your natural skin care match at MyChelle Dermaceuticals.

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  1. Jess May 7, 2010 at 08:08

    For some reason this comment didn’t appear in my inbox… Thank you for posting, and let me know how it turns out for you!

  2. pdw April 8, 2010 at 19:28

    Thanks! I’m currently on antibiotics and differin, and I’m going to check MyChelle out!

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