I’ve suffered from embarrassing acne flare-ups since I was 15 years old. Over the years I tried nearly every product marketed towards blemished-faced kids, young adults, and then, ultimately, those that claim to treat both fine lines, wrinkles, and acne, all in one. Nothing ever truly worked – and it wasn’t until I was in my mid-30’s, still agonizing over spot after spot that I decided to abandon everything I’d been told, and try ‘alternative’ treatments, aka – non-toxic products, and take a deeper look at my diet… you know, real wild and outlandish, counter-culture stuff.
Eureka! I started seeing a difference. I tried living without dairy and saw an immediate decrease in my outbreaks. Sugar was much more difficult for me to cut out, but when I did, I saw a marked change. I played around with different herbs, acupuncture, and treating my blemishes with oil, instead of harsh drying toners and lotions, and my little daily outbreaks – as well as the intensely painful monthly ones – diminished.
One day I tweeted an SOS to the green beauty industry. Someone had to be able to help me understand and treat the outbreaks that were still happening. I hadn’t quite gotten it thoroughly under control – and it only made it worse that I was a makeup artist who felt the need to try every face oil and cream that was sent to me. My skin was confused and so was I.
Much to my amazement, I received the most kind response from a well-established aesthetician, Marie Veronique Nadeau. She, along with her physicist and bio-medical engineer-trained daughter, Jay, had created a family of skincare products, with one line focusing solely on healing and treating acne the all-natural way. We had an hour long phone call and the next day she sent me a care package. I was hooked.
Below you’ll find the first part of a series I’ll run on this blog, written by the very intelligent Marie Veronique, offering all...