My face thinks it is 15.
I predictably break out once a month (thank you, hormones). This is payback for my teenage years when I think I got 3 zits total from the time I was 12 until I was 21. Now, you can set the clock to my zits. Awesome. But even though I'm in my 30's, it still stinks to get blemishes. I mean, it's not life crushing like when you're 16, but it is still stupidly annoying.
I tried Crunchy Betty's face scrub with milk and nutmeg, and it does make you have a baby butt face (that is - your face is so soft it feels like a baby's butt, not that you are a small butt face), but honestly, I think for the zits, it really might only help a teense.
I was wondering what was out there that would be helpful to crush the life out of the red little hormone dots in my life, and I may have stumbled upon something. Now, obvs, different things work for different people because of our different chemistry, but this works for me. What's the secret mix?
Well, if you followed Crunchy Betty a couple years ago, you may remember the month or so when everyone was washing their face with honey. Were you on that bus? I tried it. It was pretty cool. Honey is anti-microbial, and filled with wonderful enzymes and lots of other goodies that make it a wonder.
One day a few months ago, I had a few zits and the thought dawned upon me to combine the wonderful properties of honey with the scrubby exfoliating powers of nutmeg (yeah, seriously, but don't use nutmeg on your face more than twice a week - the overdose of nutmeg on the face looks like your face got into a fight with sandpaper and a cat).
I poured a small blob of honey into my hand, sprinkled nutmeg into the mix, squished it around and slimed it on my face (in an upwardly circular motion, of course - I really should be less technical, but I just can't...). I stared at my weird looking face in the mirror for a few minutes, thinking this was likely a necessary step in my experiment. I pretended I was at a spa as I layed a hot washcloth over my face (even though I was standing in my vintage 1950's bathroom - but hey, when you have a washcloth over your face, you can pretty much pretend you are anywhere) and then followed with wiping the magical mess off.
I don't have any hard empirical evidence, but from my point of view, I honestly think it was helpful in zit reduction. It makes sense that it could be, anyway, right? You have the anti-microbial properties of the honey gutting out your zit dirt (I think that's the scientific name for it), and the nutmeg is smoothing to the areas on your face that are having skin distortion/flaking/etc. Anyway, it worked for me, and if you want to try it, I hope it works for you.
Happy zit reduction!
Peace, love, and grow up, face,