I Stopped Washing My Face For A Month

(and here are the results)

Hi Guys!

So today is supposed to be a ‘day off’ but every single time I’m supposed to be taking it easy, I want to write a blog post or update my new Fashion Insta. I guess it’s because I’m so passionate about these things! Posting about beauty and fashion is fun for me, and I love writing these posts, so I really hope you enjoy!

So. At some point in September 2018 last year I started the pill. Being married to a woman it obviously wasn’t for contraceptive purposes. As you guys know, I suffer terribly from migraines, so I was advised to take a hormonal pill non stop, that would potentially stop my periods and thus stop my migraines. It didn’t work.

Then, around March 2019, Rose and I filmed THIS video where we went to a fertility clinic to look into starting a family. They told us the first thing we had to do was take fertility tests and I couldn’t be on the pill whilst we took them. So I came off the pill.

I hate to be dramatic but wait, no, actually I don’t. The results were DEVASTATING.

Coming off the pill totally and utterly FUCKED me and not in the good way. It fucked with my emotions, it fucked with my body, but mostly it just fucked with my skin. It fucked with my skin A LOT.

Its target area was my jawline. Stopping the pill gifted me with irregular, weird periods and cystic, painful acne on my jawline. I was really angry, angry that I have migraines in the first place, angry that it didn’t help, and angry that it brought with it fresh problems.

I didn’t take photos of it at it’s worst, I guess I just felt so incredibly down and shit about the whole thing. I think what made it hard for me was that I’d never really suffered from acne before. I was fairly lucky and just got the odd spot every now and then. But roll on 2019 and I had acne, braces and was taking driving lessons. I was reliving my teenage years, but only the sucky bits and none of the fun stuff; like recklessly dating everyone and having free time.

Don’t worry, there are pictures to come though, you’ve got to see some results.

The two main things that immediately helped me were: 1.) A reddit thread called r/SkincareAddiction and 2.) This Facebook Group.

I spent a lot of time on these sites and immediately started learning stuff  I’d never heard of before in my life, and I was daunted and frightened by how little I know about my own skin.

I learned that you aren’t supposed to exfoliate your skin with a physical exfoliator (like those little beads that are now banned for clogging up our ocean). The Reddit thread had a particular vendetta against St Ives Face Scrub, a vendetta that I was eager to join as I have a lot of pent up anger and frustration in me and St Ives was an easy target.

I learned that you have to smother yourself in suncream EVERY SINGLE DAY even when you LIVE IN ENGLAND AND IT RAINS CONSTANTLY AND YOU DON’T EVER GO OUTSIDE.

But most importantly I learned about The Ordinary Products. Now this post isn’t sponsored but I’d happily take that coin. I’m just genuinely discussing a company that helped me on my journey to recovery.

Everyone in the thread went on and on and ON about T.O products so I went to investigate what all the fuss was about. Basically, they are very cheap products, usually £5 or under, and they contain typically one key ingredient that is highly concentrated. So, for example, say your skin concern was ageing, you’d usually go out and buy an anti-wrinkle cream full of a multitude of ingredients for a pretty hefty whack. The Ordinary claims to give you the main ingredient for your issue, at a highly concentrated level and will get you the results you need without the bullshit.

Finally, I saw a ray of hope.

The only thing is they have an endless list of products with very chemically, sciencey type names and it can be really daunting and confusing working out how to begin. But after hours of online shopping and reading the website, I started off using about three products. I got Azelaic Acid as a chemical exfoliator (no physical ones remember) concentrated rosehip oil to add to my moisturiser, and niacinamide, which was for my spots and no, I still can’t pronounce it.

My skin IMMEDIATELY started clearing up. I was still getting hormonal spots around my jawline, but they were much, much smaller, and they were starting to go away. NOW I will show you a picture. Here is a raw, unfiltered, unedited, photo of my nasty skin in bad lighting. 

Yes, this is me, feeling particularly sorry for myself, with greasy hair and a post-migraine low.

But my skin continued to get better. What helped for me particularly was the rosehip oil as I have very dry skin, and it gave me that coveted dewy, shiny, healthy glow. I loved it. Here’s a photo of half of my face after I just oiled up. Why half of my face you ask? Because I was pulling a weird face so I cut it in half. Enjoy.

As you can hopefully see, the quality of my skin was getting much, much better.

I was still getting the occasional spot though, so I continued to read up, and read that you can overload your skin with too many products. It recommended to try to strip it back and really reduce the amount you put on your skin. I also realised that I’d been being very aggressive with my skin. I’d heard about double cleansing, so when I had makeup on I would just wash my face, then again, then again, until all my makeup was off.

My friend recommended that I take off my makeup with something very gentle and non-stingy, like micellar water. Now, I’d heard about micellar water but because it had the word WATER in the name, I just thought it was a useless product and I could just use water. How wrong I was.

So, with my new routine I would wipe off my makeup with Micellar water.  Then I switched my face wash to a really gentle, hydrating CeraVE cleanser and started to have days where I simply washed with CeraVE then moisturised with rosehip oil mixed into my CereVE moisturiser.

Then I dropped the rosehip oil down to every other day. Then I stopped.

Then I started only washing my face at night. In the morning I would just run hot water over a clean face cloth or flannel and wipe over my skin. Then I stopped washing my face with any facewash completely, and doing the flannel routine morning AND night. 

My skin LOVED IT. Here’s a photo I took the other day.

As you can see, it’s unedited, first thing in the morning, in natural light. (Check out those glasses marks on the side of my nose!) I don’t think I’m looking too shabby! I also used a free app called Trove Skin App which reminded me to take regular photos and make a note of any new products I used, to see if I could see progress or my skin getting worse. It really helped me!

So, now what I am left with is a minimalist routine, which is very fitting seeing as I am slowly becoming a minimalist. I tend not to wash my face or use products apart from occasionally when I feel I need to. I didn’t intend for this to happen, my only aim was to clear my skin. But am I happy that I now only use a few, inexpensive products every once in a while? YES! Am I happy that my bathroom is easier to clean and I buy and use less stuff? YES YES YES.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it could have been somewhat helpful for you. If you have any problems with your skin, I urge you to find a community online. With Reddit, facebook and my app, I felt less alone, less overwhelmed, and managed to find a solution to my problem!

Enjoy!

20 Comments

  1. Bethan Bearfoot
    October 27, 2019 / 4:45 pm

    I loved this post!! <3 People always question why I only wash my face once a day. But my skin dries out so much when I wash it too often! Having combination skin it’s difficult to find a product that doesn’t give me spots on my chin and a dry nose! I’ve been using a tea tree based face wash and just simple coco-butter to moisturise. And it’s been great. Sometimes all the fancy stuff with extra EVERYTHING can actually irritate my skin! Xxx

  2. Rachel
    October 27, 2019 / 4:53 pm

    That’s amazing Rosie!!
    Your skin is now looking flawless

  3. 亿年老受
    October 27, 2019 / 4:59 pm

    Isn’t there a way to really treat erratic migraine? I hate it has been tormenting you!

  4. October 27, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    Hi Rosie, great blog post again. I’m not sure if it is a good idea for you but I would give it a try because it has been really helpful for me. I’m allergic to most of the cosmetics. Extremely allergic… so having acne was really depressing. I was advised to try to upgrade my diet to get a bit more of zinc. The best idea is spinach but I hate it. Wheat green and banana the other stuff I’m not a fan of… But when you mix it up with orange juice you have yummy shake rich in zinc and it was a game changer for me. My skin looks much better and I feel like me again. Micellar water is very important to me to. Maybe try that shake thing. Wheat green is most of the time gluten free but just make sure if you decide to use it.
    I hope everything starts going well in your an Rose’s life. Kisses from Belgium and thank you again for the really uplifting Cameo last month ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Vivian Cooper
    October 27, 2019 / 5:27 pm

    A helpful post Rosie. I also put the bare minimum on my face- absolutely what is necessary and no more. It seems to work…. I’m sure the products you mention will be of use to everyone. Less is always more as they say! Thank you for the post.

  6. Charlotte Nielsen
    October 27, 2019 / 5:36 pm

    I loved this post and I enjoyed really Reading it and your blog post is just amazing !! you is just so amazing thanks for and been so genuine and so honest and a open person and i have so much Respect for you
    what I hate most about myself is my face i can’t like my face

  7. Arthi
    October 27, 2019 / 6:11 pm

    That’s an eye opener for me to take xar eof my skin!
    Thank you Rosie ❤️

  8. Lori Barbosa
    October 27, 2019 / 6:20 pm

    Writing and your fashion blog is a stress reliever for you. You love it so much that it is no work for you. It is very natural in you, so I am glad to hear you decided to write the blog on your day off.
    Love the reading and always very inspiring. You honestly give me and others positive vibes and hopes that they can achieve their goals. Glad you never gave up and found something that worked for you.

  9. SCUBAGoldfish45
    October 27, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    I’m glad you found something that works for you! Minimalism seems to be really good for you! The Internet really is a magical place, due in no small part to you lot and your band of froglets. <3

  10. Shelbie Todd
    October 27, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    I really enjoyed this post! I had a rough patch where my skin was pretty bad! I’ve finally found a routine that works best for me (at almost 27)! Micellar water is THE BEST, and I also use a gentle face cleanser, with a TINY bit of moisturizer! The one thing I use that is expensive (but worth it) is a Rose Quartz roller! I keep it in the freezer and use it in the mornings! I’m not a morning person, and it wakes me up! Magic!

    Happy to hear through all the struggle that you’ve found a good routine too! ♥️

    *The one thing I’m still trying to find an answer to is covering up my red spots! No matter how many times I put concealer on, the spot is still RED! I’ve even tried that trick by using the green concealer! Hopefully one day I’ll find it! ‍♀️

  11. Rachel Nelson
    October 27, 2019 / 9:59 pm

    I know for me chocolate is a trigger for migraines so I have to watch how much I consume. Maybe a certain food is a trigger for you? ‍♀️

  12. October 27, 2019 / 11:48 pm

    Loved this post! You’re a very beautiful person! Your eyes are spectacular! Thanks for taking the time to share this story. I have always used minimal products on my face mostly because I’m lazy. But in the last few years I’ve wished I could clear up my blackheads! I’ve tried a few so-called blackhead removal scrubs, but they just don’t work. I even tried your arch nemesis…St. Ives apricot scrub! I gave up. Now I just use soap and water and moisturize a little after. Still no luck. Maybe I’ll take a tip from this blog and just do more research. On a side note, I took birth control for 20 yrs (yes, you read that right). I REALLY did not want kids! Anyway, I came off them a little over 10yrs ago with no ill effects that I ever saw. The pill I took was an older pill and I dont even know if they still make it (Ortho Novum 777) If you ever have to go back on a b.c. pill for any reason ask about other brands, they aren’t all the same. Love you and Rose. You’re a brightspot in the universe.

  13. Cecile
    October 28, 2019 / 1:00 am

    Thank you, Rosie. This was most helpful.

  14. James Murphy
    October 28, 2019 / 1:58 am

    I had a lot of problems with sebum/pimples on my nose until I switched to a Burt’s Bees oil facial cleanser and it just slowly got better over time. Now I use that every other day and a CeraVe facial moisturizer at night.

    I need to find a moisturizer with sunscreen but everything I’ve tried so far just makes my face sweat until it washes the lotion away. Maybe I’m just not waiting long enough after showering but I don’t know, it’s frustrating.

  15. October 28, 2019 / 3:53 am

    at least your facial skin gt back to the normal..
    Beautiful again..our face must be taken care of. because this is the first thing people look at,Facial Appearance..

  16. Jo Maher
    October 28, 2019 / 8:09 am

    Rosie, thank you for sharing, especially as you had such a low time of it. I can relate, as, after being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) at 20, I had a similarly horrible time getting my hormones in check. Acne was not the worst of it for me, but combination dry/oily skin, and excessive hair growth were. It’s reassuring to find someone like me, who keeps in touch with the latest in self care, and likes to share when you find something that works. For me, with a diagnosed condition, I strongly recommend a supportive health care team – GP, Dietitian, Endocrinologist, Counsellor. When your skin is improved, pare back your treatments, and stick to the simple things that work. Keep plugged in to those supportive networks, and be kind to yourself. I love you, Rose & Rosie xxx keep doing you!!

  17. Lea Marie Praechter
    October 28, 2019 / 4:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing this!
    Your post helped me a lot, I have really bad skin problems too. My skin is super dry but also greasy at the same time. I’ve just ordered some products from The Ordinary and I hope they are going to help me.
    It makes me happy how open you are about this topic, so many people are dealing with this issue every day.

    Greetings from Germany 🙂

  18. October 28, 2019 / 7:32 pm

    You look great, but how are the migraines after all this malarkey?

  19. Yaneex
    October 29, 2019 / 6:21 am

    Hello Rosie, Thank you for sharing this beautiful blog post. Drinking lots of water can help you combat a variety of skin issues including psoriasis and eczema which I drink 8 to 9 glass of water a day coz I really have dry skin and the result is great. I will give it a try of those product you mention. You look more beautiful and flawless. Again Thank you.
    kisses from Philippines ❤️❤️❤️ lovechu! Ciao!

  20. Garance
    November 4, 2019 / 3:49 pm

    Hi Rosie!

    I’m 18yo and suffering from migraines since I was born. I’m followed by a neurologist since a few years now and have tried many different things (from strong medecine to acupuncture and relaxation therapies). Then my doctor made me try the different “triptans” (I don’t know if it is called the same way in UK) which are a serie of specialised treatments for migraines. After many fails, the “eletriptan” has finally worked, and the number and the power of my migraines has considerably decreased! I you haven’t tried already, you really should!

    Love to you and Rose from Brittany (in France)
    Xx
    Garance

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