This is not me but exactly what I dealt with for sixteen years.
Me now no filter and standing by window with revealing day light. Revealing my nose hairs and imperfect make up application, but there is no rash being revealed!!! YAY!!!
The purpose of this blog is to share with others what I have learned in life in hopes that maybe at least one person can be helped. So much of my focus has been on our journey in foster care this past year that I have overlooked a small miracle that has happened. This miracle took sixteen years of praying and searching for a cure and it is has been in front of me every time I look in the mirror. Now that I am a “cool up with the times” mom with snap chat I see it on my phone too!!!
When I was pregnant with our oldest 16-17 years ago I started getting painful break outs around my mouth and chin. It was a painful red rash that would start with tiny little blisters. I had started with trying cold sore medications as my own first treatment to no avail. As I went through my pregnancy I mentioned it to my doctors as well as doctors I worked with. No one could give me any answers and I had one doctor even suggest that maybe I just drool a lot in my sleep. Never waking up with saliva soaked pillow cases I wrote that off as a possibility quickly.
After I gave birth to our precious bambino the rash continued. I had hoped that after pregnant hormones chilled out so would the rash. To my disappointment even a year later it remained a battle. The battle of the weird face rash!!! Hydrocortisone made it worse. No facial cleansers I tried helped. I would change one product at a time to try to figure out the trigger. Finally I went to a dermatologist and was diagnosed with Peri-Oral Dermatitis. This just means “You have a rash around your mouth WOMAN!” The blanket diagnosis with no reason as to WHY and doxycycline were the only answers. The antibiotic would clear it up for a while then it would come back maybe a year later and I would take the antibiotic again. Mind you antibiotics also kill healthy good bacteria and can be more harm than good on many levels. My thinking was if this is something that can hurt an unborn baby’s bones and teeth what else is it doing? As a nurse I am thankful for antibiotics, but we have learned the hard way that too much of anything can be very bad.
A few years back due to other health issues I went to a very strict clean eating diet. Took several supplements to get my body chemistry balanced. Guess what???? The rash still continued. It was some better, but even after three years it would still raise its ugly little blisters!! Mind you the healthy life style has made me so much better in so many ways so I totally give a shout out to healthy eating!! Woot Woot for vegetables!!!!
So this past summer my sister signed up to sell Mary Kay and my youngest daughter and I went to a facial to support her. With the prodding of my dear daughter Cora I left that day with a consultant kit thinking well I can get the fifty percent discount for our three girl faces. So I immediately started to use the basic Timewise Miracle set that came in the kit. My face was in a full on break out as it had been for at least a year with nothing helping at all anymore. Within a week the rash was gone. It has now been eight months and it remains gone and I am still on my first set of skin care because a little of the product goes a very long way. My skin now has a healthy youthful glow that it has been missing for a very long long time. I haven’t even moved up to the repair skin set yet that is available and the results have been amazing. My body was having a chemical reaction to the products that are sold at all the basic department stores. What chemical I still can not figure out. I had even tried a $300 set from someone who sold another skin care home sale company and it had made the rash worse. Mary Kay does not even have a set that is that expensive. This company continuously tests their products and makes them better and healthier all the time. My face is proof and I am proud to be a part of something that can truly help someone. After years of caking on concealer and being embarrassed of my face I am not ashamed to leave my home without make up to run my kids to school or to go to the store. Mind you I am not beauty queen or super model. I will continue to age and wrinkle, but can now do it with a healthy grace. The wrinkles are from hours of laughter and smiles so as they happen I will sport them proudly. They will be less deep and have a much brighter glow thanks to a wonderful company that has it’s foundation built on the golden rule.
My prayers right now are for God’s guidance with how to balance life and this rash of doubt that clouds my mind. How do I put Him first, take care of our family, continue our ministry of foster care, work full-time as an RN, and continue to ask God what is the most impactful way to spend my time on this earth to glorify you Lord? What is my next step Lord? If you would like to learn more about Mary Kay and try the products I would be thrilled to be your consultant and share what has helped heal me!! There is nothing I would love more than to give another woman the confidence there is in having a healthy clean and bright face!! Most of all I want my life to point all to Jesus the healer of my soul. A healthy face won’t matter one day when I face the end of my life, but having Jesus as the healer of my rash of sin determines where I will spend eternity. Do you know Jesus? Even more than sharing the help of Mary Kay I am most greatly thrilled with sharing the hope and healing that only comes through Jesus Christ.