Let’s just say that 32 wasn’t a good age for me in terms of beauty. I broke out. A lot. Long story short, I eventually had to haul a$$ to my dermatologist who scolded me for disappearing on her for months (I was on an organic, all-natural beauty kick at the time—tell you guys about how that experiment went in another post.).
While my horrible acne did clear up, I couldn’t figure out why it kept coming back. I was doing everything right—I cleansed, toned, moisturized, lessened my makeup, ate more fruits and veggies, chugged water…you name it, I did it. As I was discussing this beauty conundrum over dinner with friends, one of my fellow BDJBox Beauty Ministers, Barbi Chan, looked at me knowingly and asked if my pimples were the painful, cystic kind. “Yeess,” I answered hesitantly. Then, she asked if I was using BB cream. “Darn,” I thought. I didn’t want to answer her, because it would mean that I’d have to let go of a product that changed my makeup life.
You see, I had suspected that my darling BB cream was the culprit. It was the only thing I didn’t change in my new, anti-acne beauty routine. And because I wasn’t ready to let it go, I went through the five stages of beauty grief:
1. Denial → “Why would it be the BB cream? I’ve been using it for years.”
2. Anger → “How could my precious BB cream betray me like this? It was so perfect!”
3. Bargaining → “Maybe if I use it just one more time, I won’t react anymore.”
4. Depression → “What am I supposed to use now? My skin will never be the same.”
5. Acceptance → I begrudgingly reached for my liquid foundation. But really, I ran out of BB cream and had no choice. #tigasulo
Like an old boyfriend that’s no longer good for you, I had to break-up with my BB cream. I have no scientific evidence to explain why it triggered my breakouts. But I do have a theory: years of accumulated build-up from the heavy formula and my poor pores just couldn’t take it anymore. Oh well. C’est la vie.
It took a while before I found a good foundation that mimicked the BB cream effect by giving me the right amount of coverage + dewiness (it’s the MAC Pro Longwear Foundation SPF 10, in case you were wondering). And guess what? I stopped breaking out and my skin has been clear for weeks. Finally! I shall always think of my BB cream fondly though. We shared a lot of beautiful makeup days together. I’m still hoping we’ll get back together someday…but we’ll have to wait and see. For now, I’m going to enjoy having clear skin—and my “dating” life by exploring new kinds of foundations. ♥
What’s your take on BB creams? Did they make you breakout? Let me know by posting a comment below!