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At the 2 week mark of my Test-Avoid experiment, my face was basically clear of new breakouts except for a few near my mouth. Before, I would write these off as classic hormonal chin acne.
But, I had noticed some would occasionally appear at the center of my Cupid’s bow, somewhere between lips & nose (a perverse version of a beauty mark), or near the corner of my lips. That placement, especially at the center of my Cupid’s bow, seemed a little too outside the normal hormonal acne chin zone.
I decided to take these outliers as a clue that perhaps there was still a puzzle piece hidden somewhere in my daily regimen.
On a hunch, I checked my toothpaste’s ingredient list & found (*cue swears*) one of my test-avoid ingredients. A light online dig (bada bing, bada boom) unearthed articles noting toothpaste was indeed a culprit for some people, backing up my theory.
Ran back to the store & bought the only toothpaste I could get my hands on that fit my test’s parameters.
Those stubborn pimples around the true “hormonal” chin area? Disappeared. In days.
What I was experiencing wasn’t hormonal acne, it was a drip-line reaction to the SLS in my toothpaste.
Can I experience hormonal acne? For sure, like any human girl. But all the time? Not me once I switched to a non-SLS toothpaste.
I just wish I had bumped into that FYI years ago. About a $5 toothpaste investment prevented at least $50 in zit targeting creams & moisturizers. Moisturizers mainly to try to combat the overdrying & peeling that acne targeting products usually caused on my skin.
What’s that saying? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?