Skin Care Dilemma

Hey everyone!

So, I am generally super careful about what I put into my body – we buy organic produce when it makes sense, I cook from scratch as much as possible, and we avoid processed foods and beverages.  When we clean our home, we use vinegar, baking soda, and Barkeeper’s Friend for 99% of the jobs.  We do have a hard core cleanser for emergencies or problem areas (I’m looking at you, kids’ toilet).

There is one area that I really struggle with when it comes to cleaning up my act – skin care.  I have been struggling with my skin for over twenty years – it feels like I have ALWAYS been battling it.  When I was a teenager I had acne.  Not typical teenager pimples, but serious acne.  It was so tough.  In late high school, I was prescribed Accutane, which was supposed to solve all my problems.  While it did improve lots of issues, they were not eliminated.  Since my early twenties, I have battled breakouts in my chin area, blackheads on my nose, and dry skin on my forehead.  I have tried lots of products (seriously, LOTS) and have finally found a regime that seems to work.  However, every time I go to purchase my products, I see the list of ingredients and wish I knew of a more natural product that would also keep my skin clear.

I have been seeing a lot of posts online about Rodan + Fields, and was *thisclose* to ordering their Reverse line, because it looks like it does amazing things for the ladies who use it.  But, then I saw the ingredient list, and did some research.  The results I found were mixed.  However, in my search, I saw an article that noted that the European standards for skincare are more restrictive than those in the United States, and I started researching European products.  When I was in Paris a few years ago, I don’t recall seeing a lot of acne.  So, maybe those French ladies are on to something!

I’ve read review after review, and have narrowed down the field to three:  Avene, La Roche Posay, and Bioderma.  Have you had any experience with any of these?  Is there a brand or product that I am missing that I should try?  I am especially curious about micellar fluid and thermal spring water.  Let me know if you have tried one of these, and should I make the switch?