People so generously devote their time to make videos to help others dealing with their skin issues. Most often the videos I watch are based on natural products/methods. Particularly the oil cleansing method, which involves massaging your face with different types of natural oils to pull out the ‘stuff’ stuck in the pores and to disinfect them. Skin is covered in an oil that it produces itself. Some people have a lack of this oil (dry skin), some have a surplus (oily skin). People claim to have different skin ‘types.’ However, I watched a video the other day where the woman said she believed that ideally, everyone would have normal skin and that if someone had dry or oily skin, it was a result of what they’re doing with their bodies…or what their bodies aren’t doing for them. In other words, with a perfect diet and perfect living conditions and perfect mental health, you’d have perfect skin. Makes sense to me and I like that idea.
Anyway, there are always comments left on these videos like ‘omgggg my skin brokeout soooo bad after I tried this!!! Nobody try it!!! It’ll ruin your skin!!!!’
BUT there are so many reasons why your skin can be bad. There are so many things that factor into the quality of your skin. It’s known that eating greasy and fatty foods DOESN’T cause acne. I agree and disagree with this. I don’t believe that eating greasy/fatty foods cause acne (unless you have sensitivities or allergic reactions to these foods), HOWEVER…people that eat these types of foods generally aren’t getting enough veggies, fruits, nuts, WATER…etc. They aren’t getting enough minerals and vitamins and a lack of certain minerals and vitamins can cause breakouts. ALSO, hormones are a major cause of acne. What causes messy hormones? Among other things, diets high in sugar. So it’s like, the food you eat might not cause your acne itself, but it’s definitely contributing to it!
So if you’re not living a healthy lifestyle, natural methods like these aren’t going to work. You’re going to need bandaid solutions…chemicals that work despite your internal imbalances.
Benzoyl peroxide is one of these bandaid solutions. It WORKS. It really does. Despite whatever problems you’re having with your body, it’ll clear your acne right up. HOWEVER, it’s super harsh and causes dry skin and premature aging and yucky stuff like that. ALSO, it can cause breakouts not only when you first start using it, but also when you come off of it. Your skin has adjusted to it and when you stop using it, your skin has to re-adjust and the result is usually bad breakouts. Right? So someone that has suddenly stopped using their BP in order to try the oil cleansing method is going to breakout and they’re going to assume this breakout is a result of the oil clogging their pores when really it’s their skin adjusting. Silly. So they swear off this new method almost right away.
Likewise, they aren’t willing to research and try different types of oils. Likely, they’ve grabbed olive oil or coconut oil because that’s what they had lying around. Perhaps they’re using low quality versions of both of these products…ones lacking in the properties that are beneficial for the skin. Both of these oils are controversial in the oil cleaning world because people claim they clog their pores. Coconut oil is a known comedogenic…It clogs pores. While olive oil isn’t comedogenic, people beg to differ and you’re supposed to use it cautiously. Different oils are used for different reasons. Different oils are better for different skin conditions. Unless you’re doing your research, you could be making your oily skin worse by using a very moizturizing oil…Or your dry skin worse for using an oil that tends to be drying.
Anyway, it just annoys me. It’s like getting arrested for stealing a cookie at a bakery (idk…) and then blaming your stupidity on the baker for keeping the bakery’s door unlocked. Passing the blame.
Frankly it seems like the best, most normal, human religion. Is it a religion? Practice? idk.
But he answered a bunch of questions on his okcupid the other day. And he changed his answers ever so slightly to the ones he’s answered previously. Some answers were changed to more…attractive answers and some were made ugly. So…clearly it’s a case of him rethinking and expressing his true, current thoughts…Which is good. Maybe he’s just doing it for s**ts and giggles now. Or maybe he’s doing what I’m doing…just using his account to see who on the site he’s most compatible with. But anyway, this is what I was thinking about last night and then I deactivated my profile because how unhealthy is that? I do really want to know what he writes in his profile (if anything)…but oh well.
Anyway, this relates to buddhism because he’s very anti religion/spirituality and a couple of his questions pertained to not dating a practising buddhist. Not to suggest that I’m a buddhist because I know nothing about it…but buddhism, to me, seems like…just being better? Loving more and living more and being one with the world more? ya know? It seems like being against buddhism is like being against puppies.
ANYWAY. I really like what I know about it thus far. It’s taken away the slightest bit of anxiety and, frankly, anything that is able to do that is fineeee by me!
Life is meant to be experienced kinesthetically, not just mentally. You were born with a multitude of senses, be intimate with them. Everything around you is vibrating and alive, be alive with it. Be aware of the sounds and the smells. Every thought and every sensation. Whatever arises, just witness it. Don’t get consumed by it. Don’t let it sweep you away. Take refuge in direct experience. Allow everything to unfold as it is, naturally and uncontrived. There is a vividness to life that lies beyond the limits of your mind.