My curse became my calling

It's funny the places we find ourselves. Never doubt that the Universe has a plan for us, even if we're totally unaware of it until we stumble into it ass-backwards.

I often get asked how I came to be interested in hand-crafting natural skincare products. Well, it’s a story almost as old as I am, and it’s also the story of my passion.

Breaking Out

Even before I was a teenager, I started to break out. Little pimples and bumps on my face when I was 10 morphed into cystic acne by 13, and soon there wasn’t a single smooth area anywhere on my face, neck, chest, or back. Nothing like a little facial disfigurement to bolster the self-esteem of an already shy teenager with a weird family. (In fact, I think my self-imposed reclusiveness led me to become a solitary practitioner.)

Medical mystery

Accutane is a chemotherapy drug originally created to treat cancer. Think about that for a minute.

Even my dermatologist and his cronies came up empty handed. I tried antibiotics and prescription-strength topical treatments for 4 years, and then I was finally prescribed Accutane for the FIRST time. (A little history: Accutane is a chemotherapy drug originally created to treat cancer. Think about that for a minute.)

Accutane actually gave me clear skin for the first time in my life, so I can’t fault it. But, 2 months after I stopped taking it, my acne came back, and I would end up going back on it 2 more times over the next few years.

Aftermath

My skin was left cratered, scarred, and discolored. I wish I had pictures to show you, but I never left the house without my mask. (Know what's terrific for acne? Spackling it with Cover Girl Classic Ivory foundation and sealing it in with a quarter-inch of powder.) Anyhoo, no pics to share. You're welcome.

My complexion got a little better in my 20s, but I was still plagued with bumpy skin, horrific scarring, and regular breakouts. I think it was around that time I reconciled myself that I just didn’t have the genes for great skin. I would always struggle with the scars, sun damage, and new pimples.

Lighting the Fire

Flash forward to 2013, when I was a stay-at-home mom and still wrestling with my skin. By now I had wrinkles and another decade worth of sun damage to add to the mix. Lovely, truly.

Within the month, I had commandeered the family’s guest room with gallons of rich butters, essential oils, botanical extracts, and a stick blender.

I had gotten on a hand-made “makers” kick, and took a couple local evening courses on making soaps and lotions. That was the match that lit my fire. Within the month, I had commandeered the family’s guest room with gallons of rich butters, essential oils, botanical extracts, and a stick blender. More classes followed, and the world of natural handmade skin care became my magical happy place.

A path appears

I went right to work learning to solve skincare problems using potent natural elements. Soon, my acne-scarred skin looked healthier, more plump, and brighter than ever before. It will never be flawless. It will always be discolored, and a little dimply. I will always have breakouts. That’s my genetic destiny, and no magic potion can change that. But it was ~glowing~ now!

Thanks to my pagan background, I was armed with a deep understanding of nature-based ingredients. I was astonished to discover that many of even the most high-end “natural” products contained harmful chemicals, fillers, and far too many inactive ingredients. And still nothing else I found out there, not matter how expensive, worked for me like my own amazing creations.

Eureka!

Cue the A-ha moment: I could change that. I could forge my deep reverence for our earth, my pagan knowledge, and my experiences as an acne sufferer into a business to help other women.

And so real. kind. sprang to life to provide fellow nature-loving goddesses with a skincare line that celebrates our deeply held naturalistic values with earthly ingredients, powerful formulas, and a modern-day sensibility.

Everybody’s skin has a story, and I’d love to hear yours. Did you suffer from acne? Rosacea? Are you blessed with flawlessly clear skin and want to protect it? Dealing with aging skin, or sun damage? I want to hear from you. This is a safe circle, filled with loving sisters. Share with us!