Ever since I could remember, I have had acne. Most people experience it as a teenager but I remember hating my 5th grade class photos because of pimples on my face. In junior high I was visiting different dermatologists who all prescribed creams that itched and made my skin peel.
By high school I was growing used to it and just hid behind bangs and my books as much as I could. All the drugstores cleansers and spot treatments couldn’t help. But maybe because every girl around me was also dealing with acne, I felt safe in those numbers. My self esteem took a bigger hit as pimples and dark spots continued to plague me well into adulthood. Here I was in my 30s and still dealing with horrible skin.
I tried countless different serums, lotions and chemicals. I even made dietary changes. Once I turned 30, dairy turned against me. I became lactose intolerant so I had to reduce cheese and ice cream out of my diet drastically. I rarely had milk but whenever I did indulge in pizza, lasagna and/or ice cream my skin would flare up. And because I’m Black, any and all pimples left dark spots, aka hyper-pigmentation, that were stubborn to get rid of. As if getting pimples wasn’t bad enough but getting these memorable souvenirs of dark spots all over my face just left me putting on concealer and makeup that much more.
But about a year ago I came across some pictures on Twitter of customers raving about Bahi Cosmetics. A natural skincare line created by Danielle Bahi from her bedroom. Each product hand made and paraben free, I was drawn by the ingredient lists. Simple items such as jojoba oil, safflower oil, raw honey, lavender and more. The reviews by Black women who, like me, were dealing with cystic acne and hyper-pigmentation convinced me to try out the Sunflower Sweets Serum first. That appeared to be their most popular item and I needed to introduce something into my routine that could reduce the inflammation.
Soon after Bahi Cosmetics added more items to their line up and started producing newsletters that detailed the new items and what areas of the skin they each targeted. Doing more research, I decided to get the Garden’s Galore lotion next. This lotion goes well with the serum. The serum at this point had reduced my acne and helped smooth out my skin’s texture. But the dark spots were still there. Galore’s Garden was promoted as helping reduce the signs of dark spots. I’m on my second bottle of the lotion, which is so light weight and smells great, and I love the results.
Another item I got soon after was the Toner Spray. Previously I was using a witch hazel type of toner that always made my face feel tight. I’d always heard that rose water as a toner does wonders for the skin and helps keep it looking young and supple. So gave their Toner Spray a try and it keeps my skin feeling so soft all day.
My newest additions are the Grapefruit Astringent which came out early December and is effective for oily skin as well as the Sweet Suburban Soap. After seeing the results from my previous purchases, I thought it’s time I used Bahi Cosmetics from beginning to end: from cleansing, to toner, to serum right to moisturizer to lock it all in.
Finally, I’m happy to go bare face to work and out with friends. Just a bit of mascara and eyeliner and I feel confident. Now makeup is a fun choice to put on whenever I WANT, not because I felt like I need it.
Let me know which if any skin concerns you have and what you’ve tried to help it. If you’re using Bahi Cosmetics, would love to hear which products you’ve got.