A Story You Totally Needed to Know

Listen my children and you shall hear,

how Caitlyn’s acne scarring is almost clear.

oh yeah you can try and say you don’t want to read this post but you and I both know you be lying. Here it is. I finally decided it was time to get a skincare routine. I never had one is because my skin is out of control. What? That makes no sense. Let me explain.

I was breaking out at age 8.  At 13, I went on Accutane – the youngest person my dermatologist ever prescribed it to- probably my biggest achievement in life next to the “best effort” award in 8th grade. I went back on Accutane at 17 and spent many a high school class in the bathroom or the nurse with bloody noses (medicine side effect). It got so bad the dean told me to bring a sweater or extra blouse (catholic school, we had a uniform) so I wouldn’t have to sport bloody blouses all day and look like a heathen. SO many fight club jokes and none of them were impressive. My nose never bled during trigonometry though; of course I can’t get that lucky. My dermatologist debated putting me on Accutane again at 23 but he decided not to after I immediately burst into tears and pleaded “nooo! Oh God please I just can’t do it again!!! I can’t!!!”  For those who might not know, Accutane is referred to as the “nuclear option” for acne. It’s controversial because the side effects are long-lasting and sometimes serious. Every month I had to get blood tests to make sure I wasn’t pregnant because Accutane causes such serious birth defects. Then at 17 I also had to start taking quizzes every month to make sure I was aware of how not to get pregnant. I still have some of the side effects from that damn (but miracle working) pill. Dear Lord Caitlyn why are you doing this to these nice people..okay..hurrying up. In summary, I have an acne problem.

So, I never really implemented a skin care routine because the usual stuff everyone seemed to use or what my dermatologist recommended would make me break out and I didn’t know what else to do so I did what I do best which is: absolutely nothing. That was dumb because you would think with my skin I should have had a skin care routine but I figured not doing anything trumped buying and trying products that would eventually made me break out. I was reading a blog post and this blogger wrote a review for Paula’s Choice. I figured it was nothing special but when the blogger mentioned she’d been on Accutane and it helped her so much…my eyes (?) perked up and I went on the website and did some googling. I was sold. I wish I could remember what blogger it was but I used her referral link so I guess it evens out.

I’ve been using it for over a month and it has helped SO much. So so much. The difference is pretty incredible. I use the face wash, then the toner (with a cotton ball), and finally the exfoliant (with another cotton ball). I also use their moisturizer everyday since my new face medication has my face dried out like nothing else (as if Accutane didn’t dry me out enough! Sheesh). SO the longest backstory in the world was just to tell you this: it worked for me! listen to my tale of woe and learn about how great this stuff is because it worked for me, sporter of horrible skin!  I just couldn’t sit still on the information anymore.

Paulas Choice is pricier than the normal drugstore stuff, but bad skin will always be a problem for me soo I know I need to shell out extra money for good quality and care. They discount their stuff often and if you use my referral link you’ll get $10 off your first purchase (!!!!) but … no pressure. Ever.

**Not sponsored or anything I just love this stuff. I already ordered their sunscreen because…. you guessed it!!!!…most facial sunscreens make me break out…

Also!! in a last minute effort to not come across like the most self-centered person on the planet not named Beyonce, Kardashian or West…have you heard about the Reading Rainbow kickstarter? As a huge reader, a person who knows many people whose love of reading was influenced by Reading Rainbow, and more generally, a human, this makes me SO damn happy I could cry. Reading is so important and Reading Rainbow has already helped so many! After all, if we couldn’t read, how would we ever read posts about a 25 year old’s acne history?! 😉

Now you can totally party hard this weekend because this post has got you in the mood. I know it.


It’s Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder!

I love to whine about how healthy eating is hard for me. Wahhh, why don’t I wake up craving kale? Why must I crave poptarts and cheez-its? Wahhh, why does everyone write so many articles extoling green tea and I don’t like tea? Wahh! BUT…there is a solution to the green tea problem that I was unaware of (typical!) until Kiss Me Organics kindly e-mailed and asked if I wanted to try some organic matcha powder. Clap clap. Yes.

BUT…what is it? From their website, “More than simply ground up green tea leaves, matcha is derived from tea leaves grown in the shade so that the leaves achieve a dark green color, which gives matcha its magnificent amino acids.” Cool. The reason matcha is slowly edging out traditional green tea in terms of health benefits is because those who ingest matcha are consuming the entire leaf rather than brewed water. One glass of matcha green tea is equal to 10 glasses of regular green tea as far as antioxidants and nutrients. 


So I read the e-mail and was like ‘yeah! THis is super cool!’ And then I remembered myself. Non-culinary Caitlyn, who needs every little kitchen task spelled out for her and spoken slowly, then repeated. I wouldn’t even know what to do with this. But wait! Keep reading, self! The matcha comes with a recipe book that they e-mail to you. 50+ recipes that include drinks (mojitos, green tea lattes, a few smoother recipes), breakfast foods (waffles, muffins, french toast), breads (biscuits, cornbread), pizza (multiple recipes!), desser (truffles! cookies! soufflé! pie! oreo cheesecake! mousse!), entrees (duck!?!, beef, chicken, curry!). It goes on and on but that’s just a sampling.


I of course immediately made the “Berry Good Morning Smoothie”. It’s the perfect thing to drink while at my cubicle first thing in the morning and struggling to accept that I am at work…again..for another 8 hour day…and must be productive. I swear the smoothie gives me a perk of energy which is nothing short of miraculous and confusing, because what? Who am I? I am always tired. It’s part of my (always charming) personality at this point. I make this ish every morning. I also made the salmon recipe from the recipe book. Salmon is my favorite food and if it weren’t so expensive i’d eat it everyday for lunch and dinner guh-ladly. My roommates saw me playing with the powder and were like “what the heck is that?!” They were totally fascinated and together we made cookies and put some in there. Rave reviews from all.  I still have a bunch of recipes I want to try..I’m looking at you melon matcha gazpacho and the strawberry matcha sorbet.., so luckily the bag is big, life is long, etc.


But wait, Caitlyn! You said you didn’t like green tea! So….how does it taste? Ah, glad you asked. I tried it for the first time in my “wooda cup” and it was not love at first sip. It was a bitter taste. Then I remembered…I was supposed to blend or whisk it well, not just dump it in there. It’s an interesting taste when you first try it but like I said, I have it every day so clearly me and my sensitive taste buds are over it. If I have my act together enough, i also blend some (water + powder) to bring to work but that rarely happens. I can’t ever have my act TOO together because I don’t want to fool people into thinking i’m some kind of responsible, prepared human. They’ll be in for a big letdown.


Try it and let me know what you think! Sorry for the no pics….I’ve been out of the diligent blogger game too long.

disclaimer!: kiss me organics sent me this at no cost. opinions are my own….not that these thoughts are so incredible anyone else would want to claim them.