For women of color, especial Black women, hair and hair care products are one of the most essential parts of cultural and social identity. Hair is Queen and the beauty shop is Mecca. In the past few years, the natural hair trend has been making its way back into Black culture and right at the forefront of all this is Carol’s Daughter. The line was started by Lisa Price back in 1993 in her kitchen and mainly focused on skin care. I remember seeing Price on Oprah back in 2002 where the legendary host raved about the skin care products and sparked not only my interest, but probably the interest of most of the millions of viewers of the show.
I have tried everything to clear up my complexion from the acne I developed at age 12 and that has lasted well into my adult years. The only routine that I have found that has worked is a combination of exfoliating and products that offer sunscreen and skin evening properties.
For the past year or so, I’ve been using a very helpful skin routine. I’ve even been switching up products like we’ve been taught, and it’s been working surprisingly well. It’s worked so well that I’ve felt comfortable being outside without makeup. However, with all this success I still have the occasion breakout and they seem to be more painful now than ever. As of last week my entire chin filled with the most excruciatingly painful clusters of pimples on either side of my face. They were of varying sizes and colors, and nothing I did made much of a difference.